Psychiatrists in 23462

Photo of Nicole (Nikki) Gallegos, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole (Nikki) Gallegos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Do you believe in the importance of recognizing the interconnected nature of mind, body, and spirit? It's a beautiful philosophy rooted in the understanding that genuine healing involves addressing every aspect of who you are. Hello! I'm Nikki, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 16 years of nursing experience in various healthcare settings (emergency rooms, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, corrections, pediatric special needs, geriatrics, & sexual assault). As an Air Force veteran, a proud mother of three, & an active Catholic parishioner, my journey deeply influences how I approach mental health & well-being.
Do you believe in the importance of recognizing the interconnected nature of mind, body, and spirit? It's a beautiful philosophy rooted in the understanding that genuine healing involves addressing every aspect of who you are. Hello! I'm Nikki, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 16 years of nursing experience in various healthcare settings (emergency rooms, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, corrections, pediatric special needs, geriatrics, & sexual assault). As an Air Force veteran, a proud mother of three, & an active Catholic parishioner, my journey deeply influences how I approach mental health & well-being.
(757) 255-5493 View (757) 255-5493
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Nakeshia Lynn Mouzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-c
Verified Verified
I believe helping others become the best version of themselves is a lifelong journey, as we navigate our lives through the everchanging stages that drive us to evolve into our individual diverse roles. I understand life's multitude of challenges may lead an individual to experience infinite feelings resulting in a lack of purpose. Together we can work on this.
I believe helping others become the best version of themselves is a lifelong journey, as we navigate our lives through the everchanging stages that drive us to evolve into our individual diverse roles. I understand life's multitude of challenges may lead an individual to experience infinite feelings resulting in a lack of purpose. Together we can work on this.
(757) 703-1476 View (757) 703-1476
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Mariam Bouanane-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
(757) 384-5337 View (757) 384-5337
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Kanisha Belt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** I work with a diverse group of clients. As a provider, it is my goal to provide the best unbiased, client-centered care possible. I utilize evidence-based practice to guide my care. I listen to my clients as we work together to create an individualized treatment plan. I am passionate about helping people achieve the best version of themselves as identified by the individual.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** I work with a diverse group of clients. As a provider, it is my goal to provide the best unbiased, client-centered care possible. I utilize evidence-based practice to guide my care. I listen to my clients as we work together to create an individualized treatment plan. I am passionate about helping people achieve the best version of themselves as identified by the individual.
(757) 732-0960 View (757) 732-0960
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Giovanni Pascal Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
(757) 209-9700 View (757) 209-9700
Photo of Sonja McFadden, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sonja McFadden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
(757) 347-5437 View (757) 347-5437
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Genise Binns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Being here means that you have taken a step in the right direction. That you are looking to find inner peace and you aren't afraid to ask for help. Its perfectly fine to feel confused and lost at times. And with the right skills, you can make it through the toughest times. Learning how to master your emotions and understand how things impact you is key to finding strength and moving forward in life. To schedule online please go to https://provider.kareo.com/genise-binns-1
Being here means that you have taken a step in the right direction. That you are looking to find inner peace and you aren't afraid to ask for help. Its perfectly fine to feel confused and lost at times. And with the right skills, you can make it through the toughest times. Learning how to master your emotions and understand how things impact you is key to finding strength and moving forward in life. To schedule online please go to https://provider.kareo.com/genise-binns-1
(757) 799-1658 View (757) 799-1658
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Yongbing L Pu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I provide psychiatry outpatient service in South Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and Chesapeake. If you are struggling with depression, stress, bipolar disorder or difficulty focusing but talk therapy alone not solving your problems, I can help you with medications. I provide psychiatry medication management for self-pay patient with a reasonable rate because I choose not to take insurance, thus reducing administrative cost.
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I provide psychiatry outpatient service in South Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and Chesapeake. If you are struggling with depression, stress, bipolar disorder or difficulty focusing but talk therapy alone not solving your problems, I can help you with medications. I provide psychiatry medication management for self-pay patient with a reasonable rate because I choose not to take insurance, thus reducing administrative cost.
(757) 301-4702 View (757) 301-4702
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Valentina Cimolai Md
Psychiatrist, CA, FL, NY, VA
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Are you wondering what else you can do for your mental health? At Bloom Psychiatry And Wellness, we go above and beyond. We are attentive listeners and caring clinicians. It is important to get to the root causes of the challenges you are facing and tap into your abilities to heal yourself. I am a board-certified psychiatrist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine and combine conventional treatments (medications and evidence-based therapies) with a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, supplements, and mind-body techniques.
Are you wondering what else you can do for your mental health? At Bloom Psychiatry And Wellness, we go above and beyond. We are attentive listeners and caring clinicians. It is important to get to the root causes of the challenges you are facing and tap into your abilities to heal yourself. I am a board-certified psychiatrist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine and combine conventional treatments (medications and evidence-based therapies) with a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, supplements, and mind-body techniques.
(757) 530-5703 View (757) 530-5703
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Dr. Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
(757) 780-1340 View (757) 780-1340
Photo of Margaret Scott, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My local training and experience continue to fuel my passion to encourage and support my clients through their journey to improving the quality of life for them individually and in our community.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My local training and experience continue to fuel my passion to encourage and support my clients through their journey to improving the quality of life for them individually and in our community.
(757) 210-3090 View (757) 210-3090
Photo of Laura LaMonica, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura LaMonica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Yes! I am accepting new clients! I provide assessments and medication management if appropriate for ALL ages. I provide treatment for conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, and I have a special interest in OCD and pediatric mental health. I value collaborating with a client's current PCP, therapist, and consulting with specialists as needed. I also hold a certification in child psychology and development and I’m excited to now offer evaluations for ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder using The ADOS-2 (sometimes referred to as the gold standard for autism evaluations), Vineland 3, and other assessment tools.
Yes! I am accepting new clients! I provide assessments and medication management if appropriate for ALL ages. I provide treatment for conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, and I have a special interest in OCD and pediatric mental health. I value collaborating with a client's current PCP, therapist, and consulting with specialists as needed. I also hold a certification in child psychology and development and I’m excited to now offer evaluations for ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder using The ADOS-2 (sometimes referred to as the gold standard for autism evaluations), Vineland 3, and other assessment tools.
(757) 520-0869 View (757) 520-0869
Photo of Mary Crutchfield - Leva Psychiatry, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leva Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
We are providers that believe in the mind body connection. We want to address all parts of you, seeing you as a whole person: body, mind, and soul. We acknowledge that sometimes medications are necessary and we integrate our medical background into your care when needed. We know sometimes medications are not necessary and other valuable healing options are available to you. You may come without knowing your diagnosis and need clarity, you may want to learn how to process and release pent up emotions, or you may just need your medications refills. We are here to support all those needs and your personal goals.
We are providers that believe in the mind body connection. We want to address all parts of you, seeing you as a whole person: body, mind, and soul. We acknowledge that sometimes medications are necessary and we integrate our medical background into your care when needed. We know sometimes medications are not necessary and other valuable healing options are available to you. You may come without knowing your diagnosis and need clarity, you may want to learn how to process and release pent up emotions, or you may just need your medications refills. We are here to support all those needs and your personal goals.
(757) 347-4017 View (757) 347-4017
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joginder Pal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I am Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I have served Tidewater area for more than 35 years. You are devastated by severe PSYCHOLOGICAL crisis. You want to regain your controI. I offer URGENT Medication interventions within 24-48 hours. My experience of years from serving people inpt /out pt , all ages with wide range of Mental Health disorders is value and quality of care you need to facilitate rapid healing and restoring, coping and functioning. Offering Late afternoon? Eve and Saturday Appointments if preferred. Telehealth/ Videro sessions can be arranged.
I am Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. I have served Tidewater area for more than 35 years. You are devastated by severe PSYCHOLOGICAL crisis. You want to regain your controI. I offer URGENT Medication interventions within 24-48 hours. My experience of years from serving people inpt /out pt , all ages with wide range of Mental Health disorders is value and quality of care you need to facilitate rapid healing and restoring, coping and functioning. Offering Late afternoon? Eve and Saturday Appointments if preferred. Telehealth/ Videro sessions can be arranged.
(757) 384-9543 View (757) 384-9543
Photo of Jamie Deputy - Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
(757) 798-8549 View (757) 798-8549
Photo of Sikira Mukaila, PMHN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sikira Mukaila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Sikira Mukaila is a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a strong commitment to providing compassionate Mental healthcare services, I offer medication management, Psychotherapy, talk therapy or both. With over 15 years in healthcare I possess a profound comprehension of mental healthcare and an unwavering commitment to improving the overall well-being of my clients. You are most welcome to view my profile and book an appointment on Grow Therapy.
Sikira Mukaila is a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a strong commitment to providing compassionate Mental healthcare services, I offer medication management, Psychotherapy, talk therapy or both. With over 15 years in healthcare I possess a profound comprehension of mental healthcare and an unwavering commitment to improving the overall well-being of my clients. You are most welcome to view my profile and book an appointment on Grow Therapy.
(757) 530-7018 View (757) 530-7018
Photo of Chloe Griffith, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (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
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Open Mind Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
(619) 949-0858 View (619) 949-0858
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Dr. Gifty Addai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in mental health. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in mental health. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
(443) 917-4211 View (443) 917-4211
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Timothy A Sanderson
Psychiatrist, MD, Jungian, ATR
Verified Verified
Having trained as a psychiatrist, an art therapist, and a Jungian analyst, I approach each individual as unique. I focus on the value of that uniqueness and encourage the development of individual solutions to the problems and suffering that individuals bring into treatment. I view anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and problems in relationships as manifestations of unsuccessful attempts to adapt to both the outer world of collective demands and the inner world of one's own individual feelings and needs. Being healthy in the world means balancing the needs for individuality with needs to fit into the collective world.
Having trained as a psychiatrist, an art therapist, and a Jungian analyst, I approach each individual as unique. I focus on the value of that uniqueness and encourage the development of individual solutions to the problems and suffering that individuals bring into treatment. I view anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and problems in relationships as manifestations of unsuccessful attempts to adapt to both the outer world of collective demands and the inner world of one's own individual feelings and needs. Being healthy in the world means balancing the needs for individuality with needs to fit into the collective world.
(757) 695-3107 View (757) 695-3107
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 23462

20+

Average cost per session

$260

Psychiatrists in 23462 who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Medication Management
79% Bipolar Disorder
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Optum
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 23462 see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 23462?

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.