Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County, CA

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Karine Setyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (Online Only)
Karine Setyan is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Her great passion is bringing out the fullest potential, and guiding healing to clients across the life span.
Karine Setyan is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Her great passion is bringing out the fullest potential, and guiding healing to clients across the life span.
(877) 515-8113 View (877) 515-8113
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Kelly Maher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelly Maher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Boston College, a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Rutgers University School of Nursing, a Master of Science, Nursing from California State University and a Master of Science, Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. Kelly possesses 18 years of professional experience in the mental health field, including 10 years as a bedside nurse in a variety of inpatient psychiatric settings.
Kelly Maher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Boston College, a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Rutgers University School of Nursing, a Master of Science, Nursing from California State University and a Master of Science, Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. Kelly possesses 18 years of professional experience in the mental health field, including 10 years as a bedside nurse in a variety of inpatient psychiatric settings.
(424) 414-7673 View (424) 414-7673
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Jaspreet Takhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (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) 361-2205 View (310) 361-2205
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(424) 222-8835 View (424) 222-8835
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Christopher Hong
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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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CopeWell Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90029  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
(213) 493-0990 View (213) 493-0990
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Dr. Alex Sahba
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
I’ve been a board certified psychiatrist since 2007. I use evidence-based models of psychiatric assessment, medication management and psychotherapy treatment, in addition to exercise and nutrition to create a whole-person treatment plan specific to individual needs. I believe that psychiatric medications can be very helpful in providing the support and stability that a patient needs to overcome their symptoms and condition. Most often, medication management in combination with psychotherapy achieves the best outcomes. I’m not affiliated with any medical insurance company.
I’ve been a board certified psychiatrist since 2007. I use evidence-based models of psychiatric assessment, medication management and psychotherapy treatment, in addition to exercise and nutrition to create a whole-person treatment plan specific to individual needs. I believe that psychiatric medications can be very helpful in providing the support and stability that a patient needs to overcome their symptoms and condition. Most often, medication management in combination with psychotherapy achieves the best outcomes. I’m not affiliated with any medical insurance company.
(424) 766-5847 View (424) 766-5847
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Alexis Hinds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
(323) 486-5756 View (323) 486-5756
Cynthia Key
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in medication management.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in medication management.
(877) 515-8113 View (877) 515-8113
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Josefina Reyes Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 368-9489 View (424) 368-9489
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Agnes Kwon Simone
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
I am a UCLA-trained, board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I work with adolescents, young adults and adults. I am passionate about my integrative approach to mental health care. While I provide medication management, I also highlight the importance of non-pharmacologic interventions including healthy lifestyle changes, mindfulness, and psychotherapy.
I am a UCLA-trained, board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I work with adolescents, young adults and adults. I am passionate about my integrative approach to mental health care. While I provide medication management, I also highlight the importance of non-pharmacologic interventions including healthy lifestyle changes, mindfulness, and psychotherapy.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
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Sarah N Mourra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and treat adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. My areas of interest and experience include college mental health, integrating psychotherapy with medication, mood disorders, thought disorders, depression and anxiety, healthy aging and memory issues, as well as psychiatric issues in pregnancy and post partum. I strongly believe that understanding and knowing my patients well is crucial to forming a strong alliance and providing good care that is tailored to the whole person--whether through medication, therapy or both.
I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and treat adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. My areas of interest and experience include college mental health, integrating psychotherapy with medication, mood disorders, thought disorders, depression and anxiety, healthy aging and memory issues, as well as psychiatric issues in pregnancy and post partum. I strongly believe that understanding and knowing my patients well is crucial to forming a strong alliance and providing good care that is tailored to the whole person--whether through medication, therapy or both.
(310) 361-0886 View (310) 361-0886
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Taylor Alexander
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!
(818) 717-7025 View (818) 717-7025
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Cristian Penciu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91202
Discover balance and clarity in today's digital world with Dr. Cristian Penciu. If you or someone you know is grappling with anxiety, depression, or ADHD, let's navigate these challenges together. Recognized among the top psychiatrists for contemporary mental health solutions in our digital age, my approach focuses on the latest techniques for depression relief, anxiety management, and ADHD therapy. With a consistent ranking among top results for best psychiatrist and online mental health consultation, my digital reach ensures you're connecting with renowned expertise.
Discover balance and clarity in today's digital world with Dr. Cristian Penciu. If you or someone you know is grappling with anxiety, depression, or ADHD, let's navigate these challenges together. Recognized among the top psychiatrists for contemporary mental health solutions in our digital age, my approach focuses on the latest techniques for depression relief, anxiety management, and ADHD therapy. With a consistent ranking among top results for best psychiatrist and online mental health consultation, my digital reach ensures you're connecting with renowned expertise.
(747) 285-7942 View (747) 285-7942
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Ellie Mizani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048  (Online Only)
My top priority is the well being of my patients and their families and I pride myself in providing the absolute highest quality of psychiatric care to my patients. My practice is focused on treating children, adolescents and young adults with mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders, as well as addiction. One of my areas of specialty is ADHD for which I have had specialized training. I am currently a staff physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was previously Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at USC and an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
My top priority is the well being of my patients and their families and I pride myself in providing the absolute highest quality of psychiatric care to my patients. My practice is focused on treating children, adolescents and young adults with mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders, as well as addiction. One of my areas of specialty is ADHD for which I have had specialized training. I am currently a staff physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was previously Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at USC and an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
(310) 929-6912 View (310) 929-6912
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Adriane Alcalá Moss
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028
17 Jun 21: I am accepting clients for formal psychiatric care from OREGON only at this time. I do provide holistic health counseling and coaching for any location. Please go to my website for more details. Services are currently 100% online/virtual via ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Hangouts in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines published at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/telehealth/index.html
17 Jun 21: I am accepting clients for formal psychiatric care from OREGON only at this time. I do provide holistic health counseling and coaching for any location. Please go to my website for more details. Services are currently 100% online/virtual via ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Google Hangouts in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines published at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/telehealth/index.html
(541) 760-7958 View (541) 760-7958
Photo of Taylor Alexander, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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!
(424) 317-8526 View (424) 317-8526
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Sarah Oreck
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90211  (Online Only)
I'm a Columbia University-trained psychiatrist focusing on women's mental wellness. In addition to my expertise in general and addiction psychiatry, I'm one of a few doctors with specialized training in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I provide highly personalized and empathic treatment to women throughout the reproductive life cycle. I believe in treating both body and mind through mindful breathing and meditation in addition to talk therapy and the most up-to-date medication treatments. I treat patients with mood and anxiety symptoms, chronic pelvic pain, trauma, ADHD, addiction and eating disorders.
I'm a Columbia University-trained psychiatrist focusing on women's mental wellness. In addition to my expertise in general and addiction psychiatry, I'm one of a few doctors with specialized training in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I provide highly personalized and empathic treatment to women throughout the reproductive life cycle. I believe in treating both body and mind through mindful breathing and meditation in addition to talk therapy and the most up-to-date medication treatments. I treat patients with mood and anxiety symptoms, chronic pelvic pain, trauma, ADHD, addiction and eating disorders.
(424) 347-8259 View (424) 347-8259
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Rebecca Salamo
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, and perinatal mental illness. I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment, taking a careful history to ensure all aspects of an individual’s wellbeing are considered, including environmental stressors, physical health, and lifestyle factors. I use medication management in conjunction with therapeutic interventions, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, and perinatal mental illness. I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment, taking a careful history to ensure all aspects of an individual’s wellbeing are considered, including environmental stressors, physical health, and lifestyle factors. I use medication management in conjunction with therapeutic interventions, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
(424) 243-7361 View (424) 243-7361
Photo of Geraldine Dugan, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Geraldine Dugan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91204
Geraldine is board-certified and treats adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Geraldine is board-certified and treats adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006

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Number of Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County, CA see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% 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 County?

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.