Psychiatrists in 20015

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Stephen M Weissman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed? Frustrated with people in your life? Trouble at school, work or home? Change can happen. I see adolescents, adults and couples. I'm direct, open, collaborative. My style is eclectic, practical and problem-solving. I prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications when indicated. Psychotherapy is a two-way street. It begins with a consultation, when together we clarify what's troubling you. During that first encounter, we road-test our compatibility as communicators and collaborators. In psycho-therapy, "one size" does not fit all. You should meet more than one clinician before deciding whom to work with.
Overwhelmed? Frustrated with people in your life? Trouble at school, work or home? Change can happen. I see adolescents, adults and couples. I'm direct, open, collaborative. My style is eclectic, practical and problem-solving. I prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications when indicated. Psychotherapy is a two-way street. It begins with a consultation, when together we clarify what's troubling you. During that first encounter, we road-test our compatibility as communicators and collaborators. In psycho-therapy, "one size" does not fit all. You should meet more than one clinician before deciding whom to work with.
(202) 499-2635 View (202) 499-2635
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Martha Blechar Gibbons
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
Whether you are faced with a current challenge or trying to untangle a web of complicated issues from the past, we can work together to co-create a more meaningful life. I am a nurse psychotherapist in private practice in a residential setting with the option to work out of doors in a private garden area. I am eclectic in my approach, incorporating different modes of therapy designed to address the child, adolescent, couple, adult or family's issues and concerns. Since each person I see is unique in terms of what they are seeking in therapy, my approach is tailored to what that person presents.
Whether you are faced with a current challenge or trying to untangle a web of complicated issues from the past, we can work together to co-create a more meaningful life. I am a nurse psychotherapist in private practice in a residential setting with the option to work out of doors in a private garden area. I am eclectic in my approach, incorporating different modes of therapy designed to address the child, adolescent, couple, adult or family's issues and concerns. Since each person I see is unique in terms of what they are seeking in therapy, my approach is tailored to what that person presents.
(202) 759-8317 View (202) 759-8317
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Clifford Sussman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
-I have a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. I am one of the few specialists in the country in internet and video game addiction. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. - I am currently accepting new clients who seek help with problematic technology use. -Please visit my website www.cliffordsussmanmd.com for many free resources on internet and video game addiction including FAQ and videos. - I am not in any insurance network but can provide billing codes.
-I have a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. I am one of the few specialists in the country in internet and video game addiction. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. - I am currently accepting new clients who seek help with problematic technology use. -Please visit my website www.cliffordsussmanmd.com for many free resources on internet and video game addiction including FAQ and videos. - I am not in any insurance network but can provide billing codes.
(202) 643-5962 View (202) 643-5962
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Robert Winer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
Perhaps a relationship or a job or parenting isn’t going well, or you just feel bad (or angry, or frightened). I try to be of use to people who are in pain. How do I try to help? By having open and honest conversations, good talks. It’s not so easy to do that – we keep our guards up for compelling reasons, because of our experiences of being hurt and used and misunderstood in the past. Often it seems obvious what we need to do, and yet impossible to do it. In therapy we wrestle with the bind.
Perhaps a relationship or a job or parenting isn’t going well, or you just feel bad (or angry, or frightened). I try to be of use to people who are in pain. How do I try to help? By having open and honest conversations, good talks. It’s not so easy to do that – we keep our guards up for compelling reasons, because of our experiences of being hurt and used and misunderstood in the past. Often it seems obvious what we need to do, and yet impossible to do it. In therapy we wrestle with the bind.
(240) 392-1911 View (240) 392-1911
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Gift of Dreams Wellness and Consulting, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MDiv, MPH, MSN
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
At The Gift of Dreams, you will have your specific needs met in a way that is collaborative, comfortable, and conscientious. Dr. Mekeshia Bates will work with you and for you to ensure that you are meeting your individual therapeutic goals and becoming the person you have always been capable of being. In unison, you and Dr. Bates will work to remove negative behavioral and thought patterns that give rise to problems in your life, helping you to become a happier, more fulfilled person. She will always help you to make your dreams your reality!
At The Gift of Dreams, you will have your specific needs met in a way that is collaborative, comfortable, and conscientious. Dr. Mekeshia Bates will work with you and for you to ensure that you are meeting your individual therapeutic goals and becoming the person you have always been capable of being. In unison, you and Dr. Bates will work to remove negative behavioral and thought patterns that give rise to problems in your life, helping you to become a happier, more fulfilled person. She will always help you to make your dreams your reality!
(301) 327-2817 View (301) 327-2817
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Dr. Iman Hypolite M. D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Are you a professional, high achieving woman of color longing for more balance, peace, and joy? Are life's stressors, as well as the cost of your successes and achievements taking a toll? Are you experiencing professional burnout? Are others so accustomed to your being the "strong one" that they often don’t recognize when you need support? If so, WELCOME, I am Dr. Hypolite, a double board certified, Johns Hopkins trained, Black woman psychiatrist with over 20 YEARS of experience. I provide culturally sensitive care and can partner with you along your journey to optimal health and wellness!
Accepting NEW patients! Are you a professional, high achieving woman of color longing for more balance, peace, and joy? Are life's stressors, as well as the cost of your successes and achievements taking a toll? Are you experiencing professional burnout? Are others so accustomed to your being the "strong one" that they often don’t recognize when you need support? If so, WELCOME, I am Dr. Hypolite, a double board certified, Johns Hopkins trained, Black woman psychiatrist with over 20 YEARS of experience. I provide culturally sensitive care and can partner with you along your journey to optimal health and wellness!
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Antonia L Baum, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Dr. Baum has a general adolescent and adult psychotherapy and medication management practice. I treat the “whole” patient, and have visits of sufficient length to know my patients thoroughly. I also focus attention on any ongoing medical problems. I encourage and incorporate exercise into treatment. I aspire to create an atmosphere that feels natural; if a patient prefers, we might have a walking session. When not practicing remotely, I have a therapy dog in my office. We can schedule a consultation to ascertain what your needs are, to establish a treatment plan, and to see whether I am a good fit for your ongoing treatment.
Dr. Baum has a general adolescent and adult psychotherapy and medication management practice. I treat the “whole” patient, and have visits of sufficient length to know my patients thoroughly. I also focus attention on any ongoing medical problems. I encourage and incorporate exercise into treatment. I aspire to create an atmosphere that feels natural; if a patient prefers, we might have a walking session. When not practicing remotely, I have a therapy dog in my office. We can schedule a consultation to ascertain what your needs are, to establish a treatment plan, and to see whether I am a good fit for your ongoing treatment.
(301) 651-9229 View (301) 651-9229
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Eric Taswell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
"No man is an island...", John Donne wrote. No woman, either. From birth, we depend upon relationships to give life meaning. But life sometimes leaves us feeling alone with our troubles. We may feel misunderstood, sad, worried, scared or angry. We may struggle with our direction, fall short of our hopes, suffer a loss. Yet our social connections are at the core of our humanity. That is why I believe talking can help to relieve suffering and create new directions. I strive to help by listening carefully and reflecting with you to better understand obstacles to a more fulfilling life.
"No man is an island...", John Donne wrote. No woman, either. From birth, we depend upon relationships to give life meaning. But life sometimes leaves us feeling alone with our troubles. We may feel misunderstood, sad, worried, scared or angry. We may struggle with our direction, fall short of our hopes, suffer a loss. Yet our social connections are at the core of our humanity. That is why I believe talking can help to relieve suffering and create new directions. I strive to help by listening carefully and reflecting with you to better understand obstacles to a more fulfilling life.
(301) 685-0781 View (301) 685-0781
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Douglas A Chavis
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I can work with you on your struggles with anxiety, depression, or issues around intimacy, relationships, and sexuality. Or. I can work with your child or adolescent who may by overwhelmed with anxiety, depression, drug use, school difficulties, social difficulties, or conflicts with parents. If you are a couple I can help you resolve the intense pain of a difficult and conflicted relationship. I can also help if your family is struggling with loss, a disruptive parent or child, sibling squabbles or parent-child conflict.
I can work with you on your struggles with anxiety, depression, or issues around intimacy, relationships, and sexuality. Or. I can work with your child or adolescent who may by overwhelmed with anxiety, depression, drug use, school difficulties, social difficulties, or conflicts with parents. If you are a couple I can help you resolve the intense pain of a difficult and conflicted relationship. I can also help if your family is struggling with loss, a disruptive parent or child, sibling squabbles or parent-child conflict.
(301) 710-0483 View (301) 710-0483
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David E Scharff
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I'm a psychoanalyst who works with adults, children, couples and families, and have a subspecialty in sexual difficulties. I have taught and written about issues across many areas of the life cycle, and am probably best known for my treatment and teaching about couple and family difficulties. Although I am a psychiatrist, I only prescribe for patients I treat with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
I'm a psychoanalyst who works with adults, children, couples and families, and have a subspecialty in sexual difficulties. I have taught and written about issues across many areas of the life cycle, and am probably best known for my treatment and teaching about couple and family difficulties. Although I am a psychiatrist, I only prescribe for patients I treat with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
(240) 209-9657 View (240) 209-9657
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Terri Lee Pargot
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
Are you struggling with feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, uncertainty about your future? Are there problems in your relationships that you are having trouble understanding or working on by yourself? As a psychiatrist and psychotherapist I have been working with patients for over 30 years. I treat a wide range of emotional conflicts and their manifestations including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Anxiety comes in many forms - e.g. chronic feelings of being anxious, panic attacks, social or performance anxiety, PTSD, OCD. I also treat adult patients with ADHD, eating disorders and sexual issues.
Are you struggling with feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, uncertainty about your future? Are there problems in your relationships that you are having trouble understanding or working on by yourself? As a psychiatrist and psychotherapist I have been working with patients for over 30 years. I treat a wide range of emotional conflicts and their manifestations including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Anxiety comes in many forms - e.g. chronic feelings of being anxious, panic attacks, social or performance anxiety, PTSD, OCD. I also treat adult patients with ADHD, eating disorders and sexual issues.
(301) 758-5881 View (301) 758-5881
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Jen Gregory | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse at Stella Center with over twenty years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse at Stella Center with over twenty years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(202) 925-8701 View (202) 925-8701
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Brandie Moore
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MPA, RN
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatry, using traditional psychiatric medications, therapy, macronutrients and supplements. If you are dealing with brain fog, concentration issues/ADHD, lack of motivation, anxiety, stress, burnout, depression, or sleep issues feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.
I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatry, using traditional psychiatric medications, therapy, macronutrients and supplements. If you are dealing with brain fog, concentration issues/ADHD, lack of motivation, anxiety, stress, burnout, depression, or sleep issues feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.
(202) 922-5613 View (202) 922-5613
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Horizon Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
As an Integrative Psychiatrist, I offer a patient-centered model where I combine conventional medicine and evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with complementary mind-body medicine, nutritional counseling, vitamins, micronutrients, psychotherapy, and preventative medicine to promote long-term wellbeing.
As an Integrative Psychiatrist, I offer a patient-centered model where I combine conventional medicine and evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with complementary mind-body medicine, nutritional counseling, vitamins, micronutrients, psychotherapy, and preventative medicine to promote long-term wellbeing.
(202) 851-8574 View (202) 851-8574
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Dr. Renee Diane Parisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, MSN, DNP
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Reproductive trauma (miscarriage, IVF failure, and neonatal loss) often brings forth a complex array of emotions, ranging from grief and sadness to guilt, anxiety, and sometimes even feelings of isolation. By fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust and understanding, we can explore and process these emotions together. I am committed to helping you navigate the unique aspects of your journey, acknowledging the distinct challenges that come with reproductive experiences, and providing a compassionate space for you to express and make sense of your feelings.
Reproductive trauma (miscarriage, IVF failure, and neonatal loss) often brings forth a complex array of emotions, ranging from grief and sadness to guilt, anxiety, and sometimes even feelings of isolation. By fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust and understanding, we can explore and process these emotions together. I am committed to helping you navigate the unique aspects of your journey, acknowledging the distinct challenges that come with reproductive experiences, and providing a compassionate space for you to express and make sense of your feelings.
(202) 998-5549 View (202) 998-5549
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Hedy Howard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I work with my patients in an individualized collaborative process to understand the roots of the problem they are having and to design the best treatment plan. The goal is to restore health and alleviate pain but also to achieve the insight and self understanding that provides the freedom to be one's best self, to make the best choices in all aspects of life.
I work with my patients in an individualized collaborative process to understand the roots of the problem they are having and to design the best treatment plan. The goal is to restore health and alleviate pain but also to achieve the insight and self understanding that provides the freedom to be one's best self, to make the best choices in all aspects of life.
(240) 377-0919 View (240) 377-0919
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Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
(301) 679-7790 View (301) 679-7790
CareMind Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PA-C, LCSW-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
(240) 292-1760 View (240) 292-1760
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Alexa Andewelt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
Depression, Anxiety, Trauma.... I am here to help you feel better! Initially we have a 2 hour intake I can get a good understanding of who you are and help identify symptoms that can then be the target of treatment. Treatment is cooperative- I educate patients as to what is going on in their brain, how treatments will affect their brain, body, and symptoms. I encourage patients to ask questions. Together as a team we work towards alleviating symptoms so you can feel better! PLEASE reach out with questions via EMAIL: AndeweltMD gmail.com
Depression, Anxiety, Trauma.... I am here to help you feel better! Initially we have a 2 hour intake I can get a good understanding of who you are and help identify symptoms that can then be the target of treatment. Treatment is cooperative- I educate patients as to what is going on in their brain, how treatments will affect their brain, body, and symptoms. I encourage patients to ask questions. Together as a team we work towards alleviating symptoms so you can feel better! PLEASE reach out with questions via EMAIL: AndeweltMD gmail.com
(202) 759-8837 View (202) 759-8837
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Jill Savege Scharff
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I offer psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and I do not prescribe medication. Together, we focus on understanding your symptoms and mastering your upsetting impulses, conflicts, and relationships. You will learn to modify the way that early relationships affect current relationships. You’ll make links between your thoughts, feelings, and experiences now and in the past, decode your dreams, recognize your ways of protecting yourself, and acknowledge how you have been held back so you can then move forward in career, friendship, and love.
I offer psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and I do not prescribe medication. Together, we focus on understanding your symptoms and mastering your upsetting impulses, conflicts, and relationships. You will learn to modify the way that early relationships affect current relationships. You’ll make links between your thoughts, feelings, and experiences now and in the past, decode your dreams, recognize your ways of protecting yourself, and acknowledge how you have been held back so you can then move forward in career, friendship, and love.
(240) 635-8818 View (240) 635-8818

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20015

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 20015 who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management
63% Self Esteem
58% Grief
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
57% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 20015 see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20015?

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.