Psychiatrists in 33601

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Dual HealthCare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, AGNP-C, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Ronnie Moore, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to helping you achieve mental peace and well-being. I specialize in treating various mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD, through comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy. I envision a world where mental health support is accessible, inclusive, and transformative. I'm committed to excellence and ongoing professional development, with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-BC (2021) and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-C (2017).
Welcome! I'm Ronnie Moore, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to helping you achieve mental peace and well-being. I specialize in treating various mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD, through comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy. I envision a world where mental health support is accessible, inclusive, and transformative. I'm committed to excellence and ongoing professional development, with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-BC (2021) and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-C (2017).
(863) 281-5751 View (863) 281-5751
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Lori Karner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
(904) 368-6027 View (904) 368-6027
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Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
(804) 482-0464 View (804) 482-0464
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Bryan Espinet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
(941) 265-2681 View (941) 265-2681
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Lorraine Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt like your mental health needs more attention, support, or understanding than it's currently receiving?
Have you ever felt like your mental health needs more attention, support, or understanding than it's currently receiving?
(727) 594-8875 View (727) 594-8875
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Psychiatry 360
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
Online new client & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
Online new client & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
(850) 613-1636 View (850) 613-1636
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Mark Sylvester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
(941) 840-5226 View (941) 840-5226
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Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
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Jennifer Upcraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Jennifer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. I provide an integrative approach to treatment which includes lifestyle modification, supplements, and medication management without the use of controlled substances. I offer a free 15 minute consultation prior to scheduling your first appointment.
Hi! My name is Jennifer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. I provide an integrative approach to treatment which includes lifestyle modification, supplements, and medication management without the use of controlled substances. I offer a free 15 minute consultation prior to scheduling your first appointment.
(850) 446-5434 View (850) 446-5434
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Debbie Mock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
(813) 773-1332 View (813) 773-1332
Doctors Isaac & Isaac Psychiatric PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
(863) 356-0630 View (863) 356-0630
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(480) 500-1241 View (480) 500-1241
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Precious M Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
I provide assistance in many areas including ADHD, depression, anxiety , mood disorder and many others. The course of treatment is individualized to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
I provide assistance in many areas including ADHD, depression, anxiety , mood disorder and many others. The course of treatment is individualized to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
(407) 706-5864 View (407) 706-5864
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Nelson Antonio Pichardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
(321) 221-5183 View (321) 221-5183
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Nicole Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
(850) 713-9997 View (850) 713-9997
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William M Homan
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
(813) 519-3969 View (813) 519-3969
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The College Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, & TX
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, & TX
(341) 888-7293 View (341) 888-7293
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Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33601  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
(843) 595-8742 View (843) 595-8742
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, APRN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33601
Hi, am the owner/ head Clinician at Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will get 2 providers in your care. Myself and one of my fabulous student/interns. The latter will take your medical/psych history and then I will come on and join to create the treatment plan and prescribe meds when evaluation is complete. On subsequent visits, you will see the student/intern and he/she will bring me on when needed when a change is needed to meds or the treatment plan. Our practice is integrative/functional in nature, meaning that we combine traditional psych meds with supplements, including vitamins to treat the root problem.
Hi, am the owner/ head Clinician at Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will get 2 providers in your care. Myself and one of my fabulous student/interns. The latter will take your medical/psych history and then I will come on and join to create the treatment plan and prescribe meds when evaluation is complete. On subsequent visits, you will see the student/intern and he/she will bring me on when needed when a change is needed to meds or the treatment plan. Our practice is integrative/functional in nature, meaning that we combine traditional psych meds with supplements, including vitamins to treat the root problem.
(561) 872-2982 View (561) 872-2982

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Number of Psychiatrists in 33601

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 33601 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 33601 see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33601?

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.