Psychiatrists in Mt Baldy, CA

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Isabella Chai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mt Baldy, CA 91759  (Online Only)
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
(626) 736-1322 View (626) 736-1322
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Sen Sen Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mt Baldy, CA 91759
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
(626) 667-2449 View (626) 667-2449
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Camay Rooney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mt Baldy, CA 91759  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
(626) 790-2885 View (626) 790-2885

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Dr. Denise Persichino
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
(951) 903-5818 View (951) 903-5818
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alta Loma, CA 91701  (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.
(424) 287-4981 View (424) 287-4981
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Rebecca Kornbluh
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Upland, CA 91784
I provide personalized and compassionate care to patients of all ages. I am an experienced, Harvard University-trained Psychiatrist who has done influential writing in the field of psychiatry. I work to create a treatment plan that meets the specific needs of each person. Collaboration is a fundamental ingredient to successful treatment.
I provide personalized and compassionate care to patients of all ages. I am an experienced, Harvard University-trained Psychiatrist who has done influential writing in the field of psychiatry. I work to create a treatment plan that meets the specific needs of each person. Collaboration is a fundamental ingredient to successful treatment.
(626) 618-7255 View (626) 618-7255
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LA Psychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, Dr
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
We offer medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy for those in need of mental health assistance. We provide in-person and telemedicine appointments. We are fortunate to have Dr Bhavsar, M.D., Ray Castillo, PMHNP and Cristina Pajarillaga, PMHNP on our team. We provide psychiatric services to adolescence , adults and seniors .
We offer medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy for those in need of mental health assistance. We provide in-person and telemedicine appointments. We are fortunate to have Dr Bhavsar, M.D., Ray Castillo, PMHNP and Cristina Pajarillaga, PMHNP on our team. We provide psychiatric services to adolescence , adults and seniors .
(909) 267-6550 View (909) 267-6550
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (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.
(951) 261-8669 View (951) 261-8669
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Reginald Casilang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
Do you experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, or negative thoughts? Difficulty concentrating, excessive worry, or feeling constantly on edge? Changes in appetite or weight, neglecting personal responsibilities, or withdrawing from social interactions? If treatments for depression, anxiety, or ADHD haven't worked, seeking help requires courage. I am here to provide support. You don't have to face these challenges alone. It would be my privilege to support you on your journey toward achieving your goals and improving your mental well-being.
Do you experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, or negative thoughts? Difficulty concentrating, excessive worry, or feeling constantly on edge? Changes in appetite or weight, neglecting personal responsibilities, or withdrawing from social interactions? If treatments for depression, anxiety, or ADHD haven't worked, seeking help requires courage. I am here to provide support. You don't have to face these challenges alone. It would be my privilege to support you on your journey toward achieving your goals and improving your mental well-being.
(909) 484-8888 View (909) 484-8888
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alta Loma, CA 91701  (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.
(424) 342-7013 View (424) 342-7013
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Angela Chijioke DNP, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729  (Online Only)
I embrace a holistic approach that recognizes each patient as a unique individual with physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. I am committed to providing patient-centered care that addresses immediate health concerns and considers the broader context of the patient's life. Angela Chijioke, DNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. I live in California and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California. Currently works in a private Practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
I embrace a holistic approach that recognizes each patient as a unique individual with physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. I am committed to providing patient-centered care that addresses immediate health concerns and considers the broader context of the patient's life. Angela Chijioke, DNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. I live in California and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California. Currently works in a private Practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(909) 377-4157 View (909) 377-4157
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Shahin Sakhi, MD, PhD, Inc
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upland, CA 91784
Not accepting new clients
I'm glad to inform you that I do supervise Persian speaking therapists who do tele-therapy and tele-consulting with Persian speaking clients around the world who prefer to speak with therapists with same language. Please contact me if you are interested in working with our team of online therapists. We help our clients regain and maintain their balance in the context of their family, social, cultural background, life style, and belief system: integrative psychological services. We understand each individual is unique. We start our work by joining you in understanding the ways you have adapting to changes in your life so far.
I'm glad to inform you that I do supervise Persian speaking therapists who do tele-therapy and tele-consulting with Persian speaking clients around the world who prefer to speak with therapists with same language. Please contact me if you are interested in working with our team of online therapists. We help our clients regain and maintain their balance in the context of their family, social, cultural background, life style, and belief system: integrative psychological services. We understand each individual is unique. We start our work by joining you in understanding the ways you have adapting to changes in your life so far.
(424) 342-8400 View (424) 342-8400
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Tooyin A Owolabi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Dr. Owolabi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of invaluable mental health experience. I am deeply passionate about guiding individuals on their journey toward mental wellness. I understand that each person's path is unique and deserves personalized care and support. My ideal client may be grappling with a range of issues, from anxiety and depression to trauma-related disorders or mood disturbances. Regardless of the specific challenges they encounter, my ideal client seeks relief from their distress and a sense of empowerment over their mental health.
Dr. Owolabi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of invaluable mental health experience. I am deeply passionate about guiding individuals on their journey toward mental wellness. I understand that each person's path is unique and deserves personalized care and support. My ideal client may be grappling with a range of issues, from anxiety and depression to trauma-related disorders or mood disturbances. Regardless of the specific challenges they encounter, my ideal client seeks relief from their distress and a sense of empowerment over their mental health.
(626) 772-6621 View (626) 772-6621
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Eduardo Pineda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Upland, CA 91786
My practice is directed primarily to adult and geriatric patients. People’s behavior is rooted in biology and shaped by experience. Thus, the more we know about the biological, psychological, social and cultural issues that affect our patients, the better we practice. Hence, I have strong interest in psychopharmacology, therapy, and neuromodulation.
My practice is directed primarily to adult and geriatric patients. People’s behavior is rooted in biology and shaped by experience. Thus, the more we know about the biological, psychological, social and cultural issues that affect our patients, the better we practice. Hence, I have strong interest in psychopharmacology, therapy, and neuromodulation.
(909) 637-4086 View (909) 637-4086
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John Baldrias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upland, CA 91786
I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with extensive experience in treating children & adolescents. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with extensive experience in treating children & adolescents. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
(909) 757-1281 View (909) 757-1281
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Divya Tilva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upland, CA 91786
I recognize that seeking help for mental health need can be a courageous step. I provide safe space and personalize treatment for individuals struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, stress, bipolar, sleep issues, adjustment challenges and other mental health challenges. I believed in high quality, compassionate and convenient care in supportive and confidential setting with personalize approach.
I recognize that seeking help for mental health need can be a courageous step. I provide safe space and personalize treatment for individuals struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, stress, bipolar, sleep issues, adjustment challenges and other mental health challenges. I believed in high quality, compassionate and convenient care in supportive and confidential setting with personalize approach.
(562) 561-2840 View (562) 561-2840
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Mehr Karamat
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701  (Online Only)
I am an ideal psychiatrist to treat patients who long for the time and space to be heard. Who want all their symptoms and concerns addressed, but never seem to find the psychiatrist who gives them the time of day. I take pride in my ability to adjust my pace to my patients' needs and to provide them a safe space to talk. Although as a physician I prescribe medications, I in no way, push medications on patients. I make recommendations and I collaborate with my patients and provide all the necessary information and tools to them to help them make the best possible decision for their mental health treatment.
I am an ideal psychiatrist to treat patients who long for the time and space to be heard. Who want all their symptoms and concerns addressed, but never seem to find the psychiatrist who gives them the time of day. I take pride in my ability to adjust my pace to my patients' needs and to provide them a safe space to talk. Although as a physician I prescribe medications, I in no way, push medications on patients. I make recommendations and I collaborate with my patients and provide all the necessary information and tools to them to help them make the best possible decision for their mental health treatment.
(909) 310-4074 View (909) 310-4074
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Darlene Alugbue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
There’s so much to enjoy about life, and yet mental health symptoms often get in the way. Sometimes there’s an imbalance in your brain chemistry, and other times trauma or current circumstances are to blame. Either way, it’s not your fault if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, debilitating grief, or other challenges. However, you do have the power to find the care you need to feel better. As a nurse practitioner I offer emotional support, medication management, and therapy to help you overcome problems that are holding you back. Together we can help you change course towards a more peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable life.
There’s so much to enjoy about life, and yet mental health symptoms often get in the way. Sometimes there’s an imbalance in your brain chemistry, and other times trauma or current circumstances are to blame. Either way, it’s not your fault if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, debilitating grief, or other challenges. However, you do have the power to find the care you need to feel better. As a nurse practitioner I offer emotional support, medication management, and therapy to help you overcome problems that are holding you back. Together we can help you change course towards a more peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable life.
(951) 944-2432 View (951) 944-2432
Photo of Ijeoma Mbadugha, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ijeoma Mbadugha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
We are glad you stopped by! Do you think you have symptoms of ADHD? Do you need answers? Do you need treatment? We got you! We are accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. For Depressive, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders; Are you anxious? having mood swings? Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? We also have great medication management and psychotherapy tools available to help you get your life back. Call us today to book an appointment.
We are glad you stopped by! Do you think you have symptoms of ADHD? Do you need answers? Do you need treatment? We got you! We are accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. For Depressive, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders; Are you anxious? having mood swings? Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? We also have great medication management and psychotherapy tools available to help you get your life back. Call us today to book an appointment.
(951) 338-9988 View (951) 338-9988
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Maricela Tonie Beltran
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
I run a cash pay integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy practice and am dedicated to nurturing whole-body health and wellness in my patients. I was born in Long Beach, California, where I was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico, instilling in me a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of culture and mental heath. Central to my practice is the belief that true healing encompasses the totality of the individual, honoring their unique journey. I strive to create a collaborative and nurturing space where patients feel truly heard and are empowered to explore various avenues of healing.
I run a cash pay integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy practice and am dedicated to nurturing whole-body health and wellness in my patients. I was born in Long Beach, California, where I was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico, instilling in me a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of culture and mental heath. Central to my practice is the belief that true healing encompasses the totality of the individual, honoring their unique journey. I strive to create a collaborative and nurturing space where patients feel truly heard and are empowered to explore various avenues of healing.
(949) 779-8588 View (949) 779-8588

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mt Baldy, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mt Baldy, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
67% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Mt Baldy, CA see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mt Baldy?

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.