Psychiatrists in Torrance, CA

Photo of Robert Winston, Psychiatrist in Torrance, CA
Robert Winston
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Robert Winston, M.D. is board certified in general psychiatry for adults. Dr. Winston received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete his residency training in general psychiatry at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
Robert Winston, M.D. is board certified in general psychiatry for adults. Dr. Winston received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete his residency training in general psychiatry at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Josefina Reyes Sanchez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Torrance, CA
Josefina Reyes Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 368-9489 View (424) 368-9489
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (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!
(424) 227-5778 View (424) 227-5778
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Pacific Ketamine Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Pacific Ketamine Group approaches mental health and chronic pain using a wide range of evidence-effective treatments. We offer both traditional and new approaches guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including: psychotherapy, TMS and Ketamine fusions. Over the years, science and medicine established Ketamine infusions as a safe effective treatment for people to not only treat patients with mood disorders, but we can also use Ketamine to relieve chronic pain conditions. Please proceed to this link for more information regarding Ketamine infusions within our office: pacificketaminegroup.com
Pacific Ketamine Group approaches mental health and chronic pain using a wide range of evidence-effective treatments. We offer both traditional and new approaches guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including: psychotherapy, TMS and Ketamine fusions. Over the years, science and medicine established Ketamine infusions as a safe effective treatment for people to not only treat patients with mood disorders, but we can also use Ketamine to relieve chronic pain conditions. Please proceed to this link for more information regarding Ketamine infusions within our office: pacificketaminegroup.com
(424) 232-0889 View (424) 232-0889
Photo of Carolyn Love, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Torrance, CA
Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(424) 484-8052 View (424) 484-8052
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Ian Mojica - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Ian is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Cal State University Long Beach and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UC Irvine. Growing up in Orange County, Ian quickly learned about the existence of healthcare disparities within his community. He strongly believes that it is imperative to make mental health treatment more accessible to the greater population while reducing the stigma that accompanies psychiatric diagnoses. Ian has extensive experience in street medicine, working with the underprivileged population in Skid Row and Orange County.
Ian is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Cal State University Long Beach and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UC Irvine. Growing up in Orange County, Ian quickly learned about the existence of healthcare disparities within his community. He strongly believes that it is imperative to make mental health treatment more accessible to the greater population while reducing the stigma that accompanies psychiatric diagnoses. Ian has extensive experience in street medicine, working with the underprivileged population in Skid Row and Orange County.
(310) 905-8489 View (310) 905-8489
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(310) 340-0368 View (310) 340-0368
Photo of Shanna Darling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Torrance, CA
Shanna Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
My goal and passion is to improve your quality of life and guide you to becoming the best version of yourself. I have worked in healthcare for over twelve years across a variety of patient populations. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, and ADHD. I have a master's degree from UCLA where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality when delivering healthcare for my patients. I am dual certified as a family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
My goal and passion is to improve your quality of life and guide you to becoming the best version of yourself. I have worked in healthcare for over twelve years across a variety of patient populations. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, and ADHD. I have a master's degree from UCLA where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality when delivering healthcare for my patients. I am dual certified as a family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
(310) 868-2360 View (310) 868-2360
Photo of Susan Magorno, Psychiatric Nurse in Torrance, CA
Susan Magorno
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
(424) 374-3639 View (424) 374-3639
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
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.
(310) 987-4691 View (310) 987-4691
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Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
(562) 362-3926 View (562) 362-3926
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Araceli Lozano - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90504
As a combat veteran and first-generation Mexican American, Araceli has lived through unique experiences which have helped her develop a solid understanding of the diverse needs of people from various cultures and backgrounds. Her passion is working in mental health and helping people meet their goals through individualized pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
As a combat veteran and first-generation Mexican American, Araceli has lived through unique experiences which have helped her develop a solid understanding of the diverse needs of people from various cultures and backgrounds. Her passion is working in mental health and helping people meet their goals through individualized pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
(424) 577-5272 View (424) 577-5272
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
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. My aim is 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. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(424) 292-8791 View (424) 292-8791
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Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (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!
(424) 321-8038 View (424) 321-8038
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Josh Lichtman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90504  (Online Only)
Dr. Josh Lichtman has been practicing psychiatry for the last decade. He is dual board certified in both adult psychiatry and addiction medicine.
Dr. Josh Lichtman has been practicing psychiatry for the last decade. He is dual board certified in both adult psychiatry and addiction medicine.
(424) 999-0652 View (424) 999-0652
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Levitate Mental Health - Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90503
Accepting New Patients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
Accepting New Patients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
(310) 627-1598 View (310) 627-1598
Photo of Brittany Skinner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Torrance, CA
Brittany Skinner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90504
Brittany is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner. She was born and raised in a small town in Missouri before she came to California as a travel nurse. Brittany has an extensive critical care background as well as a background in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and she believes in staying up-to-date with all the newest technology and medications to find what truly works best for her patients. Having trained in large metropolitan areas as well as rural communities, it is her passion to provide affordable, quality mental health care to those in all areas.
Brittany is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner. She was born and raised in a small town in Missouri before she came to California as a travel nurse. Brittany has an extensive critical care background as well as a background in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and she believes in staying up-to-date with all the newest technology and medications to find what truly works best for her patients. Having trained in large metropolitan areas as well as rural communities, it is her passion to provide affordable, quality mental health care to those in all areas.
(310) 620-1898 View (310) 620-1898
Photo of Samuel Sanders, Psychiatrist in Torrance, CA
Samuel Sanders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
(424) 788-1683 View (424) 788-1683
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Pacific Pain & Wellness Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Pacific Pain & Wellness Group takes a holistic approach to mental health treatment. We work closely with our team of pain management specialists to address the physical and emotional components of chronic pain, which can often co-occur with mental health disorders. Our pain & chronic pain management treatments include Ketamine infusions, Epidural injections, Diagnostic & therapeutic nerve blocks, Radiofrequency ablation, Spinal cord stimulation, Facet joint injections, Botox for migraines, and pre-surgical pain consultation.
Pacific Pain & Wellness Group takes a holistic approach to mental health treatment. We work closely with our team of pain management specialists to address the physical and emotional components of chronic pain, which can often co-occur with mental health disorders. Our pain & chronic pain management treatments include Ketamine infusions, Epidural injections, Diagnostic & therapeutic nerve blocks, Radiofrequency ablation, Spinal cord stimulation, Facet joint injections, Botox for migraines, and pre-surgical pain consultation.
(424) 405-4301 View (424) 405-4301
Photo of Eric Adrian Lazcano, Psychiatrist in Torrance, CA
Eric Adrian Lazcano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Eric A. Lazcano, M.D. is an ABPN-Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Lazcano is an adult general psychiatrist who has been overseeing a South Bay Los Angeles private practice since 2018. In addition to offering both in-person and virtual sessions, Dr. Lazcano creates content on social media to help his audience members achieve lives with less stress.
Eric A. Lazcano, M.D. is an ABPN-Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Lazcano is an adult general psychiatrist who has been overseeing a South Bay Los Angeles private practice since 2018. In addition to offering both in-person and virtual sessions, Dr. Lazcano creates content on social media to help his audience members achieve lives with less stress.
(424) 373-7325 View (424) 373-7325

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Torrance, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in Torrance, CA who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
92% Depression
90% Bipolar Disorder
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
87% Medication Management
85% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Torrance, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Torrance?

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.