Psychiatrists in 33024

Photo of Dr. Shirley English, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Shirley English
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
I help adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and burnout to have more energy, improve family relationships, improve work performance, increase sex drive, boost self-image, and feel happier and more content. I partner together with my patients to do this by integrating nutrition, supplementations, exercise, therapy with medication management. I also specialize in counseling family members and caregivers of elderly patients with dementia and other complex diagnoses.
I help adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and burnout to have more energy, improve family relationships, improve work performance, increase sex drive, boost self-image, and feel happier and more content. I partner together with my patients to do this by integrating nutrition, supplementations, exercise, therapy with medication management. I also specialize in counseling family members and caregivers of elderly patients with dementia and other complex diagnoses.
(786) 686-8460 View (786) 686-8460
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 306-0383 View (321) 306-0383
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Good Shepherd Psychiatric Consultant, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, AAPRN, BC
Verified Verified
Our mission is to provide high-quality mental health care to individuals suffering from mental illness. Treatments include diagnostic evaluations, medication management, integrative interventions and genetic testing.
Our mission is to provide high-quality mental health care to individuals suffering from mental illness. Treatments include diagnostic evaluations, medication management, integrative interventions and genetic testing.
(754) 714-7912 View (754) 714-7912
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Kalvin K Kapoor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
SHEDULING TIP: PLEASE CLICK WEBSITE BUTTON ON THE LEFT TO SCHEDULE. I am dual board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — ADHD, anxiety, depression, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms.
SHEDULING TIP: PLEASE CLICK WEBSITE BUTTON ON THE LEFT TO SCHEDULE. I am dual board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — ADHD, anxiety, depression, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms.
(954) 758-8702 View (954) 758-8702
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Karina Gitlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, FL 33024
Dedicated to provide holistic and individual care for my clients. Giving support and attention to any Aspects of my clients needs.
Dedicated to provide holistic and individual care for my clients. Giving support and attention to any Aspects of my clients needs.
(954) 231-2853 View (954) 231-2853
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(954) 758-4567 View (954) 758-4567
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Natalie Doyleygreen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Natalie is a compassionate, patient and attentive Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who works with individuals ages 18- seniors. Her enthusiasm, extensive training and experience has prepared her for her role in Psychiatry. Natalie utilizes evidence -based care in psychiatry to provide the best care possible so that each individual can attain their goal with medication management and or psychotherapy with each session. She respects each individual's culture and is mindful that culture sensitivity is essential to mental wellness. She is a great listener and wants to make her clients feel safe.
Natalie is a compassionate, patient and attentive Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who works with individuals ages 18- seniors. Her enthusiasm, extensive training and experience has prepared her for her role in Psychiatry. Natalie utilizes evidence -based care in psychiatry to provide the best care possible so that each individual can attain their goal with medication management and or psychotherapy with each session. She respects each individual's culture and is mindful that culture sensitivity is essential to mental wellness. She is a great listener and wants to make her clients feel safe.
(954) 833-7814 View (954) 833-7814
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Melanio Bruceta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dr. Melanio Bruceta is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Florida. Dr. Melanio has been in the medical field for over 25 years and has been practicing psychiatry for the past eight years. He is certified to treat clients across the lifespan. Dr. Melanio embrace in helping clients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses including major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and much more.​
Dr. Melanio Bruceta is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Florida. Dr. Melanio has been in the medical field for over 25 years and has been practicing psychiatry for the past eight years. He is certified to treat clients across the lifespan. Dr. Melanio embrace in helping clients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses including major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and much more.​
(754) 297-6679 View (754) 297-6679
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Remart Psychiatry Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPA, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Hollywood, FL 33024
Remart Psychiatry is committed to providing effective care that is accessible to all people. Our main goal is to improve access to and qualities of mental health medicine in order to promote highest quality care for our patients, our community, and reduce healthcare disparities in order to have a healthy community. Do not suffer alone or in silence as in Remart psychiatry we will be able to see you via telehealth/virtual or in person. For all of mental health needs such as Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Addiction, Substance abuse, Insomnia, PTSD, and Psychosis you can be seen at your own home or in person.
Remart Psychiatry is committed to providing effective care that is accessible to all people. Our main goal is to improve access to and qualities of mental health medicine in order to promote highest quality care for our patients, our community, and reduce healthcare disparities in order to have a healthy community. Do not suffer alone or in silence as in Remart psychiatry we will be able to see you via telehealth/virtual or in person. For all of mental health needs such as Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Addiction, Substance abuse, Insomnia, PTSD, and Psychosis you can be seen at your own home or in person.
(954) 360-8634 View (954) 360-8634
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Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
At Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center, we believe health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality. Our mission is to help you feel better, live longer, and become the best possible you! We tailor a unique approach to best serve each individual needs and goals. Our clinicians are Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and License Clinical Social Workers. Our services are designed for individuals who prefer to receive psychiatric care, Primary Medical Care, and Counseling services in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Home Facilities, or via telehealth.
At Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center, we believe health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality. Our mission is to help you feel better, live longer, and become the best possible you! We tailor a unique approach to best serve each individual needs and goals. Our clinicians are Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and License Clinical Social Workers. Our services are designed for individuals who prefer to receive psychiatric care, Primary Medical Care, and Counseling services in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Home Facilities, or via telehealth.
(954) 371-2817 View (954) 371-2817
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Dorothy Chatelier-Orelus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, FL 33024
Hello There! I am a holistic psychiatric provider with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental and physical well-being. My approach to mental health care is rooted in the belief that the mind and body are interconnected, and that treating one without addressing the other may not lead to lasting recovery. Your overall well-being is also my concern. As a mental health professional, my goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to discuss their concerns, struggles, and emotions.
Hello There! I am a holistic psychiatric provider with a passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental and physical well-being. My approach to mental health care is rooted in the belief that the mind and body are interconnected, and that treating one without addressing the other may not lead to lasting recovery. Your overall well-being is also my concern. As a mental health professional, my goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to discuss their concerns, struggles, and emotions.
(352) 655-2788 View (352) 655-2788
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Patricia Brown-Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollywood, FL 33024
I have a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Florida Atlantic University and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner since January 2021. I started working with Lifestance in June 2021 providing quality mental health care to adults 18 to geriatric. My undergraduate studies was at Florida International University where I graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. I have experience working in critical care, catheterization lab, interventional radiology, and medical surgical. I believe in patient advocacy and empowerment through delivery of quality healthcare.
I have a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Florida Atlantic University and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner since January 2021. I started working with Lifestance in June 2021 providing quality mental health care to adults 18 to geriatric. My undergraduate studies was at Florida International University where I graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. I have experience working in critical care, catheterization lab, interventional radiology, and medical surgical. I believe in patient advocacy and empowerment through delivery of quality healthcare.
(954) 737-2538 View (954) 737-2538
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Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
(786) 981-4926 View (786) 981-4926
Photo of Florence Desgraves, MSN,  PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Florence Desgraves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollywood, FL 33024
I have been in the medical profession for over 15 years. I started as a medical assistant and then transitioned into Nursing where I have spent the majority of my time working as an Oncology Nurse at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. While I have enjoyed growing in my profession, Mental Health was always my passion. In 2011, I obtained my Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Chamberlain University and 2 years later, my certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Maryville University.
I have been in the medical profession for over 15 years. I started as a medical assistant and then transitioned into Nursing where I have spent the majority of my time working as an Oncology Nurse at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. While I have enjoyed growing in my profession, Mental Health was always my passion. In 2011, I obtained my Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Chamberlain University and 2 years later, my certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Maryville University.
(954) 231-3078 View (954) 231-3078
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Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (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.
(786) 259-1506 View (786) 259-1506
Photo of Brence Brooks, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollywood, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(321) 485-6280 View (321) 485-6280
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024  (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.
(786) 692-8041 View (786) 692-8041
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Branislav Stojanovic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Davie, FL 33024
Welcome to Florida Neuropsychiatric Institute. I have been practicing psychiatry in Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years. I have a passion working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors who are struggling with issues related to mental health and/or addiction. As the founder of Florida Neuropsychiatric Institute, not only do I provide general psychiatric care, but I am also one of the few trained neuropsychiatrists in the United States. My specialty is medication management. Together we will determine the most accurate diagnosis and course of treatment personalized to meet your specific needs.
Welcome to Florida Neuropsychiatric Institute. I have been practicing psychiatry in Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years. I have a passion working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors who are struggling with issues related to mental health and/or addiction. As the founder of Florida Neuropsychiatric Institute, not only do I provide general psychiatric care, but I am also one of the few trained neuropsychiatrists in the United States. My specialty is medication management. Together we will determine the most accurate diagnosis and course of treatment personalized to meet your specific needs.
(754) 219-7986 View (754) 219-7986
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Michelle Medina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollywood, FL 33024  (Online Only)
I help clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. I also help clients who are struggling with identity issues such as LGBT and POC-related issues. Their goals are generally to gain the tools to help them improve their quality of life.
I help clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. I also help clients who are struggling with identity issues such as LGBT and POC-related issues. Their goals are generally to gain the tools to help them improve their quality of life.
(321) 257-2531 View (321) 257-2531

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33024

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 33024 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Medication Management
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
93% Aetna
93% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 33024 see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33024?

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.