Psychiatrists in Lake Sherwood, CA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lake Sherwood, CA 91361  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(805) 203-9021 View (805) 203-9021

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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(747) 269-6190 View (747) 269-6190
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 396-1190 View (424) 396-1190
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Dr. Todd Hill - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
(424) 238-6522 View (424) 238-6522
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Derek VanCamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Derek VanCamp, DNP is a psychiatric specialist with 30 years of experience in emergency care, family practice, critical care, and psychiatric disorders. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Coast University Los Angeles, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Postdoctoral degree in psychiatry and mental health from Regis College of Boston. He is board-certified in acute care, gerontology, and psychiatry/mental health and specializes in treating children, adult, and geriatric patients.
Derek VanCamp, DNP is a psychiatric specialist with 30 years of experience in emergency care, family practice, critical care, and psychiatric disorders. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Coast University Los Angeles, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Postdoctoral degree in psychiatry and mental health from Regis College of Boston. He is board-certified in acute care, gerontology, and psychiatry/mental health and specializes in treating children, adult, and geriatric patients.
(747) 205-0584 View (747) 205-0584
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Kofi Omane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake Village, CA 91362
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), certified across the lifespan. I received my Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. I have several years of psychiatric experience as a mental health counselor, psychiatric registered staff nurse, and PMHNP-BC. These experiences include emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based psychiatric settings. I have a passion for working with individuals of all ages to improve mental health and overall quality of life.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), certified across the lifespan. I received my Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. I have several years of psychiatric experience as a mental health counselor, psychiatric registered staff nurse, and PMHNP-BC. These experiences include emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based psychiatric settings. I have a passion for working with individuals of all ages to improve mental health and overall quality of life.
(818) 975-3419 View (818) 975-3419
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Jasmine Delijani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362  (Online Only)
Struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, or navigating complex emotions in life? Or are you a woman facing challenges during pregnancy and postpartum periods? Serving adolescents and adults of all genders and cultural backgrounds, my expertise lies in providing compassionate, judgment-free, comprehensive telepsychiatry across California. Seeking relief and a path to wellbeing? My approach combines traditional psychiatry—medications & therapy—with holistic methods like supplementation, genetic/lab testing, and sleep optimization. Let's uncover the root causes and tailor a journey towards your vibrant health.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, or navigating complex emotions in life? Or are you a woman facing challenges during pregnancy and postpartum periods? Serving adolescents and adults of all genders and cultural backgrounds, my expertise lies in providing compassionate, judgment-free, comprehensive telepsychiatry across California. Seeking relief and a path to wellbeing? My approach combines traditional psychiatry—medications & therapy—with holistic methods like supplementation, genetic/lab testing, and sleep optimization. Let's uncover the root causes and tailor a journey towards your vibrant health.
(805) 262-9454 View (805) 262-9454
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State Of Mind Wellness Center- Priya Parmar, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361
State of Mind Wellness Center is a state of the art psychiatry practice that uses evidence based treatments for mental distress. Here, you are seen and heard by a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. Dr Parmar is an expert in the field of mental health. She is caring, warm and she understands human development and how trauma can impact a person. She uses a humanistic based psychotherapeutic approach and is skilled in providing medications as needed. Dr Parmar also provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to people with cPTSD who qualify. TMS is also offered as needed.
State of Mind Wellness Center is a state of the art psychiatry practice that uses evidence based treatments for mental distress. Here, you are seen and heard by a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. Dr Parmar is an expert in the field of mental health. She is caring, warm and she understands human development and how trauma can impact a person. She uses a humanistic based psychotherapeutic approach and is skilled in providing medications as needed. Dr Parmar also provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to people with cPTSD who qualify. TMS is also offered as needed.
(805) 491-9620 View (805) 491-9620
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Celia Woods
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
(805) 702-7099 View (805) 702-7099
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Albert Mcnames
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix and my Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University. I have experience working with the patients across the lifespan.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix and my Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University. I have experience working with the patients across the lifespan.
(818) 794-1049 View (818) 794-1049
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Kristen Melnyk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake Village, CA 91361
I am a board certified psychiatrist and fully trained psychoanalyst who has worked with adults in private practice for almost 25 years. My aim is to provide a safe atmosphere that will allow us to discuss what is distressing you. In therapy we might explore aspects of your life that are sensitive, painful, difficult or have never before been verbalized. The goal is that you will gain some new perspectives and bring these insights into your lived experience outside the therapy relationship.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and fully trained psychoanalyst who has worked with adults in private practice for almost 25 years. My aim is to provide a safe atmosphere that will allow us to discuss what is distressing you. In therapy we might explore aspects of your life that are sensitive, painful, difficult or have never before been verbalized. The goal is that you will gain some new perspectives and bring these insights into your lived experience outside the therapy relationship.
(310) 943-0822 View (310) 943-0822
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Mina Heydari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Throughout her career, Mina has assisted individuals who have faced various mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. Every person is unique and extraordinary, deserving of respect and personalized care. Mina’s approach is to develop a partnership as we embark on a journey toward achieving optimal mental wellness and healing. Your time together is a safe and therapeutic place for you to talk about how you feel and what you're thinking. Accepting that each person is unique, each person's experiences and struggles are too.
Throughout her career, Mina has assisted individuals who have faced various mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. Every person is unique and extraordinary, deserving of respect and personalized care. Mina’s approach is to develop a partnership as we embark on a journey toward achieving optimal mental wellness and healing. Your time together is a safe and therapeutic place for you to talk about how you feel and what you're thinking. Accepting that each person is unique, each person's experiences and struggles are too.
(747) 302-3987 View (747) 302-3987
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(747) 302-6844 View (747) 302-6844
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Ines Kaplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
(818) 798-9689 View (818) 798-9689
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Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
(747) 269-1215 View (747) 269-1215
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Pearl Ainabe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, PHN
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362  (Online Only)
Dr. Pearl Ainabe DNP (she/her), is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, CA. She approaches care with an understanding of the intricacies between a client's genetic make-up, spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, nutritional, and relational health.
Dr. Pearl Ainabe DNP (she/her), is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, CA. She approaches care with an understanding of the intricacies between a client's genetic make-up, spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, nutritional, and relational health.
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
(805) 693-4104 View (805) 693-4104
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 396-0514 View (424) 396-0514
Adam Burdick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Adam Burdick, M.D. is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, who is board certified in both Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. He has a private practice, which is a solely Tele-psychiatric practice servicing California. Appointments are available on select weekends and weekday evenings. Telehealth allows for both safety and convenience in the comfort of your home. Dr. Burdick trained at UCLA and Stanford. He treats a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, trauma and psychosis in individuals 18 years and older.
Adam Burdick, M.D. is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, who is board certified in both Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. He has a private practice, which is a solely Tele-psychiatric practice servicing California. Appointments are available on select weekends and weekday evenings. Telehealth allows for both safety and convenience in the comfort of your home. Dr. Burdick trained at UCLA and Stanford. He treats a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, trauma and psychosis in individuals 18 years and older.
(805) 491-9748 View (805) 491-9748
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Matthew Dawe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
My name is Matthew Dawe, I am a board certified Psychiatrist. I have been practicing Psychiatry for 32 years. Unlike most Psychiatrists, I do both medication management and Psychotherapy. I was trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute which is now known as The New Center for Psychoanalysis. I care deeply about helping people with their emotional struggles and I am committed to working diligently to find the most effective treatment for each patient.
My name is Matthew Dawe, I am a board certified Psychiatrist. I have been practicing Psychiatry for 32 years. Unlike most Psychiatrists, I do both medication management and Psychotherapy. I was trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute which is now known as The New Center for Psychoanalysis. I care deeply about helping people with their emotional struggles and I am committed to working diligently to find the most effective treatment for each patient.
(818) 272-8902 View (818) 272-8902

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lake Sherwood, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lake Sherwood, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Grief
100% Parenting

Average years in practice

22 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Male

How Psychiatrists in Lake Sherwood, CA see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake Sherwood?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.