Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

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Sophie Feller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
(424) 414-2192 View (424) 414-2192
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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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Joseph A Derije
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I help with anxiety, major depression, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.
I help with anxiety, major depression, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.
(424) 346-9868 View (424) 346-9868
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Haiyan Wang
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist licensed in California and New York. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and practicing evidence-based treatments in children, adolescent and adults who have anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mood disorder, PTSD, and psychosis as well as providing parenting, behavioral strategies and life style modification to improve relationship and quality of life. I have a thorough knowledge of the neuroscience that is related to psychiatric illnesses. We also provide parent support group at Beverly Mental Health Service.
I am a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist licensed in California and New York. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and practicing evidence-based treatments in children, adolescent and adults who have anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mood disorder, PTSD, and psychosis as well as providing parenting, behavioral strategies and life style modification to improve relationship and quality of life. I have a thorough knowledge of the neuroscience that is related to psychiatric illnesses. We also provide parent support group at Beverly Mental Health Service.
(424) 238-3900 View (424) 238-3900
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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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Bespoke Treatment
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
(818) 960-7970 View (818) 960-7970
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Rachel Jumonville
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (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!
(323) 473-9403 View (323) 473-9403
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Hannah Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in psychiatric assessment and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to both the parents and child. I value our dialogue when discussing a a treatment plan and role for medication. Should we decide on medication as an approach, I will work with you to find the option that best fits your values. In formulating a diagnosis I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in psychiatric assessment and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to both the parents and child. I value our dialogue when discussing a a treatment plan and role for medication. Should we decide on medication as an approach, I will work with you to find the option that best fits your values. In formulating a diagnosis I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
(323) 745-1470 View (323) 745-1470
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(562) 454-0135 View (562) 454-0135
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Shuang Lei
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90019  (Online Only)
Anxiety, depression, haven’t been feeling yourself? What can I do to help - is what I ask myself every time I’m facing someone who is struggling to get to where they want to be in life. Having lived in four very different places (mainland China, French Canada, Las Vegas, New York City) before age 20, I come from a diverse cultural background that accepts and appreciates all. Compassionate, always ready to listen, without a trace of judgement, I am here to understand what is uniquely you. There is no dilemma too small to ponder, and no problem too big to tackle. Witnessing positive change gives me the utmost joy in life.
Anxiety, depression, haven’t been feeling yourself? What can I do to help - is what I ask myself every time I’m facing someone who is struggling to get to where they want to be in life. Having lived in four very different places (mainland China, French Canada, Las Vegas, New York City) before age 20, I come from a diverse cultural background that accepts and appreciates all. Compassionate, always ready to listen, without a trace of judgement, I am here to understand what is uniquely you. There is no dilemma too small to ponder, and no problem too big to tackle. Witnessing positive change gives me the utmost joy in life.
(747) 239-5373 View (747) 239-5373
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (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) 256-0753 View (424) 256-0753
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Meredith Harewood
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Meredith Harewood, MD is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She considers the entire person and how they function within their social and cultural environment rather than simply a constellation of symptoms. She believes that the best treatment results from the bio-psycho-social approach to mental health. She provides medication management, psychotherapy in select cases, or a combination of the two. Her interests include anxiety disorders, depression, minority mental health, and maternal mental health. In addition to treating children as young as age 5 and adolescents.
Meredith Harewood, MD is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She considers the entire person and how they function within their social and cultural environment rather than simply a constellation of symptoms. She believes that the best treatment results from the bio-psycho-social approach to mental health. She provides medication management, psychotherapy in select cases, or a combination of the two. Her interests include anxiety disorders, depression, minority mental health, and maternal mental health. In addition to treating children as young as age 5 and adolescents.
(323) 475-6148 View (323) 475-6148
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Joshua Eldridge, MD | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
(310) 564-2196 View (310) 564-2196
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Stephen Seager
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Stephen B Seager MD has been a board-certified psychiatrist for almost 30 years. He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr Seager completed his psychiatry residency at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles. A former Emergency Room physician, Dr Seager is also a retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.
Stephen B Seager MD has been a board-certified psychiatrist for almost 30 years. He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr Seager completed his psychiatry residency at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles. A former Emergency Room physician, Dr Seager is also a retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.
(510) 272-7095 View (510) 272-7095
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Heather Jo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90015  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and I graduated from the University of California, San Francisco. I have 8 years of experience working as a primary nurse practitioner.
Hello, I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and I graduated from the University of California, San Francisco. I have 8 years of experience working as a primary nurse practitioner.
(213) 354-7300 View (213) 354-7300
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Dr. Priti Bhardwaj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Thank you for considering working with me. I know how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you're taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical wellbeing as well as our ability to connect with others. My goal with my patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them towards becoming the most healthy and best version of themselves.
Thank you for considering working with me. I know how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you're taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical wellbeing as well as our ability to connect with others. My goal with my patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them towards becoming the most healthy and best version of themselves.
(310) 862-0036 View (310) 862-0036
Photo of Kellie Norris - Journey Psyche , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Journey Psyche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Creating Waves of Happiness! Our adult psychiatry services in Arizona and California treat ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more. WebMD Vitals has awarded our office and providers Top in Patient Satisfaction. We understand that dealing with mental health issues can be overwhelming and isolating. That's why we are dedicated to creating a safe and inviting space where you can feel heard, seen, understood, and supported. Our team of experienced professionals is here to assist you every step of the way. Call us at 800-955-0167 for a Free 15 Minute Consultation.
Creating Waves of Happiness! Our adult psychiatry services in Arizona and California treat ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more. WebMD Vitals has awarded our office and providers Top in Patient Satisfaction. We understand that dealing with mental health issues can be overwhelming and isolating. That's why we are dedicated to creating a safe and inviting space where you can feel heard, seen, understood, and supported. Our team of experienced professionals is here to assist you every step of the way. Call us at 800-955-0167 for a Free 15 Minute Consultation.
(310) 919-1325 View (310) 919-1325
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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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Thomas M Brod
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Shame and anxiety (hidden or tormentingly on the surface) are key discomforts in each person; however, everyone is miraculously unique. In my practice, we aim to pinpoint the help you need and offer the quickest and most lasting treatment appropriate. Sometimes that is intensive psychotherapy that can be short-term or go on for years if appropriate; sometimes it is a few sessions of a technique like EMDR that sort-of resets the brain after an emotional trauma. Often I recommend brainwave biofeedback (EEG neurofeedback). Always I'm seeking the most naturalistic treatment, with the least amount of medication practical.
Shame and anxiety (hidden or tormentingly on the surface) are key discomforts in each person; however, everyone is miraculously unique. In my practice, we aim to pinpoint the help you need and offer the quickest and most lasting treatment appropriate. Sometimes that is intensive psychotherapy that can be short-term or go on for years if appropriate; sometimes it is a few sessions of a technique like EMDR that sort-of resets the brain after an emotional trauma. Often I recommend brainwave biofeedback (EEG neurofeedback). Always I'm seeking the most naturalistic treatment, with the least amount of medication practical.
(424) 570-2120 View (424) 570-2120
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Minoo Mahmoudi
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024  (Online Only)
Dr. Mahmoudi spends good amount of time to do a thorough psychiatric evaluation and get to know her patients. She helps patients understand their symptoms and challenges with developing an individualized biopsychosocial formulation. She shares her finding and educate patients about possible diagnosis. She develops an individualized management plan that may include medications, therapy or combination of both. She makes sure to collaborate with patient's therapist if the patient already sees a therapist. She sees a big value in communicating with allied health professionals and other medical doctors involve in a patient's care.
Dr. Mahmoudi spends good amount of time to do a thorough psychiatric evaluation and get to know her patients. She helps patients understand their symptoms and challenges with developing an individualized biopsychosocial formulation. She shares her finding and educate patients about possible diagnosis. She develops an individualized management plan that may include medications, therapy or combination of both. She makes sure to collaborate with patient's therapist if the patient already sees a therapist. She sees a big value in communicating with allied health professionals and other medical doctors involve in a patient's care.
(818) 514-7226 View (818) 514-7226
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Number of Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
39% 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.