Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA

Photo of Minoo Mahmoudi, Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA
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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Michael Kanell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients. Dr. Kanell is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in West Los Angeles and remotely in Tennessee. Dr. Kanell's approach balances evidence-based medication with emotionally aware therapy to help you make real change. His goal is to help you live your own life honestly and build the self-reliance to take control of your future and make deep character change.
Currently accepting new patients. Dr. Kanell is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in West Los Angeles and remotely in Tennessee. Dr. Kanell's approach balances evidence-based medication with emotionally aware therapy to help you make real change. His goal is to help you live your own life honestly and build the self-reliance to take control of your future and make deep character change.
(310) 361-4381 View (310) 361-4381
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Daniel Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90006
My name is Daniel Chandler. I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychotherapy and medication management for those who want to improve their mental health and well-being. My focus is on those suffering from depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. I am comfortable treating all conditions within my specialty. My therapeutic approach is integrative, trauma-informed, and compassion focused. I use motivational interviewing, with supportive care, to address all of your goals. I want to help you find the right medication regimen at the lowest dose that works for you.
My name is Daniel Chandler. I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychotherapy and medication management for those who want to improve their mental health and well-being. My focus is on those suffering from depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. I am comfortable treating all conditions within my specialty. My therapeutic approach is integrative, trauma-informed, and compassion focused. I use motivational interviewing, with supportive care, to address all of your goals. I want to help you find the right medication regimen at the lowest dose that works for you.
(213) 642-3161 View (213) 642-3161
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Ketamine Therapy Ctr | MHC Cedars-Sinai East Tower
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Ketamine therapy is a powerful treatment option as part of a comprehensive care plan for depression and other mood disorders. This ability to reduce self-harm automatically puts ketamine into a very select group of medications, along with lithium and clozapine. Reducing self-harm is a result which no other antidepressant has ever been proven to have.
Ketamine therapy is a powerful treatment option as part of a comprehensive care plan for depression and other mood disorders. This ability to reduce self-harm automatically puts ketamine into a very select group of medications, along with lithium and clozapine. Reducing self-harm is a result which no other antidepressant has ever been proven to have.
(310) 564-2546 View (310) 564-2546
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Candyce DeLoatch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
Let's work together to help you reach your goals. Whether you or your child desire to emerge from the depths of persistent sadness, stabilize your highs and lows, diminish the impact of voices, visions and paranoid thinking, or reduce chronic worry and fear, we'll devise a plan to improve your state of mind. If you or your child have trouble paying attention in school, struggle with social interactions or making friends, display behavioral problems including tantrums and physical aggression or suffer low mood or chronic worry, request an evaluation to begin the treatment process.
Let's work together to help you reach your goals. Whether you or your child desire to emerge from the depths of persistent sadness, stabilize your highs and lows, diminish the impact of voices, visions and paranoid thinking, or reduce chronic worry and fear, we'll devise a plan to improve your state of mind. If you or your child have trouble paying attention in school, struggle with social interactions or making friends, display behavioral problems including tantrums and physical aggression or suffer low mood or chronic worry, request an evaluation to begin the treatment process.
(424) 322-1087 View (424) 322-1087
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Vista Mental Health
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Dr. Deborah Fein is a psychiatrist in private practice providing mental health services in Los Angeles. Her treatment is focused on providing a personalized experience, throughout the entire course of treatment. Patients are able to contact her directly, which helps to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes. Treatment recommendations are based on the best current research and clinical evidence available. Dr. Fein will take a medical history and may recommend labs, studies, or referrals to other providers, as appropriate, so that any complicating factors in the treatment can be properly addressed and treated.
Dr. Deborah Fein is a psychiatrist in private practice providing mental health services in Los Angeles. Her treatment is focused on providing a personalized experience, throughout the entire course of treatment. Patients are able to contact her directly, which helps to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes. Treatment recommendations are based on the best current research and clinical evidence available. Dr. Fein will take a medical history and may recommend labs, studies, or referrals to other providers, as appropriate, so that any complicating factors in the treatment can be properly addressed and treated.
(323) 988-0261 View (323) 988-0261
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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 twenty-six 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 twenty-six 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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Christopher Hong
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90013  (Online Only)
I am a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I treat patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, autism spectrum disorder, and other common and complex conditions. I utilize an evidence-based and holistic approach to treatment and aim to individualize each patient's treatment to their specific needs. Please click "My Website" to the right to book a consultation with me. I am excited to meet you!
I am a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I treat patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, autism spectrum disorder, and other common and complex conditions. I utilize an evidence-based and holistic approach to treatment and aim to individualize each patient's treatment to their specific needs. Please click "My Website" to the right to book a consultation with me. I am excited to meet you!
(323) 970-2850 View (323) 970-2850
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Michelle Sloan | Mindly Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Dr. Michelle Sloan is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the founder of Mindly Health. With a deep passion for helping others, she is dedicated to fostering healing and growth through personalized and holistic care. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Cruz where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Neuroscience. She received her Medical Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and was elected to the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Michelle Sloan is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the founder of Mindly Health. With a deep passion for helping others, she is dedicated to fostering healing and growth through personalized and holistic care. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Cruz where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Neuroscience. She received her Medical Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and was elected to the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
(323) 212-5174 View (323) 212-5174
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Miriam Winthrop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I believe in taking a holistic approach to addressing mental health. In addition to my expertise in the use of medications, I have extensive training in multiple types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented modalities. I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, dementia-related concerns, and end-of-life issues.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I believe in taking a holistic approach to addressing mental health. In addition to my expertise in the use of medications, I have extensive training in multiple types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented modalities. I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, dementia-related concerns, and end-of-life issues.
(424) 799-0520 View (424) 799-0520
Photo of Gina Ameri, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles, CA
Gina Ameri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I have been actively treating mental health conditions across the lifespan, seeing patients ages 8-70. I have 3 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have over 17 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am fully licensed in both California and Nevada, treating patients in both States. I manage an array of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, ODD, and ADHD, to name a few.
I have been actively treating mental health conditions across the lifespan, seeing patients ages 8-70. I have 3 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have over 17 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am fully licensed in both California and Nevada, treating patients in both States. I manage an array of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, ODD, and ADHD, to name a few.
(424) 799-1058 View (424) 799-1058
Photo of Carolina Covarrubias, Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA
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
Photo of Alexandra Presler, Physician Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo. To request an appointment, please fill out this form: www.pacificmindhealth.com/newclient.
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo. To request an appointment, please fill out this form: www.pacificmindhealth.com/newclient.
(818) 614-5296 View (818) 614-5296
Photo of Gennady Musher, M.D., Ph.D., TMS Neuro Institute, Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA
Gennady Musher, M.D., Ph.D., TMS Neuro Institute
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dr. Musher is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He began his psychiatry career nearly many years ago. He completed his PhD in psychiatry in 1988 and he served his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He has been in private practice since 1998 and has experience in the evaluation and treatment of major psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to: major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders and forensic evaluations.
Dr. Musher is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He began his psychiatry career nearly many years ago. He completed his PhD in psychiatry in 1988 and he served his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He has been in private practice since 1998 and has experience in the evaluation and treatment of major psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to: major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders and forensic evaluations.
(323) 433-6442 View (323) 433-6442
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Dr Priti Bhardwaj - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows 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 well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with 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 toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows 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 well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with 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 toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
(424) 459-7847 View (424) 459-7847
Photo of Van Dyke DeGolia, Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA
Van Dyke DeGolia
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I am a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with an interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Relational Psychoanalysis, psychiatric diagnosis, and the impact of anxiety on self-esteem, relational issues, and overall well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I have extensive experience treating and supervising others who treate people suffering from narcissism, trauma, dissociation, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I primarily offer weekly to more intensive psychoanalytic treatment. I mostly prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and psychotherapy.
I am a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with an interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Relational Psychoanalysis, psychiatric diagnosis, and the impact of anxiety on self-esteem, relational issues, and overall well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I have extensive experience treating and supervising others who treate people suffering from narcissism, trauma, dissociation, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I primarily offer weekly to more intensive psychoanalytic treatment. I mostly prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and psychotherapy.
(424) 360-2431 View (424) 360-2431
Photo of Halee Fullerton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles, CA
Halee Fullerton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
My name is Halee Fullerton. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that has worked in various settings. I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating depression, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders in children/adolescents and young adults.
My name is Halee Fullerton. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that has worked in various settings. I specialize in medication management. I offer a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders. My specific interests are treating depression, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders in children/adolescents and young adults.
(818) 824-8119 View (818) 824-8119
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H R Naficy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in Silver Lake on the Eastside of Los Angeles, using psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle improvements, as well as whole-body, holistic and complementary approaches to provide thoughtful and compassionate care to creative and other professionals. I believe our stories, experiences and identity are entangled with our biology, and understand each patient is unique in who they are and what they might need. Using a personalized, integrative model, I work collaboratively with each patient to overcome barriers, cultivate strengths, relieve suffering, enhance meaning and thrive.
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in Silver Lake on the Eastside of Los Angeles, using psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle improvements, as well as whole-body, holistic and complementary approaches to provide thoughtful and compassionate care to creative and other professionals. I believe our stories, experiences and identity are entangled with our biology, and understand each patient is unique in who they are and what they might need. Using a personalized, integrative model, I work collaboratively with each patient to overcome barriers, cultivate strengths, relieve suffering, enhance meaning and thrive.
(323) 430-9359 View (323) 430-9359
Photo of April Bodily, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Los Angeles, CA
April Bodily
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Welcome! My name is April and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 18 years of experience in the nursing field, I am here to help clients of all walks of life. I frequently work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, BPAD, AUD, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, and other mood disorders. I am passionate about providing compassionate, patient-focused mental health care making sure that everyone feels heard, valued, and respected.
Welcome! My name is April and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 18 years of experience in the nursing field, I am here to help clients of all walks of life. I frequently work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, BPAD, AUD, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, and other mood disorders. I am passionate about providing compassionate, patient-focused mental health care making sure that everyone feels heard, valued, and respected.
(323) 498-3122 View (323) 498-3122
Photo of Brian Lam, Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA
Brian Lam
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I am a strong proponent of collaborating with the patient to create a tailored holistic and evidence-based management plan that incorporates the anatomic, mental, cultural, and social variations of each patient. I have considerable training in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and specialize in major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
I am a strong proponent of collaborating with the patient to create a tailored holistic and evidence-based management plan that incorporates the anatomic, mental, cultural, and social variations of each patient. I have considerable training in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and specialize in major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
(323) 676-2087 View (323) 676-2087

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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
94% Depression
77% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
75% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Los Angeles, CA see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% 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.