Psychiatrists in Woodside, CA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Woodside, CA 94062  (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.
(650) 789-7277 View (650) 789-7277
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Jennifer Dore
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodside, CA 94062
Not accepting new clients
People are complex. A person is not a disorder, a disease, or a diagnosis. Throughout our lives we find ourselves in circumstances that bring our attention to the fact that we could know ourselves better and if we did, we could be happier and more balanced in our lives. My treatment philosophy centers on the belief that therapy can be valuable for everyone, particularly at times of intense change, loss, or personal trauma. With expertise in both psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy, I maintain a patient centered, integrative approach to treating the whole person.
People are complex. A person is not a disorder, a disease, or a diagnosis. Throughout our lives we find ourselves in circumstances that bring our attention to the fact that we could know ourselves better and if we did, we could be happier and more balanced in our lives. My treatment philosophy centers on the belief that therapy can be valuable for everyone, particularly at times of intense change, loss, or personal trauma. With expertise in both psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy, I maintain a patient centered, integrative approach to treating the whole person.
(650) 830-3034 View (650) 830-3034
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Leah Malhotra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodside, CA 94062
Waitlist for new clients
My mission is to provide state-of-the-art psychiatric care that combines a collaborative, warm approach with the most effective practices in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. My focus is on helping relieve anxiety, mood disturbances, obsessions, insomnia and other distressing symptoms. Common therapy goals are to help with a difficult life transition, improve relationships, break maladaptive patterns or deepen personal understanding. Many of my clients are young adults adapting to life in/after college, raising a family, or juggling challenging careers. Compassionate, empowering care truly can help.
My mission is to provide state-of-the-art psychiatric care that combines a collaborative, warm approach with the most effective practices in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. My focus is on helping relieve anxiety, mood disturbances, obsessions, insomnia and other distressing symptoms. Common therapy goals are to help with a difficult life transition, improve relationships, break maladaptive patterns or deepen personal understanding. Many of my clients are young adults adapting to life in/after college, raising a family, or juggling challenging careers. Compassionate, empowering care truly can help.
(650) 618-2803 View (650) 618-2803

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Cornerstone Child and Adult Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Here for children and adults. Specializing in anxiety, depression. Also treating ADHD and trauma responses. I am passionate about listening to YOUR story and providing specific personalized psychiatric treatments with both natural and evidence based pharmacologic options. I integrate the most up to date psychiatry treatments with natural supplementation along with feasible life style changes that help patients live more peacefully with less symptoms. Through added therapy I am here to help make a way to some normalcy and more peaceful functionings of daily living. Contact directly to verify insurances.
Here for children and adults. Specializing in anxiety, depression. Also treating ADHD and trauma responses. I am passionate about listening to YOUR story and providing specific personalized psychiatric treatments with both natural and evidence based pharmacologic options. I integrate the most up to date psychiatry treatments with natural supplementation along with feasible life style changes that help patients live more peacefully with less symptoms. Through added therapy I am here to help make a way to some normalcy and more peaceful functionings of daily living. Contact directly to verify insurances.
(530) 802-8007 View (530) 802-8007
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Menlo Park, CA 94027
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
(650) 275-5756 View (650) 275-5756
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Ellen M Walker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
My goal is to help you make transformative life changes and build emotional resilience through a collaborative process. We will work using talk therapy to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, personality, and relationships to better sort out your reasons for seeking help. We will consider whether there is a biological aspect to your difficulties and if you may benefit from medications to enhance your therapy. Finally, we will identify your goals, strengths, temperament, interests, personality traits, and life experiences to tailor an individual treatment for you.
My goal is to help you make transformative life changes and build emotional resilience through a collaborative process. We will work using talk therapy to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, personality, and relationships to better sort out your reasons for seeking help. We will consider whether there is a biological aspect to your difficulties and if you may benefit from medications to enhance your therapy. Finally, we will identify your goals, strengths, temperament, interests, personality traits, and life experiences to tailor an individual treatment for you.
(510) 457-0922 View (510) 457-0922
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94061  (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.
(650) 640-3011 View (650) 640-3011
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Paul R Linde
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years in emergency psychiatric care. I have international clinical and teaching experience, a published author and researcher, and have been a professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for several decades. I am currently a clinical supervisor for Ria’s medical and coaching teams specializing in Alcohol Counseling Online.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years in emergency psychiatric care. I have international clinical and teaching experience, a published author and researcher, and have been a professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for several decades. I am currently a clinical supervisor for Ria’s medical and coaching teams specializing in Alcohol Counseling Online.
(415) 891-6278 View (415) 891-6278
Heidemarie Ernst
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94063
Welcome to my profile in Psychology Today. I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who has provided mental health care to a variety of populations over the last 18 years. In my private practice, I see adults over 18 years old, and I have expertise with diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. When I first meet new patients, they are frequently unsure what kind of treatment they might benefit from. By providing a warm and collaborative environment, I help the patients understand their needs and identify treatment options, such a medications, therapy, or a combination of both. I strongly believe that ‘no patient is a diagnosis’ – instead, we are all a complex combination of genetic predisposition, upbringing, and other influences that make us the people we are.
Welcome to my profile in Psychology Today. I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who has provided mental health care to a variety of populations over the last 18 years. In my private practice, I see adults over 18 years old, and I have expertise with diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. When I first meet new patients, they are frequently unsure what kind of treatment they might benefit from. By providing a warm and collaborative environment, I help the patients understand their needs and identify treatment options, such a medications, therapy, or a combination of both. I strongly believe that ‘no patient is a diagnosis’ – instead, we are all a complex combination of genetic predisposition, upbringing, and other influences that make us the people we are.
(650) 282-3962 View (650) 282-3962
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The Happiness Psychiatrist | Sheenie Ambardar MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
(310) 598-7580 View (310) 598-7580
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Janet Baek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94063
For appointment requests, please complete an online form on my website www.janetbaekmd.com. I am a Stanford-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and therapist. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatments, including medication management and pyschotherapy.
For appointment requests, please complete an online form on my website www.janetbaekmd.com. I am a Stanford-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and therapist. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatments, including medication management and pyschotherapy.
(650) 407-2078 View (650) 407-2078
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Dr. Patricia Pop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94062
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I'm excited to get to know you. You may have been in therapy long enough to know a thing or two about yourself. And you're ready for the next step or a new direction. Let's help you dig deep - gently, compassionately, and with genuine warmth. You'll be able to embody those insights and enact that knowledge in to your daily life. Whether you're taking stock of the way life has gone or are trying to make sense of your past or recent psychedelic experiences - I'm happy to help.
Welcome! I'm excited to get to know you. You may have been in therapy long enough to know a thing or two about yourself. And you're ready for the next step or a new direction. Let's help you dig deep - gently, compassionately, and with genuine warmth. You'll be able to embody those insights and enact that knowledge in to your daily life. Whether you're taking stock of the way life has gone or are trying to make sense of your past or recent psychedelic experiences - I'm happy to help.
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Greg Stavaridis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
I have a passion for working with motivated individuals and routinely incorporate both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to health in my treatment plans. I care for patients ages 16 to 65 years old.
I have a passion for working with motivated individuals and routinely incorporate both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to health in my treatment plans. I care for patients ages 16 to 65 years old.
(650) 718-8067 View (650) 718-8067
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Joshua Burgett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Do you experience challenges with anxiety, sleep, attention/distractibility (ADHD)? Do you want to go beyond feeling better, to getting better? I work with motivated individuals to achieve lasting, sustainable change utilizing a fusion of psychotherapy, lifestyle change, technology, and neuropharmacology. As each patient is unique with their own personal experience, background and goals, I develop individualized treatment plans using curated, evidence-based interventions to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Do you experience challenges with anxiety, sleep, attention/distractibility (ADHD)? Do you want to go beyond feeling better, to getting better? I work with motivated individuals to achieve lasting, sustainable change utilizing a fusion of psychotherapy, lifestyle change, technology, and neuropharmacology. As each patient is unique with their own personal experience, background and goals, I develop individualized treatment plans using curated, evidence-based interventions to achieve the best possible outcomes.
(650) 610-7806 View (650) 610-7806
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redwood City, CA 94059
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(415) 301-4583 View (415) 301-4583
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M Rameen Ghorieshi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
I care for patients from the paradigm that mental and physical health are so strongly intertwined that one may not fully achieve either without striving for both. I treat both a vast range of psychiatric conditions and help those who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships. My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, whole body health, coping with medical illness, and addiction medicine. I will formulate a customized treatment plan, which may include psychotherapy, medications, and behavioral techniques, to best care for your condition and meet your needs.
I care for patients from the paradigm that mental and physical health are so strongly intertwined that one may not fully achieve either without striving for both. I treat both a vast range of psychiatric conditions and help those who wish to better understand themselves and their relationships. My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, whole body health, coping with medical illness, and addiction medicine. I will formulate a customized treatment plan, which may include psychotherapy, medications, and behavioral techniques, to best care for your condition and meet your needs.
(650) 204-3479 View (650) 204-3479
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Kristofer Joondeph-Breidbart
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
Clients come to work with me for many different reasons. In general, they are people who are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. They may be dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, and are looking for a safe and supportive space to explore their emotions and thoughts. They have a desire to better understand themselves, to develop greater self-awareness, and to create lasting change in their lives. They are motivated to work collaboratively with a therapist to achieve their mental health goals, and are excited to begin their journey towards growth and healing.
Clients come to work with me for many different reasons. In general, they are people who are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. They may be dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, and are looking for a safe and supportive space to explore their emotions and thoughts. They have a desire to better understand themselves, to develop greater self-awareness, and to create lasting change in their lives. They are motivated to work collaboratively with a therapist to achieve their mental health goals, and are excited to begin their journey towards growth and healing.
(617) 380-6203 View (617) 380-6203
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Dr. Clarissa Doi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94061  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified, Stanford-trained physician with over 14 years of experience specializing in anxiety and depression care for adults.
I am a double board-certified, Stanford-trained physician with over 14 years of experience specializing in anxiety and depression care for adults.
(949) 881-5764 View (949) 881-5764
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Dr. Casey Lester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redwood City, CA 94061
Hello! I'm a Stanford and University of California trained child & adolescent & adult psychiatrist in a small, concierge-style practice. I work with a therapy dog who helps my patients to feel safe and comfortable. I have special interests in trauma-related disorders, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental, warm, patient-centered, and therapy-oriented. When prescribing medication I practice based on the latest scientific evidence, so that my patients have the highest chance of meeting their mental health goals without unnecessary side effects. I connect especially well with teens and young adults.
Hello! I'm a Stanford and University of California trained child & adolescent & adult psychiatrist in a small, concierge-style practice. I work with a therapy dog who helps my patients to feel safe and comfortable. I have special interests in trauma-related disorders, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental, warm, patient-centered, and therapy-oriented. When prescribing medication I practice based on the latest scientific evidence, so that my patients have the highest chance of meeting their mental health goals without unnecessary side effects. I connect especially well with teens and young adults.
(650) 899-7156 View (650) 899-7156
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redwood City, CA 94063  (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.
(650) 881-4012 View (650) 881-4012

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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodside, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Woodside, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
67% Grief

Average years in practice

17 Years

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

How Psychiatrists in Woodside, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodside?

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.