Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

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Jeremy Flores
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I specialize in medication management for young adults and adults who are experiencing addiction, mood, anxiety, psychotic and/or trauma related disorders. I have worked extensively with patients from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. I also have experience with gender affirming care and working with patients from the LGBTQ+ community. I received my BS and MD from UCLA and completed my psychiatry residency training at UCLA Semel Institute where I served as Chief Resident.
I specialize in medication management for young adults and adults who are experiencing addiction, mood, anxiety, psychotic and/or trauma related disorders. I have worked extensively with patients from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. I also have experience with gender affirming care and working with patients from the LGBTQ+ community. I received my BS and MD from UCLA and completed my psychiatry residency training at UCLA Semel Institute where I served as Chief Resident.
(424) 370-2551 View (424) 370-2551
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Neevon Esmaili MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I enjoy the process of providing care to my patients, and entered the medical field with the intent to become a psychiatrist from the beginning. I have a passion for clinical care and dedication to providing the highest quality of service. Bringing together my medical, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric knowledge inspires me everyday. Providing a safe and therapeutic environment is my goal. I am dual board certified to work with children and adolescents and also with adults.
I enjoy the process of providing care to my patients, and entered the medical field with the intent to become a psychiatrist from the beginning. I have a passion for clinical care and dedication to providing the highest quality of service. Bringing together my medical, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric knowledge inspires me everyday. Providing a safe and therapeutic environment is my goal. I am dual board certified to work with children and adolescents and also with adults.
(310) 935-0032 View (310) 935-0032
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (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!
(310) 683-5561 View (310) 683-5561
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Menbi Tegegne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90032  (Online Only)
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
(626) 876-3029 View (626) 876-3029
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Psychiatry Unplugged
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
(844) 616-1616 View (844) 616-1616
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Kathleen McDermott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90013  (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.
(408) 703-5344 View (408) 703-5344
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Jennique 'jenn' Simplice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
Jenn Simplice is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master’s degree from Charles R. Drew University. Jenn received her bachelors on the East Coast from New Jersey City University and is originally from the Bronx, New York. Jenn migrated to the West Coast as a travel RN where she completed her masters and currently continues to reside in southern CA. Jenn is a dedicated and compassionate provider who makes the safety and wellbeing of her patient a top priority, she serves patients of all age populations including adolescents, adults, and the geriatric community.
Jenn Simplice is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a master’s degree from Charles R. Drew University. Jenn received her bachelors on the East Coast from New Jersey City University and is originally from the Bronx, New York. Jenn migrated to the West Coast as a travel RN where she completed her masters and currently continues to reside in southern CA. Jenn is a dedicated and compassionate provider who makes the safety and wellbeing of her patient a top priority, she serves patients of all age populations including adolescents, adults, and the geriatric community.
(424) 722-3659 View (424) 722-3659
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Art Yeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Art Yeh (pronounced "yay!"). I've worked in behavioral health for over 10 years. I've worked as a prescriber in a wide array of settings in different states. I've done psychiatric consulting and specializes in many disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and psychosis. I've worked telehealth treating clients across the lifespan.
Hi there! I'm Art Yeh (pronounced "yay!"). I've worked in behavioral health for over 10 years. I've worked as a prescriber in a wide array of settings in different states. I've done psychiatric consulting and specializes in many disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and psychosis. I've worked telehealth treating clients across the lifespan.
(562) 379-4450 View (562) 379-4450
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Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
(310) 933-5057 View (310) 933-5057
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(424) 484-2895 View (424) 484-2895
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Joe Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Are you constantly busy but never get anything done? Do you often feel overwhelmed and space out easily? Do you see time fly by without results? I can help. ADHD is not a motivation disorder. It is an executive functioning deficit disorder. You have the knowledge, and you are smart. You just struggle with putting it into action. I work with patients who are motivated to make changes but need help. Medication can help, but it is not enough alone. Maybe, your lack of focus can be due to other underlying causes. We can work together to figure it out. Also, see me on YouTube - JPsychiatry, where I post daily on my treatment approaches.
Are you constantly busy but never get anything done? Do you often feel overwhelmed and space out easily? Do you see time fly by without results? I can help. ADHD is not a motivation disorder. It is an executive functioning deficit disorder. You have the knowledge, and you are smart. You just struggle with putting it into action. I work with patients who are motivated to make changes but need help. Medication can help, but it is not enough alone. Maybe, your lack of focus can be due to other underlying causes. We can work together to figure it out. Also, see me on YouTube - JPsychiatry, where I post daily on my treatment approaches.
(323) 831-7990 View (323) 831-7990
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Roberto Figueroa
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Struggling with depression or anxiety can cause intense suffering, affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships and disrupt your ability to function at work or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest.
Struggling with depression or anxiety can cause intense suffering, affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships and disrupt your ability to function at work or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest.
(310) 963-7146 View (310) 963-7146
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Eudora Osuala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Eudora is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years in the field of nursing. Her experience ranges from intensive care, cardiovascular care, education to psychiatric mental health nursing.
Eudora is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years in the field of nursing. Her experience ranges from intensive care, cardiovascular care, education to psychiatric mental health nursing.
(424) 323-4073 View (424) 323-4073
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Dr Heather Mak - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Heather Mak is a psychiatrist with experience in helping patients with issues like hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Dr. Heather Mak is a psychiatrist with experience in helping patients with issues like hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(424) 622-6577 View (424) 622-6577
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (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!
(310) 340-6014 View (310) 340-6014
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Michele Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dr. Wang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literature and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, Dr. Wang worked with the Ministry of Health in Peru looking at adolescent attitudes towards substance abuse. The following year, the American Psychiatric Association awarded her funding for smoking cessation research at Langley Porter, UCSF.
Dr. Wang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literature and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, Dr. Wang worked with the Ministry of Health in Peru looking at adolescent attitudes towards substance abuse. The following year, the American Psychiatric Association awarded her funding for smoking cessation research at Langley Porter, UCSF.
(323) 859-7138 View (323) 859-7138
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Jerrell Mitchell
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
(323) 417-5312 View (323) 417-5312
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Gene Vasconez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Genesis (Gene) Vasconez and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of clinical experience in the field. I specialize in psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and substance use. My approach follows a trauma-informed model; placing safety, communication, and healing at every step of the way. At the core of my care is cultural humility, acceptance, safety, and compassion. I approach each session with an aim to foster trust by listening to clients and ensuring they have a choice and voice.
Hi, I'm Genesis (Gene) Vasconez and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of clinical experience in the field. I specialize in psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and substance use. My approach follows a trauma-informed model; placing safety, communication, and healing at every step of the way. At the core of my care is cultural humility, acceptance, safety, and compassion. I approach each session with an aim to foster trust by listening to clients and ensuring they have a choice and voice.
(310) 861-3964 View (310) 861-3964
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Kenneth D'Oyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Our therapeutic partnership sets the tone for treatment and is optimized with open communication and ongoing collaboration. Provider is accepting new patients for medication management only and does not provide stand-alone therapy services at this time many of the patients I encounter are suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our treatment goals are always to improve conflicts with oneself and others. During treatment we delve into problematic thought patterns that present with anxiety, depression, pain, and addiction, founded in some form of trauma.
Our therapeutic partnership sets the tone for treatment and is optimized with open communication and ongoing collaboration. Provider is accepting new patients for medication management only and does not provide stand-alone therapy services at this time many of the patients I encounter are suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our treatment goals are always to improve conflicts with oneself and others. During treatment we delve into problematic thought patterns that present with anxiety, depression, pain, and addiction, founded in some form of trauma.
(323) 375-2916 View (323) 375-2916
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Margarita Krasnova
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Embracing the courage it takes to seek help, my practice offers a supportive space aimed at overcoming stigma and past hurdles. With a holistic focus, we prioritize resilience and coping strategies over medication alone, exploring a broad spectrum of therapeutic options tailored to individual strengths. This approach ensures comfort and empowerment, guiding patients through their journey towards healing with understanding and inclusivity.
Embracing the courage it takes to seek help, my practice offers a supportive space aimed at overcoming stigma and past hurdles. With a holistic focus, we prioritize resilience and coping strategies over medication alone, exploring a broad spectrum of therapeutic options tailored to individual strengths. This approach ensures comfort and empowerment, guiding patients through their journey towards healing with understanding and inclusivity.
(323) 645-2708 View (323) 645-2708

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Number of Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$248

Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
74% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
40% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Los Angeles?

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.