Psychiatrists in Tarzana, CA

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Maria Levine MD, private practice psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarzana, CA 91356
Waitlist for new clients
I recognize the importance of the unique needs of every person. My goal is to understand each patient’s struggle by taking time with my patients and their families to explore current issues with no outside time pressures.
I recognize the importance of the unique needs of every person. My goal is to understand each patient’s struggle by taking time with my patients and their families to explore current issues with no outside time pressures.
(909) 403-1642 View (909) 403-1642
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Clear Mind Treatment (Depression, Anxiety, Trauma)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarzana, CA 91356  (Online Only)
As a psychiatrist, my ideal client is someone grappling with anxiety, depression, or life transitions, seeking not just relief but understanding and growth. They need a safe space to express themselves, tools to manage their emotions, and strategies to navigate life's challenges. Their goal is to build resilience, find joy and meaning in life, and improve their relationships. They want guidance, support, and empowerment to make meaningful changes, driven by a deep desire for personal development and a healthier, more fulfilling life.
As a psychiatrist, my ideal client is someone grappling with anxiety, depression, or life transitions, seeking not just relief but understanding and growth. They need a safe space to express themselves, tools to manage their emotions, and strategies to navigate life's challenges. Their goal is to build resilience, find joy and meaning in life, and improve their relationships. They want guidance, support, and empowerment to make meaningful changes, driven by a deep desire for personal development and a healthier, more fulfilling life.
(747) 252-5614 View (747) 252-5614
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Clear Mind Treatment
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarzana, CA 91356
Psychiatry only with the depression/anxiety/trauma program along with ketamine, trauma therapy, TMS, Neurofeedback. We have at home and in person options for ketamine and trauma-EMDR, treatment. We treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders and more. Clear Mind Treatment is the perfect option for those looking for insurance based psychiatry, Also, Clear Mind is ideal for those seeking a flexible therapy program where they can talk over video conference or in office.
Psychiatry only with the depression/anxiety/trauma program along with ketamine, trauma therapy, TMS, Neurofeedback. We have at home and in person options for ketamine and trauma-EMDR, treatment. We treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders and more. Clear Mind Treatment is the perfect option for those looking for insurance based psychiatry, Also, Clear Mind is ideal for those seeking a flexible therapy program where they can talk over video conference or in office.
(424) 395-3433 x310896 View (424) 395-3433 x310896
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Sahar Douek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarzana, CA 91356
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with sub-speciality in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with sub-speciality in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
(818) 654-4989 View (818) 654-4989
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Shaoqing Cindy Tang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tarzana, CA 91357
Welcome to Mindspace NP, a nurturing practice dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being under the compassionate care of Shaoqing (Cindy) Tang. At the heart of our practice lies Cindy's unwavering commitment to the mental health field, coupled with her broad spectrum of expertise that spans across medication management services and supportive psychotherapy. Cindy Tang's diverse background, from her start as a registered nurse to her impactful work as a mental health clinician, uniquely qualifies her to meet the varied mental health needs of individuals at Mindspace NP.
Welcome to Mindspace NP, a nurturing practice dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being under the compassionate care of Shaoqing (Cindy) Tang. At the heart of our practice lies Cindy's unwavering commitment to the mental health field, coupled with her broad spectrum of expertise that spans across medication management services and supportive psychotherapy. Cindy Tang's diverse background, from her start as a registered nurse to her impactful work as a mental health clinician, uniquely qualifies her to meet the varied mental health needs of individuals at Mindspace NP.
(747) 239-5558 View (747) 239-5558

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Chapters Family Treatment Center | Iman Parhami MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Encino, CA 91316
Dr. Iman Parhami is a triple-board certified psychiatrist (Child Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine) who completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Johns Hopkins University. He strongly believes that diagnoses do not define individuals. Instead, diagnoses can help classify a set of symptoms and can help identify empirically supported treatments for that class of symptoms. He also believes that psychiatric treatments cannot just include psychopharmacology but must include a multi-disciplinary approach that is family-driven and culturally sensitive.
Dr. Iman Parhami is a triple-board certified psychiatrist (Child Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine) who completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Johns Hopkins University. He strongly believes that diagnoses do not define individuals. Instead, diagnoses can help classify a set of symptoms and can help identify empirically supported treatments for that class of symptoms. He also believes that psychiatric treatments cannot just include psychopharmacology but must include a multi-disciplinary approach that is family-driven and culturally sensitive.
(818) 962-6338 View (818) 962-6338
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Salvage Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Winnetka, CA 91306
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the founder and CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the founder and CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
(747) 298-5333 View (747) 298-5333
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Meredith Sagan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316
With extensive expertise in psychiatric medication management, homeopathy, and mind-body medicine psychotherapies, Dr. Sagan offers a unique combination of treatments to help you or your loved one find stability, peace and balance, safely and effectively. At your first appointment Dr. Sagan will review and adjust any medication you may be taking to the most safe and effective regimen possible, or start new medications if indicated. At subsequent appointments, in a dynamic and highly intuitive environment, you will develop a deep understanding of yourself through mind-body techniques that are also designed to eventually replace your medication if practiced regularly.
With extensive expertise in psychiatric medication management, homeopathy, and mind-body medicine psychotherapies, Dr. Sagan offers a unique combination of treatments to help you or your loved one find stability, peace and balance, safely and effectively. At your first appointment Dr. Sagan will review and adjust any medication you may be taking to the most safe and effective regimen possible, or start new medications if indicated. At subsequent appointments, in a dynamic and highly intuitive environment, you will develop a deep understanding of yourself through mind-body techniques that are also designed to eventually replace your medication if practiced regularly.
(310) 421-8906 View (310) 421-8906
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Armine Harutyunyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Reseda, CA 91335
Dr. Harutyunyan is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. I strongly believe that providing excellent, compassionate, and evidence-based care would lead to great results in patients' recovery. I provide brief psychotherapy and medication management. I strongly believe that medications play a key role in the treatment of symptoms, and prevent relapses of psychiatric conditions. I only recommend medications if medically indicated and attempt to keep them as simple as possible.
Dr. Harutyunyan is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. I strongly believe that providing excellent, compassionate, and evidence-based care would lead to great results in patients' recovery. I provide brief psychotherapy and medication management. I strongly believe that medications play a key role in the treatment of symptoms, and prevent relapses of psychiatric conditions. I only recommend medications if medically indicated and attempt to keep them as simple as possible.
(747) 307-4384 View (747) 307-4384
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. I aim to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. I aim to help you to thrive at your best.
(661) 732-2561 View (661) 732-2561
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Erik Bayona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reseda, CA 91335
Waitlist for new clients
If we have worked together before, email me to reconnect. I currently have a waitlist, please contact me to be added to the list. I am board certified in adult psychiatry and have additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have completed specialized training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) through Polaris Insight Center and have completed training in psychedelic-assisted therapy using MDMA through MAPS.
If we have worked together before, email me to reconnect. I currently have a waitlist, please contact me to be added to the list. I am board certified in adult psychiatry and have additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have completed specialized training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) through Polaris Insight Center and have completed training in psychedelic-assisted therapy using MDMA through MAPS.
(509) 560-5876 View (509) 560-5876
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Blue Sky Mental Health Access Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. My experience is over 16 years providing patient care for adults, and the elderly at the inpatient acute psychiatric units and, outpatient mental health setting. I have worked with integrated behavioral health primary care clinics, community, and federal qualified health centers, and private practices.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. My experience is over 16 years providing patient care for adults, and the elderly at the inpatient acute psychiatric units and, outpatient mental health setting. I have worked with integrated behavioral health primary care clinics, community, and federal qualified health centers, and private practices.
(818) 418-1542 View (818) 418-1542
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91416
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-bas 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-bas 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.
(657) 300-2401 View (657) 300-2401
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Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 91335  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(909) 245-7678 View (909) 245-7678
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316  (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.
(760) 214-9822 View (760) 214-9822
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Thomas Sarti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316  (Online Only)
My mission is to support you through life's twists and turns, especially when it comes to your mental health. Each person I encounter has a unique story, and my role is to be a compassionate guide, fostering a safe space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. I strive to create an environment where individuals feel heard and supported. It's not just about prescriptions; it's about understanding what makes you tick and finding the best way to support you.
My mission is to support you through life's twists and turns, especially when it comes to your mental health. Each person I encounter has a unique story, and my role is to be a compassionate guide, fostering a safe space for you to express your thoughts and emotions. I strive to create an environment where individuals feel heard and supported. It's not just about prescriptions; it's about understanding what makes you tick and finding the best way to support you.
(650) 747-6764 View (650) 747-6764
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Kyle Bechaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91316
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, addiction problems, and schizophrenia. Several of our doctors also specialize in reproductive psychiatry/women's mental health.
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, addiction problems, and schizophrenia. Several of our doctors also specialize in reproductive psychiatry/women's mental health.
(818) 639-8421 View (818) 639-8421
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91416
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(805) 600-5670 View (805) 600-5670
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HID group Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Van Nuys, CA 91406
As a dedicated compassionate healthcare professional, I am deeply committed to making positive impacts on the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues. My journey in the field of psychiatry has been a continuous pursuit for knowledge, empathy, and advocacy for dose facing the challenges of mental health. I am excited to share my passion and experience. I have always believed that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I have witnessed the profound effects that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their family.
As a dedicated compassionate healthcare professional, I am deeply committed to making positive impacts on the lives of individuals struggling with mental health issues. My journey in the field of psychiatry has been a continuous pursuit for knowledge, empathy, and advocacy for dose facing the challenges of mental health. I am excited to share my passion and experience. I have always believed that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I have witnessed the profound effects that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their family.
(818) 938-2031 View (818) 938-2031
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Anna Katrina Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Van Nuys, CA 91316
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tarzana, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tarzana, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Child

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tarzana, CA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tarzana?

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.