Psychiatrists in Orange, CA

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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(657) 837-6325 View (657) 837-6325
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (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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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (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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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(657) 300-9986 View (657) 300-9986
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Restoring Minds Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
Are you are struggling with your emotions, having sad mood, anxiety and finding it difficulty to cope with your situation? It can be discouraging when you feel like you've bounced around to different doctors and therapists and never experienced true relief for your symptoms. You don't want to deal with the hassle of multiple locations, multiple providers, and trying to get them to communicate about YOUR best treatment. Considering psychiatric evaluation and medication management may be an appropriate treatment for you.
(817) 587-0861 View (817) 587-0861
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Nnenna Ekejiuba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Nnenna Ekejiuba is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and experience managing children, adolescents, and adults experiencing mental health challenges. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and her psychiatric nurse practitioner degree from Charles R Drew University of Medicine & Science.
Nnenna Ekejiuba is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and experience managing children, adolescents, and adults experiencing mental health challenges. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and her psychiatric nurse practitioner degree from Charles R Drew University of Medicine & Science.
(657) 837-1406 View (657) 837-1406
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Hieu Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Dedicated to Mental Wellness Hello! My name is Hieu. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. Above all, my greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing the transformation and resilience of my patients as they navigate their mental health challenges and embrace a life filled with hope and fulfillment.
A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Dedicated to Mental Wellness Hello! My name is Hieu. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a passionate and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. Above all, my greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing the transformation and resilience of my patients as they navigate their mental health challenges and embrace a life filled with hope and fulfillment.
(657) 571-1609 View (657) 571-1609
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Dr. Nadie Bening - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
Dr. Nadia Bening is a Psychiatrist and Certified Brain Health Coach in addition to wife and mom of 3 boys. She has over a decade of experience in the traditional psychiatric clinical setting and was Medical Director at a substance abuse rehabilitation center for the past 3 years.
Dr. Nadia Bening is a Psychiatrist and Certified Brain Health Coach in addition to wife and mom of 3 boys. She has over a decade of experience in the traditional psychiatric clinical setting and was Medical Director at a substance abuse rehabilitation center for the past 3 years.
(657) 366-5298 View (657) 366-5298
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Pamela Schreurs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Pam. Do you feel like you are not being heard or that nobody truly understands what you are going through? I am here to listen to your concerns and empower you to be an active participant in your path to mental wellness. My background primarily consists of treating child, adolescent, and young adult populations including LGBTQIA+ and autism spectrum disorders. I specialize in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as mood and affective disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-partum depression, and others.
Hello, I'm Pam. Do you feel like you are not being heard or that nobody truly understands what you are going through? I am here to listen to your concerns and empower you to be an active participant in your path to mental wellness. My background primarily consists of treating child, adolescent, and young adult populations including LGBTQIA+ and autism spectrum disorders. I specialize in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as mood and affective disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-partum depression, and others.
(657) 837-1371 View (657) 837-1371
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Dr. Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(657) 366-5804 View (657) 366-5804
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Reri Uku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
Thank you for your interest in our practice. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to my patients. In formulating a diagnosis, I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
Thank you for your interest in our practice. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to my patients. In formulating a diagnosis, I consider emotional, medical, and environmental contributors.
(657) 300-2401 View (657) 300-2401
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Cathy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
Kathy Nguyen, 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. Kathy believes in 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 based medication treatment strategy, she 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 treatme
Kathy Nguyen, 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. Kathy believes in 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 based medication treatment strategy, she 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 treatme
(657) 306-5445 View (657) 306-5445
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Tameka Joy-Hawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Looking to end the stigma & disparity seen in the behavioral population Tameka Hawkins is a compassionate board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tameka has a longstanding interest in precision (personalized) medicine for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. She is committed to delivering high-quality patient-centered care for the patients she serves. Mrs. Hawkins pays close attention to her clients and encourages them to speak up about their worries. She is invested in their well-being and wants the best for them.
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Looking to end the stigma & disparity seen in the behavioral population Tameka Hawkins is a compassionate board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tameka has a longstanding interest in precision (personalized) medicine for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. She is committed to delivering high-quality patient-centered care for the patients she serves. Mrs. Hawkins pays close attention to her clients and encourages them to speak up about their worries. She is invested in their well-being and wants the best for them.
(657) 530-6448 View (657) 530-6448
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Namju Seong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Christina Seong is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 10 years. She graduated from Yale University with a Master's degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She works in partnership with her clients and colleagues to determine goals for treatment based on their needs to maximize their mental health and happiness. Her main areas of focus include Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. In her spare time, Christina enjoys camping, traveling, hiking and watching movies
Christina Seong is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 10 years. She graduated from Yale University with a Master's degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She works in partnership with her clients and colleagues to determine goals for treatment based on their needs to maximize their mental health and happiness. Her main areas of focus include Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar disorder. In her spare time, Christina enjoys camping, traveling, hiking and watching movies
(657) 530-6484 View (657) 530-6484
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Jean-Paul Cortez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm JP. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of medical expertise and compassionate care to address your mental health needs. With a solid foundation in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric care, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. My primary focus is on providing holistic and patient-centered care, tailoring treatment plans to your individual needs. I look forward to the opportunity to work together and support you on your path to wellness!
Hi there! I'm JP. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring a unique blend of medical expertise and compassionate care to address your mental health needs. With a solid foundation in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric care, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. My primary focus is on providing holistic and patient-centered care, tailoring treatment plans to your individual needs. I look forward to the opportunity to work together and support you on your path to wellness!
(657) 297-5544 View (657) 297-5544
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (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.
(657) 256-5949 View (657) 256-5949
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Savanna Olsson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed my BSN and MSN at Azusa Pacific University. As a RN, I worked at a psychiatric hospital and at a jail based competency treatment program for patients that were incompetent to stand trial due to a mental illness.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I completed my BSN and MSN at Azusa Pacific University. As a RN, I worked at a psychiatric hospital and at a jail based competency treatment program for patients that were incompetent to stand trial due to a mental illness.
(657) 300-4288 View (657) 300-4288
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
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-based medication treatment strategy, she 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-based medication treatment strategy, she 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) 530-6613 View (657) 530-6613
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Harry B. Rauch
Psychiatrist, DPh, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92866
Your child or teen may be dealing with school, concentration, emotional and behavioral issues. I offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and medical management of children and adolescents. My services are provided in a private, comfortable setting using the latest techniques and knowledge. I spend the time every patient needs, and deserves, for optimal psychiatric care: listening carefully, asking relevant questions, explaining my observations and recommendations to family members, educating patients and parents about the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
Your child or teen may be dealing with school, concentration, emotional and behavioral issues. I offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and medical management of children and adolescents. My services are provided in a private, comfortable setting using the latest techniques and knowledge. I spend the time every patient needs, and deserves, for optimal psychiatric care: listening carefully, asking relevant questions, explaining my observations and recommendations to family members, educating patients and parents about the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
(949) 267-3633 View (949) 267-3633
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John Anthony Diya - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orange, CA 92868
John Anthony Diya is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He graduated from Charles R. Drew University. He has over 9 years of experience in providing psychiatric care to patients of all ages. He began his career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
John Anthony Diya is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He graduated from Charles R. Drew University. He has over 9 years of experience in providing psychiatric care to patients of all ages. He began his career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
(657) 385-7024 View (657) 385-7024

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Orange, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Orange, CA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
91% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD
63% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
96% Optum
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Orange, CA see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orange?

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.