Psychiatrists in San Jose, CA

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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Nissa Keyashian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
I (she/her) am passionate about working with adults to improve their emotional health and well-being. I have a strong background in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness. I believe in treating the whole person and I very much enjoy working collaboratively with my patients on a journey towards a healthy and fulfilling life.
I (she/her) am passionate about working with adults to improve their emotional health and well-being. I have a strong background in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness. I believe in treating the whole person and I very much enjoy working collaboratively with my patients on a journey towards a healthy and fulfilling life.
(408) 412-9877 View (408) 412-9877
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Arnold Fosah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95110
Not accepting new clients
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
(408) 617-9317 View (408) 617-9317
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(408) 413-3653 View (408) 413-3653
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David Balyozian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
When caring for children and their families, I combine my knowledge of pediatrics and psychiatry to fully understand not only the child’s presenting issue, but their current stage of development, social situation and the overall family system. Through understanding all of these perspectives I can formulate a plan to best serve the child. I have been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as medication management. However, my extensive training has taught me that beyond any modality, a doctor’s dedication to their patient is what makes the greatest impact.
When caring for children and their families, I combine my knowledge of pediatrics and psychiatry to fully understand not only the child’s presenting issue, but their current stage of development, social situation and the overall family system. Through understanding all of these perspectives I can formulate a plan to best serve the child. I have been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as medication management. However, my extensive training has taught me that beyond any modality, a doctor’s dedication to their patient is what makes the greatest impact.
(844) 560-5616 View (844) 560-5616
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Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95131  (Online Only)
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) 396-2687 View (424) 396-2687
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Julian Lagoy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
Dr. Julian Lagoy is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Lagoy’s research focuses on post-suicide attempt survival and provider attitudes toward LGBTQIA+ patients, which he has presented at the American Psychiatric Association national meeting and the World Psychiatric Association International Congress in Spirituality and Psychiatry.
Dr. Julian Lagoy is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Lagoy’s research focuses on post-suicide attempt survival and provider attitudes toward LGBTQIA+ patients, which he has presented at the American Psychiatric Association national meeting and the World Psychiatric Association International Congress in Spirituality and Psychiatry.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Shweta Karve
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Dr. Shweta Karve specializes in general adult psychiatry with a strong interest in cultural psychiatry. Dr. Karve treats anxiety, bipolar, depression, obsessive-compulsive, panic, personality, post-traumatic stress, and psychotic spectrum disorders, and psychosomatic illnesses. She is passionate about breaking the stigma associated with receiving mental health care. Dr. Karve offers comprehensive care to her patients and empowers them to live fulfilling lives. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Shweta Karve specializes in general adult psychiatry with a strong interest in cultural psychiatry. Dr. Karve treats anxiety, bipolar, depression, obsessive-compulsive, panic, personality, post-traumatic stress, and psychotic spectrum disorders, and psychosomatic illnesses. She is passionate about breaking the stigma associated with receiving mental health care. Dr. Karve offers comprehensive care to her patients and empowers them to live fulfilling lives. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(650) 405-3761 View (650) 405-3761
Photo of Raven Cross, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Jose, CA
Raven Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
Hello, thanks for visiting! My name is Raven and I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years. Helping people is my life's passion. To be transparent, holding space for my clients to help heal themselves is a very personal goal of mine. I do require a FREE 15 minute consultation prior to booking an appoint with me to ensure we are a good match for each other.
Hello, thanks for visiting! My name is Raven and I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years. Helping people is my life's passion. To be transparent, holding space for my clients to help heal themselves is a very personal goal of mine. I do require a FREE 15 minute consultation prior to booking an appoint with me to ensure we are a good match for each other.
(408) 317-1549 View (408) 317-1549
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Nadege Barbe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I was born and raised in South Florida and went on to complete medical school and training in Miami, FL. I developed a passion for working with families early in medical training. I have trained in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency/crisis services. I also have training in DBT and have worked with college students at the University of Miami undergraduate campus. I am very well versed in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions and I greatly value the input of families to determine the best approach. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, travel & eat delicious food.
I was born and raised in South Florida and went on to complete medical school and training in Miami, FL. I developed a passion for working with families early in medical training. I have trained in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency/crisis services. I also have training in DBT and have worked with college students at the University of Miami undergraduate campus. I am very well versed in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions and I greatly value the input of families to determine the best approach. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, travel & eat delicious food.
(844) 560-5616 View (844) 560-5616
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Sarah Blue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95119  (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.
(669) 800-4522 View (669) 800-4522
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Ankita Vora
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Dr. Ankita Vora is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Vora’s journey, education, and passion for helping others have led her to develop an evidence-based, patient-centered outlook. As an integrative psychiatrist, she guides her patients to achieve optimal health and lead active, fulfilling lives by looking at the whole of the patient, in addition to their mind, body, and environment.
Dr. Ankita Vora is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Vora’s journey, education, and passion for helping others have led her to develop an evidence-based, patient-centered outlook. As an integrative psychiatrist, she guides her patients to achieve optimal health and lead active, fulfilling lives by looking at the whole of the patient, in addition to their mind, body, and environment.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Redwood Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
As a board-certified physician specializing in general psychiatry, I am skilled in medication management. I have worked in the community and university settings in Nebraska and as an outpatient psychiatrist at Oakland Kaiser. Now working in private practice allows me to offer individualized care for my clients. I offer comprehensive and collaborative care. My approach is to provide expert medical advice while we work towards my client’s goals. Medication may not be best for everyone. If you do not want to consider medication at this time, you may consider reaching out to a therapist for weekly sessions first.
As a board-certified physician specializing in general psychiatry, I am skilled in medication management. I have worked in the community and university settings in Nebraska and as an outpatient psychiatrist at Oakland Kaiser. Now working in private practice allows me to offer individualized care for my clients. I offer comprehensive and collaborative care. My approach is to provide expert medical advice while we work towards my client’s goals. Medication may not be best for everyone. If you do not want to consider medication at this time, you may consider reaching out to a therapist for weekly sessions first.
(415) 655-0952 View (415) 655-0952
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David Paul Goldstein
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I specialize in various psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to: Depression; Bipolar Disorder; Panic Disorder; Other Anxiety Disorders; Eating Disorders; ADHD/ADD; Postpartum Disorders. -- My goal is to help ensure that my patients are able to resolve and to decrease symptoms in order to achieve a healthier and happier life.
I specialize in various psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to: Depression; Bipolar Disorder; Panic Disorder; Other Anxiety Disorders; Eating Disorders; ADHD/ADD; Postpartum Disorders. -- My goal is to help ensure that my patients are able to resolve and to decrease symptoms in order to achieve a healthier and happier life.
(650) 961-8923 View (650) 961-8923
Photo of Farzook Fayyaz, Psychiatrist in San Jose, CA
Farzook Fayyaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Dr. Farzook Fayyaz treats adults with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorder, insomnia, schizophrenia, and trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Fayyaz’s approach is empathetic, compassionate, and focused on active listening and providing patient-guided therapy.
Dr. Farzook Fayyaz treats adults with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorder, insomnia, schizophrenia, and trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Fayyaz’s approach is empathetic, compassionate, and focused on active listening and providing patient-guided therapy.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Jose, CA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
San Jose, CA 95112
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(408) 413-0269 View (408) 413-0269
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
San Jose, CA 95116  (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.
(408) 539-6759 View (408) 539-6759
Photo of Mandeep Kapur, Psychiatrist in San Jose, CA
Mandeep Kapur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I believe in taking a compassionate and empathetic approach to a patient's history, individual experience, and values. I work with families to create an evidence based, personalized treatment using therapeutic interventions and medications, if and when indicated. My training at Tulane and Stanford provided me experiences with a wide variety of diagnoses, but I am especially interested in depression, anxiety, and disruptive disorders. While I am familiar with multiple therapeutic modalities, I have a special interest in CBT, young child/play therapy, and parent training/coaching.
I believe in taking a compassionate and empathetic approach to a patient's history, individual experience, and values. I work with families to create an evidence based, personalized treatment using therapeutic interventions and medications, if and when indicated. My training at Tulane and Stanford provided me experiences with a wide variety of diagnoses, but I am especially interested in depression, anxiety, and disruptive disorders. While I am familiar with multiple therapeutic modalities, I have a special interest in CBT, young child/play therapy, and parent training/coaching.
(844) 560-5616 View (844) 560-5616
Photo of Randall Bailey, Psychiatrist in San Jose, CA
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95134  (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.
(424) 334-5078 View (424) 334-5078

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in San Jose, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in San Jose, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
89% Medication Management
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
68% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
90% Optum

How Psychiatrists in San Jose, CA see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
47% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in San Jose?

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.