Psychiatrists in 27705

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Triangle Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Durham, NC 27705
Welcome to Triangle Mental Health! We are dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care for a wide array of mental health concerns. Dr. Hussam Alsarraf completed his residency training at Duke University and specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, and stress-related physical complaints. Along with offering conventional approaches to mental health maladies, Dr. Alsarraf provides insight-oriented therapy during every visit to foster understanding of yourself and give you the power to make positive changes in your life.
Welcome to Triangle Mental Health! We are dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care for a wide array of mental health concerns. Dr. Hussam Alsarraf completed his residency training at Duke University and specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, and stress-related physical complaints. Along with offering conventional approaches to mental health maladies, Dr. Alsarraf provides insight-oriented therapy during every visit to foster understanding of yourself and give you the power to make positive changes in your life.
(919) 372-3552 View (919) 372-3552
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Lydia Ramos
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
As your dedicated healthcare provider, I firmly believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, encompassing all aspects of life that contribute to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. I recognize that the mind and body are intricately connected, and we prioritize an integrated perspective on your wellness. In our practice, we take the time to understand you and consider how various factors, including nutrition, physical activity, career, hobbies, community involvement, identity, values, and other life components, impact your mental health.
As your dedicated healthcare provider, I firmly believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, encompassing all aspects of life that contribute to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. I recognize that the mind and body are intricately connected, and we prioritize an integrated perspective on your wellness. In our practice, we take the time to understand you and consider how various factors, including nutrition, physical activity, career, hobbies, community involvement, identity, values, and other life components, impact your mental health.
(919) 701-4525 View (919) 701-4525
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Jennifer Susan Colvin
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Durham, NC 27705
I am a board certified psychiatrist and trained in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I also have a PhD in Neuroscience. My office is near Duke East Campus. I provide comprehensive evaluations and evidence-based medication treatment and psychotherapy for a wide variety of conditions in people of all ages.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and trained in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I also have a PhD in Neuroscience. My office is near Duke East Campus. I provide comprehensive evaluations and evidence-based medication treatment and psychotherapy for a wide variety of conditions in people of all ages.
(919) 289-8028 View (919) 289-8028
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Carrie Pettit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C
Verified
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience treating adults with a wide range of disorders including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, adjustment issues, and peripartum depression and anxiety. Prior to specializing in psychiatric medication management, I spent many years working in family practice and emergency medicine. I value the education I received in the acute care and family setting, and believe my medical background helps shape my psychiatric practice.
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience treating adults with a wide range of disorders including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, adjustment issues, and peripartum depression and anxiety. Prior to specializing in psychiatric medication management, I spent many years working in family practice and emergency medicine. I value the education I received in the acute care and family setting, and believe my medical background helps shape my psychiatric practice.
(919) 823-5473 View (919) 823-5473
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Dr. Caleb Whitenack
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
North Carolina-wide adolescent and adult ADHD care. If you have a long-standing history of ADHD, have been newly diagnosed, or are seeking an evaluation for symptoms you are concerned might represent ADHD, you are welcome to this clinic. I recognize that ADHD often is attached to many other conditions. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, insomnia, learning disabilities, impulse control problems, internet addiction, or other substance use disorders, I work with you to non-judgmentally identify and develop an achievable treatment strategy that will work for you.
North Carolina-wide adolescent and adult ADHD care. If you have a long-standing history of ADHD, have been newly diagnosed, or are seeking an evaluation for symptoms you are concerned might represent ADHD, you are welcome to this clinic. I recognize that ADHD often is attached to many other conditions. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, insomnia, learning disabilities, impulse control problems, internet addiction, or other substance use disorders, I work with you to non-judgmentally identify and develop an achievable treatment strategy that will work for you.
(919) 261-3543 View (919) 261-3543
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Ayesha K. Chaudhary
Psychiatrist, M D
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
(919) 886-7811 View (919) 886-7811
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Pamela Campbell
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified
4 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
(336) 860-7795 View (336) 860-7795
Dr. Lori-Ann Daley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Durham, NC 27705
I practice a collaborative, compassionate, and professional approach to the treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use disorders. I provide a comprehensive treatment approach that combines medications and psychotherapy as necessary. Understanding that each individual is unique, treatment plans are tailored to suit your specific needs.
I practice a collaborative, compassionate, and professional approach to the treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use disorders. I provide a comprehensive treatment approach that combines medications and psychotherapy as necessary. Understanding that each individual is unique, treatment plans are tailored to suit your specific needs.
(984) 646-0439 View (984) 646-0439
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Daniel Greene
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Durham, NC 27705
I am a Harvard-trained, Board-certified psychiatrist, with expertise in treating children, adolescents, and adults. My patients tell me I'm a warm and caring guy, dedicated to helping them in any way I can. I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. I also help people deal with challenging life circumstances, such as loss and grief, relationship troubles, difficulties with work or school, illness, divorce, or other life transitions.
I am a Harvard-trained, Board-certified psychiatrist, with expertise in treating children, adolescents, and adults. My patients tell me I'm a warm and caring guy, dedicated to helping them in any way I can. I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. I also help people deal with challenging life circumstances, such as loss and grief, relationship troubles, difficulties with work or school, illness, divorce, or other life transitions.
(919) 728-5351 View (919) 728-5351
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Hannah Eason
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
Hi there! I'm excited to be on this journey with you because taking care of our mental health is a big deal. Life can get pretty overwhelming, and it's totally okay to ask for help. That's where I come in! I chose to work in psychiatry because I'm passionate about helping people like you navigate the ups and downs of life. We all face different challenges, right? It could be your experiences, your genes, or just the everyday stuff that gets in the way of feeling your best. But guess what? You don't have to tackle these challenges alone.
Hi there! I'm excited to be on this journey with you because taking care of our mental health is a big deal. Life can get pretty overwhelming, and it's totally okay to ask for help. That's where I come in! I chose to work in psychiatry because I'm passionate about helping people like you navigate the ups and downs of life. We all face different challenges, right? It could be your experiences, your genes, or just the everyday stuff that gets in the way of feeling your best. But guess what? You don't have to tackle these challenges alone.
(919) 887-7874 View (919) 887-7874
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Ana Carla Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Durham, NC 27705
I am a friendly, open and nurturing psychiatrist practicing in a comfortable, polished office space near Duke. I am board certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and treat a wide variety of disorders in people of all ages. I provide comprehensive evaluations, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. I also provide medication management for individuals who currently have a therapist, and will communicate regularly with that therapist to provide the most individualized care possible. I have extensive experience treating people with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. I look forward to hearing from you!
I am a friendly, open and nurturing psychiatrist practicing in a comfortable, polished office space near Duke. I am board certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and treat a wide variety of disorders in people of all ages. I provide comprehensive evaluations, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. I also provide medication management for individuals who currently have a therapist, and will communicate regularly with that therapist to provide the most individualized care possible. I have extensive experience treating people with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. I look forward to hearing from you!
(919) 648-2895 View (919) 648-2895
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Sarah Creekmore
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
5 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
Animo Sano Psychiatry is your trusted partner for a wide range of behavioral health conditions. Our dedicated team specializes in delivering expert care for various mental health challenges, including Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sleep disorders, and more. Additionally, we proudly operate an ADHD Specialty Clinic as part of our comprehensive services.
Animo Sano Psychiatry is your trusted partner for a wide range of behavioral health conditions. Our dedicated team specializes in delivering expert care for various mental health challenges, including Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sleep disorders, and more. Additionally, we proudly operate an ADHD Specialty Clinic as part of our comprehensive services.
(919) 276-8359 View (919) 276-8359
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Maddison Olinger Henley
Physician Assistant, MMSc, PA-C
Verified
5 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
I remain committed to promoting mental health awareness and combating the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders. Through community outreach and education, I aspire to contribute to a more inclusive and empathetic understanding of mental health. With a blend of compassion and expertise, I am eager to facilitate meaningful improvements in the lives of my patients, paving the way for a brighter, healthier future for all.
I remain committed to promoting mental health awareness and combating the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders. Through community outreach and education, I aspire to contribute to a more inclusive and empathetic understanding of mental health. With a blend of compassion and expertise, I am eager to facilitate meaningful improvements in the lives of my patients, paving the way for a brighter, healthier future for all.
(336) 360-5296 View (336) 360-5296
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Animo Sano Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, LCSW, LCMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
(919) 391-7202 x1 View (919) 391-7202 x1
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Corbin Burns
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
(984) 733-1716 View (984) 733-1716
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Jamilah Aisha Broderick
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
I am a physician assistant with both the passion and experience treating patients who feel unseen or unsupported. I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, GA. I am the child of immigrant parents that worked hard to provide for my sibling and I, therefore it’s important to me to advocate for our underserved, minority, and more vulnerable populations. With experience in addiction medicine, treating adolescents/adults with depression, anxiety, mood and neurodevelopmental disorders, I am dedicated to continuing to learn/educate patients on how to best treat their Mental Health!
I am a physician assistant with both the passion and experience treating patients who feel unseen or unsupported. I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, GA. I am the child of immigrant parents that worked hard to provide for my sibling and I, therefore it’s important to me to advocate for our underserved, minority, and more vulnerable populations. With experience in addiction medicine, treating adolescents/adults with depression, anxiety, mood and neurodevelopmental disorders, I am dedicated to continuing to learn/educate patients on how to best treat their Mental Health!
(919) 737-7420 View (919) 737-7420
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Nicole E. Miller
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
I work with clients who are facing various mental health challenges such as ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem issues, trauma, or other behavioral issues. They may be seeking help and support in finding balance, improving their well-being, and reaching their mental health goals. They may want to better understand their emotions, gain coping skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. Their goal may be to experience a greater sense of self-awareness, increase their resilience, and find a sustainable level of mental wellness.
I work with clients who are facing various mental health challenges such as ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem issues, trauma, or other behavioral issues. They may be seeking help and support in finding balance, improving their well-being, and reaching their mental health goals. They may want to better understand their emotions, gain coping skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. Their goal may be to experience a greater sense of self-awareness, increase their resilience, and find a sustainable level of mental wellness.
(919) 893-0792 View (919) 893-0792
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Callie Barnes
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
Hey there! I'm thrilled to be the one supporting you on your mental well-being journey. I've got a knack for helping folks dealing with issues like ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Post Partum, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder, and more. You know what really gets me going? Making people feel better. Seriously, it's my passion. I believe the secret sauce is in real connections and truly listening. Your experiences? They're gold to me. Your input is what helps me figure out the best way to be there for you.
Hey there! I'm thrilled to be the one supporting you on your mental well-being journey. I've got a knack for helping folks dealing with issues like ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Post Partum, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder, and more. You know what really gets me going? Making people feel better. Seriously, it's my passion. I believe the secret sauce is in real connections and truly listening. Your experiences? They're gold to me. Your input is what helps me figure out the best way to be there for you.
(919) 504-5415 View (919) 504-5415
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Sydney Johnston
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
(919) 584-9581 View (919) 584-9581
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Natalie Ruth Ball
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
5 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705  (Online Only)
Patients I work with often look for a deeper understanding of their mental health and its impact on their overall well-being. If you're navigating challenges like anxiety, depression, or ADHD, and are curious about medication management alongside supportive therapy, I'm here to walk this path with you. Whether it's managing stress, developing coping strategies, improving sleep, or building self-esteem, I'm dedicated to helping you find balance and resilience. My goal is to help you understand your emotions, habits and behaviors. Together, we can explore these areas, uncovering how they shape your mental health and personal journey.
Patients I work with often look for a deeper understanding of their mental health and its impact on their overall well-being. If you're navigating challenges like anxiety, depression, or ADHD, and are curious about medication management alongside supportive therapy, I'm here to walk this path with you. Whether it's managing stress, developing coping strategies, improving sleep, or building self-esteem, I'm dedicated to helping you find balance and resilience. My goal is to help you understand your emotions, habits and behaviors. Together, we can explore these areas, uncovering how they shape your mental health and personal journey.
(919) 533-7661 View (919) 533-7661

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 27705

30+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 27705 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
95% Anxiety
92% ADHD
92% Bipolar Disorder
92% Medication Management
89% Trauma and PTSD
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 27705 see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 27705?

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.