Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA

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R.D. Dipp, D.O.
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Not accepting new clients
We provide both psychiatric medication evaluation management and psychoanalytic therapy, an approach that offers the opportunity to explore both best means to address the struggles that an individual is going through, as well as looking for ways to facilitate internal psychology growth in terms of sense of self, and relationship with others.
We provide both psychiatric medication evaluation management and psychoanalytic therapy, an approach that offers the opportunity to explore both best means to address the struggles that an individual is going through, as well as looking for ways to facilitate internal psychology growth in terms of sense of self, and relationship with others.
(858) 215-1935 View (858) 215-1935
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (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.
(415) 599-8715 View (415) 599-8715
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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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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(619) 468-7756 View (619) 468-7756
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Varun Mohan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Varun Mohan, D.O. has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York with additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Mohan provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Varun Mohan, D.O. has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York with additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Mohan provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
(858) 434-7085 View (858) 434-7085
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Headlight / San Diego
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
Headlight is proud to offer San Diego, CA a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
Headlight is proud to offer San Diego, CA a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
(858) 221-9820 View (858) 221-9820
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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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Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
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) 367-1395 View (424) 367-1395
Photo of Amanda Dehart, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Dehart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in inpatient psychiatric nursing, including crisis stabilization, here in San Diego County. I am familiar with many of the resources available here in San Diego County to assist our families with various treatment options. I have worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, Bipolar and schizophrenia. I aim to adopt a comprehensive and interconnected method in identifying the underlying cause of symptoms and strive towards discovering solutions that encompass each person’s physical, mental, and spiritual aspects and unique requirements.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in inpatient psychiatric nursing, including crisis stabilization, here in San Diego County. I am familiar with many of the resources available here in San Diego County to assist our families with various treatment options. I have worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, Bipolar and schizophrenia. I aim to adopt a comprehensive and interconnected method in identifying the underlying cause of symptoms and strive towards discovering solutions that encompass each person’s physical, mental, and spiritual aspects and unique requirements.
(858) 330-4107 View (858) 330-4107
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (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!
(619) 648-4019 View (619) 648-4019
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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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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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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(619) 329-4608 View (619) 329-4608
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Are you distrustful of the healthcare system, questioning if it has your best interest? The truth is that medications can be helpful, but often times, the answer to a mental health challengers comes from combining the right holistic treatment approaches with medications to be most effective. Unfortunately, the for-profit healthcare system with symptom-based approaches is not designed to make you well. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best through holistic psychiatry to be well! You can easily self-schedule an online psychiatry appointment for medication management at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you distrustful of the healthcare system, questioning if it has your best interest? The truth is that medications can be helpful, but often times, the answer to a mental health challengers comes from combining the right holistic treatment approaches with medications to be most effective. Unfortunately, the for-profit healthcare system with symptom-based approaches is not designed to make you well. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best through holistic psychiatry to be well! You can easily self-schedule an online psychiatry appointment for medication management at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(858) 258-9083 View (858) 258-9083
Photo of Penny Greaves, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
(619) 730-7945 View (619) 730-7945
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Deomel Soriano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Deomel is a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Diego, CA. He has worked as a Mental Health Associate, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse and now as a Nurse Practitioner. Having witnessed and experienced healthcare at different levels, Deomel is further motivated to treat individuals. He truly believes that each patient is unique and has different needs; therefore, the services they receive should be tailored to each individual. With proper treatment, people suffering from mental illness can live a normal life. ​
Deomel is a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Diego, CA. He has worked as a Mental Health Associate, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse and now as a Nurse Practitioner. Having witnessed and experienced healthcare at different levels, Deomel is further motivated to treat individuals. He truly believes that each patient is unique and has different needs; therefore, the services they receive should be tailored to each individual. With proper treatment, people suffering from mental illness can live a normal life. ​
(858) 281-0652 View (858) 281-0652
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Are you distrustful of the healthcare system, questioning if it has your best interest? The truth is that medications can be helpful, but often times, the answer to a mental health challengers comes from combining the right holistic treatment approaches with medications to be most effective. Unfortunately, the for-profit healthcare system with symptom-based approaches is not designed to make you well. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best through holistic psychiatry to be well! You can easily self-schedule an online psychiatry appointment for medication management at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you distrustful of the healthcare system, questioning if it has your best interest? The truth is that medications can be helpful, but often times, the answer to a mental health challengers comes from combining the right holistic treatment approaches with medications to be most effective. Unfortunately, the for-profit healthcare system with symptom-based approaches is not designed to make you well. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best through holistic psychiatry to be well! You can easily self-schedule an online psychiatry appointment for medication management at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(619) 432-4984 View (619) 432-4984
Photo of Robynn Cavaliere, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robynn Cavaliere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127
I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. (PMHNP-BC) in Rancho Bernardo. I received my Doctorate Degree from University of San Diego (USD). I am board certified to treat children, adolescents, and adult patients with various mental health concerns.
I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. (PMHNP-BC) in Rancho Bernardo. I received my Doctorate Degree from University of San Diego (USD). I am board certified to treat children, adolescents, and adult patients with various mental health concerns.
(858) 758-9668 View (858) 758-9668
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(619) 396-2132 View (619) 396-2132
Photo of Janet Revels, PMHNP, MSN, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet Revels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
The state of mental health among youth in the United States demands attention. The most basic definition of childhood mental health is " healthy social development, the achievement of development and emotional milestones, and effective coping skills, so all children have a positive quality of life and can function well in school, at home, and in their communities”. Effective treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health disorders is required for children to avoid the negative impact on the individual, their families, and society which can be devastating and long-lasting.
The state of mental health among youth in the United States demands attention. The most basic definition of childhood mental health is " healthy social development, the achievement of development and emotional milestones, and effective coping skills, so all children have a positive quality of life and can function well in school, at home, and in their communities”. Effective treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health disorders is required for children to avoid the negative impact on the individual, their families, and society which can be devastating and long-lasting.
(858) 779-2934 View (858) 779-2934

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% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in San Diego, CA see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
41% 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.