Psychiatrists in Westlake Village, CA

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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
7 Endorsed
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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
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Kofi Omane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake Village, CA 91362
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), certified across the lifespan. I received my Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. I have several years of psychiatric experience as a mental health counselor, psychiatric registered staff nurse, and PMHNP-BC. These experiences include emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based psychiatric settings. I have a passion for working with individuals of all ages to improve mental health and overall quality of life.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), certified across the lifespan. I received my Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. I have several years of psychiatric experience as a mental health counselor, psychiatric registered staff nurse, and PMHNP-BC. These experiences include emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based psychiatric settings. I have a passion for working with individuals of all ages to improve mental health and overall quality of life.
(818) 975-3419 View (818) 975-3419
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Daniel Pimstone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
I see my role as a psychiatrist similar that of a consultant. While the client is the CEO of their body, I feel it takes teamwork and proper collaboration with their family, physician and other mental health providers to come to a well-rounded treatment plan that fits them personally. It is vital to collaborate with their PCP and associated mental health providers to help them heal as seamlessly as possible. Good communication is one of my hallmarks. I do not simply “push pills”, but rather seek a holistic and varied treatment approach that focuses on therapy, mindfulness, minimizing substances, nutrition, exercise and self-care.
I see my role as a psychiatrist similar that of a consultant. While the client is the CEO of their body, I feel it takes teamwork and proper collaboration with their family, physician and other mental health providers to come to a well-rounded treatment plan that fits them personally. It is vital to collaborate with their PCP and associated mental health providers to help them heal as seamlessly as possible. Good communication is one of my hallmarks. I do not simply “push pills”, but rather seek a holistic and varied treatment approach that focuses on therapy, mindfulness, minimizing substances, nutrition, exercise and self-care.
(805) 608-4018 View (805) 608-4018
Adam Burdick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Adam Burdick, M.D. is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, who is board certified in both Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. He has a private practice, which is a solely Tele-psychiatric practice servicing California. Appointments are available on select weekends and weekday evenings. Telehealth allows for both safety and convenience in the comfort of your home. Dr. Burdick trained at UCLA and Stanford. He treats a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, trauma and psychosis in individuals 18 years and older.
Adam Burdick, M.D. is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, who is board certified in both Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. He has a private practice, which is a solely Tele-psychiatric practice servicing California. Appointments are available on select weekends and weekday evenings. Telehealth allows for both safety and convenience in the comfort of your home. Dr. Burdick trained at UCLA and Stanford. He treats a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, trauma and psychosis in individuals 18 years and older.
(805) 491-9748 View (805) 491-9748
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Ed S Jesalva, MD, Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Ed S. Jesalva, M.D. has been in private practice in psychiatry since 1989, providing psycho diagnostic evaluations, psychopharmacotherapy, stabilization and acute management of adults and adolescents in an in-patient and out-patient setting. He takes a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual approach to treatment. As a diagnostician, he feels that it's important and significant to have accurate diagnoses of the patient to be able to have an effective treatment plan. Dr Jesalva maintains an active out-patient practice in treating adolescent, adult and geriatric patients who suffer from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, and substance abuse.
Ed S. Jesalva, M.D. has been in private practice in psychiatry since 1989, providing psycho diagnostic evaluations, psychopharmacotherapy, stabilization and acute management of adults and adolescents in an in-patient and out-patient setting. He takes a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual approach to treatment. As a diagnostician, he feels that it's important and significant to have accurate diagnoses of the patient to be able to have an effective treatment plan. Dr Jesalva maintains an active out-patient practice in treating adolescent, adult and geriatric patients who suffer from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, and substance abuse.
(805) 749-2549 View (805) 749-2549
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Ines Kaplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
(818) 798-9689 View (818) 798-9689
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Dr. Todd Hill - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Dr. Hill has been practicing Psychiatry for nearly 20 years. He now practices both Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Throughout his medical career, he owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
(424) 238-6522 View (424) 238-6522
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Ranita Hahm - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Ranita Hahm is a Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and her nurse practitioner master’s degree from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA). Her bachelor’s degree is from Mount St. Mary’s University. She practiced in primary care and occupational health for seven years before transitioning to mental health.
Ranita Hahm is a Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and her nurse practitioner master’s degree from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA). Her bachelor’s degree is from Mount St. Mary’s University. She practiced in primary care and occupational health for seven years before transitioning to mental health.
(818) 514-7160 View (818) 514-7160
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Albert Mcnames
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix and my Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University. I have experience working with the patients across the lifespan.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix and my Post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University. I have experience working with the patients across the lifespan.
(818) 794-1049 View (818) 794-1049
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (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) 396-0111 View (424) 396-0111
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (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.
(424) 347-6576 View (424) 347-6576
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (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) 396-0514 View (424) 396-0514
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Brian S. Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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
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Marcel Rauda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the ANCC. I graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, and bring a wealth of knowledge to into each session. Treating adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders is my specialty. I have experience providing comprehensive care in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
I am a dedicated board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the ANCC. I graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, and bring a wealth of knowledge to into each session. Treating adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders is my specialty. I have experience providing comprehensive care in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
(650) 379-0234 View (650) 379-0234
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(408) 351-8474 View (408) 351-8474
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(818) 873-3007 View (818) 873-3007
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Celia Woods
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
(805) 702-7099 View (805) 702-7099
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Alliance Psychiatric Group, A Medical Corporation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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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Jill Norman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91361
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult (general) psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, young adults and adult mental health. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation then make recommendations for specific conditions including different therapeutic approaches and if necessary medication. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and focus on development, behavior, educational and social functioning. I work closely with parents or guardians to better understand the child/adolescent and most importantly to help them thrive.
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult (general) psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, young adults and adult mental health. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation then make recommendations for specific conditions including different therapeutic approaches and if necessary medication. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and focus on development, behavior, educational and social functioning. I work closely with parents or guardians to better understand the child/adolescent and most importantly to help them thrive.
(805) 243-0772 View (805) 243-0772
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AJ Kiefer, PMHNP - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 429-8916 View (805) 429-8916

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westlake Village, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Westlake Village, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
95% Bipolar Disorder
95% Medication Management
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Westlake Village, CA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Male
16% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westlake Village?

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.