Psychiatrists in 33180

Photo of Neelam Varshney, MD, Psychiatrist
Neelam Varshney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180
Dr. Varshney is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Varshney was born and raised in Sikkim, India. She graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Dr. Varshney completed her residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/ Elmhurst Hospital Center, in New York City. She then went on to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Massachusetts, Department of Law and Psychiatry.
Dr. Varshney is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Varshney was born and raised in Sikkim, India. She graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Dr. Varshney completed her residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/ Elmhurst Hospital Center, in New York City. She then went on to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Massachusetts, Department of Law and Psychiatry.
(786) 382-0532 View (786) 382-0532
Photo of Margaret Sweeney, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Sweeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
Margaret Sweeney, MSN, PMHNP Margaret Sweeney is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from the University of Delaware and an MSN from Walden University. Margaret believes that the brain can be dysfunctional just as a kidney or liver can fail or not work properly, and there's no shame in any faulty organ. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys wellness activities such as weightlifting, cardio, and water sports.
Margaret Sweeney, MSN, PMHNP Margaret Sweeney is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from the University of Delaware and an MSN from Walden University. Margaret believes that the brain can be dysfunctional just as a kidney or liver can fail or not work properly, and there's no shame in any faulty organ. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys wellness activities such as weightlifting, cardio, and water sports.
(954) 204-0789 View (954) 204-0789
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New Age Psychiatry - ADHD Anxiety Depression
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33180
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
(561) 468-3546 View (561) 468-3546
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Soothe Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180  (Online Only)
My name is Andrew, and I am board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
My name is Andrew, and I am board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
(954) 231-0825 View (954) 231-0825
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Andrew Guro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180  (Online Only)
Andrew is Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
Andrew is Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
(954) 799-6298 View (954) 799-6298
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Total Mental Wellness - Aventura
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
(954) 231-4495 View (954) 231-4495
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I Jack Abramson
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
Individualized treatment rooted in evidence-based medical techniques. Committed to providing the highest quality care for patients, I offer personalized attention in a respectful, courteous environment. By combining my Harvard medical training with an array of psychodynamic and psychotherapeutic modalities, patients explore their conditions with attention to their biological, psychological, and social needs.
Individualized treatment rooted in evidence-based medical techniques. Committed to providing the highest quality care for patients, I offer personalized attention in a respectful, courteous environment. By combining my Harvard medical training with an array of psychodynamic and psychotherapeutic modalities, patients explore their conditions with attention to their biological, psychological, and social needs.
(786) 705-8378 View (786) 705-8378
Photo of Blue Butterfly Psychiatric Services Danielle Collins, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Blue Butterfly Psychiatric Services Danielle Collins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience caring for mental health & substance abuse clients. I appreciate your trust in choosing me to help guide you through this process. My personal experiences has inspired an empathetic style of treatment, by utilizing a non-judgmental client-centered approach. Regardless of the difficulties you may be experiencing now, together we will engage in a mutual collaboration to explore your treatment options & goals. Taking the first step in seeking treatment can be difficult, reaching out for help takes courage & strength and I truly value both in you.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience caring for mental health & substance abuse clients. I appreciate your trust in choosing me to help guide you through this process. My personal experiences has inspired an empathetic style of treatment, by utilizing a non-judgmental client-centered approach. Regardless of the difficulties you may be experiencing now, together we will engage in a mutual collaboration to explore your treatment options & goals. Taking the first step in seeking treatment can be difficult, reaching out for help takes courage & strength and I truly value both in you.
(786) 463-0898 View (786) 463-0898
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Rose-Estelle Celestin-Obas
Psychiatric Nurse, AGACNP-, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180
Hello! I'm Rose-Estelle T. Celestin-Obas, your dedicated and empathetic healthcare provider. Since diving into the healthcare field in 2010 and qualifying as a Nurse Practitioner in 2019, I've amassed a wealth of experience—14 years as a Registered Nurse and 5 years specializing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care.
Hello! I'm Rose-Estelle T. Celestin-Obas, your dedicated and empathetic healthcare provider. Since diving into the healthcare field in 2010 and qualifying as a Nurse Practitioner in 2019, I've amassed a wealth of experience—14 years as a Registered Nurse and 5 years specializing in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care.
(786) 377-6946 View (786) 377-6946
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Lisandra Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lisandra and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Florida. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Chronic Illness, Family/Relationship Issues, Stress Management and OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lisandra and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Florida. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Chronic Illness, Family/Relationship Issues, Stress Management and OCD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(786) 971-2135 View (786) 971-2135
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Anna Binder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomate of the ABPN. I am fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I received my psychiatry training at University of Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program. I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.
(443) 231-4633 View (443) 231-4633
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(772) 236-4020 View (772) 236-4020
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Total Mental Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
(954) 361-2669 View (954) 361-2669
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Dr. Holly Nicewicz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180
I enjoy working with clients who are interested in enhancing their quality of life through a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications. I believe in the importance of incorporating compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard in the treatment of all my clients, along with creating a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. I use a holistic approach to wellness and enable the patient to actively participate in their care.
I enjoy working with clients who are interested in enhancing their quality of life through a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications. I believe in the importance of incorporating compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard in the treatment of all my clients, along with creating a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. I use a holistic approach to wellness and enable the patient to actively participate in their care.
(954) 231-2387 View (954) 231-2387
Outreach Recovery
Psychiatrist, MD, DO
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33180
We have addiction and mental health outpatient clinics across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. We can provide medical and psychological evaluations, medication assisted treatment, addiction therapy, addiction referral services, home treatment programs, and a variety of wellness services. We treat our patients in outpatient settings, so they continue normal routines except without the dependency on harmful drugs. Patients can respond very quickly with positive results and low risk.
We have addiction and mental health outpatient clinics across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. We can provide medical and psychological evaluations, medication assisted treatment, addiction therapy, addiction referral services, home treatment programs, and a variety of wellness services. We treat our patients in outpatient settings, so they continue normal routines except without the dependency on harmful drugs. Patients can respond very quickly with positive results and low risk.
(786) 638-6149 View (786) 638-6149
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Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
(305) 680-5376 View (305) 680-5376
Photo of Caryn B Schorr, MD, DFAPA, Psychiatrist
Caryn B Schorr
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
(754) 704-4431 View (754) 704-4431
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Dr. Charmi Balsara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
(786) 460-6587 View (786) 460-6587
Photo of Dr. Clara Alvarez, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Dr. Clara Alvarez
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33180  (Online Only)
Dr Alvarez is a triple board-certified psychiatrist with years of clinical experience and academic leadership. Her practice integrates cutting-edge treatments with a patient-centered focus. During her career, Dr Alvarez has been a champion in working with Primary Care Doctors, specialists, Therapists, Nutritionist, health coaches, nursing, and other medical providers to help patients achieve optimal outcomes. She is a member of the Am Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Society, Obesity Medicine Association & International Society of Reproductive Psychiatry
Dr Alvarez is a triple board-certified psychiatrist with years of clinical experience and academic leadership. Her practice integrates cutting-edge treatments with a patient-centered focus. During her career, Dr Alvarez has been a champion in working with Primary Care Doctors, specialists, Therapists, Nutritionist, health coaches, nursing, and other medical providers to help patients achieve optimal outcomes. She is a member of the Am Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Society, Obesity Medicine Association & International Society of Reproductive Psychiatry
(786) 207-1396 View (786) 207-1396
Photo of Courtney Paton,  PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Courtney Paton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aventura, FL 33180  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Courtney and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Sage College. My specializations includes Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, OCD, schizophrenia and Eating Disorders. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Courtney and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Sage College. My specializations includes Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, OCD, schizophrenia and Eating Disorders. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(518) 412-7085 View (518) 412-7085
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33180

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 33180 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD
71% Medication Management
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
60% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 33180 see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33180?

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.