Psychiatrists in Wasco, CA

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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Wasco, CA 93280  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(661) 465-3972 View (661) 465-3972

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Simi Valley, CA 93065  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Talia Luc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Templeton, CA 93465
As a dual-board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide holistic mental health care that is both compassionate and evidence-based to promote the best outcomes for you. I acknowledge that achieving your optimal well-being isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and I take pride in delivering personalized treatment plans for each person. I offer general mental health, brief psychotherapy, and a functional and integrative approach to enhance your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
As a dual-board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide holistic mental health care that is both compassionate and evidence-based to promote the best outcomes for you. I acknowledge that achieving your optimal well-being isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and I take pride in delivering personalized treatment plans for each person. I offer general mental health, brief psychotherapy, and a functional and integrative approach to enhance your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
(820) 204-0675 View (820) 204-0675
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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
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'kim' Dung-Nghi Le
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Dr. Kim D.N. Le is a board-certified Integrative Psychiatrist dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. With a deep understanding of both conventional psychiatry and complementary therapies, Dr. Le offers a unique and compassionate approach to mental wellness. Dr. Le holds an MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Le's passion lies in merging evidence-based treatments with alternative practices, offering her patients a wider spectrum of options to achieve lasting mental wellness.
Dr. Kim D.N. Le is a board-certified Integrative Psychiatrist dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. With a deep understanding of both conventional psychiatry and complementary therapies, Dr. Le offers a unique and compassionate approach to mental wellness. Dr. Le holds an MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Le's passion lies in merging evidence-based treatments with alternative practices, offering her patients a wider spectrum of options to achieve lasting mental wellness.
(805) 301-1513 View (805) 301-1513
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Simi Valley, CA 93065  (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!
(747) 302-6844 View (747) 302-6844
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Central Coast Behavioral Health, Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Our group provides medication management and psychotherapy services to a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma, Substance/Addiction, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and other various Mental Health Disorders.
Our group provides medication management and psychotherapy services to a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma, Substance/Addiction, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and other various Mental Health Disorders.
(805) 500-0629 View (805) 500-0629
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Jorge H Beber, MD, Exclusively Telehealth Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93277  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 38 years of experience, fluent in both English and Spanish. I offer medication management for adult clients 21 years old and up. I specialize in medication management for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients to understand their unique experience and develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 38 years of experience, fluent in both English and Spanish. I offer medication management for adult clients 21 years old and up. I specialize in medication management for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients to understand their unique experience and develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
(559) 785-2094 View (559) 785-2094
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clovis, CA 93612
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(559) 337-5752 View (559) 337-5752
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Piran Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Clarita, CA 91355  (Online Only)
Is life becoming unmanageable? Looking for real answers? Seeking the best group of clinicians who accept your insurance? Welcome to WellPsyche Medical Group! WellPsyche providers are experts in Wellness and Mental Health. Our providers take a Thoughtful, Practical, and Caring approach to therapy and can help you balance your life. WellPsyche is also a leader in Telemedicine. Now you can visit with your provider from the privacy and convenience of your home or work.
Is life becoming unmanageable? Looking for real answers? Seeking the best group of clinicians who accept your insurance? Welcome to WellPsyche Medical Group! WellPsyche providers are experts in Wellness and Mental Health. Our providers take a Thoughtful, Practical, and Caring approach to therapy and can help you balance your life. WellPsyche is also a leader in Telemedicine. Now you can visit with your provider from the privacy and convenience of your home or work.
(661) 465-6212 View (661) 465-6212
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La Tasha Al-Jarboua
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Blossoming Wellbeing Telepsychiatry company that understands the barriers people face every day in accessing health care. Through the use of technology, patients are able to access care from anywhere without taking time off work, traveling long distances, or on vacation. Healthcare at your fingertips through our secure online patient portal with the convenient, 24-hour access to your personal health information, upload documents/pictures, schedule appointments, and email your provider directly. Patients will be able to see and speak to their provider through Healow Televisits.
Blossoming Wellbeing Telepsychiatry company that understands the barriers people face every day in accessing health care. Through the use of technology, patients are able to access care from anywhere without taking time off work, traveling long distances, or on vacation. Healthcare at your fingertips through our secure online patient portal with the convenient, 24-hour access to your personal health information, upload documents/pictures, schedule appointments, and email your provider directly. Patients will be able to see and speak to their provider through Healow Televisits.
(855) 593-0252 View (855) 593-0252
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(661) 438-0261 View (661) 438-0261
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93303  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(503) 217-2913 View (503) 217-2913
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Richard Altesman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
Richard Altesman, M.D. is a nationally renowned Biological Psychiatrist, specializing in clinical psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry, affective and mood disorders, anxiety, dual diagnosis and substance use disorders. He combines a caring, humanistic approach within this advanced knowledge of psychopharmacology. He was at the forefront of this field (Founding Director of the Psychopharmacology Service at Harvard, and on the faculty at Cornell,) and use the most advanced concepts to correctly diagnose and treat patient’s emotional difficulties.
Richard Altesman, M.D. is a nationally renowned Biological Psychiatrist, specializing in clinical psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry, affective and mood disorders, anxiety, dual diagnosis and substance use disorders. He combines a caring, humanistic approach within this advanced knowledge of psychopharmacology. He was at the forefront of this field (Founding Director of the Psychopharmacology Service at Harvard, and on the faculty at Cornell,) and use the most advanced concepts to correctly diagnose and treat patient’s emotional difficulties.
(805) 819-5790 View (805) 819-5790
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Craig Fisher
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I am accepting new clients and can schedule you within a few days of you reaching out. I employ collaborative decision-making with you to reach your mental health goals. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. My specialty is in the treatment, diagnosis, and medication management of mental health disorders. I am committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome and will work collaboratively with your therapist and other providers for you to receive the best treatment and benefits of medication management.
I am accepting new clients and can schedule you within a few days of you reaching out. I employ collaborative decision-making with you to reach your mental health goals. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. My specialty is in the treatment, diagnosis, and medication management of mental health disorders. I am committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome and will work collaboratively with your therapist and other providers for you to receive the best treatment and benefits of medication management.
(805) 622-2916 View (805) 622-2916
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Sherif El-Asyouty
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Dr. El-Asyouty believes it’s important to not confuse the person with their illness. Alcoholism, substance abuse and chemical dependency are all diseases that affect the nervous system resulting in a loss of control over the use of substances. Dr. El-Asyouty is aware of the need to be very careful about using addictive medications in patients who are in recovery from addiction. Additionally, it is also important to recognize that people who are in recovery from depression and anxiety usually also require a change in the way that the individual processes feeling information, which Dr. El-Asyouty provides in a training program.
Dr. El-Asyouty believes it’s important to not confuse the person with their illness. Alcoholism, substance abuse and chemical dependency are all diseases that affect the nervous system resulting in a loss of control over the use of substances. Dr. El-Asyouty is aware of the need to be very careful about using addictive medications in patients who are in recovery from addiction. Additionally, it is also important to recognize that people who are in recovery from depression and anxiety usually also require a change in the way that the individual processes feeling information, which Dr. El-Asyouty provides in a training program.
(805) 870-8046 View (805) 870-8046
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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(805) 919-8935 View (805) 919-8935
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Aditi Giri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fresno, CA 93720  (Online Only)
Dr. Aditi Giri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, and refugee mental health. Dr. Giri is also certified in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Dr. Aditi Giri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, and refugee mental health. Dr. Giri is also certified in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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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

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Psychiatrists in Wasco, CA who prioritize treating:

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Average years in practice

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wasco?

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.