Psychiatrists in North Hollywood, CA

Photo of Sunni Erika Gessel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Hollywood, CA
Sunni Erika Gessel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601
I treat mild to moderate mental health conditions through therapeutic interventions and medication monitoring.
I treat mild to moderate mental health conditions through therapeutic interventions and medication monitoring.
(209) 896-9516 View (209) 896-9516
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(323) 968-9177 View (323) 968-9177
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (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) 396-0264 View (424) 396-0264
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (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) 361-1839 View (424) 361-1839
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601  (Online Only)
We know 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
(818) 572-9407 View (818) 572-9407
Photo of Brett Larson, Physician Assistant in North Hollywood, CA
Brett Larson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91604
In-network with most insurances. Brett Larson is a Board Certified Advanced Practitioner and Physician Assistant who specializes in providing care to those affected by a wide range of psychiatric conditions. Brett tailors treatment to each individual by utilizing various diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. This includes genetic testing, psychological testing and a careful overview of one’s physical health.
In-network with most insurances. Brett Larson is a Board Certified Advanced Practitioner and Physician Assistant who specializes in providing care to those affected by a wide range of psychiatric conditions. Brett tailors treatment to each individual by utilizing various diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. This includes genetic testing, psychological testing and a careful overview of one’s physical health.
(619) 650-5718 View (619) 650-5718
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Lourdes Grayson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Dr. Lourdes Grayson is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.D. from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, completed her Specialty Residency in Psychiatry and Subspecialty Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Valhalla Campus. Patients feel valued and heard when they see Dr. Grayson, whether face to face or through virtual appointments. Mutual trust is fostered by reciprocating respect, and conveying genuineness.
Dr. Lourdes Grayson is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.D. from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, completed her Specialty Residency in Psychiatry and Subspecialty Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Valhalla Campus. Patients feel valued and heard when they see Dr. Grayson, whether face to face or through virtual appointments. Mutual trust is fostered by reciprocating respect, and conveying genuineness.
(818) 390-9698 View (818) 390-9698
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Hollywood, CA 91606  (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.
(310) 361-3579 View (310) 361-3579
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Nichole Thorne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Hollywood, CA 91604  (Online Only)
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a NP for over 8 years and a RN for 18 years. I have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Nurse Administration/Leadership, a Post-Master’s Certificate as a FNP, and Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I have a passion for teaching others about health and wellness and incorporate functional/integrative medicine with each patient interaction. I work with patients providing them tools and skills necessary in their personal life which enables them to live a healthier life.
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a NP for over 8 years and a RN for 18 years. I have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Nurse Administration/Leadership, a Post-Master’s Certificate as a FNP, and Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I have a passion for teaching others about health and wellness and incorporate functional/integrative medicine with each patient interaction. I work with patients providing them tools and skills necessary in their personal life which enables them to live a healthier life.
(213) 423-4292 View (213) 423-4292

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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
(213) 516-9953 View (213) 516-9953
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401  (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.
(213) 221-6701 View (213) 221-6701
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
(213) 786-6422 View (213) 786-6422
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Clark Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
(323) 859-6342 View (323) 859-6342
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Psychiatry Unplugged
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
(844) 616-1616 View (844) 616-1616
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Kyle P. Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Kyle P. Smith is a Harvard-educated, Cornell-educated, UCLA-trained psychiatrist in Los Angeles. He has an office in Los Feliz. He is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). He also offers ketamine therapy for several conditions.
Dr. Kyle P. Smith is a Harvard-educated, Cornell-educated, UCLA-trained psychiatrist in Los Angeles. He has an office in Los Feliz. He is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). He also offers ketamine therapy for several conditions.
(323) 673-3759 View (323) 673-3759
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Thad Matthew Makowski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Van Nuys, CA 91401  (Online Only)
Best Psychiatric Care for adults and children same day appointment available if you need help with mental health, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or substance use, we have a team of highly skilled psychiatrists, nurse practitioners. We use holistic and medication management.
Best Psychiatric Care for adults and children same day appointment available if you need help with mental health, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or substance use, we have a team of highly skilled psychiatrists, nurse practitioners. We use holistic and medication management.
(424) 395-5846 View (424) 395-5846
Photo of Riz Ahmad, Psychiatrist in North Hollywood, CA
Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We know 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 - We know 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.
(424) 232-0739 View (424) 232-0739
Photo of Michael T Ingram Jr., Psychiatrist in North Hollywood, CA
Michael T Ingram Jr.
Psychiatrist, MS, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Studio City, CA 91602
Dr. Ingram is a double board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. He has additional board certification in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (formerly Psychosomatic Medicine), a sub-specialty bridging the gap between mental and physical health.
Dr. Ingram is a double board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. He has additional board certification in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (formerly Psychosomatic Medicine), a sub-specialty bridging the gap between mental and physical health.
(213) 277-8372 View (213) 277-8372
Photo of Dr. Anne Phan-Huy, Psychiatrist in North Hollywood, CA
Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Photo of Michaela Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Hollywood, CA
Michaela Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
(213) 816-7586 View (213) 816-7586

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Hollywood, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Hollywood, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Bipolar Disorder
67% Grief
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in North Hollywood, CA see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Hollywood?

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.