Psychiatrists in 20009

Photo of Louis Beckman, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Louis Beckman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Challenges are part of life. Often, we are up to the challenge. But when you're experiencing poor sleep, low energy, poor concentration, constant worrying, or feeling down much of the time, you won't be able to face the challenges in your life in a productive way. You may notice that you are feeling particularly anxious or depressed, or you might notice difficulties at work or in relationships. When these issues are not addressed, things can continue to get worse. A thorough evaluation and the right treatment can make all the difference.
Challenges are part of life. Often, we are up to the challenge. But when you're experiencing poor sleep, low energy, poor concentration, constant worrying, or feeling down much of the time, you won't be able to face the challenges in your life in a productive way. You may notice that you are feeling particularly anxious or depressed, or you might notice difficulties at work or in relationships. When these issues are not addressed, things can continue to get worse. A thorough evaluation and the right treatment can make all the difference.
(202) 831-3741 View (202) 831-3741
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Travis Jon Dichoso
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
***Offering Same Week Appointments** With a therapy-first model, I want you to feel in control and share in the decision-making process to start any medications. I order labs to rule out common "physiological" reasons for feeling the way you do. It's a longer approach, but our patients feel heard, respected, and most importantly- hopeful. I have extensive experience working with college-transition/young adult patients, LGBTQ+ persons, and minorities.
***Offering Same Week Appointments** With a therapy-first model, I want you to feel in control and share in the decision-making process to start any medications. I order labs to rule out common "physiological" reasons for feeling the way you do. It's a longer approach, but our patients feel heard, respected, and most importantly- hopeful. I have extensive experience working with college-transition/young adult patients, LGBTQ+ persons, and minorities.
(202) 951-7853 View (202) 951-7853
Photo of Daniel M Podell, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Daniel M Podell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who treats adults and older adolescents with a wide range of psychological difficulties. My treatment approach stems from both my medical/psychiatric background and my extensive training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to the individual needs of each of my patients. I work with patients to help them better understand the nature of the difficulties they have been facing, and identify and make lasting progress towards their personal goals.
I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who treats adults and older adolescents with a wide range of psychological difficulties. My treatment approach stems from both my medical/psychiatric background and my extensive training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to the individual needs of each of my patients. I work with patients to help them better understand the nature of the difficulties they have been facing, and identify and make lasting progress towards their personal goals.
(202) 759-2515 View (202) 759-2515
Photo of Sinan Duzyurek, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Sinan Duzyurek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
My training and clinical experience of 3 decades include general medicine, neuropsychiatry; comprehensive adult psychiatry, sexual medicine, various psychotherapies (such as here-and-now focused therapy); rTMS; esketamine (Spravato) and ketamine treatments; psychiatric genetic testing; and advanced psychopharmacology with integrated supportive psychotherapy / counseling during patient sessions. I employ a multidimensional and integrated approach toward an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment strategies. I am in the clinical faculty at the GWU, Depart. of Psychiatry. (Note: not offering rTMS at this time)
My training and clinical experience of 3 decades include general medicine, neuropsychiatry; comprehensive adult psychiatry, sexual medicine, various psychotherapies (such as here-and-now focused therapy); rTMS; esketamine (Spravato) and ketamine treatments; psychiatric genetic testing; and advanced psychopharmacology with integrated supportive psychotherapy / counseling during patient sessions. I employ a multidimensional and integrated approach toward an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment strategies. I am in the clinical faculty at the GWU, Depart. of Psychiatry. (Note: not offering rTMS at this time)
(202) 759-3055 View (202) 759-3055
Photo of Jyotika Devi Vazirani, Psychiatric Nurse in 20009, DC
Jyotika Devi Vazirani
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, CNS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
We often come into our personal behaviors, thoughts, & feelings because they have helped us survive our own anxieties. As adults, often habitual patterns of behavior inhibit us from growing into the effective human beings we expect ourselves to become. Freedom, in its broadest sense, can be limited, depending on our own thought patterns, emotions, and our personal responses/reactions to our emotions. Together, we can look at patterns of behavior, private thoughts and feelings with empathy and without judgment. We can explore how freedom of thought and emotional reactivity can help you achieve your personal goals of actualization.
We often come into our personal behaviors, thoughts, & feelings because they have helped us survive our own anxieties. As adults, often habitual patterns of behavior inhibit us from growing into the effective human beings we expect ourselves to become. Freedom, in its broadest sense, can be limited, depending on our own thought patterns, emotions, and our personal responses/reactions to our emotions. Together, we can look at patterns of behavior, private thoughts and feelings with empathy and without judgment. We can explore how freedom of thought and emotional reactivity can help you achieve your personal goals of actualization.
(202) 568-8185 View (202) 568-8185
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Ryan R. Gorman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
(202) 949-4641 View (202) 949-4641
Photo of Seth Gabriel Rosenblatt, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Seth Gabriel Rosenblatt
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MA, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
I specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with HIV, and dual-diagnosis substance use disorders and mental health. I use compassionate talk therapy and medication management for my clients with a strong emphasis on relationship building and trust in our sessions. I am now accepting in-person patients at my new practice: Vive Treatment Centers in Washington, DC. For telehealth, I am licensed to conduct intakes and follow ups in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. I completed my residency in Adult Psychiatry at George Washington University and am on staff at several area hospitals.
I specialize in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with HIV, and dual-diagnosis substance use disorders and mental health. I use compassionate talk therapy and medication management for my clients with a strong emphasis on relationship building and trust in our sessions. I am now accepting in-person patients at my new practice: Vive Treatment Centers in Washington, DC. For telehealth, I am licensed to conduct intakes and follow ups in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. I completed my residency in Adult Psychiatry at George Washington University and am on staff at several area hospitals.
(202) 831-4902 View (202) 831-4902
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Georgina Rose Chidaushe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Hello, I'm Rose! I’m currently accepting new patients! I am board-certified and licensed in Virginia and Washington DC. Having worked in a psychiatric hospital, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and out patient office; I have extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents to manage depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, autism spectrum and OCD. Prior to graduating as a nurse practitioner, I had 12 years nursing experience working in neurology, psychiatry, hospice and pain management.
Hello, I'm Rose! I’m currently accepting new patients! I am board-certified and licensed in Virginia and Washington DC. Having worked in a psychiatric hospital, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and out patient office; I have extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents to manage depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, autism spectrum and OCD. Prior to graduating as a nurse practitioner, I had 12 years nursing experience working in neurology, psychiatry, hospice and pain management.
(202) 952-5645 View (202) 952-5645
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BCB Liberty Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHMP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I am experienced Mental Health provider with over 10 years of experience working with variety of patients. My goal is to empower everyone I come across so they can get the best of what matter to them. I will take the time to listen and formulate a plan that will work for you. I believe everyone deserve the best care and my job is to provide just that. I am accepting new patient and have immediate opening.
I am experienced Mental Health provider with over 10 years of experience working with variety of patients. My goal is to empower everyone I come across so they can get the best of what matter to them. I will take the time to listen and formulate a plan that will work for you. I believe everyone deserve the best care and my job is to provide just that. I am accepting new patient and have immediate opening.
(202) 929-2406 View (202) 929-2406
Photo of Jason Wexler, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Jason Wexler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Life is far from perfect. Everyone experiences loss, unforeseen change, and anxiety provoking stress. When these stresses become so powerful that they interfere with our work, self-care, or relationships, it is important to remember that we are not alone and help is available. With bravery, you can seek help and begin to heal. My goal is to help those who are facing these difficulties. I received my psychiatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Adult Psychiatry. With this experience, I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Life is far from perfect. Everyone experiences loss, unforeseen change, and anxiety provoking stress. When these stresses become so powerful that they interfere with our work, self-care, or relationships, it is important to remember that we are not alone and help is available. With bravery, you can seek help and begin to heal. My goal is to help those who are facing these difficulties. I received my psychiatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Adult Psychiatry. With this experience, I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
(443) 247-0385 View (443) 247-0385
Photo of Lisa Hadley, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Lisa Hadley
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
New patients welcome! Video or in person. Openings within 1-2 weeks. In person in New York City or Washington, DC. Video available for patients in MD, DC, VA, NY, NJ, NM or IA. My practice focuses on psychiatric consultation and medication management. I look forward to discussing your medication needs with you. I will work closely with your therapist to ensure the best possible results for you. My practice is limited to adults. I have 20+ years experience working with people with psychiatric needs.
New patients welcome! Video or in person. Openings within 1-2 weeks. In person in New York City or Washington, DC. Video available for patients in MD, DC, VA, NY, NJ, NM or IA. My practice focuses on psychiatric consultation and medication management. I look forward to discussing your medication needs with you. I will work closely with your therapist to ensure the best possible results for you. My practice is limited to adults. I have 20+ years experience working with people with psychiatric needs.
(202) 499-4534 View (202) 499-4534
Photo of Dr. Tai Ajani, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20009, DC
Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(301) 381-2346 View (301) 381-2346
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RoGo Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
RoGo Health Services is a telepsychiatry practice and we offer mental health services to all ages through telehealth. We provide care that is unique and personalized to each individual. Our approach is evidenced-based and holistic. Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensive care with compassion.
RoGo Health Services is a telepsychiatry practice and we offer mental health services to all ages through telehealth. We provide care that is unique and personalized to each individual. Our approach is evidenced-based and holistic. Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensive care with compassion.
(202) 998-5925 View (202) 998-5925
Photo of Kerniba Ghoneim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20009, DC
Kerniba Ghoneim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
(240) 998-1561 View (240) 998-1561
Photo of Arise & Shine Health Center, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20009, DC
Arise & Shine Health Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
We embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. We work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. We have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
We embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. We work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. We have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
(202) 820-4001 View (202) 820-4001
Photo of Falk W Lohoff, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Falk W Lohoff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I am double Board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and specialize in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and addictions. I completed my training at the University of Pennsylvania and have special interest in neuropsychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My overall goal is to alleviate your symptoms and increase your quality of life.
I am double Board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and specialize in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and addictions. I completed my training at the University of Pennsylvania and have special interest in neuropsychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My overall goal is to alleviate your symptoms and increase your quality of life.
(301) 761-4191 View (301) 761-4191
Photo of Lynne Gaby, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Lynne Gaby
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
I have a particular focus on trauma-related symptoms, which can include PTSD, dissociation, depression, and anxiety. I do not believe that medications are a magic bullet, but for many they are an important part of the road back to health. I am open to hearing your viewpoint and beliefs about what will make you healthy, and if you feel you need something that I cannot provide I will try to help you find it. In addition to working with the emotional/psychiatric consequences of trauma, I have experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and with individuals with chronic medical illnesses.
I have a particular focus on trauma-related symptoms, which can include PTSD, dissociation, depression, and anxiety. I do not believe that medications are a magic bullet, but for many they are an important part of the road back to health. I am open to hearing your viewpoint and beliefs about what will make you healthy, and if you feel you need something that I cannot provide I will try to help you find it. In addition to working with the emotional/psychiatric consequences of trauma, I have experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and with individuals with chronic medical illnesses.
(301) 381-1036 View (301) 381-1036
Photo of Jason M Rosen, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Jason M Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
(202) 559-1102 View (202) 559-1102
Photo of Matthew J Lyman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20009, DC
Matthew J Lyman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I've worked in outpatient mental health clinics, on a mobile team performing community-based interventions, and as a specialty psychiatric provider within a primary care group practice. I have a wide range of experiences in providing pharmacological interventions to promote improved mental health, quality of life and general well-being. I take an approach that is collaborative in decision making for medication interventions, providing education, weighing risks and benefits, and considering each person's unique goals for wellness with respect and empathy. I'm inclined to be cognizant of social and cultural factors in approaching treatment and strive toward cultural competence in many forms.
I've worked in outpatient mental health clinics, on a mobile team performing community-based interventions, and as a specialty psychiatric provider within a primary care group practice. I have a wide range of experiences in providing pharmacological interventions to promote improved mental health, quality of life and general well-being. I take an approach that is collaborative in decision making for medication interventions, providing education, weighing risks and benefits, and considering each person's unique goals for wellness with respect and empathy. I'm inclined to be cognizant of social and cultural factors in approaching treatment and strive toward cultural competence in many forms.
(202) 883-4906 View (202) 883-4906
Photo of Maheen Patel, Psychiatrist in 20009, DC
Maheen Patel
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Not accepting new clients
Psychiatric care should be enlivening, enlightening and deeply healing: A secure, comfortable, collaborative place to negotiate your deepest concerns, navigate your darkest fears and overcome your staunchest impediments. My style is warm and compassionate, yet dynamic and evocative, readily engaging others in a manner that enhances their insight, as well as my own. Passionate in my purpose, I infuse the breadth of my knowledge, skill and experience with formidable intuition and deep empathy to help my patients achieve greater clarity, purpose, richness and joy in their lives.
Psychiatric care should be enlivening, enlightening and deeply healing: A secure, comfortable, collaborative place to negotiate your deepest concerns, navigate your darkest fears and overcome your staunchest impediments. My style is warm and compassionate, yet dynamic and evocative, readily engaging others in a manner that enhances their insight, as well as my own. Passionate in my purpose, I infuse the breadth of my knowledge, skill and experience with formidable intuition and deep empathy to help my patients achieve greater clarity, purpose, richness and joy in their lives.
(202) 568-8420 View (202) 568-8420

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20009

20+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in 20009 who prioritize treating:

88% Trauma and PTSD
83% Depression
83% Anxiety
75% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 20009 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20009?

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.