Psychiatrists in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Victoria Ndubaku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have practiced for more than 7 years. I help young adults, adults and geriatric patients for the treatment of mild and major psychiatric illnesses. I am very good listener which positions me to provide a safe and therapeutic environment. One of my best skills, is being a very good listener while in session with my clients. I emphasize on the importance of medication management, overseeing the medications prescribed for a client to ensure that they are taken properly and achieving their planned, therapeutic outcome.
Hello, I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have practiced for more than 7 years. I help young adults, adults and geriatric patients for the treatment of mild and major psychiatric illnesses. I am very good listener which positions me to provide a safe and therapeutic environment. One of my best skills, is being a very good listener while in session with my clients. I emphasize on the importance of medication management, overseeing the medications prescribed for a client to ensure that they are taken properly and achieving their planned, therapeutic outcome.
(424) 855-0392 View (424) 855-0392
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Aisha Abbasi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Dr. Cuneyt Tegin, Psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Dr. Cuneyt Tegin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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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WellPsyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275  (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
Photo of Uchenna Okoye, Psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Sophia Rabiee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
(844) 505-3635 View (844) 505-3635

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Martina Murialdo, Physician Assistant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Martina Murialdo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Pedro, CA 90731  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(562) 247-3315 View (562) 247-3315
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Tanisha Renee Ragland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Tanisha Renee Ragland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified 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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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
San Pedro, CA 90731
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
(310) 896-4327 View (310) 896-4327
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Brenda Robertson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Ana Jimenez | Bonmente, Physician Assistant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
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. Welcome!
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. Welcome!
(310) 807-6694 View (310) 807-6694
Photo of Sarah Raike, Physician Assistant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Rolling Hills 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) 321-8038 View (424) 321-8038
Photo of Joshua Flatow, Psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(424) 367-1636 View (424) 367-1636
Photo of Mae Caragay, Physician Assistant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Pedro, CA 90731  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
(424) 252-3235 View (424) 252-3235
Photo of Pacific Mind Health, Psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Pacific Mind Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Pedro, CA 90731
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(562) 454-0649 View (562) 454-0649
Photo of Lawrence Braslow, Psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Lawrence Braslow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
I have 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and medication support to my patients, children and adults. I completed my Child and Adolescent training at Cedars-Sinaii Medical center, and am in in private practice in the South Bay. I have remained active training and supervising Child Psychiatry Residents at UCLA, USC, and Cedars- Sinaii. I have also acted as Medical Director at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic for the past sixteen years, and have experience and value working with an interdisciplinary team. I see the use of medication as part of an overall treatment plan, rather than solely as a "medical" problem.
I have 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and medication support to my patients, children and adults. I completed my Child and Adolescent training at Cedars-Sinaii Medical center, and am in in private practice in the South Bay. I have remained active training and supervising Child Psychiatry Residents at UCLA, USC, and Cedars- Sinaii. I have also acted as Medical Director at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic for the past sixteen years, and have experience and value working with an interdisciplinary team. I see the use of medication as part of an overall treatment plan, rather than solely as a "medical" problem.
(310) 879-5637 View (310) 879-5637
Photo of Mattison Pearlman, Physician Assistant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified 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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Sleep or Insomnia
86% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
57% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rancho Palos Verdes?

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.