Psychiatrists in Tehachapi, CA

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Tamela Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tehachapi, CA 93561
“As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services of the highest quality. I am committed to promoting wellness, fostering a therapeutic relationship with patients, and empowering them through education. I strive to advocate for mental health at the individual and community levels, and to continually improve my skills and knowledge to provide the best care possible.”
“As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services of the highest quality. I am committed to promoting wellness, fostering a therapeutic relationship with patients, and empowering them through education. I strive to advocate for mental health at the individual and community levels, and to continually improve my skills and knowledge to provide the best care possible.”
(661) 451-6259 View (661) 451-6259

Online Psychiatrists

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Light Care Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868
Chika is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Fresno Ca, who works with children and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep difficulties etc. Chika has experience with medication management and use of psychotherapy and has been a board certified PMHNP for over 2 years. Chika’s treatment approach is rooted in evidence based practice utilizing medication and psychotherapy. Chika studied at Walden University, where she obtained a Masters in Nursing science. She has also worked as an RN for more than 8 years which has been helpful in providing care
Chika is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Fresno Ca, who works with children and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep difficulties etc. Chika has experience with medication management and use of psychotherapy and has been a board certified PMHNP for over 2 years. Chika’s treatment approach is rooted in evidence based practice utilizing medication and psychotherapy. Chika studied at Walden University, where she obtained a Masters in Nursing science. She has also worked as an RN for more than 8 years which has been helpful in providing care
(559) 423-7076 View (559) 423-7076
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Brainpower Wellness Institute
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Brainpower Wellness Institute is a leading center for children and adolescent psychiatry. We provide comprehensive and compassionate care to children and adolescents ages 5 through 18. Our team of experienced and board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and tic disorders.
Brainpower Wellness Institute is a leading center for children and adolescent psychiatry. We provide comprehensive and compassionate care to children and adolescents ages 5 through 18. Our team of experienced and board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and tic disorders.
(805) 552-5878 View (805) 552-5878
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CA 90712  (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!
(562) 784-9904 View (562) 784-9904
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Alexis Hinds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
(323) 486-5756 View (323) 486-5756
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Surendra Chaganti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (Online Only)
My name is Suren Chaganti and I'm a member of the Grow Therapy prescribers team. I am currently based in MO. I am licensed in CA, FL, GA, and MO. I am currently practicing in CA and MO. I am relocating to Florida. I completed my Psychiatry residency at UMKC School of Medicine, and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. I have been in practice since 1995.
My name is Suren Chaganti and I'm a member of the Grow Therapy prescribers team. I am currently based in MO. I am licensed in CA, FL, GA, and MO. I am currently practicing in CA and MO. I am relocating to Florida. I completed my Psychiatry residency at UMKC School of Medicine, and J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. I have been in practice since 1995.
(424) 732-2876 View (424) 732-2876
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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eastvale, CA 92880
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(909) 345-5876 View (909) 345-5876
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Patrick Charles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (Online Only)
Mr. Charles provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. He has broad expertise in community mental health, substance abuse treatment, as well as telepsychiatry services.
Mr. Charles provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. He has broad expertise in community mental health, substance abuse treatment, as well as telepsychiatry services.
(424) 373-8915 View (424) 373-8915
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Sofia Encarnacion
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
Sofia Encarnacion, M.D., treats adults of all ages. She has devoted her life to the identification, treatment, and alleviation of patient discomfort. She does this through a carefully crafted mixture of caring, listening, and application of the most advanced therapeutic techniques and medications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her many years of patient treatment, first as a clinical psychologist then as a psychiatrist, Dr. Encarnacion has developed particular expertise in the treatment of ADHD, female sexual medicine, and life coaching.
Sofia Encarnacion, M.D., treats adults of all ages. She has devoted her life to the identification, treatment, and alleviation of patient discomfort. She does this through a carefully crafted mixture of caring, listening, and application of the most advanced therapeutic techniques and medications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her many years of patient treatment, first as a clinical psychologist then as a psychiatrist, Dr. Encarnacion has developed particular expertise in the treatment of ADHD, female sexual medicine, and life coaching.
(805) 944-1687 View (805) 944-1687
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Kristen Melnyk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am a board certified psychiatrist and fully trained psychoanalyst who has worked with adults in private practice for almost 25 years. Starting with a new therapist can feel daunting. My aim is to provide a safe atmosphere that will allow us to discuss what is distressing you. In therapy we might explore aspects of your life that are sensitive, painful, difficult or have never before been verbalized. The goal is that you will gain some new perspectives and bring these insights into your lived experience outside the therapy relationship.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and fully trained psychoanalyst who has worked with adults in private practice for almost 25 years. Starting with a new therapist can feel daunting. My aim is to provide a safe atmosphere that will allow us to discuss what is distressing you. In therapy we might explore aspects of your life that are sensitive, painful, difficult or have never before been verbalized. The goal is that you will gain some new perspectives and bring these insights into your lived experience outside the therapy relationship.
(310) 943-0822 View (310) 943-0822
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Demetria Posadas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasadena, CA 91101  (Online Only)
All that a we are, is a result of what we have thought- Gautama Buddha. Change is possible and we all have the capabilities to become who we imagine. It indeed isn't easy, especially if we have ongoing anxiety, depression, anger, etc. but whatever it is you may struggling with it isn't the end. Together we can help navigate through these difficulties, developing coping skills as a team to find our true inner self that is yearning to be free.
All that a we are, is a result of what we have thought- Gautama Buddha. Change is possible and we all have the capabilities to become who we imagine. It indeed isn't easy, especially if we have ongoing anxiety, depression, anger, etc. but whatever it is you may struggling with it isn't the end. Together we can help navigate through these difficulties, developing coping skills as a team to find our true inner self that is yearning to be free.
(626) 746-4303 View (626) 746-4303
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Barry Mills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Barry Mills MD, PhD, has over twenty-five years experience as a psychiatrist including teaching on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He commonly treats problems such as ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chemical dependency, among other conditions. Dr. Mills has received a MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He has been an Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a Harvard Faculty Teaching Award nominee, consultant to the U. S.
Barry Mills MD, PhD, has over twenty-five years experience as a psychiatrist including teaching on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He commonly treats problems such as ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chemical dependency, among other conditions. Dr. Mills has received a MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He has been an Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a Harvard Faculty Teaching Award nominee, consultant to the U. S.
(512) 598-5822 View (512) 598-5822
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Pedro Morante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90248  (Online Only)
Mr. Pedro Morante is a caring and considerate nurse practitioner and mental health nurse practitioner serving the communities of Los Angeles, Gardena, and Northridge, CA.
Mr. Pedro Morante is a caring and considerate nurse practitioner and mental health nurse practitioner serving the communities of Los Angeles, Gardena, and Northridge, CA.
(424) 408-1757 View (424) 408-1757
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Steffan Weiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(424) 349-3940 View (424) 349-3940
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Mara Sigalos-Rivera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232
Dr. Rivera is an adult psychiatrist with a passion for providing empathetic care with special attention to cultural, social, biological, and psychological contributions to mental illness. Her clinical experience includes treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interest in anxiety, depression, perinatal/women’s mental health, and trauma. She believes in working collaboratively to create personalized treatment plans that can include medications, lifestyle changes, or psychotherapeutic approaches with the goal of improving mental wellness.
Dr. Rivera is an adult psychiatrist with a passion for providing empathetic care with special attention to cultural, social, biological, and psychological contributions to mental illness. Her clinical experience includes treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interest in anxiety, depression, perinatal/women’s mental health, and trauma. She believes in working collaboratively to create personalized treatment plans that can include medications, lifestyle changes, or psychotherapeutic approaches with the goal of improving mental wellness.
(310) 598-3798 View (310) 598-3798
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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, LMFT, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
At Renewed Mental Health Group, we strive to provide high-quality, patient-centered, psychiatric and mental health services utilizing up to date, evidence-based treatment solutions. We are a group comprised of experienced professional consisting of Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Associates, Nurses, and Medical Assistants. We provide mental health care through psychotherapy, medication management, ADHD testing, and other treatment modalities for individuals ages 6 years old and above.
At Renewed Mental Health Group, we strive to provide high-quality, patient-centered, psychiatric and mental health services utilizing up to date, evidence-based treatment solutions. We are a group comprised of experienced professional consisting of Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Associates, Nurses, and Medical Assistants. We provide mental health care through psychotherapy, medication management, ADHD testing, and other treatment modalities for individuals ages 6 years old and above.
(714) 769-8423 View (714) 769-8423
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elevateher | concierge psychiatry + ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but you don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself. Then you’d feel most alive and aligned with yourself.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but you don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself. Then you’d feel most alive and aligned with yourself.
(971) 286-5038 View (971) 286-5038
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Arthur Roehr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90012  (Online Only)
I am driven by a deep passion for emotional well-being, I am committed to assisting you through your unique path to healing and growth. My mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals from all walks of life. I place a special emphasis on creating a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free space. My unique approach is centered around the provider-patient relationship. I believe that healing thrives in an environment where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism. In this atmosphere of trust and compassion, I specialize in a wide range of therapeutic services.
I am driven by a deep passion for emotional well-being, I am committed to assisting you through your unique path to healing and growth. My mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals from all walks of life. I place a special emphasis on creating a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free space. My unique approach is centered around the provider-patient relationship. I believe that healing thrives in an environment where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism. In this atmosphere of trust and compassion, I specialize in a wide range of therapeutic services.
(323) 784-6642 View (323) 784-6642
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Mark Gindi
Psychiatrist, MD, MFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
My name is Dr. Mark Gindi and I am a psychiatrist trained in both psychopharmacology as well as talk therapy. My goal is to always provide patients with compassionate, evolved, evidenced-based treatment that stabilizes their acute symptoms as well as enhances their relationship with themselves. Psychiatric conditions can be complex as they emerge from the intersection of a person’s psychological history, biological endowments, and social context. By forming a therapeutic relationship based on honesty and collaboration, I’m eager to help my patients control their conditions and deepen their understanding of themselves.
My name is Dr. Mark Gindi and I am a psychiatrist trained in both psychopharmacology as well as talk therapy. My goal is to always provide patients with compassionate, evolved, evidenced-based treatment that stabilizes their acute symptoms as well as enhances their relationship with themselves. Psychiatric conditions can be complex as they emerge from the intersection of a person’s psychological history, biological endowments, and social context. By forming a therapeutic relationship based on honesty and collaboration, I’m eager to help my patients control their conditions and deepen their understanding of themselves.
(213) 465-8323 View (213) 465-8323
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All Women's Telepsychiatry - Dr. Ann Park, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Welcome to my women's telehealth practice. I am Cornell trained and specialize in psychiatry, therapy, and coaching for women with an added focus of working with Asian American women. Along with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapy, I prescribe medications when appropriate - no more than needed, but not less. Common issues faced by my clients include managing stress and anxiety, integrating the demands of work and life, and navigating key relationships. In a warm, collaborative setting we identify and work on the specific goals that will help you live an emotionally healthy and balanced life.
Welcome to my women's telehealth practice. I am Cornell trained and specialize in psychiatry, therapy, and coaching for women with an added focus of working with Asian American women. Along with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapy, I prescribe medications when appropriate - no more than needed, but not less. Common issues faced by my clients include managing stress and anxiety, integrating the demands of work and life, and navigating key relationships. In a warm, collaborative setting we identify and work on the specific goals that will help you live an emotionally healthy and balanced life.
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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tehachapi?

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.