Psychiatrists in North Tustin, CA

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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Tustin, CA 92705  (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) 396-0514 View (424) 396-0514
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Tustin, CA 92705  (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) 396-0111 View (424) 396-0111
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Tustin, CA 92705  (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.
(714) 386-1816 View (714) 386-1816
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Tustin, CA 92705  (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.
(714) 970-4868 View (714) 970-4868
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Julie Chu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
North Tustin, CA 92705
Julie Chu is a Board-Certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University and her Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from California State University Long Beach. With an extensive background in psychiatric care, she specializes in primary mental health or dual diagnosis concerns.
Julie Chu is a Board-Certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University and her Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from California State University Long Beach. With an extensive background in psychiatric care, she specializes in primary mental health or dual diagnosis concerns.
(949) 694-7512 View (949) 694-7512

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Dr. Cuneyt Tegin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602
I am a double board certified (in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine) adult psychiatrist with strong psychopharmacology and psychotherapy(CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and Couples Therapy) background. I treat adult patients with variety of mental illnesses and substance use problems. I see patients in person and via video teleconferencing.
I am a double board certified (in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine) adult psychiatrist with strong psychopharmacology and psychotherapy(CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and Couples Therapy) background. I treat adult patients with variety of mental illnesses and substance use problems. I see patients in person and via video teleconferencing.
(657) 255-6312 View (657) 255-6312
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David Oh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Dr. David Oh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Oh holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Massachusetts, Global, and further continued his training at the University of California, Irvine, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Science for Health and Wellness Counseling. Dr. Oh received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Riverside and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University.
Dr. David Oh is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Oh holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Massachusetts, Global, and further continued his training at the University of California, Irvine, Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Science for Health and Wellness Counseling. Dr. Oh received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Riverside and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University.
(949) 656-4353 View (949) 656-4353
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Hadi Estakhri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
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
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(562) 526-1838 View (562) 526-1838
Photo of Michelle Del Rosario, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Del Rosario
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Are you looking for guidance or treatment to address you or your loved one’s mental health needs? If so, I am your person and would love to help you or your loved ones. I provide a safe space and provide patient-centered treatment for anyone struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a practitioner specializing in psychiatric-mental health, I tailor my treatment plan based on you. I utilize both individualized supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management into my practice.
Are you looking for guidance or treatment to address you or your loved one’s mental health needs? If so, I am your person and would love to help you or your loved ones. I provide a safe space and provide patient-centered treatment for anyone struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a practitioner specializing in psychiatric-mental health, I tailor my treatment plan based on you. I utilize both individualized supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management into my practice.
(714) 613-8567 View (714) 613-8567
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TMS Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
At TMS Health and Wellness we specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, grief, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare.
At TMS Health and Wellness we specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, grief, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare.
(855) 867-5551 View (855) 867-5551
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Sharon Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Accepting new patients. I am a compassionate and dedicated board-certified psychiatrist who employs a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I collaborate with patients to navigate the complexities of their mental health journey, offering support and guidance towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Accepting new patients. I am a compassionate and dedicated board-certified psychiatrist who employs a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I collaborate with patients to navigate the complexities of their mental health journey, offering support and guidance towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
(949) 304-6727 View (949) 304-6727
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Sean Tai
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602  (Online Only)
Dr. Sean Tai’s approach towards mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological contributors to psychiatric illness and wellness. He is especially interested in treating anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, ADHD, and PTSD. He believes in individualized, collaborative treatment plans as well as the importance of psychotherapy to help with recovery.
Dr. Sean Tai’s approach towards mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological contributors to psychiatric illness and wellness. He is especially interested in treating anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, ADHD, and PTSD. He believes in individualized, collaborative treatment plans as well as the importance of psychotherapy to help with recovery.
(323) 312-3849 View (323) 312-3849
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(949) 997-0885 View (949) 997-0885
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92782
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP, a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP, a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(562) 526-7647 View (562) 526-7647
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Marcus Jang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602
Elyn Saks has said the humanity we share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not, and this is the guiding principle of my clinical practice, and cornerstone to my working relationship with you. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before coming to a shared treatment plan. The extent to which we do our part is the measure of your and my success.
Elyn Saks has said the humanity we share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not, and this is the guiding principle of my clinical practice, and cornerstone to my working relationship with you. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before coming to a shared treatment plan. The extent to which we do our part is the measure of your and my success.
(323) 676-1857 View (323) 676-1857
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Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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!
(657) 837-6404 View (657) 837-6404
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Barton Blinder
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCIrvineAdult and Child Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis Expert in Eating Disorders. Childhood anxiety and depression. Integrating pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCIrvineAdult and Child Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis Expert in Eating Disorders. Childhood anxiety and depression. Integrating pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy
(949) 446-1860 View (949) 446-1860
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Dr. Katelyn Magsino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
(714) 276-1742 View (714) 276-1742
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92781  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(949) 828-5637 View (949) 828-5637

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Tustin, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Tustin, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in North Tustin, CA see their clients

80% Online Only
20% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Tustin?

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.