Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA

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Open Mind Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
(619) 949-0858 View (619) 949-0858
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(619) 567-1519 View (619) 567-1519
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Annabelle Touponce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP) specializing in, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and ADHD. I have worked in the healthcare/mental health field for 10 years, with experience in adolescents, adults and the geriatric population.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP) specializing in, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis and ADHD. I have worked in the healthcare/mental health field for 10 years, with experience in adolescents, adults and the geriatric population.
(858) 997-0743 View (858) 997-0743
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Mihir Upadhyaya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
My patients can expect experience, empathy, and compassion. I’m well-rounded, and able to quickly identify with some aspect of my patients’ background.
My patients can expect experience, empathy, and compassion. I’m well-rounded, and able to quickly identify with some aspect of my patients’ background.
(858) 465-5548 View (858) 465-5548
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Matthew Geromi
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Matthew Geromi, D.O. is a board-certified physician practicing Psychiatry in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego, CA. He treats adults ages 18 and older including older adults and elders. Dr. Geromi has experience in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Matthew Geromi, D.O. is a board-certified physician practicing Psychiatry in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego, CA. He treats adults ages 18 and older including older adults and elders. Dr. Geromi has experience in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(858) 779-2058 View (858) 779-2058
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Caroline Morin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Caroline Morin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed to practice medicine in California. Her areas of expertise are ADHD, panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, and depression. Before moving to California 2014, she spent 12 years training and mentoring new psychiatrists and family physicians at the University of Montreal and the University of Calgary. Dr. Morin treats patients aged 20-60. She speaks English and French.
Caroline Morin, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed to practice medicine in California. Her areas of expertise are ADHD, panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, and depression. Before moving to California 2014, she spent 12 years training and mentoring new psychiatrists and family physicians at the University of Montreal and the University of Calgary. Dr. Morin treats patients aged 20-60. She speaks English and French.
(858) 758-2985 View (858) 758-2985
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Elizabeth Gomez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental health can be tricky, but it’s not something you have to face alone. In my practice, we tackle these issues head-on with a mix of medication management and self-care strategies. It’s all about finding what works best for you, so you can focus more on enjoying life and less on the stress these conditions can bring. We’ll work together in a relaxed, supportive setting to discover effective ways to manage symptoms and boost your well-being. Let’s navigate this journey together, towards a life that feels more manageable and fulfilling.
Dealing with mental health can be tricky, but it’s not something you have to face alone. In my practice, we tackle these issues head-on with a mix of medication management and self-care strategies. It’s all about finding what works best for you, so you can focus more on enjoying life and less on the stress these conditions can bring. We’ll work together in a relaxed, supportive setting to discover effective ways to manage symptoms and boost your well-being. Let’s navigate this journey together, towards a life that feels more manageable and fulfilling.
(858) 304-7852 View (858) 304-7852
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(619) 313-5659 View (619) 313-5659
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Noor Bahramzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Have you ever experienced a time when the weight of life's demands felt overwhelmingly heavy? Do you have strategies or support systems in place to help you navigate through those challenging times?
Have you ever experienced a time when the weight of life's demands felt overwhelmingly heavy? Do you have strategies or support systems in place to help you navigate through those challenging times?
(619) 832-1527 View (619) 832-1527
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Jaclyn Joyce
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106
Hi there. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist based out of San Diego, California. I can prescribe medication, provide psychotherapy, or both. I genuinely enjoy working with clients, hearing unique life stories, and finding ways to help each person as an individual. I have experience working with a wide variety of psychiatric concerns. There are also a few areas in which I have a special focus, including: working with older adolescents and college students, pregnancy, and new parents.
Hi there. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist based out of San Diego, California. I can prescribe medication, provide psychotherapy, or both. I genuinely enjoy working with clients, hearing unique life stories, and finding ways to help each person as an individual. I have experience working with a wide variety of psychiatric concerns. There are also a few areas in which I have a special focus, including: working with older adolescents and college students, pregnancy, and new parents.
(619) 431-2004 View (619) 431-2004
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Dmitriy Sivtsov
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Starting with the first phone call or email, our central location, knowledgeable staff, expert physicians, seamless process of evaluation, treatment planning and delivery all designed to take unnecessary stress off your shoulders. We will work behind the scenes so you and your doctor can focus on the one most important thing - fighting depression.
Starting with the first phone call or email, our central location, knowledgeable staff, expert physicians, seamless process of evaluation, treatment planning and delivery all designed to take unnecessary stress off your shoulders. We will work behind the scenes so you and your doctor can focus on the one most important thing - fighting depression.
(858) 230-7585 View (858) 230-7585
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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 a challenging 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!
(619) 789-6720 View (619) 789-6720
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Heather Saltos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Child Psychiatrist residing in San Diego, CA. I love working with children, teens and their families. I understand the struggle of finding a good mental health provider and I am here to help. I have my board certification in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Dartmouth University and am Adult certified as well. I am family oriented, have 3 children of my own, and value both therapy and medication management strategies. There is not a one step approach for treatment and I tailor my management on a patient by patient basis.If you or your family member are struggling, please do not hesitate to reach to reach out.
I am a Child Psychiatrist residing in San Diego, CA. I love working with children, teens and their families. I understand the struggle of finding a good mental health provider and I am here to help. I have my board certification in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Dartmouth University and am Adult certified as well. I am family oriented, have 3 children of my own, and value both therapy and medication management strategies. There is not a one step approach for treatment and I tailor my management on a patient by patient basis.If you or your family member are struggling, please do not hesitate to reach to reach out.
(858) 358-6956 View (858) 358-6956
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Brittany Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116
Brittany Watson is a licensed and dual board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner in family medicine and psychiatric mental health. Her training in both specialties allows her to understand the critical link between physical and mental well-being across the lifespan. She has a strong belief in holistic care utilizing a variety of treatment modalities including psychotropic medications, in addition to evidence based complementary and alternative treatments. She believes in a collaborative approach with her client's in reaching their goals. She is a San Diego native and enjoys playing sports, traveling and beach days.
Brittany Watson is a licensed and dual board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner in family medicine and psychiatric mental health. Her training in both specialties allows her to understand the critical link between physical and mental well-being across the lifespan. She has a strong belief in holistic care utilizing a variety of treatment modalities including psychotropic medications, in addition to evidence based complementary and alternative treatments. She believes in a collaborative approach with her client's in reaching their goals. She is a San Diego native and enjoys playing sports, traveling and beach days.
(858) 522-0145 View (858) 522-0145
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San Diego Adult ADHD, Anxiety & Depression Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Get MD Board-Certified Expert evaluation and/or treatment for Adult ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. UCSD, UCLA & UCSF trained, former UC Faculty. Private & Confidential, deluxe Downtown Office setting. Concierge 24/7 availability, new patients seen within 1 - 3 business days. Self-pay, but FSA & HSA accepted, with Health Plan PPO & Fed IRS reimbursement may be possible. “Sliding Scale” fees offered if with Financial Hardship. Covid-19 vaccinated Docs. For more information, please go to: www.SDaaaDC.com
Get MD Board-Certified Expert evaluation and/or treatment for Adult ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. UCSD, UCLA & UCSF trained, former UC Faculty. Private & Confidential, deluxe Downtown Office setting. Concierge 24/7 availability, new patients seen within 1 - 3 business days. Self-pay, but FSA & HSA accepted, with Health Plan PPO & Fed IRS reimbursement may be possible. “Sliding Scale” fees offered if with Financial Hardship. Covid-19 vaccinated Docs. For more information, please go to: www.SDaaaDC.com
(619) 888-6130 View (619) 888-6130
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M Zenilde A M De Lima
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127  (Online Only)
I am an Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a background in Pediatrics. My 15-year experience as a pediatrician has helped me integrate Biology, Psychological Development, and Social Environment in my work.
I am an Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a background in Pediatrics. My 15-year experience as a pediatrician has helped me integrate Biology, Psychological Development, and Social Environment in my work.
(619) 382-2364 View (619) 382-2364
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Sarah Blue
Psychiatrist, MD-BC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (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.
(619) 815-7735 View (619) 815-7735
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Margaret Gold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I specifically treat unrelenting depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD, otherwise not well treated by traditional psychiatric medications. With a trauma informed, holistic, integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, I offer a safe container for you to explore and heal from the inside. With 1:1 individualized treatment, using Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, unlike other ketamine clinics, I will stay by your side throughout in a safe, home like setting. We believe in your innate ability to heal in a setting of safety, feeling heard and seen, and empathy. If you are looking for a new approach, please let us know.
I specifically treat unrelenting depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD, otherwise not well treated by traditional psychiatric medications. With a trauma informed, holistic, integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, I offer a safe container for you to explore and heal from the inside. With 1:1 individualized treatment, using Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, unlike other ketamine clinics, I will stay by your side throughout in a safe, home like setting. We believe in your innate ability to heal in a setting of safety, feeling heard and seen, and empathy. If you are looking for a new approach, please let us know.
(760) 428-1916 View (760) 428-1916
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Tiffany Holm at OmOmbre Mental Health Online
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
OmOmbre provides life-changing, personalized, concierge mental healthcare online that is affordable and easily accessible so people can lead healthier and more vibrant lives. We believe in the old-fashioned idea that the patient-provider relationship is at the heart of good care. Visits are easy, you’ll be texted a Zoom link prior to the appointment to click on. Between visits, you have your providers cellphone and are encouraged to message anytime, 24/7 if you have a question or concern. OmOmbre membership is $125/month, can be canceled anytime without question and you’ll never be charged additional fees. See Yelp for our reviews!
OmOmbre provides life-changing, personalized, concierge mental healthcare online that is affordable and easily accessible so people can lead healthier and more vibrant lives. We believe in the old-fashioned idea that the patient-provider relationship is at the heart of good care. Visits are easy, you’ll be texted a Zoom link prior to the appointment to click on. Between visits, you have your providers cellphone and are encouraged to message anytime, 24/7 if you have a question or concern. OmOmbre membership is $125/month, can be canceled anytime without question and you’ll never be charged additional fees. See Yelp for our reviews!
(619) 350-4047 View (619) 350-4047
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Amy Milroy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Are you ready to heal? If so, let's work together! You may be experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, substance use disorder, or other concerns, and you are seeking wellness. I have special expertise in ADHD, PTSD and other trauma-related struggles, anxiety, and depression. I offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy via telehealth in Illinois and California, as well as in clinic and retreat settings in California. I also provide regular medication management and therapy via telehealth in CA, IL, and NM. Whether you seek traditional methods or cutting-edge treatments like ketamine-assisted therapy, I'm here for you!
Are you ready to heal? If so, let's work together! You may be experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, OCD, substance use disorder, or other concerns, and you are seeking wellness. I have special expertise in ADHD, PTSD and other trauma-related struggles, anxiety, and depression. I offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy via telehealth in Illinois and California, as well as in clinic and retreat settings in California. I also provide regular medication management and therapy via telehealth in CA, IL, and NM. Whether you seek traditional methods or cutting-edge treatments like ketamine-assisted therapy, I'm here for you!
(858) 252-0529 View (858) 252-0529

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA

300+

Average cost per session

$230

Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
76% ADHD
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
40% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in San Diego?

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.