Psychiatrists in Saratoga, CA

Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070  (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) 645-7516 View (408) 645-7516
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Sandra Kamiak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
(408) 610-1249 View (408) 610-1249
Photo of Randall Scott Bailey, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070  (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.
(310) 906-4294 View (310) 906-4294
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070  (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.
(310) 340-7661 View (310) 340-7661
Photo of Arnold Fosah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saratoga, CA
Arnold Fosah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga, CA 95070
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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Kathleen McDermott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070  (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.
(408) 703-5344 View (408) 703-5344
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Ronnie Palache
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have been a nurse for over 40 years, and I focus on providing supportive, non-judgmental and therapeutic mental health care. I focus on helping clients explore thoughts, feelings and experiences to make self-directed change and I provide mental health medication management services through my work as a PMHNP.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have been a nurse for over 40 years, and I focus on providing supportive, non-judgmental and therapeutic mental health care. I focus on helping clients explore thoughts, feelings and experiences to make self-directed change and I provide mental health medication management services through my work as a PMHNP.
(858) 768-8837 View (858) 768-8837
Photo of Dr. Cheri Wu, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Dr. Cheri Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saratoga, CA 95070
Hello! My name is Dr. Cheri Wu, and I am board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I have top-notch medical training, graduating from Stanford for Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship. As a younger provider, I connect well with children, teens, and young adults and have the most up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the latest psychiatric treatments.
Hello! My name is Dr. Cheri Wu, and I am board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I have top-notch medical training, graduating from Stanford for Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship. As a younger provider, I connect well with children, teens, and young adults and have the most up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the latest psychiatric treatments.
(650) 629-7205 View (650) 629-7205

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Photo of Dr. Cai Chen, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Dr. Cai Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
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 Reri Uku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saratoga, CA
Reri Uku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
(415) 862-3150 View (415) 862-3150
Photo of Sarah Raike, Physician Assistant in Saratoga, CA
Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95053  (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!
(650) 649-6285 View (650) 649-6285
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (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.
(650) 436-4177 View (650) 436-4177
Photo of Akash Jaggi, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Akash Jaggi
Psychiatrist
Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
Dr. Akash Jaggi is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2020. He completed his psychiatry training at the University of Central Florida and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Jaggi offers compassionate and patient centered care that is informed by the highest quality medical and clinical data. He offers individualized treatments based on a comprehensive mental health history and evaluation that allows him to suggest medications and therapy that will be most specific for the client's symptoms.
Dr. Akash Jaggi is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2020. He completed his psychiatry training at the University of Central Florida and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Jaggi offers compassionate and patient centered care that is informed by the highest quality medical and clinical data. He offers individualized treatments based on a comprehensive mental health history and evaluation that allows him to suggest medications and therapy that will be most specific for the client's symptoms.
(408) 539-1843 View (408) 539-1843
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Mehnaz Hyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Please note-cash only practice. Your brain is the most brilliantly designed piece of engineering in the whole universe. It allows you to experience the world. It's where all of your great ideas live. And it's what makes you a unique individual. You are one in billions! You are meant to experience joy and to do spectacular things-according to your best paradigm based on your values. Traumatic life experiences and chronic stress can interfere with your ability to curate your paradigm which may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor functioning. I can help you with these symptoms.
Please note-cash only practice. Your brain is the most brilliantly designed piece of engineering in the whole universe. It allows you to experience the world. It's where all of your great ideas live. And it's what makes you a unique individual. You are one in billions! You are meant to experience joy and to do spectacular things-according to your best paradigm based on your values. Traumatic life experiences and chronic stress can interfere with your ability to curate your paradigm which may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor functioning. I can help you with these symptoms.
(650) 275-6820 View (650) 275-6820
Photo of Pacific Mind Health, Physician Assistant in Saratoga, CA
Pacific Mind Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
San Jose, CA 95131  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, 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, 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
(949) 998-4690 View (949) 998-4690
Photo of Michael Lukowski, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Michael Lukowski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95113  (Online Only)
Dr. Michael Lukowski is an adult psychiatrist who holds board certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been practicing medicine for over 8 years. Dr. Lukowski focuses on medication management combined with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. He practices whole-person medicine, caring for the wellness of your mind, body, and spirit and helping you enjoy your relationships with those around you.
Dr. Michael Lukowski is an adult psychiatrist who holds board certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been practicing medicine for over 8 years. Dr. Lukowski focuses on medication management combined with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. He practices whole-person medicine, caring for the wellness of your mind, body, and spirit and helping you enjoy your relationships with those around you.
(415) 843-7948 View (415) 843-7948
Photo of Khadija Hamisi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saratoga, CA
Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(415) 630-2542 View (415) 630-2542
Photo of Mehdi Bubba Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saratoga, CA
Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cupertino, CA 95015  (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!
(650) 300-3576 View (650) 300-3576
Photo of Randall Bailey, Psychiatrist in Saratoga, CA
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022  (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.
(310) 340-6034 View (310) 340-6034
Photo of Penny Greaves, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saratoga, CA
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Santa Clara, CA 95050
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.
(408) 413-3685 View (408) 413-3685

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Saratoga, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Saratoga, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Saratoga, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saratoga?

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.