Psychiatrists in Los Gatos, CA

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Andrew Shiovitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Dr. Shiovitz is an adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing in California for over 4 years. He received an undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology and his M.D. degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Shiovitz then completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno. While a resident, Dr. Shiovitz consistently scored extremely high in the National Psychiatric Resident in Training Examination, which qualified him to represent his program twice in the National Psychiatric Resident Competition.
Dr. Shiovitz is an adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing in California for over 4 years. He received an undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology and his M.D. degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Shiovitz then completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno. While a resident, Dr. Shiovitz consistently scored extremely high in the National Psychiatric Resident in Training Examination, which qualified him to represent his program twice in the National Psychiatric Resident Competition.
(669) 338-4315 View (669) 338-4315
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Yujin Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
If you want to know your true-self, if you are curious about what built your personality and character, if you want to know where your depression and anxiety come from, if you wonder how you can be healthier and stronger, or if you are interested in what good life and good death are like, please meet me and talk with me. Share your daily life, thoughts and emotion with me. Let's find out your true self and let you be you. My goal is for you to love yourself as you are. That's the purpose of life. That makes your life a good life. That makes your death a good death. You deserve to be a better version of yourself everyday.
If you want to know your true-self, if you are curious about what built your personality and character, if you want to know where your depression and anxiety come from, if you wonder how you can be healthier and stronger, or if you are interested in what good life and good death are like, please meet me and talk with me. Share your daily life, thoughts and emotion with me. Let's find out your true self and let you be you. My goal is for you to love yourself as you are. That's the purpose of life. That makes your life a good life. That makes your death a good death. You deserve to be a better version of yourself everyday.
(408) 840-4728 View (408) 840-4728
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Monica Sinha-Evenson
Psychiatrist, MD, MHS
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I trained in the Stanford Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where I held the position of Chief Resident, and I am currently an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford where I teach and supervise residents. My areas of expertise include medication management and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The appropriate mental health care at the right time has the power to transform lives. I’m quite lucky to be able to say that my passion is also my profession, and I consider it a privilege to be a psychiatrist and to help people get through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
I trained in the Stanford Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where I held the position of Chief Resident, and I am currently an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford where I teach and supervise residents. My areas of expertise include medication management and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The appropriate mental health care at the right time has the power to transform lives. I’m quite lucky to be able to say that my passion is also my profession, and I consider it a privilege to be a psychiatrist and to help people get through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
(669) 232-8134 View (669) 232-8134
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(408) 351-7422 View (408) 351-7422
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(650) 436-4177 View (650) 436-4177
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Southern Oregon Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management, limited psychotherapy & ketamine treatment to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and other psychiatric & neurodevelopmental conditions throughout Oregon. Direct, open-minded & non-judgmental in my approach, I believe in partnering with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing the best available/most current evidence-based research in neuropsychiatry, as well as complementary & alternative treatments.
Offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management, limited psychotherapy & ketamine treatment to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia and other psychiatric & neurodevelopmental conditions throughout Oregon. Direct, open-minded & non-judgmental in my approach, I believe in partnering with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing the best available/most current evidence-based research in neuropsychiatry, as well as complementary & alternative treatments.
(541) 203-6352 View (541) 203-6352
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Ahmed Khan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I am a Stanford and Emory trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Each patient of mine is a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, I create a specialized treatment plan in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. I have particular expertise in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Adult ADHD. I am trained, among other therapeutic methods, in Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Stanford University.
I am a Stanford and Emory trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Each patient of mine is a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, I create a specialized treatment plan in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. I have particular expertise in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Adult ADHD. I am trained, among other therapeutic methods, in Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Stanford University.
(650) 714-7737 View (650) 714-7737
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Sandra Kamiak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
(408) 610-1249 View (408) 610-1249
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Mark Ashton Ritchie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
Persons suffering emotional illness often are hesitant to trust others. Yet they must bridge this gap if they're to ask for and receive help. It's an evolving process that is made easier by encountering and interacting with empathetic, engaged, and experienced professionals. In addition, those professionals must be flexible, open-eared as well as open-minded if they truly desire to understand the person they're trying to help. This process begins at the first appointment when a psychiatrist must help the seeker answer the most important of questions: Can we talk, really talk? Can I trust him? Can he help me? Will he help me?
Persons suffering emotional illness often are hesitant to trust others. Yet they must bridge this gap if they're to ask for and receive help. It's an evolving process that is made easier by encountering and interacting with empathetic, engaged, and experienced professionals. In addition, those professionals must be flexible, open-eared as well as open-minded if they truly desire to understand the person they're trying to help. This process begins at the first appointment when a psychiatrist must help the seeker answer the most important of questions: Can we talk, really talk? Can I trust him? Can he help me? Will he help me?
(408) 542-0509 View (408) 542-0509
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Lawrence Cronin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I have practiced as a psychiatrist for over 25 years. I graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and completed a psychiatry residency at UC San Francisco. I specialize in working with adult men. My particular areas of interest are Bipolar & Depressive Disorders along with Anxiety & Addiction issues. My evaluations are very thorough & detailed. I take a holistic approach working with each patient's background and their treatment preferences. Medication management is often a part of treatment. There can be significant paperwork to fill out as part of the evaluation. This facilitates the best use of our time together.
I have practiced as a psychiatrist for over 25 years. I graduated from University of Michigan Medical School and completed a psychiatry residency at UC San Francisco. I specialize in working with adult men. My particular areas of interest are Bipolar & Depressive Disorders along with Anxiety & Addiction issues. My evaluations are very thorough & detailed. I take a holistic approach working with each patient's background and their treatment preferences. Medication management is often a part of treatment. There can be significant paperwork to fill out as part of the evaluation. This facilitates the best use of our time together.
(831) 221-9095 View (831) 221-9095
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Inti Flores
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I treat a wide range of concerns including problems related to mood and anxiety, difficulties with intimacy and relationships, self-defeating behaviors, substance use problems, PTSD and complex forms of developmental trauma, challenging stage-of-life transitions, loss and bereavement, concerns regarding gender and sexuality, difficulties stemming from socially and culturally located trauma, living with pain and/or medical illness, as well as other problems adapting to stressful circumstances.
I treat a wide range of concerns including problems related to mood and anxiety, difficulties with intimacy and relationships, self-defeating behaviors, substance use problems, PTSD and complex forms of developmental trauma, challenging stage-of-life transitions, loss and bereavement, concerns regarding gender and sexuality, difficulties stemming from socially and culturally located trauma, living with pain and/or medical illness, as well as other problems adapting to stressful circumstances.
(831) 218-6902 View (831) 218-6902
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Makenzie Wesner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly identified mental health challenges in children and teens. However, far too many go far too long without a deeper, comprehensive understanding of their unique barriers and gifts. For example, high academic performance and gender disparities may delay autism diagnosis. Sensory processing challenges generally underly ADHD. I designed a developmental psychiatry practice known as Behavioral Medicine at Family/Teen Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in order to provide toddlers to young adults - as well as their families - quick access to accurate, high-quality.
Behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly identified mental health challenges in children and teens. However, far too many go far too long without a deeper, comprehensive understanding of their unique barriers and gifts. For example, high academic performance and gender disparities may delay autism diagnosis. Sensory processing challenges generally underly ADHD. I designed a developmental psychiatry practice known as Behavioral Medicine at Family/Teen Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in order to provide toddlers to young adults - as well as their families - quick access to accurate, high-quality.
(669) 305-6069 View (669) 305-6069
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Michael Quach MD | Willow Glen Psychiatry For Men
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
You deserve more. More control over your mood. More focus and direction. More meaning in every pursuit. I offer a confidential, judgment-free zone where men like you can finally tackle those emotional challenges head-on. My focus is laser-sharp – Men's Mental Health. I understand the unique pressures you face, the biological and cultural currents that shape your experiences. I'm here to listen, strategize, and equip you with the tools you need to conquer whatever you're facing.
You deserve more. More control over your mood. More focus and direction. More meaning in every pursuit. I offer a confidential, judgment-free zone where men like you can finally tackle those emotional challenges head-on. My focus is laser-sharp – Men's Mental Health. I understand the unique pressures you face, the biological and cultural currents that shape your experiences. I'm here to listen, strategize, and equip you with the tools you need to conquer whatever you're facing.
(669) 210-7466 View (669) 210-7466
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Integrated Psychiatric Nursing Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95033
I offer comprehensive psychiatric services to children, teens and adults. I work with adolescents and adults with bipolar and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. l enjoy helping kiddos navigate ADHD, ODD, DMDD treatment options and psychotherapeutic interventions which may be beneficial. My goal is to help each client reach their goals and explore all domains of life and evaluate areas which may need some extra care. Whether you're going through a life stressor and need help navigating that or are ready to work on a chronic problem, I am here to help see you through this and provide you with comprehensive care.
I offer comprehensive psychiatric services to children, teens and adults. I work with adolescents and adults with bipolar and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. l enjoy helping kiddos navigate ADHD, ODD, DMDD treatment options and psychotherapeutic interventions which may be beneficial. My goal is to help each client reach their goals and explore all domains of life and evaluate areas which may need some extra care. Whether you're going through a life stressor and need help navigating that or are ready to work on a chronic problem, I am here to help see you through this and provide you with comprehensive care.
(831) 612-1379 View (831) 612-1379
Clear Minds Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 317-4958 View (408) 317-4958

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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William Yang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95112  (Online Only)
Virtual appointments only - I am a dedicated and compassionate board certified psychiatrist committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. I help my patients better understand the complex nature of the human mind and address the diverse range of mental health challenges that they may be facing. I believe in a person-centered approach, incorporating evidence-based treatments and therapeutic interventions to support my patients on their journey towards healing and growth.
Virtual appointments only - I am a dedicated and compassionate board certified psychiatrist committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. I help my patients better understand the complex nature of the human mind and address the diverse range of mental health challenges that they may be facing. I believe in a person-centered approach, incorporating evidence-based treatments and therapeutic interventions to support my patients on their journey towards healing and growth.
(860) 926-5223 View (860) 926-5223
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Kathleen Seaton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
My mission is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care. I do this by specializing in diagnostic clarification of complex cases by using the latest in diagnostic tools, by providing clear and consistent communication with all patients so we holistically understand your goals and preferences, as well as collaborating with the rest of your care team. ​​My goal is to transform lives by providing personalized, compassionate care that respects the unique journey of each individual, fostering a healthier, happier society where mental well-being is given the importance it deserves.
My mission is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care. I do this by specializing in diagnostic clarification of complex cases by using the latest in diagnostic tools, by providing clear and consistent communication with all patients so we holistically understand your goals and preferences, as well as collaborating with the rest of your care team. ​​My goal is to transform lives by providing personalized, compassionate care that respects the unique journey of each individual, fostering a healthier, happier society where mental well-being is given the importance it deserves.
(669) 322-8502 View (669) 322-8502
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Kristine Daugherty
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95196  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Kristine Daugherty, a seasoned Physician Assistant with a passion for patient-centered healthcare. With over 10 years of experience, I've dedicated myself to empowering individuals in achieving their health and wellness goals. My journey in healthcare has been diverse, encompassing areas such as pain management, mental health, functional medicine, and urgent care. Throughout my career, I've cultivated a holistic approach to care, placing emphasis on understanding each patient's unique needs and circumstances.
Welcome! I'm Kristine Daugherty, a seasoned Physician Assistant with a passion for patient-centered healthcare. With over 10 years of experience, I've dedicated myself to empowering individuals in achieving their health and wellness goals. My journey in healthcare has been diverse, encompassing areas such as pain management, mental health, functional medicine, and urgent care. Throughout my career, I've cultivated a holistic approach to care, placing emphasis on understanding each patient's unique needs and circumstances.
(818) 463-2331 View (818) 463-2331
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95102  (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!
(650) 789-7742 View (650) 789-7742
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Thomas Mottsin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95101  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
(844) 993-0717 View (844) 993-0717

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Los Gatos, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in Los Gatos, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
93% Medication Management
80% Depression
80% Sleep or Insomnia
73% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Moda Health
100% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Los Gatos, CA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Male
30% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Los Gatos?

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.