Psychiatrists in Sherman Oaks, CA

Photo of Marat Shplolyansky, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sherman Oaks, CA
Marat Shplolyansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Not Verified Not Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1975, while it was still part of the Soviet Union. In 1978, I immigrated to the United States with my parents and older brother. My parents were children of Holocaust survivors. Trauma and depression were very much prevalent in my family and community. However, the stigma of mental illness prevented any of my family members from seeking help. I grew up seeing the effects of trauma that resulted in dissolution of marriages and various addictions. I was always interested in these stories and initially thought my role was to tell them.
I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1975, while it was still part of the Soviet Union. In 1978, I immigrated to the United States with my parents and older brother. My parents were children of Holocaust survivors. Trauma and depression were very much prevalent in my family and community. However, the stigma of mental illness prevented any of my family members from seeking help. I grew up seeing the effects of trauma that resulted in dissolution of marriages and various addictions. I was always interested in these stories and initially thought my role was to tell them.
(747) 285-4390 View (747) 285-4390
Photo of Catalina Villa, Psychiatrist in Sherman Oaks, CA
Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (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!
(213) 516-9953 View (213) 516-9953
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (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!
(213) 652-7529 View (213) 652-7529
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Steve Soldinger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
My practice provides care on the cutting edge of psychiatry, including both psychodynamics and psychopharmacology, and I treat many complex medical and neurological illnesses that interface with psychiatry. I offer the future of psychiatry today. Please visit my other site at sanfernandovalleypsychiatrist.com. Assistant Adjunct Clinical Professor (1981-2013),University of California at Los Angeles. Teaching course on film and Psychiatry to residents at Sepulveda VA . Have given over two hundred educational lectures over the past thirty years to undergraduates, medical students, residents, and colleagues. Received the award for best outside lecture of the year from Cal State Northridge.
My practice provides care on the cutting edge of psychiatry, including both psychodynamics and psychopharmacology, and I treat many complex medical and neurological illnesses that interface with psychiatry. I offer the future of psychiatry today. Please visit my other site at sanfernandovalleypsychiatrist.com. Assistant Adjunct Clinical Professor (1981-2013),University of California at Los Angeles. Teaching course on film and Psychiatry to residents at Sepulveda VA . Have given over two hundred educational lectures over the past thirty years to undergraduates, medical students, residents, and colleagues. Received the award for best outside lecture of the year from Cal State Northridge.
(818) 850-5797 View (818) 850-5797
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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!
(213) 786-6422 View (213) 786-6422
Christy Zeegen
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Christy Zeegen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Los Angeles, California. With a rich background serving both pediatric and adult patients, Christy's expertise spans developmental and intellectual differences as well as broader mental health challenges. She firmly believes in the intertwined relationship between holistic health and achieving balance in one's life.
Christy Zeegen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Los Angeles, California. With a rich background serving both pediatric and adult patients, Christy's expertise spans developmental and intellectual differences as well as broader mental health challenges. She firmly believes in the intertwined relationship between holistic health and achieving balance in one's life.
(424) 326-0941 View (424) 326-0941
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Ashley Pirozzi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, and young adults (ages 4-26). I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation with a focus on child development, behavior, and educational functioning. I frequently see teens and college aged students with depression and anxiety when therapy alone has not provided enough improvement in symptoms. I am able to recommend therapeutic approaches for specific conditions as well as psychiatric medication if appropriate. I work closely with parents or guardians to help a child or adolescent thrive.
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, and young adults (ages 4-26). I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation with a focus on child development, behavior, and educational functioning. I frequently see teens and college aged students with depression and anxiety when therapy alone has not provided enough improvement in symptoms. I am able to recommend therapeutic approaches for specific conditions as well as psychiatric medication if appropriate. I work closely with parents or guardians to help a child or adolescent thrive.
(323) 310-0560 View (323) 310-0560
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Hope Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
HOPE was founded to offer a more holistic and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. We focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
HOPE was founded to offer a more holistic and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. We focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
(747) 201-4189 View (747) 201-4189
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Roberto Figueroa
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Millions of people in the US and about half a billion people in the world have significant depression or anxiety. Anxiety and depression may be caused by psychological, physical, social, and spiritual factors. Struggling with depression or anxiety can cause intense suffering, affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships and disrupt your ability to function at work or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Millions of people in the US and about half a billion people in the world have significant depression or anxiety. Anxiety and depression may be caused by psychological, physical, social, and spiritual factors. Struggling with depression or anxiety can cause intense suffering, affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships and disrupt your ability to function at work or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest.
(818) 647-9687 View (818) 647-9687
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Michaela Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
(213) 816-7586 View (213) 816-7586
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Alan L Schneider
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, DABPM
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403  (Online Only)
My practice has always offered my clients a highly personalized care delivery model using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. No two clients are alike and they are never treated that way. I bring a range of background to my work from years of research and academic practice as well as specialty certifications in adult psychiatry & neurology, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. The office is always available for questions/concerns, refills, or urgent matters. All calls are returned the same day. The average duration of my clients' time with me is 18 years, which speaks to the service they receive.
My practice has always offered my clients a highly personalized care delivery model using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. No two clients are alike and they are never treated that way. I bring a range of background to my work from years of research and academic practice as well as specialty certifications in adult psychiatry & neurology, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. The office is always available for questions/concerns, refills, or urgent matters. All calls are returned the same day. The average duration of my clients' time with me is 18 years, which speaks to the service they receive.
(949) 998-3295 View (949) 998-3295
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (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) 361-1941 View (424) 361-1941
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (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 help our clients function at their best...Consistently!
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 help our clients function at their best...Consistently!
(424) 396-0569 View (424) 396-0569
Photo of Hope Integrative Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Sherman Oaks, CA
Hope Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
If you would like to make an appointment or ask further questions you can also email us at admin@hopepsychiatry.com. Hope was founded to offer a more natural and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. Blending together insights from the emerging sciences of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Evolutionary Psychology with more ancient practices that have evidence like Mindfulness,Breathwork and Yoga, we focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
If you would like to make an appointment or ask further questions you can also email us at admin@hopepsychiatry.com. Hope was founded to offer a more natural and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. Blending together insights from the emerging sciences of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Evolutionary Psychology with more ancient practices that have evidence like Mindfulness,Breathwork and Yoga, we focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
(747) 205-1878 View (747) 205-1878
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
(408) 351-8474 View (408) 351-8474
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BBTD Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91495
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with licenses in California and Florida. I earned my Master's degree from West Coast University in California. Over the past five years, I have dedicated my expertise to the mental health unit at a county hospital in Los Angeles. Throughout my career, I have worked extensively with patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges, including severe depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, anger management, and issues related to violence.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with licenses in California and Florida. I earned my Master's degree from West Coast University in California. Over the past five years, I have dedicated my expertise to the mental health unit at a county hospital in Los Angeles. Throughout my career, I have worked extensively with patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges, including severe depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, anger management, and issues related to violence.
(747) 302-4668 View (747) 302-4668
Photo of Anna Katrina Cruz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sherman Oaks, CA
Anna Katrina Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
Have you been struggling with finding balance in your mental and physical health and are seeking to relieve your mental health struggles so you can navigate life positively, regain control, and start living your life to the fullest? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide a comprehensive holistic approach to mental health by focusing on each individual’s unique psyche and mental health needs. Medication and therapy are great tools however, it is not the solution. My goal is to identify and address conditions, limiting patterns, beliefs and behaviors that affect your ability to function and suppress growth.
Have you been struggling with finding balance in your mental and physical health and are seeking to relieve your mental health struggles so you can navigate life positively, regain control, and start living your life to the fullest? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide a comprehensive holistic approach to mental health by focusing on each individual’s unique psyche and mental health needs. Medication and therapy are great tools however, it is not the solution. My goal is to identify and address conditions, limiting patterns, beliefs and behaviors that affect your ability to function and suppress growth.
(747) 307-4907 View (747) 307-4907
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Stan Mesen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (Online Only)
I realize that most of us could use support, particularly during times of overwhelming challenges within our personal and professional lives. Our lives are complex and come with significant obligations and expectations from our families, friends, and ourselves. If the challenges become overwhelming, we may start to doubt our abilities to manage our affairs and interactions with others. If stress, doubt, and dissatisfaction remain unaddressed, thoughts and feelings may evolve into an unhealthy view of ourselves and our environment, understanding we need help.
I realize that most of us could use support, particularly during times of overwhelming challenges within our personal and professional lives. Our lives are complex and come with significant obligations and expectations from our families, friends, and ourselves. If the challenges become overwhelming, we may start to doubt our abilities to manage our affairs and interactions with others. If stress, doubt, and dissatisfaction remain unaddressed, thoughts and feelings may evolve into an unhealthy view of ourselves and our environment, understanding we need help.
(323) 616-2865 View (323) 616-2865
Photo of Riz Ahmad, Psychiatrist in Sherman Oaks, CA
Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Bonmente knows 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.
(213) 221-6701 View (213) 221-6701
Photo of Nora Carson, Psychiatrist in Sherman Oaks, CA
Nora Carson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403  (Online Only)
Dr. Carson’s approach to mental health care is patient-centered and collaborative, with the goal of well-being in all spheres of life. Dr. Carson considers all available tools in treatment, from lifestyle changes, to therapeutic interventions, to medications, depending on the needs and preferences of each individual.
Dr. Carson’s approach to mental health care is patient-centered and collaborative, with the goal of well-being in all spheres of life. Dr. Carson considers all available tools in treatment, from lifestyle changes, to therapeutic interventions, to medications, depending on the needs and preferences of each individual.

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sherman Oaks, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Sherman Oaks, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
91% ADHD
91% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Blue Cross
92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Sherman Oaks, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Male
42% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sherman Oaks?

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.