Psychiatrists in 19104

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Angel Marie Augustin
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
(484) 977-3269 View (484) 977-3269
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Becky Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
I am a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. I offer comprehensive mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication treatment, based on your individual needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. I offer comprehensive mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication treatment, based on your individual needs.
(267) 490-3876 x7048 View (267) 490-3876 x7048
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Michael Ireland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Michael is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his master's degree from Walden University, and his bachelor's degree at Drexel University with additional credits in digital art and design. Michael offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management as well as basic psychotherapy services. His services are built around a patient-centered care model combined with evidence-based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. He has special interests in the treatment of Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, as well as Substance Use Disorders.
Michael is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his master's degree from Walden University, and his bachelor's degree at Drexel University with additional credits in digital art and design. Michael offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management as well as basic psychotherapy services. His services are built around a patient-centered care model combined with evidence-based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. He has special interests in the treatment of Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, as well as Substance Use Disorders.
(267) 376-8695 View (267) 376-8695
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Joshua Green
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104
I am interested in the thoughtful integration of medication, psychotherapy, and mind-body practices in achieving emotional well-being. My approach is practical and ranges from concrete problem solving to deep emotional healing work. In other words, I can often be "one-stop shopping" for mental health issues. I can work with a wide range of issues such as attentional problems, mood disorders, relationship issues, and issues of "finding one's way in a stressful, confusing world." I work with adult individuals and couples. In all cases, I consider warmth and humor an important part of treatment.
I am interested in the thoughtful integration of medication, psychotherapy, and mind-body practices in achieving emotional well-being. My approach is practical and ranges from concrete problem solving to deep emotional healing work. In other words, I can often be "one-stop shopping" for mental health issues. I can work with a wide range of issues such as attentional problems, mood disorders, relationship issues, and issues of "finding one's way in a stressful, confusing world." I work with adult individuals and couples. In all cases, I consider warmth and humor an important part of treatment.
(215) 977-4867 View (215) 977-4867
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Lori Goldstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
People often decide to see a psychiatrist because they are experiencing psychological or interpersonal pain. Because of this pain, they are unable to feel a sense of well-being or feel connected to themselves or others. Often, emotional pain results from unknown or unrecognized beliefs, conflicts, and patterns. When people are unaware of their feelings, thoughts, and actions, they may stay stuck in maladaptive ways of thinking and relating. Psychotherapy aims to help people develop a deeper awareness of themselves in order to relieve symptoms, enhance well-being, and develop a healthier relationship with the self and others.
People often decide to see a psychiatrist because they are experiencing psychological or interpersonal pain. Because of this pain, they are unable to feel a sense of well-being or feel connected to themselves or others. Often, emotional pain results from unknown or unrecognized beliefs, conflicts, and patterns. When people are unaware of their feelings, thoughts, and actions, they may stay stuck in maladaptive ways of thinking and relating. Psychotherapy aims to help people develop a deeper awareness of themselves in order to relieve symptoms, enhance well-being, and develop a healthier relationship with the self and others.
(267) 871-9970 View (267) 871-9970
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Sarah J Braun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
As a psychotherapist, I help people recover and grow, guided by each individual's psyche. I draw on the broad and deep resources of depth psychologies, the body-based, scientific wisdom of medicine and psychiatry, and the many artforms that humans instinctively have created for millennia. My practice includes adults, couples, children, adolescents and college students-people who come because they suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, relationship problems, medical illness, parenting challenges, crises in mid-life, and creative and professional blocks. Many come with curiosity about new directions that their lives could take.
As a psychotherapist, I help people recover and grow, guided by each individual's psyche. I draw on the broad and deep resources of depth psychologies, the body-based, scientific wisdom of medicine and psychiatry, and the many artforms that humans instinctively have created for millennia. My practice includes adults, couples, children, adolescents and college students-people who come because they suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, relationship problems, medical illness, parenting challenges, crises in mid-life, and creative and professional blocks. Many come with curiosity about new directions that their lives could take.
(610) 850-9777 View (610) 850-9777
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Shraddha Jani, MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Not accepting new clients
I understand that having a good rapport with your psychiatrist is as important as the treatment itself. My aim is to help individuals explore their feelings to overcome the obstacles that lie in the way of gaining acceptance of themselves and reaching their goals. You may feel reluctant asking others for help, especially when it involves discussing personal issues with someone you barely know. I provide a brief telephone consultation at no charge to help new patients find out if we are a right fit.
I understand that having a good rapport with your psychiatrist is as important as the treatment itself. My aim is to help individuals explore their feelings to overcome the obstacles that lie in the way of gaining acceptance of themselves and reaching their goals. You may feel reluctant asking others for help, especially when it involves discussing personal issues with someone you barely know. I provide a brief telephone consultation at no charge to help new patients find out if we are a right fit.
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Leon Cushenberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Leon Cushenberry, MD Leon Cushenberry is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. He completed medical school at the University of California, Davis and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Afterwards, he completed additional training at the University of Pennsylvania as a Public Psychiatry Fellow which allowed him to understand the impact of an individual's community and social factors on their lived experiences.
Leon Cushenberry, MD Leon Cushenberry is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. He completed medical school at the University of California, Davis and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Afterwards, he completed additional training at the University of Pennsylvania as a Public Psychiatry Fellow which allowed him to understand the impact of an individual's community and social factors on their lived experiences.
(484) 559-6607 View (484) 559-6607
Randy Inkles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Inkles is a psychiatrist who has a background in pediatric medicine and who completed his pediatric residency at Nassau County Medical Center, New York. He then completed adult, child and adolescent psychiatry residencies at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of the Drexel University College of Medicine and Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Inkles' approach to his work involves a psychodynamic model, employing a number of various psychodynamic approaches, which in turn, would help him best understand his patients, and help them.
Dr. Inkles is a psychiatrist who has a background in pediatric medicine and who completed his pediatric residency at Nassau County Medical Center, New York. He then completed adult, child and adolescent psychiatry residencies at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of the Drexel University College of Medicine and Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Inkles' approach to his work involves a psychodynamic model, employing a number of various psychodynamic approaches, which in turn, would help him best understand his patients, and help them.
(484) 559-6694 View (484) 559-6694
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Francesca Engel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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Erica Borman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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Erin Bahmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Erin Bahmer, PMHNP People heal in relationships. The foundation of Erin's practice starts with this fundamental belief. Through the therapeutic relationship you and Erin will work towards the goals you have. For many people this includes attaining wellness, creating a quality of life, managing troubling symptoms, and building healthy relationships. The specialized care Erin provides as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner includes medication management, though not always.
Erin Bahmer, PMHNP People heal in relationships. The foundation of Erin's practice starts with this fundamental belief. Through the therapeutic relationship you and Erin will work towards the goals you have. For many people this includes attaining wellness, creating a quality of life, managing troubling symptoms, and building healthy relationships. The specialized care Erin provides as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner includes medication management, though not always.
(484) 613-3113 View (484) 613-3113
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Nicole Carissimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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Seetha Chandrasekhara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Seetha Chandrasekhara is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. She completed her undergraduate studies in Behavioral Neuroscience at Lehigh University. After college, she attended medical school at Temple. and stayed on at Temple to complete her residency in general psychiatry and serve as Chief Resident her last year. While in residency, she completed a master's in Urban Bioethics, and she went on to complete her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chandrasekhara is board certified in General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.
Dr. Seetha Chandrasekhara is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. She completed her undergraduate studies in Behavioral Neuroscience at Lehigh University. After college, she attended medical school at Temple. and stayed on at Temple to complete her residency in general psychiatry and serve as Chief Resident her last year. While in residency, she completed a master's in Urban Bioethics, and she went on to complete her geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chandrasekhara is board certified in General Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.
(484) 573-7082 View (484) 573-7082
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Latoya Mohammed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Latoya Mohammed is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Latoya is a graduate of Regis College and completed her NP clinical work in the Reading, PA area. She has worked in various psychiatric facilities in and around the Philadelphia area. She has experience with inpatient, outpatient, partial programs, and Mobile Crisis. Her 5 year nursing background includes working with various mental health disorders. Latoya enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and wants to serve as a resource for those going through their personal mental health journey.
Latoya Mohammed is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Latoya is a graduate of Regis College and completed her NP clinical work in the Reading, PA area. She has worked in various psychiatric facilities in and around the Philadelphia area. She has experience with inpatient, outpatient, partial programs, and Mobile Crisis. Her 5 year nursing background includes working with various mental health disorders. Latoya enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and wants to serve as a resource for those going through their personal mental health journey.
(484) 255-8972 View (484) 255-8972
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Christine Wolfe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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Tuua Ruutiainen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104
People seek treatment for many different reasons including stress related to their career or relationships, difficulty coping with trauma and anxiety, or a desire to better understand themselves. As a psychiatrist and insight oriented psychotherapist, I offer a variety of different treatments including individual therapy and when indicated medications. My approach is empathic and collaborative. I work to gain a nuanced understanding of who you are and your reasons for seeking treatment. My goal is to help you better understand yourself, find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety, and achieve a greater sense of life satisfaction.
People seek treatment for many different reasons including stress related to their career or relationships, difficulty coping with trauma and anxiety, or a desire to better understand themselves. As a psychiatrist and insight oriented psychotherapist, I offer a variety of different treatments including individual therapy and when indicated medications. My approach is empathic and collaborative. I work to gain a nuanced understanding of who you are and your reasons for seeking treatment. My goal is to help you better understand yourself, find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety, and achieve a greater sense of life satisfaction.
(215) 278-4463 View (215) 278-4463
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Voyage Healing PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Voyage Healing is a unique Ketamine and Psychedelic -Assisted Therapy clinic in East Falls. Founded by Dr. Gail Serruya, a psychiatrist with over 18 years experience, our team offers Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar depression, and PTSD. While many Ketamine clinics are set-up in a sterile way, with little preparation for the actual Ketamine experience, we offer a warm and therapeutic milieu. We offer IV ketamine infusions, intramuscular injections, oral ketamine, and Spravato (intranasal ketamine). We also offer therapy and medication management.
Voyage Healing is a unique Ketamine and Psychedelic -Assisted Therapy clinic in East Falls. Founded by Dr. Gail Serruya, a psychiatrist with over 18 years experience, our team offers Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar depression, and PTSD. While many Ketamine clinics are set-up in a sterile way, with little preparation for the actual Ketamine experience, we offer a warm and therapeutic milieu. We offer IV ketamine infusions, intramuscular injections, oral ketamine, and Spravato (intranasal ketamine). We also offer therapy and medication management.
(215) 478-6936 View (215) 478-6936
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Renewing Mindsets
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Psychiatric Services in Philadelphia & the Main Line, Sharon B. is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong focus on managing anxiety, ADHD, and depressive disorders. With over a decade of experience in the healthcare field, Sharon has developed a deep understanding of the complex nature of mental health and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. In her practice, Sharon uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. She combines evidence-based pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy techniques to address the underlying causes of mental health concerns.
Psychiatric Services in Philadelphia & the Main Line, Sharon B. is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong focus on managing anxiety, ADHD, and depressive disorders. With over a decade of experience in the healthcare field, Sharon has developed a deep understanding of the complex nature of mental health and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. In her practice, Sharon uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. She combines evidence-based pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy techniques to address the underlying causes of mental health concerns.
(484) 573-7750 View (484) 573-7750
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Jake Rosenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19104  (Online Only)
Dr. Jake works with patients of all backgrounds to collaboratively target mental health concerns. Areas of focus include ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar, addiction, and psychosis.
Dr. Jake works with patients of all backgrounds to collaboratively target mental health concerns. Areas of focus include ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar, addiction, and psychosis.
(856) 712-1798 View (856) 712-1798

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19104

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 19104 who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
70% Medication Management
65% Trauma and PTSD
60% Bipolar Disorder
55% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Other
77% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 19104 see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19104?

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.