Psychiatrists in Monterey County, CA

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Eudora Osuala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(831) 576-5998 View (831) 576-5998
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Mayumi Okuda Benavides
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carmel, CA 93923  (Online Only)
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
(831) 539-0572 View (831) 539-0572
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Naweed Hayat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
I approach each individual with a tailored treatment plan rooted in evidence-based medicine. Recognizing the uniqueness of each person, I employ a biopsychosocial model with a holistic perspective, considering biological, psychological, and social factors impacting mental health. By fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship, I empower clients to explore their challenges, develop coping skills, and achieve their desired outcomes.
I approach each individual with a tailored treatment plan rooted in evidence-based medicine. Recognizing the uniqueness of each person, I employ a biopsychosocial model with a holistic perspective, considering biological, psychological, and social factors impacting mental health. By fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship, I empower clients to explore their challenges, develop coping skills, and achieve their desired outcomes.
(831) 204-8593 View (831) 204-8593
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Dr. Rose Sivilli | Wildflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
I prioritize approaching each person with humanity and respect, creating a space where they are encouraged to be their authentic self. My goal is to provide you with thorough, personalized, collaborative, evidence-based psychiatric care that helps you thrive in your life. This typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation, medical workup, narrowing of diagnoses and discussion of treatment goals that might be best suited to you. I believe in taking a whole-person approach, looking at ways to optimize your lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and mindfulness.
I prioritize approaching each person with humanity and respect, creating a space where they are encouraged to be their authentic self. My goal is to provide you with thorough, personalized, collaborative, evidence-based psychiatric care that helps you thrive in your life. This typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation, medical workup, narrowing of diagnoses and discussion of treatment goals that might be best suited to you. I believe in taking a whole-person approach, looking at ways to optimize your lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and mindfulness.
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Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monterey, CA 93940
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Calm corner Mental health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Salinas, CA 93905
Are you struggling with episodes of mood swings, anxiety, depression? I know it took a lot of courage to get to this point. At calm corner mental health we understand that seeking mental health care that feels both supportive and culturally sensitive is essential. That's why we are proud to offer a team of experienced and compassionate black psychiatrists in Los Angeles who are committed to providing you with the highest level of mental care.
Are you struggling with episodes of mood swings, anxiety, depression? I know it took a lot of courage to get to this point. At calm corner mental health we understand that seeking mental health care that feels both supportive and culturally sensitive is essential. That's why we are proud to offer a team of experienced and compassionate black psychiatrists in Los Angeles who are committed to providing you with the highest level of mental care.
(562) 620-8482 View (562) 620-8482
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master 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 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 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 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.
(831) 231-3324 View (831) 231-3324
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
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.
(415) 862-3150 View (415) 862-3150
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Aaron J. Greene
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carmel, CA 93921  (Online Only)
Mental health evaluations and medication management for adults of all ages in California and Michigan. Whether you're feeling down, experiencing anxiety or anger, or having difficulty managing an overwhelming number of tasks, reaching out is the first step. I focus on minimizing the use of medications and optimizing doses when used to get the most benefit with the least side effects.
Mental health evaluations and medication management for adults of all ages in California and Michigan. Whether you're feeling down, experiencing anxiety or anger, or having difficulty managing an overwhelming number of tasks, reaching out is the first step. I focus on minimizing the use of medications and optimizing doses when used to get the most benefit with the least side effects.
(248) 720-6218 View (248) 720-6218
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (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.
(831) 406-5344 View (831) 406-5344
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Dr. Rajan Dunne | Wildflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
Not accepting new clients
I work with you to carefully create an individualized plan using the best of modern medicine plus holistic approaches (like comprehensive lab testing, sleep cycle optimization, nutrition, supplements, botanicals, and mind-body skills) so that you can thrive.
I work with you to carefully create an individualized plan using the best of modern medicine plus holistic approaches (like comprehensive lab testing, sleep cycle optimization, nutrition, supplements, botanicals, and mind-body skills) so that you can thrive.
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Andrea Ludwick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
June 2024: Currently taking new clients! Insurance accepted: Aetna, FHN, Cigna/Evernorth, UHC/Optum, Humana, TRICARE, Magellan, Medicare with more insurance carriers being covered soon. Cash pay/Out of Network is ok and we can provide a super bill upon request. My ideal client is someone who wants to understand their mental health and the different options for managing their symptoms and treating the underlying causes. You want to use the most up-to-date treatment strategies for your mental health. You are interested in building a lasting relationship with your provider.
June 2024: Currently taking new clients! Insurance accepted: Aetna, FHN, Cigna/Evernorth, UHC/Optum, Humana, TRICARE, Magellan, Medicare with more insurance carriers being covered soon. Cash pay/Out of Network is ok and we can provide a super bill upon request. My ideal client is someone who wants to understand their mental health and the different options for managing their symptoms and treating the underlying causes. You want to use the most up-to-date treatment strategies for your mental health. You are interested in building a lasting relationship with your provider.
(831) 291-3540 View (831) 291-3540
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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
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, 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. Welcome to Bonmente!
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, 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. Welcome to Bonmente!
(949) 996-0465 View (949) 996-0465
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Alma Caridad Ritsema
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
Accepting New Patients - We are acutely aware that there is a shortage of mental health care practitioners in the area at a time when so many people are struggling to maintain their mental health. We are happy to be a new and growing practice that can address this shortage and help new patients. The goal of Manresa Wellness is to provide mental health support to adults in our community by providing competent and compassionate care.
Accepting New Patients - We are acutely aware that there is a shortage of mental health care practitioners in the area at a time when so many people are struggling to maintain their mental health. We are happy to be a new and growing practice that can address this shortage and help new patients. The goal of Manresa Wellness is to provide mental health support to adults in our community by providing competent and compassionate care.
(831) 603-3938 View (831) 603-3938
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Inti Flores
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
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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James Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
(855) 466-4607 View (855) 466-4607
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Ferhad Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monterey, CA 93940
I specialize in treating patients with anxiety or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). I believe mental health is a vital aspect of any individual's well-being, and I work to have every patient with depression be as symptom-free as possible and enjoy life to the fullest. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to be an important treatment modality, as it allows me to work with my patients and tailor individual treatment modalities specific to their symptoms, and relieve their suffering from depression or another psychological disorder. I believe that TMS can be an alternative instrument or an addition to medications.
I specialize in treating patients with anxiety or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). I believe mental health is a vital aspect of any individual's well-being, and I work to have every patient with depression be as symptom-free as possible and enjoy life to the fullest. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to be an important treatment modality, as it allows me to work with my patients and tailor individual treatment modalities specific to their symptoms, and relieve their suffering from depression or another psychological disorder. I believe that TMS can be an alternative instrument or an addition to medications.
(650) 889-7759 View (650) 889-7759
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Wendla Anna Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monterey, CA 93940  (Online Only)
Dr. Schwartz is a seasoned physician and accomplished adult/child psychiatrist, renowned for her holistic approach to treatment that acknowledges the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. With over 25 years of clinical expertise, Dr. Schwartz specializes in addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions, including Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Depression, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Somatic disorders, Trauma/PTSD, DMDD, Autism, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders. Additionally, she possesses a deep understanding of disorders specific to children and their families.
Dr. Schwartz is a seasoned physician and accomplished adult/child psychiatrist, renowned for her holistic approach to treatment that acknowledges the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. With over 25 years of clinical expertise, Dr. Schwartz specializes in addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions, including Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Depression, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Somatic disorders, Trauma/PTSD, DMDD, Autism, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders. Additionally, she possesses a deep understanding of disorders specific to children and their families.
(408) 669-4651 View (408) 669-4651

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Number of Psychiatrists in Monterey County, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Monterey County, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
85% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Monterey County, CA see their clients

59% Online Only
41% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monterey 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.