Psychiatrists in Morgan Hill, CA

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Mark Ashton Ritchie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morgan Hill, CA 95037  (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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Wendla Anna Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morgan Hill, CA 95037  (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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David Paul Goldstein
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
I am an experienced psychiatrist who believes in compassionate care for my patient’s health and well-being. One of my core values as part of my practice is being a skillful listener understanding the importance of working closely with each patient in developing an individualized treatment plan. Patients are respected and treated with the utmost sensitivity to whatever their situation may be. People come to me with a wide range of issues and may not understand why they are suffering with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, lack of energy, sleeping issues, eating and concentration issues.as well as difficulty with relationships.
I am an experienced psychiatrist who believes in compassionate care for my patient’s health and well-being. One of my core values as part of my practice is being a skillful listener understanding the importance of working closely with each patient in developing an individualized treatment plan. Patients are respected and treated with the utmost sensitivity to whatever their situation may be. People come to me with a wide range of issues and may not understand why they are suffering with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, lack of energy, sleeping issues, eating and concentration issues.as well as difficulty with relationships.
(650) 961-8923 View (650) 961-8923

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Arnold Fosah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020
If you're feeling sad or anxious or struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood, and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
If you're feeling sad or anxious or struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood, and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
(408) 617-9317 View (408) 617-9317
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Torri Taylor-Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
I am passionate prescriber that enjoys helping patients achieve their goals of emotional health and stability. I specialize in treating underserved members of the BIPOC and marginalized communities, young/teen parents, & those who have experienced trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). I have a welcoming interpersonal style with flexible availability to support your lifestyle.
I am passionate prescriber that enjoys helping patients achieve their goals of emotional health and stability. I specialize in treating underserved members of the BIPOC and marginalized communities, young/teen parents, & those who have experienced trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). I have a welcoming interpersonal style with flexible availability to support your lifestyle.
(408) 337-9122 View (408) 337-9122
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (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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Ferhad Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
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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Michael They
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, Suboxone, and substance use disorder.
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, Suboxone, and substance use disorder.
(707) 505-9140 View (707) 505-9140
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Renata Costa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
I believe that every human being has the ability to create a sense of wellbeing and peace in their life. I am here to walk alongside you and find the path that can help you reach your goals. I use a holistic and compassionate approach in my practice. I believe loyalty and integrity must be the basis for every encounter. Comprehensive psychiatric care involves not only medication management, but also cognitive/behavioral strategies, client-based interventions, family collaboration, mindfulness and a variety of tools to help you succeed.
I believe that every human being has the ability to create a sense of wellbeing and peace in their life. I am here to walk alongside you and find the path that can help you reach your goals. I use a holistic and compassionate approach in my practice. I believe loyalty and integrity must be the basis for every encounter. Comprehensive psychiatric care involves not only medication management, but also cognitive/behavioral strategies, client-based interventions, family collaboration, mindfulness and a variety of tools to help you succeed.
(669) 322-5979 View (669) 322-5979
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020
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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Photo of Dr. Anne Phan-Huy, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (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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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95139
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(657) 530-5700 View (657) 530-5700
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Carolain Peregrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
(408) 317-0543 View (408) 317-0543
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Kerstin Helgason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and help with mental health medication, combined psychotherapy and medication, and Ketamine therapy, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or Ketamine without therapy. As a therapist and nurse practitioner I have a broad perspective that ranges from the biological and body to the psychological and spiritual. Our bodies and minds naturally want to heal, but we may need some help in doing so. I'd love to help you along in your healing.
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and help with mental health medication, combined psychotherapy and medication, and Ketamine therapy, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or Ketamine without therapy. As a therapist and nurse practitioner I have a broad perspective that ranges from the biological and body to the psychological and spiritual. Our bodies and minds naturally want to heal, but we may need some help in doing so. I'd love to help you along in your healing.
(408) 837-4677 View (408) 837-4677

Online Psychiatrists

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Thad Matthew Makowski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newark, CA 94560  (Online Only)
Best Psychiatric Care for adults and children same day appointment available if you need help with mental health, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or substance use, we have a team of highly skilled psychiatrists, nurse practitioners. We use holistic and medication management.
Best Psychiatric Care for adults and children same day appointment available if you need help with mental health, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or substance use, we have a team of highly skilled psychiatrists, nurse practitioners. We use holistic and medication management.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113
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Michael They
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Insomnia (eg. Panic disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar and Schizophrenia, Alcohol use disorder, drug use disorder, Suboxone and erectile dysfunction.
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Insomnia (eg. Panic disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar and Schizophrenia, Alcohol use disorder, drug use disorder, Suboxone and erectile dysfunction.
(628) 277-3710 View (628) 277-3710
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Hari Nair
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
I strive to create a judgement free, welcoming environment and treat my patients in a holistic and culturally competent manner through the use of evidence-based therapies and medications. I use a comprehensive approach to understand the emotional, psychosocial and interpersonal spheres of my patients' lives. This allows me to identify the strengths, vulnerabilities and needs of my patients. I prioritize making my patients feel as comfortable as possible, often by engaging them in their own interests.
I strive to create a judgement free, welcoming environment and treat my patients in a holistic and culturally competent manner through the use of evidence-based therapies and medications. I use a comprehensive approach to understand the emotional, psychosocial and interpersonal spheres of my patients' lives. This allows me to identify the strengths, vulnerabilities and needs of my patients. I prioritize making my patients feel as comfortable as possible, often by engaging them in their own interests.
(650) 627-7523 View (650) 627-7523
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(341) 895-7292 View (341) 895-7292
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Amy Thomson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Amy Thomson, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who trained at the University of California, San Francisco. With a client- centered lens and evidence-based practice I provide psychiatric assessments, medications and psychotherapy for adults. I listen with a sincere interest to understanding your experience & concerns and with a compassionate approach teach adaptive strategies that foster wellness. Building a strong therapeutic connection is one of the aspects of this work I enjoy the most.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who trained at the University of California, San Francisco. With a client- centered lens and evidence-based practice I provide psychiatric assessments, medications and psychotherapy for adults. I listen with a sincere interest to understanding your experience & concerns and with a compassionate approach teach adaptive strategies that foster wellness. Building a strong therapeutic connection is one of the aspects of this work I enjoy the most.
(510) 822-7536 View (510) 822-7536
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Bay Area Psychiatric - Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, CS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94111
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
(415) 650-4303 View (415) 650-4303

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Number of Psychiatrists in Morgan Hill, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Morgan Hill, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% Depression
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

30 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Morgan Hill, CA see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Morgan Hill?

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.