Psychiatrists in Richmond, CA

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Olga Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am fluent in English and Russian, and I have 15 years of experience in mental health care and nursing during which my focus has been improving the lives of my patients using highly effective treatments to include medication management and psychotherapy. In addition to utilizing mental health medication, I also use Motivational interviewing, Supportive Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches to therapy and treatment.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am fluent in English and Russian, and I have 15 years of experience in mental health care and nursing during which my focus has been improving the lives of my patients using highly effective treatments to include medication management and psychotherapy. In addition to utilizing mental health medication, I also use Motivational interviewing, Supportive Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches to therapy and treatment.
(510) 616-7784 View (510) 616-7784
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Teresa Lee
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, CGP
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94804
Waitlist for new clients
Feeling "stuck" or even "paralyzed" in your career, daily life, or relationships (in areas even beyond romantic) are often why people seek me. My culturally open approach means we will understand how your past and present relationships, ideas, and feelings shape who you are today. I primarily offer psychodynamic and relational therapy and add in CBT, DBT, and mindfulness as needed. Talk therapy can lead to deep and lasting changes, and medications, when thoughtfully prescribed, can lessen the intensity of pain and suffering. With my medical and therapy resources, we will create an approach that lends itself to personal growth.
Feeling "stuck" or even "paralyzed" in your career, daily life, or relationships (in areas even beyond romantic) are often why people seek me. My culturally open approach means we will understand how your past and present relationships, ideas, and feelings shape who you are today. I primarily offer psychodynamic and relational therapy and add in CBT, DBT, and mindfulness as needed. Talk therapy can lead to deep and lasting changes, and medications, when thoughtfully prescribed, can lessen the intensity of pain and suffering. With my medical and therapy resources, we will create an approach that lends itself to personal growth.
(925) 690-1891 View (925) 690-1891
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94803  (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.
(925) 690-1546 View (925) 690-1546
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Oyebola Oyelade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have many years of experience in mental health management. I aim to support both the mental and physical health of my clients. I meet my patients where they are. I utilize many approaches in my treatment plans, including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, innovative, individualized care, motivational interviews, goal setting, supportive, strength-based, person-centered, compassion-focused, evidence-based practices, and patient education.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have many years of experience in mental health management. I aim to support both the mental and physical health of my clients. I meet my patients where they are. I utilize many approaches in my treatment plans, including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, innovative, individualized care, motivational interviews, goal setting, supportive, strength-based, person-centered, compassion-focused, evidence-based practices, and patient education.
(209) 457-7683 View (209) 457-7683

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hercules, CA 94547  (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.
(925) 304-3857 View (925) 304-3857
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Michael J. Kron, MD Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology
Psychiatrist, MD, Meds, ADHD, Antidep, Anx
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Call or send us a message. We may ask you for some more info. If I think I can help, that's great. Usually I find options other doctors might have missed. So, often clients are satisfied with their results. Some describe their experiences: Darcy T "Dr. Kron is an incredible doctor. I already dread the day of his retirement. He is so wonderful, kind, and helpful and has been a ray of clarity in this sometimes hostile world. He has been my Dr for getting close to 20 years and I can honestly say I love him and feel so lucky I found him. Can’t recommend him enough. Brilliant and intelligent doctor, exceptional person on top." 4/22/2024
Call or send us a message. We may ask you for some more info. If I think I can help, that's great. Usually I find options other doctors might have missed. So, often clients are satisfied with their results. Some describe their experiences: Darcy T "Dr. Kron is an incredible doctor. I already dread the day of his retirement. He is so wonderful, kind, and helpful and has been a ray of clarity in this sometimes hostile world. He has been my Dr for getting close to 20 years and I can honestly say I love him and feel so lucky I found him. Can’t recommend him enough. Brilliant and intelligent doctor, exceptional person on top." 4/22/2024
(510) 878-4116 View (510) 878-4116
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Beatrice Rabkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I have office locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto. While I specialize in medication management, I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I have office locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto. While I specialize in medication management, I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
(650) 955-0435 View (650) 955-0435
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704  (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.
(310) 340-7908 View (310) 340-7908
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Tirath Gill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
I have been in practice for over 25 years serving patients and communities in different roles. I believe in keeping the patient’s concerns front and center when making treatment plans and it delights me to see them get better. I believe many individuals are capable of brilliant insights that can bring lasting joy and peace in their lives. I believe in the great potential of cognitive behavior therapy and other therapies. Sometimes therapy works even better when combined with the right psychiatric medication. I enjoy working with other clinicians on collaborative care.
I have been in practice for over 25 years serving patients and communities in different roles. I believe in keeping the patient’s concerns front and center when making treatment plans and it delights me to see them get better. I believe many individuals are capable of brilliant insights that can bring lasting joy and peace in their lives. I believe in the great potential of cognitive behavior therapy and other therapies. Sometimes therapy works even better when combined with the right psychiatric medication. I enjoy working with other clinicians on collaborative care.
(669) 213-1256 View (669) 213-1256
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Jeanne Leventhal Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, FRCPC, FAPA, FACPsyc
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
J. B, Danville, wrote: " I am a post-menopausal woman whose ADD was undiagnosed prior to the thorough evaluation by Dr Alexander. My life has certainly improved with the treatment she has prescribed. I have found her to be insightful, compassionate and intelligent. I highly recommend her!" ....... Greg, Walnut Creek, wrote: "Dr. Alexander's diagnostic skills and her ability to empathize make her an extremely effective psychiatrist… I found her to be patient, thoughtful, intelligent, professional, and caring, and highly recommend her."
J. B, Danville, wrote: " I am a post-menopausal woman whose ADD was undiagnosed prior to the thorough evaluation by Dr Alexander. My life has certainly improved with the treatment she has prescribed. I have found her to be insightful, compassionate and intelligent. I highly recommend her!" ....... Greg, Walnut Creek, wrote: "Dr. Alexander's diagnostic skills and her ability to empathize make her an extremely effective psychiatrist… I found her to be patient, thoughtful, intelligent, professional, and caring, and highly recommend her."
(510) 878-5665 View (510) 878-5665
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Dr. Marlynn Wei, MD, JD
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard- and Yale-trained board-certified integrative holistic psychiatrist, therapist, and certified yoga teacher specializing in psychotherapy. My boutique practice provides in-depth exploration of underlying issues that may be interfering with your full potential. I work with high-achieving individuals, including professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives in tech, startups, finance, VC firms, law, and creative/film/artistic industries. I help people navigate and improve career stress, family and relationship issues, and other sources of anxiety.
I am a Harvard- and Yale-trained board-certified integrative holistic psychiatrist, therapist, and certified yoga teacher specializing in psychotherapy. My boutique practice provides in-depth exploration of underlying issues that may be interfering with your full potential. I work with high-achieving individuals, including professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives in tech, startups, finance, VC firms, law, and creative/film/artistic industries. I help people navigate and improve career stress, family and relationship issues, and other sources of anxiety.
(415) 855-7654 View (415) 855-7654
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Jennifer Elle Roberts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
We are each on our own unique journey. Let me help you work through challenges to discover your best self, and move forward from current roadblocks.
We are each on our own unique journey. Let me help you work through challenges to discover your best self, and move forward from current roadblocks.
(628) 230-2790 View (628) 230-2790
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Michael Swetye, M.D., P.C.
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I am a Yale and UCSF-trained psychiatrist with board certifications in Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. I work with adults (including young adults), couples, families, teens, and middle schoolers.
I am a Yale and UCSF-trained psychiatrist with board certifications in Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. I work with adults (including young adults), couples, families, teens, and middle schoolers.
(415) 969-5356 View (415) 969-5356
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Marcus J (Bo) Houston
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in the East Bay. I am trained to address all of the major psychiatric diagnoses and specialize in both psychotherapy and medication management. My approach recognizes the practical necessity of diagnostic categories, but I also value and rely on the uniqueness of one's subjective experience to help guide the treatment process. It can be helpful for some people to hear that they may benefit from psychiatric or psychotherapeutic help even when a diagnosis may be unclear or unnecessary.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in the East Bay. I am trained to address all of the major psychiatric diagnoses and specialize in both psychotherapy and medication management. My approach recognizes the practical necessity of diagnostic categories, but I also value and rely on the uniqueness of one's subjective experience to help guide the treatment process. It can be helpful for some people to hear that they may benefit from psychiatric or psychotherapeutic help even when a diagnosis may be unclear or unnecessary.
(510) 808-6278 View (510) 808-6278
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Linda Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orinda, CA 94563  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and therapist providing excellence in reproductive mental health. I specialize in helping women and their families feel their emotional best throughout pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, infertility, and more. I will support you in maximizing your emotional wellness so that you can be at your best personally and professionally. I offer a holistic and comprehensive approach to your care.
I am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and therapist providing excellence in reproductive mental health. I specialize in helping women and their families feel their emotional best throughout pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, infertility, and more. I will support you in maximizing your emotional wellness so that you can be at your best personally and professionally. I offer a holistic and comprehensive approach to your care.
(925) 386-7589 View (925) 386-7589
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Arman Bhatti
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704  (Online Only)
Whole healing is the foundation of my treatment approach. It combines the humanist, evidence-based medical training I've undergone with more intuitive, practical traditions. Whatever you may be struggling with, my goal is to develop a deep understanding of you as a whole person. I aim to nourish all areas that impact mental health including diet, exercise, lifestyle (like stress management, work-life balance, and coping skills), relationships, identity, culture, and spirituality. I use a wide range of treatment approaches including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback along with traditional psychotherapy and medication.
Whole healing is the foundation of my treatment approach. It combines the humanist, evidence-based medical training I've undergone with more intuitive, practical traditions. Whatever you may be struggling with, my goal is to develop a deep understanding of you as a whole person. I aim to nourish all areas that impact mental health including diet, exercise, lifestyle (like stress management, work-life balance, and coping skills), relationships, identity, culture, and spirituality. I use a wide range of treatment approaches including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback along with traditional psychotherapy and medication.
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704  (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.
(310) 856-9442 View (310) 856-9442
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Navmoon Singh Mann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Sobrante, CA 94803  (Online Only)
Mental health challenges can be overwhelming. You do not have to face your struggles alone — call us today for a consultation and start down the path towards better health.
Mental health challenges can be overwhelming. You do not have to face your struggles alone — call us today for a consultation and start down the path towards better health.
(415) 687-3904 View (415) 687-3904
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Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94901
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
(925) 397-2730 View (925) 397-2730
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Orinda, CA 94563  (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.
(925) 406-3759 View (925) 406-3759

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Richmond, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Richmond, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% Depression
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Stress

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Richmond, CA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Richmond?

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.