Psychiatrists in Newport Beach, CA

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Dr. Gary W. Stablein
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Stablein uses an integrative approach to help his patients achieve improved mental health and well‑being. He works with individuals who have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic disorders, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and impairments with academic and professional performance. His treatment approach is to build an emotionally safe setting, understand the patient, and work with them to build on their strengths. He uses a combination of health and wellness principles, psychodynamic techniques, mindfulness, and if indicated, medication management.
Dr. Stablein uses an integrative approach to help his patients achieve improved mental health and well‑being. He works with individuals who have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic disorders, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and impairments with academic and professional performance. His treatment approach is to build an emotionally safe setting, understand the patient, and work with them to build on their strengths. He uses a combination of health and wellness principles, psychodynamic techniques, mindfulness, and if indicated, medication management.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Cat Dang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
(949) 505-9892 View (949) 505-9892
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Alexis Meshi-Call Today
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92663
We offer Telemedicine Services. Receive care from the comfort of your home or work! Follow this link to request: https://superiorpsychiatric.video-visits.com. Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
We offer Telemedicine Services. Receive care from the comfort of your home or work! Follow this link to request: https://superiorpsychiatric.video-visits.com. Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
(949) 647-4436 View (949) 647-4436
Sarah Jillani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Not accepting new clients
Board certified psychiatrist who offers in-depth psychiatric evaluations with consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. She treats a wide array of psychiatric conditions and behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma related illness such as PTSD, personality disorders and perinatal psychiatry. She has in-depth knowledge of normal childhood development and the effects of trauma, genetic and other biopsychosocial factor that impact ones overall emotional development including resiliency vs disorders.
Board certified psychiatrist who offers in-depth psychiatric evaluations with consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. She treats a wide array of psychiatric conditions and behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, trauma related illness such as PTSD, personality disorders and perinatal psychiatry. She has in-depth knowledge of normal childhood development and the effects of trauma, genetic and other biopsychosocial factor that impact ones overall emotional development including resiliency vs disorders.
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Jacob Olsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Orange County, California. I currently works in an outpatient Telehealth setting performing medication management and psychotherapy. I have a background as an emergency room nurse, and upon graduating from Charles Drew University with his Masters degree as a nurse practitioner, I specialized in crisis management. I have a wide variety of experience and skill set to give reliable and client-focused care. I enjoy working with clients of diverse backgrounds. My mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for all of my clients.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Orange County, California. I currently works in an outpatient Telehealth setting performing medication management and psychotherapy. I have a background as an emergency room nurse, and upon graduating from Charles Drew University with his Masters degree as a nurse practitioner, I specialized in crisis management. I have a wide variety of experience and skill set to give reliable and client-focused care. I enjoy working with clients of diverse backgrounds. My mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for all of my clients.
(714) 613-8163 View (714) 613-8163
Dr. Elahe Sagart
Psychiatrist, MD, FIPA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with over fifteen years of experience as a clinician and teacher, I use a biopsychosocial model to tailor an individual treatment plan by combining several modalities in assessing and treating mental health-related issues, including medical and evidence-based, psychoanalytic, and developmental theories and techniques. I strongly believe in working closely with my patients (and, if necessary, with their families) to form a solid therapeutic alliance to address current and old distress and symptoms.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with over fifteen years of experience as a clinician and teacher, I use a biopsychosocial model to tailor an individual treatment plan by combining several modalities in assessing and treating mental health-related issues, including medical and evidence-based, psychoanalytic, and developmental theories and techniques. I strongly believe in working closely with my patients (and, if necessary, with their families) to form a solid therapeutic alliance to address current and old distress and symptoms.
(949) 919-5075 View (949) 919-5075
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Mindful Health Solutions - Benjamin Williamson, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
My area of focus includes the medical treatment of severe depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have seen the limitations of pharmacotherapies and offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), proven to be effective for many people and is not associated with the side effects that sometimes limit the use of medications.
My area of focus includes the medical treatment of severe depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have seen the limitations of pharmacotherapies and offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), proven to be effective for many people and is not associated with the side effects that sometimes limit the use of medications.
(916) 755-6328 View (916) 755-6328
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (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.
(949) 326-9424 View (949) 326-9424
Emily Lippincott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
In network with most insurance carriers. Emily Lippincott is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specializes in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults as well as children and adolescents. She works in collaboration with a team of psychiatrists and psychologists in a large group practice that accepts most insurance plans. Championing a whole person approach to health and well-being, she employs a combination of medical and holistic practices into her treatment plans, and believes in an interdisciplinary approach in treating psychological conditions.
In network with most insurance carriers. Emily Lippincott is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specializes in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults as well as children and adolescents. She works in collaboration with a team of psychiatrists and psychologists in a large group practice that accepts most insurance plans. Championing a whole person approach to health and well-being, she employs a combination of medical and holistic practices into her treatment plans, and believes in an interdisciplinary approach in treating psychological conditions.
(833) 923-0948 View (833) 923-0948
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Cat Dang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
(949) 200-6817 View (949) 200-6817
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Joshua Poole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
It’s a pleasure to meet you, I’m Dr. Poole. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist with passions for helping people lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives using both psychopharmacology (the study of how medicines affect the brain to alleviate mental illness) and psychotherapy (the applied practice of psychology to improve mental health and enrich lives). In our work together, we will strive to understand your needs and goals in depth to find solutions that work best for you and your life.
It’s a pleasure to meet you, I’m Dr. Poole. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist with passions for helping people lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives using both psychopharmacology (the study of how medicines affect the brain to alleviate mental illness) and psychotherapy (the applied practice of psychology to improve mental health and enrich lives). In our work together, we will strive to understand your needs and goals in depth to find solutions that work best for you and your life.
(949) 620-5625 View (949) 620-5625
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Maurice A. Wiggins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Maurice A. Wiggins, M.D. is a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is skilled in treating a wide spectrum of conditions in adolescents and adults. In his clinical practice, Doctor Wiggins recognized the need to help individuals that were not responding to traditional therapies, such as medication and or talk therapy. Subsequently, he expanded the scope of his practice to include TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy. This allowed Dr. Wiggins to treat patients who were not responsive to medication alone.
Maurice A. Wiggins, M.D. is a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is skilled in treating a wide spectrum of conditions in adolescents and adults. In his clinical practice, Doctor Wiggins recognized the need to help individuals that were not responding to traditional therapies, such as medication and or talk therapy. Subsequently, he expanded the scope of his practice to include TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy. This allowed Dr. Wiggins to treat patients who were not responsive to medication alone.
(714) 577-2861 View (714) 577-2861
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Alexis Meshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
(949) 518-3160 View (949) 518-3160
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Sarah Graff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist educated at Princeton University, Stanford University, UCSF, and Harvard Medical School, in practice over 20 years. I treat a wide range of problems, including mood, anxiety, OCD, addiction, trauma, ADHD, marital, identity, and interpersonal disorders. You don't need to suffer alone. I have the expertise to help you. With good treatment, you will feel and function better. I offer you warmth, insight, honesty, intelligence, and my promise to help you find a path to wellness.
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist educated at Princeton University, Stanford University, UCSF, and Harvard Medical School, in practice over 20 years. I treat a wide range of problems, including mood, anxiety, OCD, addiction, trauma, ADHD, marital, identity, and interpersonal disorders. You don't need to suffer alone. I have the expertise to help you. With good treatment, you will feel and function better. I offer you warmth, insight, honesty, intelligence, and my promise to help you find a path to wellness.
(949) 763-4009 View (949) 763-4009
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Diana Bleyan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
(562) 573-6986 View (562) 573-6986
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Joseph Stabley
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
(949) 334-5455 View (949) 334-5455
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City PsychMD
Psychiatrist, Shadi, Aramesh, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
(949) 531-7042 View (949) 531-7042
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Elizabeth Whitham
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92663  (Online Only)
Elizabeth Whitham, MD, MA is board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult reproductive psychiatry. She has a master’s degree in the sociology of women’s health and brings this perspective to her work within medicine, examining the intersection of identities affecting disease and wellness in a holistic manner over time. She believes that patients are vulnerable both to over-treatment and under-treatment, and this shapes her practice of psychiatry.
Elizabeth Whitham, MD, MA is board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult reproductive psychiatry. She has a master’s degree in the sociology of women’s health and brings this perspective to her work within medicine, examining the intersection of identities affecting disease and wellness in a holistic manner over time. She believes that patients are vulnerable both to over-treatment and under-treatment, and this shapes her practice of psychiatry.
(949) 979-7678 View (949) 979-7678
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Jacqueline D Bredehoft
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, feel hopeless, or can't stop binging on food, TV, and alcohol? Are you having problems in your personal or professional relationships? Do you feel "stuck," unable to get ahead, afraid to set and achieve goals? Have you ever taken an honest look at your childhood, teen years, or any other time in your history to see what might be holding you back? Have you ever been heartbroken because of a major loss to death, divorce, or a lifetime of painful experiences like childhood traumas? Regardless of the cause, you know it doesn't feel good and you want joy and freedom in your life.
Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, feel hopeless, or can't stop binging on food, TV, and alcohol? Are you having problems in your personal or professional relationships? Do you feel "stuck," unable to get ahead, afraid to set and achieve goals? Have you ever taken an honest look at your childhood, teen years, or any other time in your history to see what might be holding you back? Have you ever been heartbroken because of a major loss to death, divorce, or a lifetime of painful experiences like childhood traumas? Regardless of the cause, you know it doesn't feel good and you want joy and freedom in your life.
(657) 237-2258 View (657) 237-2258
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Hadi Estakhri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
(949) 577-7579 View (949) 577-7579

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newport Beach, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Newport Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
87% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
89% Optum
84% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Newport Beach, CA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newport Beach?

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.