Psychiatrists in 19103

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Kristen Harker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I have worked in healthcare for 17 years - first in international humanitarian aid, then as a nurse, public health practitioner, certified nurse-midwife and now mental health provider. I love working with clients who are curious about integrative mental health and want to address symptoms through nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle, psychotherapy and when indicated, prescription medication management.
I have worked in healthcare for 17 years - first in international humanitarian aid, then as a nurse, public health practitioner, certified nurse-midwife and now mental health provider. I love working with clients who are curious about integrative mental health and want to address symptoms through nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle, psychotherapy and when indicated, prescription medication management.
(484) 558-1791 View (484) 558-1791
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Melissa Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Next available Apr 9th - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. My mission is to provide you with a supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. My primary areas of expertise are in treating burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
Next available Apr 9th - click on 'My website' to book directly ... Hi, I’m Melissa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. My mission is to provide you with a supportive space where you can feel understood and empowered on your journey to wellness. My primary areas of expertise are in treating burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Beyond medication management, I emphasize holistic wellness, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. Together, we'll identify your treatment goals and explore effective options to help you achieve them.
(484) 759-8611 View (484) 759-8611
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SinclairMethod
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
We provide the Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders exclusively through secure online video appointments. It is a scientific approach to problem drinking that uses the FDA-approved drug Naltrexone to gradually reduce your alcohol use. We will help you regain control over alcohol, which you can use to maintain abstinence or drink in moderation.
We provide the Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders exclusively through secure online video appointments. It is a scientific approach to problem drinking that uses the FDA-approved drug Naltrexone to gradually reduce your alcohol use. We will help you regain control over alcohol, which you can use to maintain abstinence or drink in moderation.
(215) 437-0414 View (215) 437-0414
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Ijeoma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPN
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live fruitful and healthy life.
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live fruitful and healthy life.
(267) 490-4029 View (267) 490-4029
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Soroosh Hashemi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and hold additional credentials in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Yoga, and Meditation. My background gives me a unique advantage at balancing the treatment of physical as well as psychiatric conditions. Sessions with me are longer than with the average Psychiatrist or Family Physician and I believe a strong partnership between doctor and patient is the key to success. I have become an expert at medication management as well as various types of talk therapy. If you're feeling lost, you've come to the right place.
I am Board Certified in Family Medicine and hold additional credentials in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Yoga, and Meditation. My background gives me a unique advantage at balancing the treatment of physical as well as psychiatric conditions. Sessions with me are longer than with the average Psychiatrist or Family Physician and I believe a strong partnership between doctor and patient is the key to success. I have become an expert at medication management as well as various types of talk therapy. If you're feeling lost, you've come to the right place.
(267) 627-6162 View (267) 627-6162
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(267) 662-2545 View (267) 662-2545
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David L. Fink
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
How do we sort out problems of living? How do we formulate who we are and who we want to become? How do we develop loving satisfying relationships? How much are these questions of the mind and to what extent are they about the biology of our brains? As a psychiatrist, these are the questions that have shaped my clinical practice for over 25 years.
How do we sort out problems of living? How do we formulate who we are and who we want to become? How do we develop loving satisfying relationships? How much are these questions of the mind and to what extent are they about the biology of our brains? As a psychiatrist, these are the questions that have shaped my clinical practice for over 25 years.
(215) 596-4086 View (215) 596-4086
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(267) 376-8772 View (267) 376-8772
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Christine Wolfe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dr. Wolfe is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She completed both medical school and residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In addition to her clinical role, she serves as Regional Medical Director for Lifestance Health in Pennsylvania. Having experience in multiple psychiatric settings, Dr. Wolfe appreciates the wide range of how psychiatric illness can present and the importance of individualized treatment plans.
Dr. Wolfe is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She completed both medical school and residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In addition to her clinical role, she serves as Regional Medical Director for Lifestance Health in Pennsylvania. Having experience in multiple psychiatric settings, Dr. Wolfe appreciates the wide range of how psychiatric illness can present and the importance of individualized treatment plans.
(484) 559-6991 View (484) 559-6991
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Francesca Engel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
People seek treatment for many reasons. Sometimes the source of pain is clear, as in a traumatic event or a painful loss. Just as often, there may be symptoms that are harder to pinpoint and understand. It could be that you are struggling with emotional pain due to a difficult relationship or aren't sure how to move forward in life. Psychotherapy can be brief and support you in a difficult time; or it can help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want out of life. My approach is psychodynamic: I believe that our past relationships and attachments impact how we live life in the present.
People seek treatment for many reasons. Sometimes the source of pain is clear, as in a traumatic event or a painful loss. Just as often, there may be symptoms that are harder to pinpoint and understand. It could be that you are struggling with emotional pain due to a difficult relationship or aren't sure how to move forward in life. Psychotherapy can be brief and support you in a difficult time; or it can help you develop a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want out of life. My approach is psychodynamic: I believe that our past relationships and attachments impact how we live life in the present.
(267) 214-9895 View (267) 214-9895
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Holly Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
Accepts clients of all ages. Must be located in FL & PA. Dr. Brady takes a holistic approach to caring for her clients with the goal of improving each individual's overall wellbeing. Mental illness impacts many facets of one's life including relationships, work, school, sleep, appetite/nutrition, and physical health. Dr. Brady will do a comprehensive assessment to understand your quality of life and help you to regain and restore wellness. Her niche is treating OCD and anxiety & common comorbidities. She is also highly experienced in treating depression, mood disorders, and eating disorders. Website: bradypsychiatryandwellness.org
Accepts clients of all ages. Must be located in FL & PA. Dr. Brady takes a holistic approach to caring for her clients with the goal of improving each individual's overall wellbeing. Mental illness impacts many facets of one's life including relationships, work, school, sleep, appetite/nutrition, and physical health. Dr. Brady will do a comprehensive assessment to understand your quality of life and help you to regain and restore wellness. Her niche is treating OCD and anxiety & common comorbidities. She is also highly experienced in treating depression, mood disorders, and eating disorders. Website: bradypsychiatryandwellness.org
(484) 939-9914 View (484) 939-9914
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Philadelphia Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
(484) 471-6024 View (484) 471-6024
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(267) 507-9526 View (267) 507-9526
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Lori A. Albright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
(215) 789-4460 View (215) 789-4460
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Nicole Carissimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Nicole Carissimi, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and completed her clinical work at Presbyterian Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. As a registered nurse, Nicole has worked in the areas of neurosurgery, intensive care, and hospice. Nicole first came to Philadelphia in 2006 to attend nursing school at Drexel University, and fell in love with the city and never left. She enjoys working with adults, with a special interest in substance abuse.
Nicole Carissimi, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and completed her clinical work at Presbyterian Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. As a registered nurse, Nicole has worked in the areas of neurosurgery, intensive care, and hospice. Nicole first came to Philadelphia in 2006 to attend nursing school at Drexel University, and fell in love with the city and never left. She enjoys working with adults, with a special interest in substance abuse.
(484) 730-2165 View (484) 730-2165
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Erica Borman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dr. Borman is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Erica graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and Society. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, she then trained for two years in Obstetrics and Gynecology before completing a psychiatry residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She has experience in a wide array of mental health issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD.
Dr. Borman is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Erica graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and Society. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, she then trained for two years in Obstetrics and Gynecology before completing a psychiatry residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She has experience in a wide array of mental health issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD.
(484) 939-9154 View (484) 939-9154
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(267) 641-2202 View (267) 641-2202
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Marja Elina Mattila-Evenden
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hi! My name is Marja M.Evenden, and I am a psychiatrist in Philadelphia area. In addition to my hospital work, I am also treating private patients. I would like to offer my extensive professional training to help you to feel better and to improve your quality of life, and to help you to thrive. My special interests include: diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, biological psychiatry/biomarkers, dual diagnoses, and low dose benzodiazepine dependence. By training I am well rounded to master the whole spectrum of psychiatric treatment types. My main research work has been on benzodiazepines and safe clinical use.
Hi! My name is Marja M.Evenden, and I am a psychiatrist in Philadelphia area. In addition to my hospital work, I am also treating private patients. I would like to offer my extensive professional training to help you to feel better and to improve your quality of life, and to help you to thrive. My special interests include: diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, biological psychiatry/biomarkers, dual diagnoses, and low dose benzodiazepine dependence. By training I am well rounded to master the whole spectrum of psychiatric treatment types. My main research work has been on benzodiazepines and safe clinical use.
(484) 626-5382 View (484) 626-5382
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ADONAI
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
You may have seen other providers or therapist who recommended a psychiatric visit. My goal is to establish a client-provider relationship and provide you with the utmost, personalized mental health assessment and care. We will collaborate together and make sure you meet the need and goal of seeking mental health treatment.
You may have seen other providers or therapist who recommended a psychiatric visit. My goal is to establish a client-provider relationship and provide you with the utmost, personalized mental health assessment and care. We will collaborate together and make sure you meet the need and goal of seeking mental health treatment.
(484) 559-9387 View (484) 559-9387

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19103

80+

Average cost per session

$222

Psychiatrists in 19103 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
94% Depression
70% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 19103 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
39% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19103?

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.