Psychiatrists in Montecito, CA

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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montecito, CA 93108
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(657) 300-2401 View (657) 300-2401
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montecito, CA 93108
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(805) 600-5670 View (805) 600-5670
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Santa Barbara World Class Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montecito, CA 93108
Dr. Adham Malaty, an esteemed Psychiatrist, provides compassionate care to adults and seniors, catering to a wide range of mental health concerns. His expertise spans various areas, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnias, and addiction medicine. Dr. Malaty completed his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and went on to pursue his residency in psychiatry at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and Addiction Medicine
Dr. Adham Malaty, an esteemed Psychiatrist, provides compassionate care to adults and seniors, catering to a wide range of mental health concerns. His expertise spans various areas, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnias, and addiction medicine. Dr. Malaty completed his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and went on to pursue his residency in psychiatry at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and Addiction Medicine
(805) 730-0805 View (805) 730-0805
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montecito, CA 93108
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
(949) 264-5949 View (949) 264-5949
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Josephine McNary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montecito, CA 93108
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754

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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(805) 919-8935 View (805) 919-8935
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Shannon Enochs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93108  (Online Only)
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
(805) 738-6940 View (805) 738-6940
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93102  (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!
(805) 334-8702 View (805) 334-8702
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93102  (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!
(805) 429-2824 View (805) 429-2824
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Brian S. Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, I see adults and adolescents ages 15 and older who desire evaluation and treatment of their mental health issue(s) regardless of complexity. I offer a complete psychiatric evaluation, including a psychosocial assessment and make recommendations for you based on evidence-based practice guidelines. I have previously worked in the community mental health setting serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill populations of the Bay Area and Southern California. Psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic strategies are tailored to relieve the distressing symptoms impacting your life and well-being.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, I see adults and adolescents ages 15 and older who desire evaluation and treatment of their mental health issue(s) regardless of complexity. I offer a complete psychiatric evaluation, including a psychosocial assessment and make recommendations for you based on evidence-based practice guidelines. I have previously worked in the community mental health setting serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill populations of the Bay Area and Southern California. Psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic strategies are tailored to relieve the distressing symptoms impacting your life and well-being.
(805) 978-8146 View (805) 978-8146
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Michael Mrizek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
As a psychiatrist, I bring a blend of medical and psychological training to my practice. I work closely with my patients to understand their individual needs and preferences, taking a holistic approach to their care.
As a psychiatrist, I bring a blend of medical and psychological training to my practice. I work closely with my patients to understand their individual needs and preferences, taking a holistic approach to their care.
(202) 902-8845 View (202) 902-8845
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Samantha Lau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I specialize in ketamine/psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and psychiatric med management. Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself.
I specialize in ketamine/psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and psychiatric med management. Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself.
(805) 232-7756 View (805) 232-7756
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La Tasha Al-Jarboua
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Blossoming Wellbeing Telepsychiatry company that understands the barriers people face every day in accessing health care. Through the use of technology, patients are able to access care from anywhere without taking time off work, traveling long distances, or on vacation. Healthcare at your fingertips through our secure online patient portal with the convenient, 24-hour access to your personal health information, upload documents/pictures, schedule appointments, and email your provider directly. Patients will be able to see and speak to their provider through Healow Televisits.
Blossoming Wellbeing Telepsychiatry company that understands the barriers people face every day in accessing health care. Through the use of technology, patients are able to access care from anywhere without taking time off work, traveling long distances, or on vacation. Healthcare at your fingertips through our secure online patient portal with the convenient, 24-hour access to your personal health information, upload documents/pictures, schedule appointments, and email your provider directly. Patients will be able to see and speak to their provider through Healow Televisits.
(855) 593-0252 View (855) 593-0252
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(805) 900-4030 View (805) 900-4030
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Srikanth Challagundla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
I have worked in multiple settings including emergency room, inpatient acute care, detoxification center, drug rehabilitation, outpatient, as well as at a correctional facility. Working in these various settings have exposed me to various psychiatric illnesses in different settings with varying severity. I focused on patient-centric treatment and have realized the importance of patients understanding the illness and making treatment choices based on their complete understanding. I firmly believe that patient’s active participation in the treatment and having good understanding of the illness facilitates good outcomes.
I have worked in multiple settings including emergency room, inpatient acute care, detoxification center, drug rehabilitation, outpatient, as well as at a correctional facility. Working in these various settings have exposed me to various psychiatric illnesses in different settings with varying severity. I focused on patient-centric treatment and have realized the importance of patients understanding the illness and making treatment choices based on their complete understanding. I firmly believe that patient’s active participation in the treatment and having good understanding of the illness facilitates good outcomes.
(669) 238-2909 View (669) 238-2909
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Ryan Scoggins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
Dr. Ryan Scoggins is a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Originally, from Massachusetts Dr. Scoggins graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. After receiving his medical degree from Touro College of Medicine in New York he completed his general psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai in New York City. He went on to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Southern California. Dr. Scoggins specializes in treating children, transitional age youth and adults.
Dr. Ryan Scoggins is a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Originally, from Massachusetts Dr. Scoggins graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. After receiving his medical degree from Touro College of Medicine in New York he completed his general psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai in New York City. He went on to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Southern California. Dr. Scoggins specializes in treating children, transitional age youth and adults.
(805) 221-4200 View (805) 221-4200
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The Moment By Dr. Stacy Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
(424) 581-0896 View (424) 581-0896
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Mary P Meiselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Mary is passionate about guiding patients on their journey to improved wellness. Focused on psychiatry and medication management, she thrives on the dynamic nature of the field and embraces its ever-changing advances. Mary incorporates evidence-based approaches, offering support and psychoeducation and encouraging collaboration with other health care providers and family members. Her patients, predominantly composed of women, benefit from her holistic biopsychosocial approach, considering factors like support systems, living conditions, medical history, and social networks during evaluation and treatment.
Mary is passionate about guiding patients on their journey to improved wellness. Focused on psychiatry and medication management, she thrives on the dynamic nature of the field and embraces its ever-changing advances. Mary incorporates evidence-based approaches, offering support and psychoeducation and encouraging collaboration with other health care providers and family members. Her patients, predominantly composed of women, benefit from her holistic biopsychosocial approach, considering factors like support systems, living conditions, medical history, and social networks during evaluation and treatment.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Katrina Pratcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
(858) 544-3342 View (858) 544-3342
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
(858) 544-3133 View (858) 544-3133

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Montecito, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Montecito, CA who prioritize treating:

80% Anxiety
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Depression
60% ADHD
60% Sleep or Insomnia
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Montecito, CA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montecito?

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.