Psychiatrists in Tustin, CA

Photo of Karen Rightler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tustin, CA
Karen Rightler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Caught in life's storm? Need a helping hand? Whether you're grappling with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you're not alone. Imagine breaking through the fog and truly understanding the storm of emotions you feel. Picture a life not just built on coping, but flourishing from genuine healing. The journey to reclaiming your peace and navigating life's twists begins with a single step: a chat, a connection. No matter your age, if you're striving for deeper emotional clarity and a harmonious well-being, I'm here for you. Dive into a transformative experience with individual therapy and medication guidance for every age.
Caught in life's storm? Need a helping hand? Whether you're grappling with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you're not alone. Imagine breaking through the fog and truly understanding the storm of emotions you feel. Picture a life not just built on coping, but flourishing from genuine healing. The journey to reclaiming your peace and navigating life's twists begins with a single step: a chat, a connection. No matter your age, if you're striving for deeper emotional clarity and a harmonious well-being, I'm here for you. Dive into a transformative experience with individual therapy and medication guidance for every age.
(714) 487-0748 View (714) 487-0748
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Alliance Psychiatric Group, A Medical Corporation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
(714) 492-1496 View (714) 492-1496
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Anna Katrina Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Have you been struggling with finding balance in your mental and physical health and are seeking to relieve your mental health struggles so you can navigate life positively, regain control, and start living your life to the fullest? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide a comprehensive holistic approach to mental health by focusing on each individual’s unique psyche and mental health needs. Medication and therapy are great tools however, it is not the solution. My goal is to identify and address conditions, limiting patterns, beliefs and behaviors that affect your ability to function and suppress growth.
Have you been struggling with finding balance in your mental and physical health and are seeking to relieve your mental health struggles so you can navigate life positively, regain control, and start living your life to the fullest? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide a comprehensive holistic approach to mental health by focusing on each individual’s unique psyche and mental health needs. Medication and therapy are great tools however, it is not the solution. My goal is to identify and address conditions, limiting patterns, beliefs and behaviors that affect your ability to function and suppress growth.
(747) 307-4907 View (747) 307-4907
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Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
(714) 364-0869 View (714) 364-0869
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Alliance Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Alliance Psychiatric Group (APG) is an organization of clinicians providing quality care. It is APG’s clear vision to meet the psychiatric needs of the individual, family, and community.
Alliance Psychiatric Group (APG) is an organization of clinicians providing quality care. It is APG’s clear vision to meet the psychiatric needs of the individual, family, and community.
(714) 769-6090 View (714) 769-6090
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James Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGACNP, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
As a doctorally prepared, board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring ideals from both the medical and nursing models of care. This allows me to care for you with compassion, as a whole person and with the latest evidenced-based practices. Together, we will design an individualized treatment plan for your best outcomes. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your goals in treatment. I look forward to working with you!
As a doctorally prepared, board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring ideals from both the medical and nursing models of care. This allows me to care for you with compassion, as a whole person and with the latest evidenced-based practices. Together, we will design an individualized treatment plan for your best outcomes. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your goals in treatment. I look forward to working with you!
(714) 459-5652 View (714) 459-5652
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Dr. Katelyn Magsino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
(714) 276-1742 View (714) 276-1742
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Kelsey Joan Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Feeling adrift? Stormy emotions weighing you down? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be isolating, frightening, and make simple tasks feel difficult. But good news, you don’t have to weather this storm alone. Your mental health is not something to be taken lightly, and I’m here to provide the care and support you need. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, there’s hope, and there’s help. We can work together to understand your struggles, build resilience, and find joy again. To learn more about me and my services visit KelseyPearson.net.
Feeling adrift? Stormy emotions weighing you down? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be isolating, frightening, and make simple tasks feel difficult. But good news, you don’t have to weather this storm alone. Your mental health is not something to be taken lightly, and I’m here to provide the care and support you need. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, there’s hope, and there’s help. We can work together to understand your struggles, build resilience, and find joy again. To learn more about me and my services visit KelseyPearson.net.
(714) 617-2530 View (714) 617-2530
Photo of Roberta Gordin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tustin, CA
Roberta Gordin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Tustin, CA 92782
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
(714) 735-0827 View (714) 735-0827
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Blaine Robert Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
For Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (Private Practice, telehealth only). For Wednesdays (Anchored Nursing Psychiatric Services, in-person and telehealth visits). To book an appointment for in-person or telehealth visits on Wednesdays, please contact Anchored Nursing Psychiatric services at 714-617-2530. For telehealth appointments on other days, schedule directly through the online booking system here. Sliding scale pricing available when you call.
For Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (Private Practice, telehealth only). For Wednesdays (Anchored Nursing Psychiatric Services, in-person and telehealth visits). To book an appointment for in-person or telehealth visits on Wednesdays, please contact Anchored Nursing Psychiatric services at 714-617-2530. For telehealth appointments on other days, schedule directly through the online booking system here. Sliding scale pricing available when you call.
(657) 571-7592 View (657) 571-7592
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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, LMFT, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
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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Miguel Castellanos Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Welcome! If you or a loved one struggles with ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disturbances, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you've found the right place. My ideal client seeks both understanding and practical solutions. They may feel overwhelmed or misjudged, and they're eager to find balance and peace. Using a combination of medication management and therapeutic techniques, I strive to provide comprehensive care tailored to each individual's needs. Hablo español. Proudly serving clients aged 6 years and above. Let's journey together towards healing and growth.
Welcome! If you or a loved one struggles with ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disturbances, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you've found the right place. My ideal client seeks both understanding and practical solutions. They may feel overwhelmed or misjudged, and they're eager to find balance and peace. Using a combination of medication management and therapeutic techniques, I strive to provide comprehensive care tailored to each individual's needs. Hablo español. Proudly serving clients aged 6 years and above. Let's journey together towards healing and growth.
(657) 571-1565 View (657) 571-1565
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(949) 997-0885 View (949) 997-0885
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(714) 591-2646 View (714) 591-2646
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Ronald Blustein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780  (Online Only)
Dr. Ronald Blustein is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. Dr. Blustein obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings extensive experience to his role at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA, across Gardena, Van Nuys, Fullerton, CA.
Dr. Ronald Blustein is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. Dr. Blustein obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings extensive experience to his role at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA, across Gardena, Van Nuys, Fullerton, CA.
(310) 340-6598 View (310) 340-6598
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Sima Aman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
In the midst of uncertainty with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, bipolar, depression, or anxiety? My ideal client seeks more than just coping – they aim for real healing and clarity. They're determined to navigate life's hurdles, find serenity, and reclaim their vitality. Recognizing that profound change begins with a simple dialogue, they're ready for a transformative journey. I treat individuals of ALL Ages with the use of Medication Management and Psychotherapy! Together, let's illuminate the path to your best self
In the midst of uncertainty with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, bipolar, depression, or anxiety? My ideal client seeks more than just coping – they aim for real healing and clarity. They're determined to navigate life's hurdles, find serenity, and reclaim their vitality. Recognizing that profound change begins with a simple dialogue, they're ready for a transformative journey. I treat individuals of ALL Ages with the use of Medication Management and Psychotherapy! Together, let's illuminate the path to your best self
(714) 248-0605 View (714) 248-0605
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Tustin, CA 92782
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.
(562) 526-7647 View (562) 526-7647
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Hadi Estakhri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
(949) 379-1569 View (949) 379-1569
Carol Massey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MSN, RN
Verified
Tustin, CA 92782  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(949) 541-9380 View (949) 541-9380
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Katie Han
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Katie Han is a compassionate Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holding a dual specialty certification in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from California State University of Long Beach. With numerous years of clinical experience, Katie has developed a wealth of expertise in managing a wide range of mental health conditions. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many others.
Katie Han is a compassionate Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holding a dual specialty certification in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from California State University of Long Beach. With numerous years of clinical experience, Katie has developed a wealth of expertise in managing a wide range of mental health conditions. These include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and many others.
(949) 828-1845 View (949) 828-1845

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tustin, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Tustin, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
96% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
96% Bipolar Disorder
96% Medication Management
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tustin, CA see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tustin?

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.