Psychiatrists in Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(310) 234-5629 View (310) 234-5629
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
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.
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) 986-3707 View (310) 986-3707
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Roberto Figueroa
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
I specialize in treating anxiety and depression. I use an integrated approach that combines cognitive behavioral (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy with medication treatment when indicated. I have 15 years of experience and advanced specialization in psychopharmacology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Columbia University.
I specialize in treating anxiety and depression. I use an integrated approach that combines cognitive behavioral (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy with medication treatment when indicated. I have 15 years of experience and advanced specialization in psychopharmacology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Columbia University.
(310) 963-7146 View (310) 963-7146
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Tanisha Renee Ragland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
At Bleux Onyx Health and Wellness, we wholeheartedly commit to guiding individuals beyond career standstill, cultivating self-love, and fostering personal growth. Additionally, I treat depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental health conditions. Our purpose is to empower you to unveil your passion and purpose, providing adept guidance in life and career coaching. Consider us your catalyst for positive transformation, unlocking your complete potential and guiding you towards fulfillment in both personal and professional realms. In addition to my private practice, I'm also a consult-liaison and career and life coach
At Bleux Onyx Health and Wellness, we wholeheartedly commit to guiding individuals beyond career standstill, cultivating self-love, and fostering personal growth. Additionally, I treat depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental health conditions. Our purpose is to empower you to unveil your passion and purpose, providing adept guidance in life and career coaching. Consider us your catalyst for positive transformation, unlocking your complete potential and guiding you towards fulfillment in both personal and professional realms. In addition to my private practice, I'm also a consult-liaison and career and life coach
(424) 353-3064 View (424) 353-3064
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Rachel Jumonville
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (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!
(310) 742-9516 View (310) 742-9516
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (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!
(424) 364-1788 View (424) 364-1788
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Shuang Lei
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90275  (Online Only)
Anxiety, depression, haven’t been feeling yourself? What can I do to help - is what I ask myself every time I’m facing someone who is struggling to get to where they want to be in life. Having lived in four very different places (mainland China, French Canada, Las Vegas, New York City) before age 20, I come from a diverse cultural background that accepts and appreciates all. Compassionate, always ready to listen, without a trace of judgement, I am here to understand what is uniquely you. There is no dilemma too small to ponder, and no problem too big to tackle. Witnessing positive change gives me the utmost joy in life.
Anxiety, depression, haven’t been feeling yourself? What can I do to help - is what I ask myself every time I’m facing someone who is struggling to get to where they want to be in life. Having lived in four very different places (mainland China, French Canada, Las Vegas, New York City) before age 20, I come from a diverse cultural background that accepts and appreciates all. Compassionate, always ready to listen, without a trace of judgement, I am here to understand what is uniquely you. There is no dilemma too small to ponder, and no problem too big to tackle. Witnessing positive change gives me the utmost joy in life.
(747) 239-5373 View (747) 239-5373
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Jaspreet Takhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (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!
(657) 837-5585 View (657) 837-5585
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90275  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(310) 919-1352 View (310) 919-1352
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (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!
(424) 677-2083 View (424) 677-2083
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (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.
(424) 396-2707 View (424) 396-2707
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Simon Faynboym
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
Dr. Simon Faynboym was born in Ukraine and immigrated to California at a very young age. Growing up in California, he had a drive to serve the underprivileged and decided to become a physician. Dr. Faynboym currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Dr. Faynboym earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, his first in Genetics and the second in Food Biochemistry. He graduated in the top of his class and continued thereafter to get his masters training in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University for a year, before heading off to Medical School.
Dr. Simon Faynboym was born in Ukraine and immigrated to California at a very young age. Growing up in California, he had a drive to serve the underprivileged and decided to become a physician. Dr. Faynboym currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Dr. Faynboym earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, his first in Genetics and the second in Food Biochemistry. He graduated in the top of his class and continued thereafter to get his masters training in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University for a year, before heading off to Medical School.
(424) 328-6528 View (424) 328-6528
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Brenda Robertson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
The approaching holidays are a stressful time of year for many people. High school and college students may be struggling to make their grades reflect their true potential before the semester ends, and many people are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or holiday activities. Families can be struggling with tantrums from their youngest children as routines change for the holidays. I’m here to support you in exploring medication and therapy options for anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low energy and difficulty achieving your goals.
The approaching holidays are a stressful time of year for many people. High school and college students may be struggling to make their grades reflect their true potential before the semester ends, and many people are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or holiday activities. Families can be struggling with tantrums from their youngest children as routines change for the holidays. I’m here to support you in exploring medication and therapy options for anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low energy and difficulty achieving your goals.
(213) 863-9182 View (213) 863-9182
Dr. Daniel Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
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Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274  (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.
(310) 943-3937 View (310) 943-3937
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(424) 347-6576 View (424) 347-6576
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  (Online Only)
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.
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.
(562) 632-5834 View (562) 632-5834
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  (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!
(424) 688-7374 View (424) 688-7374
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WellPsyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274  (Online Only)
Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Are you looking for someone Real and Up-To-Date with today's challenges? Welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group providers are 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 help our clients function at their best, consistently!
Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Are you looking for someone Real and Up-To-Date with today's challenges? Welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group providers are 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 help our clients function at their best, consistently!
(424) 349-5026 View (424) 349-5026
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Aisha Abbasi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  (Online Only)
For over thirty years, I’ve had the privilege of helping people with a vast array of emotional issues. I utilize my understanding of my patients’ past and current life situations, and what I see happening within the therapeutic relationship, to help my patients achieve their goals. I believe it is because of my consistent dedication to helping my patients, that other physicians have voted for me (without solicitation) to be among America’s Best Doctors, for twenty years in a row.
For over thirty years, I’ve had the privilege of helping people with a vast array of emotional issues. I utilize my understanding of my patients’ past and current life situations, and what I see happening within the therapeutic relationship, to help my patients achieve their goals. I believe it is because of my consistent dedication to helping my patients, that other physicians have voted for me (without solicitation) to be among America’s Best Doctors, for twenty years in a row.
(248) 406-6727 View (248) 406-6727

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palos Verdes Estates, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Palos Verdes Estates, CA who prioritize treating:

86% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
79% Depression
79% Stress
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% Relationship Issues
64% ADHD

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Palos Verdes Estates, CA see their clients

85% Online Only
15% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palos Verdes Estates?

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.