Psychiatrists in 20147

NOVA Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Welcome to Northern Virginia Psychiatric Services. My name is Dr. Audrey Rushin, and I am a licensed, board-certified psychiatrist with over 23 years of experience with variety of patient populations. If you are seeking a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist, I encourage you to reach out to schedule a consultation. I look forward to working with you.
Welcome to Northern Virginia Psychiatric Services. My name is Dr. Audrey Rushin, and I am a licensed, board-certified psychiatrist with over 23 years of experience with variety of patient populations. If you are seeking a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist, I encourage you to reach out to schedule a consultation. I look forward to working with you.
(703) 783-3911 View (703) 783-3911
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Gurjot Toor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my approach is centered on deeply understanding the distinct needs of each individual I work with. With a focus on empathy and evidence-based practice, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their mental health concerns. My holistic approach integrates medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions to promote healing and overall well-being.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my approach is centered on deeply understanding the distinct needs of each individual I work with. With a focus on empathy and evidence-based practice, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their mental health concerns. My holistic approach integrates medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and lifestyle interventions to promote healing and overall well-being.
(540) 253-4929 View (540) 253-4929
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Crystal Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Crystal Lee is a board certified nurse practitioner in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Medicine serving the greater Northern Virginia community. She received her master's degree from George Washington University and psychiatric post-master's degree from Wilkes University. She has 8+ years working in healthcare and has worked in various settings such as oncology, addiction medicine, a dual diagnosis psychiatric mental health facility , palliative care and hospice. She has experience specializing in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, panic disorders and PTSD.
Crystal Lee is a board certified nurse practitioner in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Medicine serving the greater Northern Virginia community. She received her master's degree from George Washington University and psychiatric post-master's degree from Wilkes University. She has 8+ years working in healthcare and has worked in various settings such as oncology, addiction medicine, a dual diagnosis psychiatric mental health facility , palliative care and hospice. She has experience specializing in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, panic disorders and PTSD.
(703) 997-2722 View (703) 997-2722
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Jenna Grimm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Jenna Grimm is boardcertified as a nurse practitioner in both psychiatricmental health (PMHNP) and women's health (WHNP). She received her master's in nursing degree from Boston College in 2010 and her psychiatricmental health postmasters certificate from George Mason University. She was previously employed as a women's health nurse practitioner for over 11 years at an OB/GYN practice. She transitioned to working as a psychiatricmental health nurse practitioner 1 year ago for LifeStance Health, former Atlantic Counseling Group, in Ashburn.
Jenna Grimm is boardcertified as a nurse practitioner in both psychiatricmental health (PMHNP) and women's health (WHNP). She received her master's in nursing degree from Boston College in 2010 and her psychiatricmental health postmasters certificate from George Mason University. She was previously employed as a women's health nurse practitioner for over 11 years at an OB/GYN practice. She transitioned to working as a psychiatricmental health nurse practitioner 1 year ago for LifeStance Health, former Atlantic Counseling Group, in Ashburn.
(540) 426-3866 View (540) 426-3866
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Kiran Iqbal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Dr. Iqbal is double board certified in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and believes in the integrative and collaborative treatment approach towards patients, their family and other professionals involved. Dr. Iqbal specializes in treating ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, PTSD and women's mental health.
Dr. Iqbal is double board certified in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and believes in the integrative and collaborative treatment approach towards patients, their family and other professionals involved. Dr. Iqbal specializes in treating ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, PTSD and women's mental health.
(571) 789-1153 View (571) 789-1153
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Yvette Zebaze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Dr. Yvette Zebaze is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing for more than a decade. In 2013, she received her associate degree in nursing from Standard College of Nursing. Following that, in 2015, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Western Governor University. Further advancing her education, she completed her Doctoral of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry at George Mason University. Dr. Zebaze's approach to care is centered around evidence-based practices, aiming to support her clients as they pursue healthier lives.
Dr. Yvette Zebaze is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing for more than a decade. In 2013, she received her associate degree in nursing from Standard College of Nursing. Following that, in 2015, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Western Governor University. Further advancing her education, she completed her Doctoral of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry at George Mason University. Dr. Zebaze's approach to care is centered around evidence-based practices, aiming to support her clients as they pursue healthier lives.
(540) 417-9072 View (540) 417-9072
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Dr. Sheetal Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
Are your mental health struggles disrupting your life, not letting you enjoy life’s pleasures? Does every day feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are on autopilot? Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Let us help you find your optimal potential so YOU can find the balance and the happiness that you deserve!
(571) 267-3188 View (571) 267-3188
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Ashburn Psychological Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services has some of Loudoun County's leading child, adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatrists to treat and diagnose clients for improved mental well being. Over the past few decades, one of the bona fide revolutions in mental health treatment has involved the use of modern, FDA-approved medications for certain mental disorders.
Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services has some of Loudoun County's leading child, adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatrists to treat and diagnose clients for improved mental well being. Over the past few decades, one of the bona fide revolutions in mental health treatment has involved the use of modern, FDA-approved medications for certain mental disorders.
(703) 957-7963 View (703) 957-7963
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Sabah Hadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
(703) 831-6767 View (703) 831-6767
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Dr. Peace Peters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
Peace Peters is a doctoral-level board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Peace specializes across lifespans, treating all ages from children, adolescents, adults and geriatric mental health and wellness. Dr. Peters serves Maryland and Virginia. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience working in different healthcare settings in inpatient and outpatient in the DMV area. Her experience includes working in; general medicine and surgery, bariatric surgery, telemetry, orthopedics, pediatric medicine, Critical Care Unit, and long-term care.
Peace Peters is a doctoral-level board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Peace specializes across lifespans, treating all ages from children, adolescents, adults and geriatric mental health and wellness. Dr. Peters serves Maryland and Virginia. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience working in different healthcare settings in inpatient and outpatient in the DMV area. Her experience includes working in; general medicine and surgery, bariatric surgery, telemetry, orthopedics, pediatric medicine, Critical Care Unit, and long-term care.
(571) 462-2407 View (571) 462-2407
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Roshanne Forbes, Psychiatric Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP-PM, MSN
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Does your child, your adolescent, your teenager, or you need medication management or a prescription for psychiatric medication? Do you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, OCD, dual diagnosis, PTSD, or other psychiatric challenges? Has your therapist suggested that you would benefit from medication to relieve your symptoms? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription for better results or fewer side effects? An evaluation can help determine if you need medication, and what medications might help the most. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
Does your child, your adolescent, your teenager, or you need medication management or a prescription for psychiatric medication? Do you struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, OCD, dual diagnosis, PTSD, or other psychiatric challenges? Has your therapist suggested that you would benefit from medication to relieve your symptoms? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription for better results or fewer side effects? An evaluation can help determine if you need medication, and what medications might help the most. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
(571) 901-1402 View (571) 901-1402
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Sangeeta R Chitlu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist and have been practicing in Northern VA since 2004. I trained at the Howard Univ Hospital & UMD-Sheppard Pratt, where I served as the Chief fellow as well. I worked with Loudoun County initially, which provided me the opportunity to treat complex patients, and understand critical community- based issues. I have been working in the outpatient sector for the past decade. I specialize in ADHD, early childhood disorders including Autism, Mood disorders, Anxiety, OCD, trauma etc. I collaborate closely with families, schools, clinicians and other systems as per the need of the patient.
I am a Child, Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist and have been practicing in Northern VA since 2004. I trained at the Howard Univ Hospital & UMD-Sheppard Pratt, where I served as the Chief fellow as well. I worked with Loudoun County initially, which provided me the opportunity to treat complex patients, and understand critical community- based issues. I have been working in the outpatient sector for the past decade. I specialize in ADHD, early childhood disorders including Autism, Mood disorders, Anxiety, OCD, trauma etc. I collaborate closely with families, schools, clinicians and other systems as per the need of the patient.
(703) 686-5754 View (703) 686-5754
All Hope Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and provide comprehensive healthcare to children and their families. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders. My approach is focused on the whole patient and their families and follow evidence-based treatment guidelines and bring about positive change.
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and provide comprehensive healthcare to children and their families. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders. My approach is focused on the whole patient and their families and follow evidence-based treatment guidelines and bring about positive change.
(703) 542-3737 View (703) 542-3737
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Integrated Cognitive Care Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
In our sessions, you can expect a collaborative and tailored approach, drawing upon evidence-based practices such as psychodynamic therapy. I view our relationship as a partnership, ensuring that decisions about your care align with your unique needs and goals. Confidentiality is paramount, and I encourage open communication and feedback, with a willingness to adjust our treatment plan based on your needs. Continuous learning is a priority to provide you with the best care possible.
In our sessions, you can expect a collaborative and tailored approach, drawing upon evidence-based practices such as psychodynamic therapy. I view our relationship as a partnership, ensuring that decisions about your care align with your unique needs and goals. Confidentiality is paramount, and I encourage open communication and feedback, with a willingness to adjust our treatment plan based on your needs. Continuous learning is a priority to provide you with the best care possible.
(703) 947-0988 View (703) 947-0988
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Igor Pryadkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Life can be challenging, and it's okay to seek help when you are facing difficulties, As a dedicated certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to provide you with compassionate and personalized care. Services I offer is Anxiety and Stress Management, Mood disorders, Trauma and PTSD counseling, Anger management, OCD & Compulsive Habits, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) support, Autism spectrum guidance, Behavioral issues, Grief counseling, Insomnia Solutions, Parenting support.
Life can be challenging, and it's okay to seek help when you are facing difficulties, As a dedicated certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to provide you with compassionate and personalized care. Services I offer is Anxiety and Stress Management, Mood disorders, Trauma and PTSD counseling, Anger management, OCD & Compulsive Habits, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) support, Autism spectrum guidance, Behavioral issues, Grief counseling, Insomnia Solutions, Parenting support.
(703) 997-4626 View (703) 997-4626
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Monet Ince-Amara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
Imagine your ideal self: resilient, empowered, and free from the shadows of anxiety and depression related to trauma. You seek a compassionate, informed therapist who understands the complex impact of these issues. Your goal is to heal, regain control, and build a fulfilling life. Together, we'll create a tailored treatment plan addressing your unique needs, using a holistic approach to support sustainable recovery. My aim is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you feel heard, validated, and guided toward a brighter future. Let’s embark on this journey to your best self, together.
Imagine your ideal self: resilient, empowered, and free from the shadows of anxiety and depression related to trauma. You seek a compassionate, informed therapist who understands the complex impact of these issues. Your goal is to heal, regain control, and build a fulfilling life. Together, we'll create a tailored treatment plan addressing your unique needs, using a holistic approach to support sustainable recovery. My aim is to provide a safe, supportive environment where you feel heard, validated, and guided toward a brighter future. Let’s embark on this journey to your best self, together.
(571) 651-8443 View (571) 651-8443
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Jenna Grimm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Jenna Grimm is board-certified as a nurse practitioner in both psychiatric-mental health (PMHNP) and women's health (WHNP). She received her master's in nursing degree from Boston College in 2010 and her psychiatric-mental health post-masters certificate from George Mason University. She was previously employed as a women's health nurse practitioner for over 11 years at an OB/GYN practice. She transitioned to working as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner 1 year ago for LifeStance Health, former Atlantic Counseling Group, in Ashburn.
Jenna Grimm is board-certified as a nurse practitioner in both psychiatric-mental health (PMHNP) and women's health (WHNP). She received her master's in nursing degree from Boston College in 2010 and her psychiatric-mental health post-masters certificate from George Mason University. She was previously employed as a women's health nurse practitioner for over 11 years at an OB/GYN practice. She transitioned to working as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner 1 year ago for LifeStance Health, former Atlantic Counseling Group, in Ashburn.
(540) 546-6429 View (540) 546-6429
Malika Seth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Dr. Malika Seth is a trained Adult Psychiatrist. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her main areas of interest are women’s health, including pregnancy and post-partum, cross-cultural psychiatry, depression, bipolar, OCD, panic and general anxiety disorders. She believes that the most effective treatment often combines psychotherapy with medication, and offers both therapy and medication management in her practice.
Dr. Malika Seth is a trained Adult Psychiatrist. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her main areas of interest are women’s health, including pregnancy and post-partum, cross-cultural psychiatry, depression, bipolar, OCD, panic and general anxiety disorders. She believes that the most effective treatment often combines psychotherapy with medication, and offers both therapy and medication management in her practice.
(571) 999-7131 View (571) 999-7131
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Patricia Obeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ashburn, VA 20147
Dr. Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, and has over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. Her expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in family medicine.
Dr. Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, and has over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. Her expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in family medicine.
(804) 315-3219 View (804) 315-3219
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(571) 554-4719 View (571) 554-4719

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20147

50+

Average cost per session

$195

Psychiatrists in 20147 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
84% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
77% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 20147 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20147?

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.