Psychiatrists in Santa Clara County, CA

View cities in Santa Clara County
Photo of Andrea Ament, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Andrea Ament
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Ament, a psychiatrist with training from Stanford, specializes in addressing psychiatric disorders in adults. She holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry).
Dr. Ament, a psychiatrist with training from Stanford, specializes in addressing psychiatric disorders in adults. She holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry).
(650) 523-9702 View (650) 523-9702
Photo of Carolain Peregrino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Carolain Peregrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
(408) 317-0543 View (408) 317-0543
Photo of Kimberly Erlich-Pediatric Mental Health Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Kimberly Erlich-Pediatric Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH, PNP-PC, PMHS-BC, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
Yale-trained Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; double board certified in Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Mental Health & certified integrative mental health practitioner, and have been in practice for 22 years. My style is collaborative; I am committed to the use of evidence-based practices to promote mental health and wellness and treat behavioral health disorders, while utilizing holistic/integrative interventions as appropriate. Skilled at treating anxiety, OCD, depression, attention disorders, and disorders of behavioral regulation. I partner with Fullscript online supplement pharmacy: us.fullscript.com/welcome/kerlich.
Yale-trained Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; double board certified in Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Mental Health & certified integrative mental health practitioner, and have been in practice for 22 years. My style is collaborative; I am committed to the use of evidence-based practices to promote mental health and wellness and treat behavioral health disorders, while utilizing holistic/integrative interventions as appropriate. Skilled at treating anxiety, OCD, depression, attention disorders, and disorders of behavioral regulation. I partner with Fullscript online supplement pharmacy: us.fullscript.com/welcome/kerlich.
(925) 319-5739 View (925) 319-5739
Daria A Pasca
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Daria Pasca, M.D. is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Pasca received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Tufts University affiliated program in Boston, Massachusetts.
Daria Pasca, M.D. is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Pasca received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Tufts University affiliated program in Boston, Massachusetts.
(408) 676-2074 View (408) 676-2074
Photo of Steffan Weiner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Steffan Weiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
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
(650) 629-7612 View (650) 629-7612
Photo of Peter Forster, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Peter Forster
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. In my work with patients I view what we do together as a collaboration. You are the expert in yourself and your feelings. I bring to that collaboration the expertise from my academic experience and training as well as from the care of thousands of patients with similar problems. Together we create a treatment plan that will lead to a sustained recovery from a mood or anxiety disorder.
I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. In my work with patients I view what we do together as a collaboration. You are the expert in yourself and your feelings. I bring to that collaboration the expertise from my academic experience and training as well as from the care of thousands of patients with similar problems. Together we create a treatment plan that will lead to a sustained recovery from a mood or anxiety disorder.
(925) 968-4250 View (925) 968-4250
Photo of Sara Ali, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Sara Ali
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I was born and raised in Egypt and completed my medical school from Cairo University School of Medicine. After I travelled to California with my husband, I joined Stanford public mental health and population sciences division as a researcher. I completed my adult psychiatry residency from University of New Mexico School of Medicine and my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University. In addition to my clinical work , I am passionate about improving community health through psychoeducational initiatives for underserved & minority populations.
I was born and raised in Egypt and completed my medical school from Cairo University School of Medicine. After I travelled to California with my husband, I joined Stanford public mental health and population sciences division as a researcher. I completed my adult psychiatry residency from University of New Mexico School of Medicine and my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University. In addition to my clinical work , I am passionate about improving community health through psychoeducational initiatives for underserved & minority populations.
(844) 560-5616 View (844) 560-5616
Photo of Sara Johansen, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Sara Johansen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford and private practice psychiatrist and therapist. The challenges you are facing now may feel overwhelming, and you may feel stuck in patterns that are no longer serving you. We will work together to understand what is happening in your life right now, while exploring the historical patterns, beliefs, and experiences that may be contributing to your current experience. My approach is to be compassionate, inquisitive, and candid. I believe our partnership is foundational to change.
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford and private practice psychiatrist and therapist. The challenges you are facing now may feel overwhelming, and you may feel stuck in patterns that are no longer serving you. We will work together to understand what is happening in your life right now, while exploring the historical patterns, beliefs, and experiences that may be contributing to your current experience. My approach is to be compassionate, inquisitive, and candid. I believe our partnership is foundational to change.
(650) 610-7765 View (650) 610-7765
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
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
Photo of Makenzie Wesner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Makenzie Wesner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
Behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly identified mental health challenges in children and teens. However, far too many go far too long without a deeper, comprehensive understanding of their unique barriers and gifts. For example, high academic performance and gender disparities may delay autism diagnosis. Sensory processing challenges generally underly ADHD. I designed a developmental psychiatry practice known as Behavioral Medicine at Family/Teen Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in order to provide toddlers to young adults - as well as their families - quick access to accurate, high-quality.
Behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly identified mental health challenges in children and teens. However, far too many go far too long without a deeper, comprehensive understanding of their unique barriers and gifts. For example, high academic performance and gender disparities may delay autism diagnosis. Sensory processing challenges generally underly ADHD. I designed a developmental psychiatry practice known as Behavioral Medicine at Family/Teen Therapy Center of Silicon Valley in order to provide toddlers to young adults - as well as their families - quick access to accurate, high-quality.
(669) 305-6069 View (669) 305-6069
Photo of Jessica Vermeulen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
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) 900-2008 View (408) 900-2008
Photo of Dr. Cai Chen, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Dr. Cai Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
If you've struggled with the burdens of depression, the fears of anxiety, or the despair of suicidality you're in luck. I've gone through that too. I know how painful they are. It's why they're my favorite things to work with because I can confidently show you how to get out of these traps. This is the personal expertise I bring to my practice.
If you've struggled with the burdens of depression, the fears of anxiety, or the despair of suicidality you're in luck. I've gone through that too. I know how painful they are. It's why they're my favorite things to work with because I can confidently show you how to get out of these traps. This is the personal expertise I bring to my practice.
(408) 549-8430 View (408) 549-8430
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Santa Clara County, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
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
(650) 629-2007 View (650) 629-2007
Photo of Catalina Villa, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94086  (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!
(408) 617-8952 View (408) 617-8952
Photo of Sandeep Denduluri, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Sandeep Denduluri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
(628) 265-8554 View (628) 265-8554
Photo of Kevin White, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Kevin White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Kevin White, MD, is a highly respected psychiatrist in Berkeley, CA, with over 21 years of experience. He earned his medical degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. White specializes in adult psychiatry with a fully outpatient practice, focusing primarily on medication management and incorporating therapy. He holds strong interests in international and academic mental health, as well as expertise in ADHD and mood disorder spectrum.
Dr. Kevin White, MD, is a highly respected psychiatrist in Berkeley, CA, with over 21 years of experience. He earned his medical degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. White specializes in adult psychiatry with a fully outpatient practice, focusing primarily on medication management and incorporating therapy. He holds strong interests in international and academic mental health, as well as expertise in ADHD and mood disorder spectrum.
(650) 675-2477 View (650) 675-2477
Photo of Andrew Shiovitz, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Andrew Shiovitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Dr. Shiovitz is an adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing in California for over 4 years. He received an undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology and his M.D. degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Shiovitz then completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno. While a resident, Dr. Shiovitz consistently scored extremely high in the National Psychiatric Resident in Training Examination, which qualified him to represent his program twice in the National Psychiatric Resident Competition.
Dr. Shiovitz is an adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing in California for over 4 years. He received an undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology and his M.D. degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Shiovitz then completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno. While a resident, Dr. Shiovitz consistently scored extremely high in the National Psychiatric Resident in Training Examination, which qualified him to represent his program twice in the National Psychiatric Resident Competition.
(669) 338-4315 View (669) 338-4315
Photo of Jessica Bentzley, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Jessica Bentzley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist licensed in California. I am currently accepting new patients. I see adults ages 18-60 with a broad range of conditions and concerns, and I have a special interest in serving women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and postpartum. I am committed to understanding my patients and the unique factors impacting their mental health. I aim to thoughtfully create values-based, personalized treatment plans that may involve psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and/or medications.
Welcome! I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist licensed in California. I am currently accepting new patients. I see adults ages 18-60 with a broad range of conditions and concerns, and I have a special interest in serving women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and postpartum. I am committed to understanding my patients and the unique factors impacting their mental health. I aim to thoughtfully create values-based, personalized treatment plans that may involve psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and/or medications.
(628) 265-8501 View (628) 265-8501
Photo of Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Jan Weber, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303  (Online Only)
Welcome to Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry! As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and additional training in complementary medicine, I provide holistic mental health treatment for children, teenagers and adults with a particular focus on nutrition and homeopathy. I have more than 20 years of clinical experience, as well as a track record of excellent clinical outcomes.
Welcome to Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry! As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and additional training in complementary medicine, I provide holistic mental health treatment for children, teenagers and adults with a particular focus on nutrition and homeopathy. I have more than 20 years of clinical experience, as well as a track record of excellent clinical outcomes.
(650) 275-6152 View (650) 275-6152
Photo of Grace Liu, Psychiatrist in Santa Clara County, CA
Grace Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, California-licensed and Stanford-trained psychiatrist providing assessments, medication treatments and deep psychotherapy for adult patients. I work to develop deep, trusting and safe alliances with my patients, and collaborate in fostering their own ability to reach their full potential by closely examining the dysfunctional patterns in their emotional and relational lives. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, habit or substance addictions, disordered eating, and sleep problems can all emerge from underlying emotional distress/trauma and maladaptive ways of psychological coping.
I am a board-certified, California-licensed and Stanford-trained psychiatrist providing assessments, medication treatments and deep psychotherapy for adult patients. I work to develop deep, trusting and safe alliances with my patients, and collaborate in fostering their own ability to reach their full potential by closely examining the dysfunctional patterns in their emotional and relational lives. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, habit or substance addictions, disordered eating, and sleep problems can all emerge from underlying emotional distress/trauma and maladaptive ways of psychological coping.
(650) 405-0980 View (650) 405-0980

See more therapy options for Santa Clara County

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Santa Clara County, CA

300+

Average cost per session

$312

Psychiatrists in Santa Clara County, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
83% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% ADHD
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Santa Clara County, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Santa Clara County?

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.