Psychiatrists in Redondo Beach, CA

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Janet Sharma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Janet is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner focused on treating anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and women’s mental health. She believes therapy is critical to one's mental health journey, as it helps solidify new views and coping skills.
Janet is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner focused on treating anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and women’s mental health. She believes therapy is critical to one's mental health journey, as it helps solidify new views and coping skills.
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277  (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.
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Wenqi Feng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Dr. Feng is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who trained at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Boston University School of Medicine. She is a co-founder of Regeneration Psychiatry, a group psychiatric practice located in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and women's mental health issues. She also specializes in treating Asian and Asian-American patients. Dr. Feng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
Dr. Feng is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who trained at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Boston University School of Medicine. She is a co-founder of Regeneration Psychiatry, a group psychiatric practice located in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and women's mental health issues. She also specializes in treating Asian and Asian-American patients. Dr. Feng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
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Dr. Michael Rogachevsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277  (Online Only)
Dr. Michael Rogachevsky has been practicing psychiatry for two decades with an emphasis in General Psychiatry. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. He focuses primarily on the biopsychosocial approach, psychopharmacology as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Rogachevsky completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Michael Rogachevsky has been practicing psychiatry for two decades with an emphasis in General Psychiatry. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in treating patients with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. He focuses primarily on the biopsychosocial approach, psychopharmacology as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Rogachevsky completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, CA.
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Jobert Poblete
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
I'm a psychiatrist trained in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of mental health conditions in adults, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, sleep problems, bipolar disorder, and borderline and other personality orders. I have special interests in working with trans and gender expansive individuals and other members of the LGBTQ+ community, people struggling with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and people wtih OCD.
I'm a psychiatrist trained in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of mental health conditions in adults, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, sleep problems, bipolar disorder, and borderline and other personality orders. I have special interests in working with trans and gender expansive individuals and other members of the LGBTQ+ community, people struggling with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and people wtih OCD.
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Rebecca Salamo
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, and perinatal mental illness. I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment, taking a careful history to ensure all aspects of an individual’s wellbeing are considered, including environmental stressors, physical health, and lifestyle factors. I use medication management in conjunction with therapeutic interventions, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I treat children, adolescents, and adults with the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, and perinatal mental illness. I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment, taking a careful history to ensure all aspects of an individual’s wellbeing are considered, including environmental stressors, physical health, and lifestyle factors. I use medication management in conjunction with therapeutic interventions, utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
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Dr. Narendra Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Dr. Narendra B. Reddy has been working as an Adult Psychiatrist for the past 28 years. He has vast experience treating conditions including Affective Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Schizophrenia, and other Psychotic conditions. He received his M.D. from Kakatiya Medical College, India, and completed his residency at Harlem Hospital in New York where he served as Chief Resident. At Catholic Health Initiative, he was on the Physician Excellence Committee for many years and worked hard towards improving patient care.
Dr. Narendra B. Reddy has been working as an Adult Psychiatrist for the past 28 years. He has vast experience treating conditions including Affective Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Schizophrenia, and other Psychotic conditions. He received his M.D. from Kakatiya Medical College, India, and completed his residency at Harlem Hospital in New York where he served as Chief Resident. At Catholic Health Initiative, he was on the Physician Excellence Committee for many years and worked hard towards improving patient care.
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Kathleen McDermott, Evolve Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing from CSU Fullerton, CSULB, & CSULA, a Master's in Psychiatric Nursing from Columbia University, and Bachelors degrees from Villanova (Psychology) and SUNY-Stonybrook (Nursing). I offer person-centered, trauma-informed care, specializing in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and psychopharmacological medication management. I use integrative treatment strategies that are individualized, healing-centered, and evidenced-based to help people manage symptoms with medication management, supportive therapy, and holistic alternative approaches.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing from CSU Fullerton, CSULB, & CSULA, a Master's in Psychiatric Nursing from Columbia University, and Bachelors degrees from Villanova (Psychology) and SUNY-Stonybrook (Nursing). I offer person-centered, trauma-informed care, specializing in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and psychopharmacological medication management. I use integrative treatment strategies that are individualized, healing-centered, and evidenced-based to help people manage symptoms with medication management, supportive therapy, and holistic alternative approaches.
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Alice Wong
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90278  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist who provides culturally sensitive integrative mental health care by listening with empathy, inquiring with curiosity, and understanding with humility. I have experience in working with diverse cultural backgrounds, with an added focus on Asian Americans, and understand the struggles one may face in wanting to assimilate while retaining their cultural heritage. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety/depression/trauma, managing family expectations, navigating transitions, or striving for a fulfilling life, I'm dedicated to walking this path with you.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist who provides culturally sensitive integrative mental health care by listening with empathy, inquiring with curiosity, and understanding with humility. I have experience in working with diverse cultural backgrounds, with an added focus on Asian Americans, and understand the struggles one may face in wanting to assimilate while retaining their cultural heritage. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety/depression/trauma, managing family expectations, navigating transitions, or striving for a fulfilling life, I'm dedicated to walking this path with you.
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Altitude Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277  (Online Only)
Altitude Wellness's Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
Altitude Wellness's Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
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Justin Key
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Are you looking for personalized mental health treatment? A psychiatrist who cares, listens, and understands? Then it sounds like your needs are why I became a doctor. I strive to help people take control of their mental health by listening to their experience, coming to a mutual understanding about their struggles, and working together to create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with their values. My practice, Regeneration Psychiatry, is based in Redondo Beach and we are happy to serve the Greater Los Angeles area.
Are you looking for personalized mental health treatment? A psychiatrist who cares, listens, and understands? Then it sounds like your needs are why I became a doctor. I strive to help people take control of their mental health by listening to their experience, coming to a mutual understanding about their struggles, and working together to create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with their values. My practice, Regeneration Psychiatry, is based in Redondo Beach and we are happy to serve the Greater Los Angeles area.
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Stephanie Sabra
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Are you looking for personalized mental health treatment? A psychiatrist who cares, listens, and understands? As a board-certified psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults, I am experienced in a wide range of psychopathologies including ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and women’s mental health (peripartum and postpartum illness). I work closely with my patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with their values. My office is based in Redondo Beach and we are happy to serve the Greater Los Angeles area.
Are you looking for personalized mental health treatment? A psychiatrist who cares, listens, and understands? As a board-certified psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults, I am experienced in a wide range of psychopathologies including ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and women’s mental health (peripartum and postpartum illness). I work closely with my patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with their values. My office is based in Redondo Beach and we are happy to serve the Greater Los Angeles area.
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Joshua Lichtman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Dr. Josh Lichtman has been practicing psychiatry for the last decade. Dr. Lichtman is passionate about mindfulness practice and psychiatry and is constantly trying to blend the two. He is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and although he primarily focuses on psychopharmacology, he is trained in various therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic therapy, and is currently in the middle of his EMDR certification. Dr. Lichtman is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and serves as a clinical instructor at UCLA, where he has been supervising doctors in training for the last 8 years.
Dr. Josh Lichtman has been practicing psychiatry for the last decade. Dr. Lichtman is passionate about mindfulness practice and psychiatry and is constantly trying to blend the two. He is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and although he primarily focuses on psychopharmacology, he is trained in various therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic therapy, and is currently in the middle of his EMDR certification. Dr. Lichtman is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and serves as a clinical instructor at UCLA, where he has been supervising doctors in training for the last 8 years.
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Susan Magorno
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
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Samuel Sanders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
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Shanna Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
I'm here to improve your quality of life and help you become the best version of yourself. After 14 years, I've found success through 1) really listening, 2) having empathy, and 3) offering the best evidence-based and personalized tools to match the individual needs of each client. My specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, and ADHD. I hold a master’s degree from UCLA, where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality of care. I am dual-certified as both a family and psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner.
I'm here to improve your quality of life and help you become the best version of yourself. After 14 years, I've found success through 1) really listening, 2) having empathy, and 3) offering the best evidence-based and personalized tools to match the individual needs of each client. My specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, and ADHD. I hold a master’s degree from UCLA, where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality of care. I am dual-certified as both a family and psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner.
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Agnes Kwon Simone
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
I am a UCLA-trained, board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I work with adolescents, young adults and adults. I am passionate about my integrative approach to mental health care. While I provide medication management, I also highlight the importance of non-pharmacologic interventions including healthy lifestyle changes, mindfulness, and psychotherapy.
I am a UCLA-trained, board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, and insomnia. I work with adolescents, young adults and adults. I am passionate about my integrative approach to mental health care. While I provide medication management, I also highlight the importance of non-pharmacologic interventions including healthy lifestyle changes, mindfulness, and psychotherapy.
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277  (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.
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Redondo Beach, CA 90277  (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 help our clients function at their best...Consistently!
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 help our clients function at their best...Consistently!
(424) 396-0569 View (424) 396-0569
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Neuro Wellness Spa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
We are proud to be the first private TMS center in all of Southern California. Our vast experience and data provide us with unparalleled knowledge in treating our patients. We have been successfully treating patients since 2009 and have experience in working with each FDA approved device. Our team of professionals at Neuro Wellness Spa, located in Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and Palm Desert CA, offer hope to those suffering from a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and more. We use the latest technologies and protocols to provide lasting relief over the course of the healing process.
We are proud to be the first private TMS center in all of Southern California. Our vast experience and data provide us with unparalleled knowledge in treating our patients. We have been successfully treating patients since 2009 and have experience in working with each FDA approved device. Our team of professionals at Neuro Wellness Spa, located in Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and Palm Desert CA, offer hope to those suffering from a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and more. We use the latest technologies and protocols to provide lasting relief over the course of the healing process.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Redondo Beach, CA

50+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Redondo Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
88% ADHD
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
82% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Aetna
84% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Redondo Beach, CA see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Redondo Beach?

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.