Psychiatrists in Norwalk, CA

Photo of Kesha S Wilson, MSN , PMHNP, BC, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kesha S Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP, BC, NP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Kesha Wilson, your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I'm here to support YOU on your journey towards mental wellness. I specialize in treating depression,anxiety,ADHD,PTSD, and sleep disorders. With my expertise and your commitment, WE can create a personalized plan to address your mental health concerns and help you lead a healthier, more productive life. Together, we'll work towards achieving your goals and improving your well-being.
Hello, I'm Kesha Wilson, your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I'm here to support YOU on your journey towards mental wellness. I specialize in treating depression,anxiety,ADHD,PTSD, and sleep disorders. With my expertise and your commitment, WE can create a personalized plan to address your mental health concerns and help you lead a healthier, more productive life. Together, we'll work towards achieving your goals and improving your well-being.
(562) 554-6489 View (562) 554-6489
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Sal Psychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650
It is not uncommon for us feel lost, judged and stigmatized when we are anxious, depressed, traumatized or have any other mental health symptoms, more so when we have concerns regarding recreational drug use. We offer patient centered and nonjudgmental care and treatment. Science based medication management is offered as well, with great emphasis on therapy. We treat various mental illnesses like ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD and PMDD. We have worked with patients with various forms of addiction, like tobacco, opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, methamphetamines, and other addictive behaviors.
It is not uncommon for us feel lost, judged and stigmatized when we are anxious, depressed, traumatized or have any other mental health symptoms, more so when we have concerns regarding recreational drug use. We offer patient centered and nonjudgmental care and treatment. Science based medication management is offered as well, with great emphasis on therapy. We treat various mental illnesses like ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD and PMDD. We have worked with patients with various forms of addiction, like tobacco, opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, methamphetamines, and other addictive behaviors.
(562) 222-0513 View (562) 222-0513
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (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.
(657) 837-1237 View (657) 837-1237
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(341) 888-6292 View (341) 888-6292
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, NP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
(408) 539-0754 View (408) 539-0754
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(657) 837-0196 View (657) 837-0196
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90651  (Online Only)
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.
(714) 202-9498 View (714) 202-9498
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable visit rates.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable visit rates.
(747) 298-5140 View (747) 298-5140
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Bridget Cleary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650
Bridget's past experiences include those with serious mental illness with county mental health, persons with dual diagnoses (substance use and mental health diagnoses), those with mental health and chronic medical conditions, and eating disorders. Bridget completed a B.S. in Biology from University of California, Irvine, followed by her BSN and MSN at California State University, Long Beach. Bridget's treatment approach is to form a working partnership that is patient centered and focused on the patient's goals.
Bridget's past experiences include those with serious mental illness with county mental health, persons with dual diagnoses (substance use and mental health diagnoses), those with mental health and chronic medical conditions, and eating disorders. Bridget completed a B.S. in Biology from University of California, Irvine, followed by her BSN and MSN at California State University, Long Beach. Bridget's treatment approach is to form a working partnership that is patient centered and focused on the patient's goals.
(562) 600-4152 View (562) 600-4152
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Ijeoma Mbadugha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
We are glad you stopped by! Do you think you have symptoms of ADHD? Do you need answers? Do you need treatment? We got you! We are accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. For Depressive, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders; Are you anxious? having mood swings? Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? We also have great medication management and psychotherapy tools available to help you get your life back. Call us today to book an appointment.
We are glad you stopped by! Do you think you have symptoms of ADHD? Do you need answers? Do you need treatment? We got you! We are accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. For Depressive, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders; Are you anxious? having mood swings? Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? We also have great medication management and psychotherapy tools available to help you get your life back. Call us today to book an appointment.
(951) 338-9988 View (951) 338-9988
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Wendy Johanna Colocho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to effectively treat and rehabilitate individuals suffering from mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and SUD in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way. I try to concentrate my time and effort on applying my expertise to deliver transparent, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and patient-centered care. I advocate for my patients' rights and well-being to support their recovery and optimal health.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to effectively treat and rehabilitate individuals suffering from mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and SUD in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way. I try to concentrate my time and effort on applying my expertise to deliver transparent, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and patient-centered care. I advocate for my patients' rights and well-being to support their recovery and optimal health.
(661) 465-6851 View (661) 465-6851
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Charlie Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ca
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ca
(949) 528-4981 View (949) 528-4981
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Isaac Pro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650
Isaac Pro is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to your mental well-being. With extensive education and more than 8 years of hands-on experience in the mental health field, he is committed to providing patient-centered care that places your unique needs and concerns at the heart of your therapeutic journey. Isaac began his nursing career at Mount Saint Mary's University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Isaac Pro is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to your mental well-being. With extensive education and more than 8 years of hands-on experience in the mental health field, he is committed to providing patient-centered care that places your unique needs and concerns at the heart of your therapeutic journey. Isaac began his nursing career at Mount Saint Mary's University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
(562) 573-8189 View (562) 573-8189
Photo of Laurice Haycraft, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laurice Haycraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
The complexities of life can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In some instances, emotional pain can be just as debilitating as physical pain which can impact one’s ability to function mentally, socially, and professionally. One of the greatest rewards for me is witnessing the positive outcomes of providing holistic care for patients who have suffered from various mental disorders. My greatest strength as a provider is treating my patients with compassion, empathy, dignity, and respect.
The complexities of life can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In some instances, emotional pain can be just as debilitating as physical pain which can impact one’s ability to function mentally, socially, and professionally. One of the greatest rewards for me is witnessing the positive outcomes of providing holistic care for patients who have suffered from various mental disorders. My greatest strength as a provider is treating my patients with compassion, empathy, dignity, and respect.
(909) 787-1399 View (909) 787-1399

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Desert Blossom Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellflower, CA 90706  (Online Only)
Desert Blossom Psychiatry was started from the belief that humans are able to create beauty and peace in the face of hardship and pain, like flowers growing in the harsh desert. Our clients are people who are trying to make changes, but perhaps aren't sure how or find that their past experiences are keeping them from moving on. Many are in the process of navigating changes and transitions: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing themselves, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a space to process all of that to help you move forward.
Desert Blossom Psychiatry was started from the belief that humans are able to create beauty and peace in the face of hardship and pain, like flowers growing in the harsh desert. Our clients are people who are trying to make changes, but perhaps aren't sure how or find that their past experiences are keeping them from moving on. Many are in the process of navigating changes and transitions: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing themselves, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a space to process all of that to help you move forward.
(702) 508-7335 View (702) 508-7335
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Rita Onwenna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bellflower, CA 90706  (Online Only)
Rita Onwenna, DNP is an experienced and a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Rita completed her doctorate degree in nursing practice at Walden University. She received her post doctorate certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Bradman University. She obtained her master’s degrees in nursing with emphasis in family medicine and school health services from California State University, Long Beach.
Rita Onwenna, DNP is an experienced and a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Rita completed her doctorate degree in nursing practice at Walden University. She received her post doctorate certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Bradman University. She obtained her master’s degrees in nursing with emphasis in family medicine and school health services from California State University, Long Beach.
(562) 548-7007 View (562) 548-7007
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Artesia, CA 90702
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) 946-6843 View (949) 946-6843
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Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified Verified
Cerritos, CA 90701  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING TELEMEDICINE 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 TELEMEDICINE 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) 377-7473 View (424) 377-7473
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellflower, CA 90706  (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) 361-1730 View (310) 361-1730
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Surendra Chaganti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cerritos, CA 90703  (Online Only)
My name is Suren Chaganti and I'm a member of the Grow Therapy prescribers team. I am currently based in MO. I am licensed in CA, FL, GA, and MO. I am currently practicing in CA and MO. I am relocating to Florida. I completed my Psychiatry residency at UMKC School of Medicine, and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. I have been in practice since 1995.
My name is Suren Chaganti and I'm a member of the Grow Therapy prescribers team. I am currently based in MO. I am licensed in CA, FL, GA, and MO. I am currently practicing in CA and MO. I am relocating to Florida. I completed my Psychiatry residency at UMKC School of Medicine, and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. I have been in practice since 1995.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Norwalk, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Norwalk, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Norwalk, CA see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

45% Female
44% Male
11% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Norwalk?

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.