Psychiatrists in San Francisco, CA

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Mindful Health Solutions - Jennifer Guo, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94108
I am focused on treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in using interventional psychiatric approaches including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
I am focused on treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in using interventional psychiatric approaches including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
(415) 338-9307 View (415) 338-9307
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Ronnie Cummings
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I have been practicing Psychiatry exclusively in the State of California for 14 years, and enjoy multiple aspects of treating and empowering individuals.  Working in different healthcare systems including private practice, inpatient, community, academic, and telehealth has helped in being able to create unique care plans and goals to match each individual's needs. I especially enjoy integrating the biological, psychological, social aspects of mental health conditions and respective treatment plans to appreciate the wholeness of the individual.
I have been practicing Psychiatry exclusively in the State of California for 14 years, and enjoy multiple aspects of treating and empowering individuals.  Working in different healthcare systems including private practice, inpatient, community, academic, and telehealth has helped in being able to create unique care plans and goals to match each individual's needs. I especially enjoy integrating the biological, psychological, social aspects of mental health conditions and respective treatment plans to appreciate the wholeness of the individual.
(628) 363-2790 View (628) 363-2790
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Josh Habansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94133  (Online Only)
You wish you could find a psychiatrist who understands the ketogenic diet for mental health, the impact of hormones on depression, how nutrition impacts anxiety, and the importance of gut health on the brain and nervous system. You follow doctors like Chris Palmer, James Greenblatt, Georgia Ede, and Mark Hyman online, but haven’t been able to find a psychiatric practitioner who understands their approach, let alone has advanced training in functional and integrative medicine. Maybe you’ve seen a handful of psychiatrists but you're still struggling. It feels like you’ve tried everything and you're not sure what to do next.
You wish you could find a psychiatrist who understands the ketogenic diet for mental health, the impact of hormones on depression, how nutrition impacts anxiety, and the importance of gut health on the brain and nervous system. You follow doctors like Chris Palmer, James Greenblatt, Georgia Ede, and Mark Hyman online, but haven’t been able to find a psychiatric practitioner who understands their approach, let alone has advanced training in functional and integrative medicine. Maybe you’ve seen a handful of psychiatrists but you're still struggling. It feels like you’ve tried everything and you're not sure what to do next.
(628) 313-5370 View (628) 313-5370
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Nefretiri Abat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, JD, PMHNPBC, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94108  (Online Only)
My ideal client is a highly ambitious young adult or adult navigating the complexities of ADHD. They face hurdles with concentration, managing time, impulsivity, and social interactions. They need personalized telepsychiatry services, evidence-based therapies, and practical tools to manage their ADHD symptoms. Their ambition is to conquer ADHD-related obstacles, enhance focus, attain their academic and professional objectives, and foster healthier relationships. They are determined to unleash their innate potential and harmonize their aspirations with mental well-being.
My ideal client is a highly ambitious young adult or adult navigating the complexities of ADHD. They face hurdles with concentration, managing time, impulsivity, and social interactions. They need personalized telepsychiatry services, evidence-based therapies, and practical tools to manage their ADHD symptoms. Their ambition is to conquer ADHD-related obstacles, enhance focus, attain their academic and professional objectives, and foster healthier relationships. They are determined to unleash their innate potential and harmonize their aspirations with mental well-being.
(628) 345-8464 View (628) 345-8464
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Sanjana Karim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I help women facing cancer, illness, and difficult life transitions find healing, peace, and contentment in their lives. I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience. As a cancer survivor, I walk the talk. During our initial sessions, we will delve deeply into the issues at hand, and collaborate to create a plan for addressing them in a way that helps you get your life back. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first month and sustained improvement thereafter. If you have been suffering on your own, I want you to know that there is hope for relief, and that you aren’t alone.
I help women facing cancer, illness, and difficult life transitions find healing, peace, and contentment in their lives. I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience. As a cancer survivor, I walk the talk. During our initial sessions, we will delve deeply into the issues at hand, and collaborate to create a plan for addressing them in a way that helps you get your life back. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first month and sustained improvement thereafter. If you have been suffering on your own, I want you to know that there is hope for relief, and that you aren’t alone.
(415) 799-4432 View (415) 799-4432
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David Krassner
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94111  (Online Only)
Dr. David Krassner is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for over 20 years. His practice focuses on medication management, typically offered with supportive therapy. If Dr. Krassner feels you would benefit from working with a therapist, he welcomes collaboration with your therapist to work toward an optimal outcome for you. Dr. Krassner is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed residency at the UCSF-Fresno Psychiatry Training Program in Fresno, California. Dr. Krassner's expertise lies in psychopharmacology, with a focus on individualized treatment strategies.
Dr. David Krassner is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for over 20 years. His practice focuses on medication management, typically offered with supportive therapy. If Dr. Krassner feels you would benefit from working with a therapist, he welcomes collaboration with your therapist to work toward an optimal outcome for you. Dr. Krassner is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed residency at the UCSF-Fresno Psychiatry Training Program in Fresno, California. Dr. Krassner's expertise lies in psychopharmacology, with a focus on individualized treatment strategies.
(415) 480-5496 View (415) 480-5496
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James Reich
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Everyone from time to time needs a helping hand. I am experienced with professor appointments at UCSF and Stanford. I treat outpatients in person and by telepsychiatry with medication management and psychotherapy (CBT and Mindfulness). My patients tend to be talented professionals (doctors, lawyers, tech) who have done well but have hit a bump with emotional symptoms, stress, or life difficulties. I believe each patient has unique needs that must be individually assessed and addressed. When indicated I use medication. I am a good choice for someone seeking a therapist and psychiatrist in one person.
Everyone from time to time needs a helping hand. I am experienced with professor appointments at UCSF and Stanford. I treat outpatients in person and by telepsychiatry with medication management and psychotherapy (CBT and Mindfulness). My patients tend to be talented professionals (doctors, lawyers, tech) who have done well but have hit a bump with emotional symptoms, stress, or life difficulties. I believe each patient has unique needs that must be individually assessed and addressed. When indicated I use medication. I am a good choice for someone seeking a therapist and psychiatrist in one person.
(415) 594-4412 View (415) 594-4412
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Dr. Jade Zapata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Finding a provider who is the right fit can be quite challenging. I invite you to take a moment to read about the kinds of support I offer as well as details about my practice and approach to care. As a board certified psychiatrist (MD) with additional expertise in psychotherapy, I offer a comprehensive and compassionate approach that goes well beyond prescribing. I work with individuals to better understand how their mind works, cultivate growth, and create meaningful change. Working in this way can lead to an enduring sense of well being, curiosity and hope. More details can be found on my website: jadezapatamd.com
Finding a provider who is the right fit can be quite challenging. I invite you to take a moment to read about the kinds of support I offer as well as details about my practice and approach to care. As a board certified psychiatrist (MD) with additional expertise in psychotherapy, I offer a comprehensive and compassionate approach that goes well beyond prescribing. I work with individuals to better understand how their mind works, cultivate growth, and create meaningful change. Working in this way can lead to an enduring sense of well being, curiosity and hope. More details can be found on my website: jadezapatamd.com
(415) 475-2007 View (415) 475-2007
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Jeff Leininger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
(415) 702-4304 View (415) 702-4304
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James Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
(855) 466-4607 x1 View (855) 466-4607 x1
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Takeo Toyoshima
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94121
I am a Yale, UCLA and UCSF-trained addiction psychiatrist. I provide confidential, evidence-based treatment for mental health issues and addictions, including opioids, alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, tobacco, cannabis, and behavioral addictions like internet, gaming, and gambling. These are NOT moral or character failings, but rather medical conditions that can affect anyone at any time, from any walk of life, with oftentimes serious personal, relational, and professional consequences. Though validated treatments exist, these are often underutilized due to medical providers’ discomfort, lack of education, and/or stigma.
I am a Yale, UCLA and UCSF-trained addiction psychiatrist. I provide confidential, evidence-based treatment for mental health issues and addictions, including opioids, alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, tobacco, cannabis, and behavioral addictions like internet, gaming, and gambling. These are NOT moral or character failings, but rather medical conditions that can affect anyone at any time, from any walk of life, with oftentimes serious personal, relational, and professional consequences. Though validated treatments exist, these are often underutilized due to medical providers’ discomfort, lack of education, and/or stigma.
(628) 300-3719 View (628) 300-3719
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Mindful Health Solutions - Arjun Gokhale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94108
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders. Along with psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, I am interested in evidence-based interventions such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders. Along with psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, I am interested in evidence-based interventions such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(628) 200-3823 View (628) 200-3823
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Duy Tran
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94111  (Online Only)
Dr. Duy Tran is an adult psychiatrist. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Tran aims to provide mental health care that helps patients live more fulfilling life. Dr. Tran has extensive experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations, including college students, LGBT, perinatal, veterans, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages
Dr. Duy Tran is an adult psychiatrist. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Tran aims to provide mental health care that helps patients live more fulfilling life. Dr. Tran has extensive experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations, including college students, LGBT, perinatal, veterans, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages
(415) 936-7406 View (415) 936-7406
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Doctor Xia Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Holistic mind and body treatment using psychiatric medication and intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP). I specialize in management of mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. Visit www.drxia.org for more info.
Holistic mind and body treatment using psychiatric medication and intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP). I specialize in management of mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. Visit www.drxia.org for more info.
(415) 943-2762 View (415) 943-2762
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Paula C Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MS, MSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Hi there, I am a board certified nurse practitioner specialized in psychiatry. I have experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and attention issues. I work primarily with adult individuals.
Hi there, I am a board certified nurse practitioner specialized in psychiatry. I have experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and attention issues. I work primarily with adult individuals.
(415) 943-6395 View (415) 943-6395
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Dennis Sorta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Sorta grew up in Seattle, WA and completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Washington. He also completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington. He is experienced in treating a full array of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma and stress-related conditions, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings but is most passionate about forming longitudinal and collaborative relationships with patients in the outpatient setting.
Dr. Sorta grew up in Seattle, WA and completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Washington. He also completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington. He is experienced in treating a full array of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma and stress-related conditions, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings but is most passionate about forming longitudinal and collaborative relationships with patients in the outpatient setting.
(415) 965-0497 x1 View (415) 965-0497 x1
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Cara Hoepner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, CS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94111
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
(415) 527-3365 View (415) 527-3365
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Jessica Crawford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
**COVID-19 Update** Life in the Bay Area was already complex and stress-inducing, and now we contend with a major public health crisis. Many of my current clients want help coping with difficult current events and life changes from the pandemic. Generally I see clients experiencing a range of mood and anxiety challenges. Many of my clients are high performers who excel at school or work, yet want to accelerate their personal growth and improve relationships with those around them.
**COVID-19 Update** Life in the Bay Area was already complex and stress-inducing, and now we contend with a major public health crisis. Many of my current clients want help coping with difficult current events and life changes from the pandemic. Generally I see clients experiencing a range of mood and anxiety challenges. Many of my clients are high performers who excel at school or work, yet want to accelerate their personal growth and improve relationships with those around them.
(415) 909-5422 View (415) 909-5422
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Julie Wood
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94111
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Julie Wood is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 10 years of clinical experience. Medicine is a second career for Dr. Wood. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a research scientist for 15 years. She completed her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Wood strongly believes in treating the whole person and strives to understand what contributes to a person’s mental health conditions.
Dr. Julie Wood is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 10 years of clinical experience. Medicine is a second career for Dr. Wood. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a research scientist for 15 years. She completed her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Wood strongly believes in treating the whole person and strives to understand what contributes to a person’s mental health conditions.
(520) 317-6021 View (520) 317-6021
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Praveen Bodakunta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-RN, LLC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Putting off your mental health any longer is not an option. Enroll as a client today! WellPsyche providers can help you regain control of your life and function at your best. WellPsyche is a telehealth practice only. All WellPsyche provider appointments are via Zoom, ensuring you can receive medication management and psychotherapy from the comfort of home.
Putting off your mental health any longer is not an option. Enroll as a client today! WellPsyche providers can help you regain control of your life and function at your best. WellPsyche is a telehealth practice only. All WellPsyche provider appointments are via Zoom, ensuring you can receive medication management and psychotherapy from the comfort of home.
(628) 288-2486 View (628) 288-2486
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Number of Psychiatrists in San Francisco, CA

400+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in San Francisco, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
78% Medication Management
68% ADHD
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in San Francisco, CA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
44% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in San Francisco?

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.