Psychiatrists in 33101

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Insightful Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
(321) 340-3115 View (321) 340-3115
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4Cs Health (Statewide) Shanisha Calloway-Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
"Everybody has problems. Everybody has bad times. Do we sacrifice all the good times because of them?" Sometimes we don't choose the circumstances life hands us, but you can decide not to go through them alone. Please visit us at our website at www.4cshealth.com or contact us for an appointment here: https://4cshealth.clientsecure.me/
"Everybody has problems. Everybody has bad times. Do we sacrifice all the good times because of them?" Sometimes we don't choose the circumstances life hands us, but you can decide not to go through them alone. Please visit us at our website at www.4cshealth.com or contact us for an appointment here: https://4cshealth.clientsecure.me/
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Paul A Suarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
If you are interested in starting treatment, please send me an email indicating which insurance you have and I will use my partner to email you a link where you will verify your benefits in seconds. Once complete and verified, you can head to my website and fill out the new patient forms including the biographical intake form. I also take clients without insurance - $300 for initial evaluation and $200 for follow up appointments.
If you are interested in starting treatment, please send me an email indicating which insurance you have and I will use my partner to email you a link where you will verify your benefits in seconds. Once complete and verified, you can head to my website and fill out the new patient forms including the biographical intake form. I also take clients without insurance - $300 for initial evaluation and $200 for follow up appointments.
(646) 798-1236 View (646) 798-1236
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Dr. H. Ho
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, DABPN, DABOM, DABPM
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
I am a Johns-Hopkins trained, award-winning Harvard psychiatrist, affiliated with McLean and Mass General Brigham, quadruple board certified in Addiction Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. Do you feel no one understands your unspeakable sorrow, helplessness, insecurity, or regret? You don't have to endure alone. I have helped a diverse group: abuse survivors, addiction recoverees, children with anxiety, elders with dementia, missionaries, LGBTQ individuals, physicians, attorneys, administrators, etc. I advocate for using the least amount of medications and non-medication approach whenever possible.
I am a Johns-Hopkins trained, award-winning Harvard psychiatrist, affiliated with McLean and Mass General Brigham, quadruple board certified in Addiction Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. Do you feel no one understands your unspeakable sorrow, helplessness, insecurity, or regret? You don't have to endure alone. I have helped a diverse group: abuse survivors, addiction recoverees, children with anxiety, elders with dementia, missionaries, LGBTQ individuals, physicians, attorneys, administrators, etc. I advocate for using the least amount of medications and non-medication approach whenever possible.
(781) 786-7351 View (781) 786-7351
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Metamorphosis Psychcierge™
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
(305) 680-5200 View (305) 680-5200
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Jerika Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 536-5382 View (813) 536-5382
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Francesca Esdaile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33101
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management dedicated to making meaningful connections with individuals in need. I specialize in assisting people facing challenges in focus, mood regulation, and overall well-being. I help busy professionals who are diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, and ADHD stop feeling lost and unfulfilled in their personal and professional lives so that they can have the mental capacity to be present with their families. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering a blend of psychotherapy and medication management dedicated to making meaningful connections with individuals in need. I specialize in assisting people facing challenges in focus, mood regulation, and overall well-being. I help busy professionals who are diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, and ADHD stop feeling lost and unfulfilled in their personal and professional lives so that they can have the mental capacity to be present with their families. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself.
(910) 427-5060 View (910) 427-5060
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Victor Balta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Balta is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is also psychoanalyst certified by the Manhattan's William Alanson White Institute. Throughout the years he has worked in different settings including inpatient psychiatry, addiction rehabilitation, administration and grants development. He believes that there must be an initial phase of proactive psycho-pharmaco-therapy trials to find the best individualized medications. There are always psychological roots to a person's sufferings-symptoms and the goal is to learn the connection of the past to present symptoms, and work to have a balanced functional life.
Dr. Balta is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is also psychoanalyst certified by the Manhattan's William Alanson White Institute. Throughout the years he has worked in different settings including inpatient psychiatry, addiction rehabilitation, administration and grants development. He believes that there must be an initial phase of proactive psycho-pharmaco-therapy trials to find the best individualized medications. There are always psychological roots to a person's sufferings-symptoms and the goal is to learn the connection of the past to present symptoms, and work to have a balanced functional life.
(904) 780-5998 View (904) 780-5998
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Menekse Alpay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33101
I work with individuals who have anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, relationship problems, trauma history, medical illness, neurological illness, and/or individuals who are helping family members with these problems. My experience over the last 25 years in psychiatry has shown that medications are helpful but do not take care of all problems in life. I offer combined psychiatric treatment. I received my psychiatric residency training from Georgetown University Hospital and fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
I work with individuals who have anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, relationship problems, trauma history, medical illness, neurological illness, and/or individuals who are helping family members with these problems. My experience over the last 25 years in psychiatry has shown that medications are helpful but do not take care of all problems in life. I offer combined psychiatric treatment. I received my psychiatric residency training from Georgetown University Hospital and fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
(617) 231-9618 View (617) 231-9618
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Shelby Goicochea
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
(904) 320-0735 View (904) 320-0735
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Caitlin Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Meyer is a board- certified in adult psychiatry with experience in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, women’s mental health, and ADHD. Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused on medication management with supportive therapy offered in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she received the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physician’s Award for outstanding medical student in Psychiatry. She pursued her residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Dr. Caitlin Meyer is a board- certified in adult psychiatry with experience in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, women’s mental health, and ADHD. Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused on medication management with supportive therapy offered in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she received the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physician’s Award for outstanding medical student in Psychiatry. She pursued her residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
(904) 323-4178 View (904) 323-4178
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Harbir Sekhon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
(904) 675-3776 View (904) 675-3776
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Virginia Yates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Dr. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Dr. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
(904) 875-8875 View (904) 875-8875
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Alejandra Cattan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Alejandra Cattan is a bilingual Psychiatrist that delivers care in English and Spanish. She went to medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care Health system. She then completed additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. After completing residency, she worked as an attending psychiatrist in New York and later transitioned to dedicated outpatient work.
Dr. Alejandra Cattan is a bilingual Psychiatrist that delivers care in English and Spanish. She went to medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care Health system. She then completed additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. After completing residency, she worked as an attending psychiatrist in New York and later transitioned to dedicated outpatient work.
(904) 467-8651 View (904) 467-8651
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Carative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
(971) 247-1393 View (971) 247-1393
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Victoria Jacoby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33101
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
(352) 605-8003 View (352) 605-8003
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Alina Health Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
(954) 833-4873 View (954) 833-4873
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Faujia Sobhan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Welcome to Talkiatry. My passion is caring for patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD. My philosophy is to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing medication, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I strive to provide care in a compassionate, non judgmental, and nurturing environment, taking time to explore symptoms, actively listen to the patient thus getting to know the person as a whole, their life stressors and what they are striving to achieve.
Welcome to Talkiatry. My passion is caring for patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD. My philosophy is to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing medication, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I strive to provide care in a compassionate, non judgmental, and nurturing environment, taking time to explore symptoms, actively listen to the patient thus getting to know the person as a whole, their life stressors and what they are striving to achieve.
(904) 747-8244 View (904) 747-8244
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Albert Luong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Albert Luong is an adult psychiatrist. He integrates a warm and collaborative approach to treating psychiatric conditions, with the aim of building a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. In line with holistic treatment, Dr. Luong utilizes both psychotherapy as well as medication management, implementing a safe, empathic, and individualistic framework to allow for healing and wellness.
Dr. Albert Luong is an adult psychiatrist. He integrates a warm and collaborative approach to treating psychiatric conditions, with the aim of building a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. In line with holistic treatment, Dr. Luong utilizes both psychotherapy as well as medication management, implementing a safe, empathic, and individualistic framework to allow for healing and wellness.
(718) 865-8405 View (718) 865-8405
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Sabrina Ghim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33101  (Online Only)
Dr. Ghim is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on building a strong therapeutic and collaborative environment with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders, amongst others. Dr. Ghim provides primarily psychiatric medication management, in conjunction with supportive, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions, and other modalities of therapeutic treatment.
Dr. Ghim is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on building a strong therapeutic and collaborative environment with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders, amongst others. Dr. Ghim provides primarily psychiatric medication management, in conjunction with supportive, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions, and other modalities of therapeutic treatment.
(929) 203-8510 View (929) 203-8510

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Number of Psychiatrists in 33101

60+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 33101 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
97% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
87% Medication Management
82% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 33101 see their clients

63% Online Only
37% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33101?

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.