Psychiatrists in Newport Coast, CA

Photo of Gail R Raphael, Psychiatrist in Newport Coast, CA
Gail R Raphael
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Newport Coast, CA 92657
'We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.' -E.E. Cummings. Every person has inherent value and deserves individual attention and compassionate care. It is a privilege to assist my patients on the journey to self-discovery, emotional healing and recovery. As a medical doctor, I perform psychotherapy and/or prescribe medications if needed. My passion for mental health is both professional and personal, and I believe this enables me to establish a unique and powerful therapeutic relationship essential for treatment success.
'We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.' -E.E. Cummings. Every person has inherent value and deserves individual attention and compassionate care. It is a privilege to assist my patients on the journey to self-discovery, emotional healing and recovery. As a medical doctor, I perform psychotherapy and/or prescribe medications if needed. My passion for mental health is both professional and personal, and I believe this enables me to establish a unique and powerful therapeutic relationship essential for treatment success.
(949) 245-6698 View (949) 245-6698
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Anthony Mascola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Coast, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Doctor Mascola is friendly, highly qualified, and works warmly and collaboratively to help persons find resilience and strength when times are challenging. He served previously as the Director of Education and Evidence Based Practices at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has expertise in multiple Cognitive Behavioral Therapies as well as expertise in the use of medications and other scientifically supported methods of health promotion. He finds great meaning in helping good persons improve their ability to live in a manner that resonates deeply with their most cherished values.
Doctor Mascola is friendly, highly qualified, and works warmly and collaboratively to help persons find resilience and strength when times are challenging. He served previously as the Director of Education and Evidence Based Practices at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has expertise in multiple Cognitive Behavioral Therapies as well as expertise in the use of medications and other scientifically supported methods of health promotion. He finds great meaning in helping good persons improve their ability to live in a manner that resonates deeply with their most cherished values.
(949) 536-9850 View (949) 536-9850
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Hadi Estakhri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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) 379-1569 View (949) 379-1569
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Citypsych M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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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Helene Morel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Asking for help is not easy, and finding a provider you trust to help you with mental health care can be a challenge. You don't need to suffer alone. I am here to help you and to provide confidential tele-psychiatry services for medication management and/or psychotherapy in the state of California allowing you to receive psychiatric treatment in the privacy and comfort of your home or work.
Asking for help is not easy, and finding a provider you trust to help you with mental health care can be a challenge. You don't need to suffer alone. I am here to help you and to provide confidential tele-psychiatry services for medication management and/or psychotherapy in the state of California allowing you to receive psychiatric treatment in the privacy and comfort of your home or work.
(949) 996-0157 View (949) 996-0157
Photo of Mae Caragay, Physician Assistant in Newport Coast, CA
Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
(619) 848-3095 View (619) 848-3095
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Georgiana Anugom, PMHNP | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone dealing with mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and/or ADHD. They are looking for more than just a quick fix and want to work on finding lasting relief. They want to regain control over their emotions, thoughts, and actions to function better in their daily life—whether that's in their career, social relationships, or personal achievements.
My ideal client is someone dealing with mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and/or ADHD. They are looking for more than just a quick fix and want to work on finding lasting relief. They want to regain control over their emotions, thoughts, and actions to function better in their daily life—whether that's in their career, social relationships, or personal achievements.
(949) 694-3666 View (949) 694-3666
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Helen Wyman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
"Be listened to and feel understood." As a physician and psychotherapist, I am not here to fit you into any boxes or label you. I want to listen to your story because it matters, and it will shape how we approach your treatment.
"Be listened to and feel understood." As a physician and psychotherapist, I am not here to fit you into any boxes or label you. I want to listen to your story because it matters, and it will shape how we approach your treatment.
(657) 255-8680 View (657) 255-8680
Photo of Medard Sison, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newport Coast, CA
Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
(714) 364-0869 View (714) 364-0869
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Piotr Pelc
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
(949) 312-5752 View (949) 312-5752
Dr. Elahe Sagart
Psychiatrist, MD, FIPA
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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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(949) 989-5216 View (949) 989-5216
Photo of Yujuan Choy, Psychiatrist in Newport Coast, CA
Yujuan Choy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, have excessive worries about work, health, or relationships, experience panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fear of social situations, Dr. Choy is the provider for you. Dr. Choy is a board certified psychiatrist with an expertise in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is certified to conduct cognitive behavioral therapy by the Academic of Cognitive Therapy, and specializes in the integration of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and other psychiatric disorders.
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, have excessive worries about work, health, or relationships, experience panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fear of social situations, Dr. Choy is the provider for you. Dr. Choy is a board certified psychiatrist with an expertise in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is certified to conduct cognitive behavioral therapy by the Academic of Cognitive Therapy, and specializes in the integration of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and other psychiatric disorders.
(949) 216-8962 View (949) 216-8962
Photo of Torri Taylor-Spencer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newport Coast, CA
Torri Taylor-Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92662  (Online Only)
I help adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and ADHD who are seeking a return to a more positive emotional state with increased focus and productivity, better sleep, and more fulfillment and joy in their lives. I offer patient-centered holistic care that includes a unique blend of treatment modalities. I specialize in working with those part of vulnerable populations such as children, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities who have not had positive experiences with psychiatric treatment in the past, as well as working with peripartum women.
I help adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and ADHD who are seeking a return to a more positive emotional state with increased focus and productivity, better sleep, and more fulfillment and joy in their lives. I offer patient-centered holistic care that includes a unique blend of treatment modalities. I specialize in working with those part of vulnerable populations such as children, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities who have not had positive experiences with psychiatric treatment in the past, as well as working with peripartum women.
(661) 546-9103 View (661) 546-9103
Photo of Thomas Phan, Psychiatrist in Newport Coast, CA
Thomas Phan
Psychiatrist, MA
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas Phan is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. He graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Phan's treatment philosophy revolves around evidenced-based holistic treatment of the patient. Often times treatment decisions are a collaboration effort. In his spare time, Dr. Phan enjoys being with his family, traveling and surfing.
Dr. Thomas Phan is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. He graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Phan's treatment philosophy revolves around evidenced-based holistic treatment of the patient. Often times treatment decisions are a collaboration effort. In his spare time, Dr. Phan enjoys being with his family, traveling and surfing.
(949) 919-6915 View (949) 919-6915
Photo of Robert G Bota, Psychiatrist in Newport Coast, CA
Robert G Bota
Psychiatrist, MD, MSG, DFAPA
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Doctor Bota is a board-certified psychiatrist and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As a psychiatrist, he has a broad background in diagnosing and treating mental illness. His career has spanned both academic and private psychiatry practices. He started and led the first TMS program at UC Irvine and is now proud to lead TMS clinic at BrainHealth Solutions in Costa Mesa. We specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare. The email is Bota4TMS@gmail.com
Doctor Bota is a board-certified psychiatrist and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As a psychiatrist, he has a broad background in diagnosing and treating mental illness. His career has spanned both academic and private psychiatry practices. He started and led the first TMS program at UC Irvine and is now proud to lead TMS clinic at BrainHealth Solutions in Costa Mesa. We specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare. The email is Bota4TMS@gmail.com
(949) 649-8109 View (949) 649-8109
Photo of Alex Mageno, Psychiatrist in Newport Coast, CA
Alex Mageno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. At my webpage, www.lifestylementalhealth.com, you can view some of my story.
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. At my webpage, www.lifestylementalhealth.com, you can view some of my story.
(510) 519-3416 View (510) 519-3416
Photo of Evangeline Luriz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newport Coast, CA
Evangeline Luriz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who manages care for patients with different psychiatric disorders with a focus on mood disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder; anxiety disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who manages care for patients with different psychiatric disorders with a focus on mood disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder; anxiety disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(310) 692-7919 View (310) 692-7919
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Britton Ashley Arey
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with feelings or thoughts that make it difficult to move forward in your life? Or are you are a highly successful individual who wants to identify and work through your issues, and reach the next level in your career, interpersonal life or self awareness? I can help. As an MD, I am equipped to look at biological contributions, psychological dynamics, and social factors that are contributing to your current situation. I believe that by addressing these three spheres in an integrated way, you will have the best chance of moving forward in your life.
Are you struggling with feelings or thoughts that make it difficult to move forward in your life? Or are you are a highly successful individual who wants to identify and work through your issues, and reach the next level in your career, interpersonal life or self awareness? I can help. As an MD, I am equipped to look at biological contributions, psychological dynamics, and social factors that are contributing to your current situation. I believe that by addressing these three spheres in an integrated way, you will have the best chance of moving forward in your life.
(714) 794-5743 View (714) 794-5743
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newport Coast, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
(562) 247-5529 View (562) 247-5529

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newport Coast, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Newport Coast, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Parenting
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Newport Coast, CA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newport Coast?

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.