Psychiatrists in Yuba County, CA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Marysville, CA 95901  (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.
(530) 424-2488 View (530) 424-2488
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Still Tranquility, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Marysville, CA 95901  (Online Only)
CASH pay only. Ms. Tucker is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her experience includes providing care to clients of different populations (adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and veterans), with the goals of restoring, improving, and stabilizing patients’ mental health. Ms. Tucker's practice philosophy comes from her nursing background that emphasizes providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. She is currently licensed in MD and CA.
CASH pay only. Ms. Tucker is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her experience includes providing care to clients of different populations (adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and veterans), with the goals of restoring, improving, and stabilizing patients’ mental health. Ms. Tucker's practice philosophy comes from her nursing background that emphasizes providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. She is currently licensed in MD and CA.
(240) 816-4358 View (240) 816-4358
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Marysville, CA 95901
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(425) 658-5285 View (425) 658-5285
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rackerby, CA 95972
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(605) 349-2274 View (605) 349-2274

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Brittany Lute, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95823  (Online Only)
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(916) 970-3479 View (916) 970-3479
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Francis Okodogbe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95757  (Online Only)
Francis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He completed his training at Walden University and earned a Master of Science in nursing with specialization in psychiatry. Francis has over 26 years of experience working with mental health patients at various level of their mental illness and wellness Journey.
Francis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He completed his training at Walden University and earned a Master of Science in nursing with specialization in psychiatry. Francis has over 26 years of experience working with mental health patients at various level of their mental illness and wellness Journey.
(916) 352-6021 View (916) 352-6021
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Toni Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Stockton, CA 95203  (Online Only)
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
I'm Toni, an accomplished healthcare professional, holding a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. Licensed in 39 states, I have certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from AANP and ANCC. My educational journey encompasses a Master's in Nursing (FNP) and a Bachelor's in Nursing. Additionally, I have diverse training, including ADN, LPN, and MA, providing me with a comprehensive foundation in healthcare. I serve as the VP of Nursing at Landmark Recovery. I lead strategic initiatives to ensure high-quality care and foster excellence in education and research.
(615) 258-7202 View (615) 258-7202
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP, a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP, a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(916) 665-0163 View (916) 665-0163
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM, ABFM
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(442) 276-3545 View (442) 276-3545
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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(651) 372-3391 View (651) 372-3391
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Trauma Recovery Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Welcome to my psychiatry practice focused on trauma recovery, where the journey towards healing begins with empathy and understanding. I specialize in providing tailored care for individuals navigating the enduring impacts of trauma on their well-being. Central to my approach is a profound comprehension of how trauma affects the mind, body, and soul. I acknowledge the diverse ways trauma can manifest, ranging from anxiety and depression to insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thus, I adopt a holistic treatment strategy that delves into both the symptoms and root causes of distress.
Welcome to my psychiatry practice focused on trauma recovery, where the journey towards healing begins with empathy and understanding. I specialize in providing tailored care for individuals navigating the enduring impacts of trauma on their well-being. Central to my approach is a profound comprehension of how trauma affects the mind, body, and soul. I acknowledge the diverse ways trauma can manifest, ranging from anxiety and depression to insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thus, I adopt a holistic treatment strategy that delves into both the symptoms and root causes of distress.
(279) 465-0442 View (279) 465-0442
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(559) 648-8101 View (559) 648-8101
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Jalia Kizito
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSW, FNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95757  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual master’s degrees in nursing and social work. With a holistic approach, I collaborate with clients to diagnose and treat Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Substance use disorders and Trauma/PTSD.
I am a doctorally-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual master’s degrees in nursing and social work. With a holistic approach, I collaborate with clients to diagnose and treat Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Substance use disorders and Trauma/PTSD.
(916) 520-1409 View (916) 520-1409
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Mia Abigail Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95757  (Online Only)
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
(916) 237-1381 View (916) 237-1381
Photo of Dr. Mark Chofla - Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95602  (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.
(530) 460-6475 View (530) 460-6475
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Beautiful Minds Medical, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Auburn, CA 95602
Your mind is beautiful. We can help take care of it. We work closely with each person to understand the root cause of his/her condition and treat it in combination with proven lifestyle principles in the areas of nutrition, exercise, connection, and hope.
Your mind is beautiful. We can help take care of it. We work closely with each person to understand the root cause of his/her condition and treat it in combination with proven lifestyle principles in the areas of nutrition, exercise, connection, and hope.
(530) 537-0853 View (530) 537-0853
Photo of Amanda Horrocks, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Horrocks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Roseville, CA 95661
Amanda has over 22 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults using medication management. She has experience treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Asperger’s, and autism spectrum disorder.
Amanda has over 22 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults using medication management. She has experience treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Asperger’s, and autism spectrum disorder.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Rachel Martino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
Dr. Rachel Martino is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2019. She obtained her Medical Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in Sacramento, California. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2023. Dr. Martino specializes in women’s mental health and works with women or female-identifying patients ages 18-64.
Dr. Rachel Martino is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2019. She obtained her Medical Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in Sacramento, California. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2023. Dr. Martino specializes in women’s mental health and works with women or female-identifying patients ages 18-64.
(916) 884-5411 View (916) 884-5411
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Amita Upadhyay
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Roseville, CA 95678
Does your child struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, social skills or low self esteem? I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry. Since research has shown that the most effective treatment combination is psychotherapy and medication, I like to use evidence based treatments in my practice and tend to be conservative in my approach to medications. I use a patient centered approach to care. I understand that mental health treatment is unique to each patient and their family and I strive to help each patient with their individual need. I offer tools such as meditation and exercise as opposed to a medication only approach.
Does your child struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, social skills or low self esteem? I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry. Since research has shown that the most effective treatment combination is psychotherapy and medication, I like to use evidence based treatments in my practice and tend to be conservative in my approach to medications. I use a patient centered approach to care. I understand that mental health treatment is unique to each patient and their family and I strive to help each patient with their individual need. I offer tools such as meditation and exercise as opposed to a medication only approach.
(916) 378-6080 View (916) 378-6080
Photo of Dr. Mark Chofla - Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CA 94533  (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.
(657) 345-2989 View (657) 345-2989

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Number of Psychiatrists in Yuba County, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Yuba County, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Yuba County, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yuba 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.