Psychiatrists in Nevada City, CA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nevada City, CA 95959  (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.
(530) 207-8645 View (530) 207-8645
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Global Integrated Medical & Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Nevada City, CA 95959
Dr. Martha Mozia is a Board Certified Child/Adolescent Psychiatry; Board Certified General Psychiatric NP, Board Certified Geriatric NP, Board Certified Family Practitioner NP,. Certificate in Alcohol/Drug Specialist and Completed her Fellowship in Addiction from UCI/UC Davis. Her current focus is integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care, Behavioral Medical Home, and Integrated, holistic Behavioral Care of Complex patients through Telepsychiatry and Telemedicine.
Dr. Martha Mozia is a Board Certified Child/Adolescent Psychiatry; Board Certified General Psychiatric NP, Board Certified Geriatric NP, Board Certified Family Practitioner NP,. Certificate in Alcohol/Drug Specialist and Completed her Fellowship in Addiction from UCI/UC Davis. Her current focus is integration of Behavioral Health in Primary Care, Behavioral Medical Home, and Integrated, holistic Behavioral Care of Complex patients through Telepsychiatry and Telemedicine.
(951) 262-7780 View (951) 262-7780
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Gretchen Hemberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nevada City, CA 95959
Gretchen Hemberger has great respect for the courage it takes to share one’s emotions, so she insists on a safe and trustworthy space for clients to be transparent and vulnerable. By partnering with clients to address mental well-being, she perseveres in identifying perspectives, options, and solutions and feels truly honored to witness people transform their lives.
Gretchen Hemberger has great respect for the courage it takes to share one’s emotions, so she insists on a safe and trustworthy space for clients to be transparent and vulnerable. By partnering with clients to address mental well-being, she perseveres in identifying perspectives, options, and solutions and feels truly honored to witness people transform their lives.
(530) 464-6040 View (530) 464-6040

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Dr. Saoda Shuara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grass Valley, CA 95945  (Online Only)
Dr. Saoda Shuara is an adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Shuara helps with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, genetic testing, mood disorder, and lifelong impacts of trauma.
Dr. Saoda Shuara is an adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Shuara helps with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, genetic testing, mood disorder, and lifelong impacts of trauma.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006

Online Psychiatrists

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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(651) 372-3391 View (651) 372-3391
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Roseville, CA 95678  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's 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 the 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's 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 the 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.
(805) 429-8050 View (805) 429-8050
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Toni Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Stockton, CA 95203  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(615) 258-7202 View (615) 258-7202
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Angela Yuen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I appreciate the idea of patients having not only access to medication management and psychotherapy but also the latest interventional psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. I see TMS and Esketamine as great options for patients to consider when medication management and therapy alone do not provide adequate relief for depression. I am excited to see how these treatments evolve and develop over time as accessibility to these modalities improves.
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. I appreciate the idea of patients having not only access to medication management and psychotherapy but also the latest interventional psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. I see TMS and Esketamine as great options for patients to consider when medication management and therapy alone do not provide adequate relief for depression. I am excited to see how these treatments evolve and develop over time as accessibility to these modalities improves.
(916) 527-9292 View (916) 527-9292
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Thao Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am an ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Although, that wasn't always the case! After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's (go Athenians! ), I worked in the hospital on the Respiratory Unit until I took a leap into outpatient dermatology and medical aesthetics. It was during that time, talking with my clients, I knew I wanted to have a more profound impact on helping others achieve improved mental and emotional health. I decided to go back to school and get my Master's in Nursing from California State University Long Beach.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Although, that wasn't always the case! After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's (go Athenians! ), I worked in the hospital on the Respiratory Unit until I took a leap into outpatient dermatology and medical aesthetics. It was during that time, talking with my clients, I knew I wanted to have a more profound impact on helping others achieve improved mental and emotional health. I decided to go back to school and get my Master's in Nursing from California State University Long Beach.
(916) 794-7367 View (916) 794-7367
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JJM Integrative Health, Advanced Nursing Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NANCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vacaville, CA 95688
So often we are advised of what we need to do to make change in our lives, but we are not advised how to make that happen. I enjoy helping people learn how to apply the needed changes and make them sustainable. No matter the struggle, we can make a plan for change. We will spend time learning the struggles together and personalize a plan with focus on integrative practices and we will do so in a clear and very attainable way.
So often we are advised of what we need to do to make change in our lives, but we are not advised how to make that happen. I enjoy helping people learn how to apply the needed changes and make them sustainable. No matter the struggle, we can make a plan for change. We will spend time learning the struggles together and personalize a plan with focus on integrative practices and we will do so in a clear and very attainable way.
(707) 587-2374 View (707) 587-2374
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Shannon Suo
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
(916) 237-1795 View (916) 237-1795
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94558  (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.
(707) 633-0901 View (707) 633-0901
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95602  (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.
(530) 460-6475 View (530) 460-6475
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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814  (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.
(916) 909-1807 View (916) 909-1807
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Toni Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stockton, CA 95205
Welcome, my name is Toni Williams Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP. Toni Williams is a Board-Certified Doctor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Toni Williams has been in the nursing arena for over 19 years. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years with a background in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Oncology, and Corrections. She also worked in several leadership roles in nursing as a Clinical Educator and a Regional Nursing Director of Education. Toni Williams became a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) in 2014.
Welcome, my name is Toni Williams Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP. Toni Williams is a Board-Certified Doctor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Toni Williams has been in the nursing arena for over 19 years. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years with a background in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Oncology, and Corrections. She also worked in several leadership roles in nursing as a Clinical Educator and a Regional Nursing Director of Education. Toni Williams became a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) in 2014.
(209) 306-2333 View (209) 306-2333
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Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Antioch, CA 94531
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
(925) 397-2730 View (925) 397-2730
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Shawn Hersevoort
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I am a very experienced, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist who has worked in a broad range of treatment settings including public, private, and academic medical centers. My approach to treatment can best be understood by following the course of my education. I first studied biochemistry, where I learned to appreciate the importance of rigorous clinical research, ongoing education, and the power of medications. I then studied clinical psychology, where the focus was on understanding relationships, personalities, and cultures.
I am a very experienced, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist who has worked in a broad range of treatment settings including public, private, and academic medical centers. My approach to treatment can best be understood by following the course of my education. I first studied biochemistry, where I learned to appreciate the importance of rigorous clinical research, ongoing education, and the power of medications. I then studied clinical psychology, where the focus was on understanding relationships, personalities, and cultures.
(916) 668-4108 View (916) 668-4108
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Gaea Pope-Daum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Roseville, CA 95661
My interests in TMS and esketamine treatments stem from my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all to mental health treatment. I am interested in finding what works best for each individual, rather than relying exclusively on more traditional treatment modalities. My ideal patient is interested in pursuing personal wellness – whatever that may mean to them as an individual.
My interests in TMS and esketamine treatments stem from my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all to mental health treatment. I am interested in finding what works best for each individual, rather than relying exclusively on more traditional treatment modalities. My ideal patient is interested in pursuing personal wellness – whatever that may mean to them as an individual.
(530) 431-2080 View (530) 431-2080
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Insights Psychiatric - Heather Rosdail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Roseville, CA 95678
Hi, I'm Heather, an experienced mental health professional dedicated to your well-being and personal growth. With compassion and expertise, I create a safe and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together, we'll tailor evidence-based treatments to your unique needs. If you're ready to embark on this transformative path towards a healthier and happier life, I warmly invite you to connect with me. Let's work together to unlock your inner strengths and facilitate positive change.
Hi, I'm Heather, an experienced mental health professional dedicated to your well-being and personal growth. With compassion and expertise, I create a safe and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together, we'll tailor evidence-based treatments to your unique needs. If you're ready to embark on this transformative path towards a healthier and happier life, I warmly invite you to connect with me. Let's work together to unlock your inner strengths and facilitate positive change.
(916) 277-9010 View (916) 277-9010
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Sayeh Beheshti
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Yuba City, CA 95991
I treat children, age 8-19, who are suffering from the following: Suicidal Thoughts, Self Harm/Cutting, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Disruptive Disorder, Mild and Moderate Eating Disorders, Divorce/Family Problems, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ Related Issues.  My therapists do individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychiatry in a comfortable upscale setting in Costa Mesa. We accept health insurance and we make treatment affordable. We have telehealth available for children anywhere in the state of California.
I treat children, age 8-19, who are suffering from the following: Suicidal Thoughts, Self Harm/Cutting, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Disruptive Disorder, Mild and Moderate Eating Disorders, Divorce/Family Problems, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ Related Issues.  My therapists do individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychiatry in a comfortable upscale setting in Costa Mesa. We accept health insurance and we make treatment affordable. We have telehealth available for children anywhere in the state of California.
(714) 646-1712 View (714) 646-1712

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Number of Psychiatrists in Nevada City, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Nevada City, CA who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% Grief
67% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Obesity
67% Medication Management
67% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% American Behavioral
100% AmeriHealth

How Psychiatrists in Nevada City, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nevada City?

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.