Psychiatrists in Ventura County, CA

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Photo of Jasmine Delijani, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Jasmine Delijani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362  (Online Only)
Struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, or navigating complex emotions in life? Or are you a woman facing challenges during pregnancy and postpartum periods? Serving adolescents and adults of all genders and cultural backgrounds, my expertise lies in providing compassionate, judgment-free, comprehensive telepsychiatry across California. Seeking relief and a path to wellbeing? My approach combines traditional psychiatry—medications & therapy—with holistic methods like supplementation, genetic/lab testing, and sleep optimization. Let's uncover the root causes and tailor a journey towards your vibrant health.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, trauma, or navigating complex emotions in life? Or are you a woman facing challenges during pregnancy and postpartum periods? Serving adolescents and adults of all genders and cultural backgrounds, my expertise lies in providing compassionate, judgment-free, comprehensive telepsychiatry across California. Seeking relief and a path to wellbeing? My approach combines traditional psychiatry—medications & therapy—with holistic methods like supplementation, genetic/lab testing, and sleep optimization. Let's uncover the root causes and tailor a journey towards your vibrant health.
(805) 262-9454 View (805) 262-9454
Photo of Opeyemi Bello, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Opeyemi Bello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93004  (Online Only)
Hi there, I am NP Bello I pay close attention to my client's stories and their backgrounds, and I love mixing spirituality, therapy and use medication as my last resort.
Hi there, I am NP Bello I pay close attention to my client's stories and their backgrounds, and I love mixing spirituality, therapy and use medication as my last resort.
(805) 622-2129 View (805) 622-2129
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(805) 429-2824 View (805) 429-2824
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 396-1190 View (424) 396-1190
Photo of Margaret November, M.D., Psychiatrist in Ventura County, CA
Margaret November, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93003
I am Dr. Margaret November. Originally a New Yorker, I have lived and practiced in California for over 30 years. I specialize in Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology. I am uniquely qualified to diagnose people, having been trained with the authors of the DSM IV. Without a proper diagnosis people can often languish in treatment for years. With a proper diagnosis, the real work begins. Together we will build trust and a specific treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.
I am Dr. Margaret November. Originally a New Yorker, I have lived and practiced in California for over 30 years. I specialize in Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology. I am uniquely qualified to diagnose people, having been trained with the authors of the DSM IV. Without a proper diagnosis people can often languish in treatment for years. With a proper diagnosis, the real work begins. Together we will build trust and a specific treatment plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.
(805) 395-4542 View (805) 395-4542
Photo of Bubba Mehdi Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Bubba Mehdi Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(805) 790-8293 View (805) 790-8293
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(805) 669-2406 View (805) 669-2406
Photo of Sarina Singhi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Sarina Singhi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP, ND
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360  (Online Only)
I recognize that depression and anxiety can be logical responses to difficult life events. Many adults who experienced losses and traumas in childhood have never processed these events and continue to suffer their impacts. Let me help you in your healing process. I offer medication prescribing in conjunction with therapy, or either alone, to best serve your needs. I offer weekend and evening on-line appointments with affordable fees and a supportive, solution-oriented approach. I am trained in therapies for emotion regulation such as DBT and cognitive restructuring. LGBT-ally and polyamory-friendly.
I recognize that depression and anxiety can be logical responses to difficult life events. Many adults who experienced losses and traumas in childhood have never processed these events and continue to suffer their impacts. Let me help you in your healing process. I offer medication prescribing in conjunction with therapy, or either alone, to best serve your needs. I offer weekend and evening on-line appointments with affordable fees and a supportive, solution-oriented approach. I am trained in therapies for emotion regulation such as DBT and cognitive restructuring. LGBT-ally and polyamory-friendly.
(805) 590-4927 View (805) 590-4927
Photo of Julie Curry Schreiner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Julie Curry Schreiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Is your child or adolescent needing mental health support? As a doctor of nursing practice, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a family nurse practitioner, I have focused my career on integrative psychiatric care to children and adolescents. My professional goal is for families, children, and adolescent clients to feel supported and understood throughout their mental health journey. Through therapeutic support and medication management, I hope to meet the needs of every child and adolescent client I meet.
Is your child or adolescent needing mental health support? As a doctor of nursing practice, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a family nurse practitioner, I have focused my career on integrative psychiatric care to children and adolescents. My professional goal is for families, children, and adolescent clients to feel supported and understood throughout their mental health journey. Through therapeutic support and medication management, I hope to meet the needs of every child and adolescent client I meet.
(805) 262-9350 View (805) 262-9350
Photo of Brian S. Taylor, Psychiatrist in Ventura County, CA
Brian S. Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036
As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, I see adults and adolescents ages 15 and older who desire evaluation and treatment of their mental health issue(s) regardless of complexity. I offer a complete psychiatric evaluation, including a psychosocial assessment and make recommendations for you based on evidence-based practice guidelines. I have previously worked in the community mental health setting serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill populations of the Bay Area and Southern California. Psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic strategies are tailored to relieve the distressing symptoms impacting your life and well-being.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, I see adults and adolescents ages 15 and older who desire evaluation and treatment of their mental health issue(s) regardless of complexity. I offer a complete psychiatric evaluation, including a psychosocial assessment and make recommendations for you based on evidence-based practice guidelines. I have previously worked in the community mental health setting serving the seriously and persistently mentally ill populations of the Bay Area and Southern California. Psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic strategies are tailored to relieve the distressing symptoms impacting your life and well-being.
(805) 978-8146 View (805) 978-8146
Photo of Adelina Lopez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Adelina Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
You create your healing path, I am here to support that journey. I am experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. I welcome all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ+ individuals with care and respect. I educate and partner with my patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. I take a holistic approach and place the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
You create your healing path, I am here to support that journey. I am experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. I welcome all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ+ individuals with care and respect. I educate and partner with my patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. I take a holistic approach and place the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
(805) 624-3942 View (805) 624-3942
Photo of Joyce Weckl, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Joyce Weckl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxnard, CA 93036
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression? Unsure of what to do about your mood swings or other troubling symptoms? I treat men, women, school age children, and adolescents for most mental health issues. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate, individualized care with the added benefit of the ability to prescribe medication.In the past, I was a certified nurse-midwife and women's health care provider. I have a long history of treating women in relation to their reproductive changes.
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression? Unsure of what to do about your mood swings or other troubling symptoms? I treat men, women, school age children, and adolescents for most mental health issues. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate, individualized care with the added benefit of the ability to prescribe medication.In the past, I was a certified nurse-midwife and women's health care provider. I have a long history of treating women in relation to their reproductive changes.
(805) 654-0926 View (805) 654-0926
Photo of Family Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Ventura County, CA
Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
(805) 693-4104 View (805) 693-4104
Photo of Michaela Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Michaela Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ventura, CA 93003  (Online Only)
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Michaela Martin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she got her start in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room of an East Los Angeles county hospital. Michaela’s clinical experience includes acute psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention, and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
(213) 816-7586 View (213) 816-7586
Photo of Fernando Cervantes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Fernando Cervantes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oxnard, CA 93036
Depressed, anxious, irritable, inattentive or all of the above? Are you going through a difficult experience(s) and find that your usual coping skills are not helping you get to where you need to be? Do you feel misunderstood, judged, unable to present the best version of yourself ? Did you stop doing the things that once brought you joy, with the people you looked forward to seeing the most? Is psychotherapy alone not quite helping you accomplish your goals? Come on over, let's see how we can help.
Depressed, anxious, irritable, inattentive or all of the above? Are you going through a difficult experience(s) and find that your usual coping skills are not helping you get to where you need to be? Do you feel misunderstood, judged, unable to present the best version of yourself ? Did you stop doing the things that once brought you joy, with the people you looked forward to seeing the most? Is psychotherapy alone not quite helping you accomplish your goals? Come on over, let's see how we can help.
(805) 723-2694 View (805) 723-2694
Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93001  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(805) 303-7974 View (805) 303-7974
Photo of Holly Linn Jacobson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Holly Linn Jacobson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moorpark, CA 93021
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I provide medication management and brief supportive therapy for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ASD and related behavioral problems, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, and schizophrenia. In addition, I am licensed to provide medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse and substance use disorders. Mental health complaints are common and if you are still suffering I can offer medication and behavioral options that might be the catalyst to get you feeling better. I am passionate about the importance of self-care and not just relying on medication alone.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I provide medication management and brief supportive therapy for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ASD and related behavioral problems, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, and schizophrenia. In addition, I am licensed to provide medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse and substance use disorders. Mental health complaints are common and if you are still suffering I can offer medication and behavioral options that might be the catalyst to get you feeling better. I am passionate about the importance of self-care and not just relying on medication alone.
(805) 472-7071 View (805) 472-7071
Photo of Shannon Enochs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County, CA
Shannon Enochs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
(805) 738-6940 View (805) 738-6940
Photo of Uchenna Okoye, Psychiatrist in Ventura County, CA
Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(805) 334-8702 View (805) 334-8702
Photo of State Of Mind Wellness Center- Priya Parmar, MD, Psychiatrist in Ventura County, CA
State Of Mind Wellness Center- Priya Parmar, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State of Mind Wellness Center is a state of the art psychiatry practice that uses evidence based treatments for mental distress. Here, you are seen and heard by a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. Dr Parmar is an expert in the field of mental health. She is caring, warm and she understands human development and how trauma can impact a person. She uses a humanistic based psychotherapeutic approach and is skilled in providing medications as needed. Dr Parmar also provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to people with cPTSD who qualify. TMS is also offered as needed.
State of Mind Wellness Center is a state of the art psychiatry practice that uses evidence based treatments for mental distress. Here, you are seen and heard by a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. Dr Parmar is an expert in the field of mental health. She is caring, warm and she understands human development and how trauma can impact a person. She uses a humanistic based psychotherapeutic approach and is skilled in providing medications as needed. Dr Parmar also provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to people with cPTSD who qualify. TMS is also offered as needed.
(805) 491-9620 View (805) 491-9620

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ventura County, CA

80+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Ventura County, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
82% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Ventura County, CA see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

51% Female
49% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ventura County?

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.