Psychiatrists in 33647

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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(813) 576-2569 View (813) 576-2569
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Olamiju Olaleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(813) 536-5241 View (813) 536-5241
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Rodwan Mahfouz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
I am accepting new patients in Florida, New York and Michigan via telehealth appointments, and in-person in the Tampa area. Please call our office for more information.
I am accepting new patients in Florida, New York and Michigan via telehealth appointments, and in-person in the Tampa area. Please call our office for more information.
(813) 669-4217 View (813) 669-4217
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Dr. Jaclyn Bellassai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Dr. Jaclyn Bellassai, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatry and family health I am the practice owner of "A New Beginning Psychiatry." I have a genuine love for people, and I consider myself a sensitive and compassionate person. I find working in my field a privilege, and I am in awe every day of how people choose to confide in me and trust in me to help them. I never take this for granted. I always try to see my patients through their eyes and consider their history, culture, and belief systems when formulating a treatment plan.
Hi! My name is Dr. Jaclyn Bellassai, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatry and family health I am the practice owner of "A New Beginning Psychiatry." I have a genuine love for people, and I consider myself a sensitive and compassionate person. I find working in my field a privilege, and I am in awe every day of how people choose to confide in me and trust in me to help them. I never take this for granted. I always try to see my patients through their eyes and consider their history, culture, and belief systems when formulating a treatment plan.
(813) 945-7381 View (813) 945-7381
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Christen McNew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
(813) 734-7081 View (813) 734-7081
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Specialized Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
(941) 241-3821 View (941) 241-3821
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Brittany Barber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Brittany Barber is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Her goal is to provide excellent care to individuals suffering from mental illnesses that negatively impact their quality of life. Together, she works with patients to target the symptoms causing them distress and uses evidence-based practices to develop treatments plan that improves their quality of life. She provides medication management and supportive therapy to help patients navigate difficult life transitions. By helping patients identify the symptoms causing the most negative impact on their lives, her treatment plans are directed toward fixing symptoms.
Brittany Barber is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Her goal is to provide excellent care to individuals suffering from mental illnesses that negatively impact their quality of life. Together, she works with patients to target the symptoms causing them distress and uses evidence-based practices to develop treatments plan that improves their quality of life. She provides medication management and supportive therapy to help patients navigate difficult life transitions. By helping patients identify the symptoms causing the most negative impact on their lives, her treatment plans are directed toward fixing symptoms.
(813) 491-1873 View (813) 491-1873
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Green Pasture Primary Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
(813) 822-3429 View (813) 822-3429
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Georges Coupet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
(813) 701-5844 View (813) 701-5844
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Sarah Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Most of my clients have come to me as adults wondering whether they could possibly have undiagnosed ADHD or needing treatment. Many of them had been misdiagnosed in the past with depression, anxiety, or even bipolar disorder, but these never seemed quite right or the treatments never helped. Many have noticed that the strategies that previously worked for them at one time are no longer doing enough to manage all their overflowing responsibilities effectively and they are overwhelmed and burnt out. Some of my other clients come to me with concerns about managing mental health in the setting of pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
Most of my clients have come to me as adults wondering whether they could possibly have undiagnosed ADHD or needing treatment. Many of them had been misdiagnosed in the past with depression, anxiety, or even bipolar disorder, but these never seemed quite right or the treatments never helped. Many have noticed that the strategies that previously worked for them at one time are no longer doing enough to manage all their overflowing responsibilities effectively and they are overwhelmed and burnt out. Some of my other clients come to me with concerns about managing mental health in the setting of pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
(813) 797-4875 View (813) 797-4875
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Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
(813) 696-3979 View (813) 696-3979
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trucare clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Welcome to Trucare where we take time to listen and care for your mental health.Caroline Seignon, a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Florida, brings a compassionate and innovative approach to teletherapy, understanding the common struggles individuals face in finding comfort and happiness. With a deep commitment to mental health, Caroline specializes in addressing a spectrum of issues, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, and addiction.
Welcome to Trucare where we take time to listen and care for your mental health.Caroline Seignon, a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Florida, brings a compassionate and innovative approach to teletherapy, understanding the common struggles individuals face in finding comfort and happiness. With a deep commitment to mental health, Caroline specializes in addressing a spectrum of issues, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, and addiction.
(813) 640-3998 View (813) 640-3998
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Eloy Franco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Dr. Eloy Franco, MD and I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of experience in treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions. I completed my training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and then moved to Tampa in 2010. I enjoy caring for patients of all walks of life in a way that is warm, empathic, inquisitive and empowering! If you would like to join my diverse group of patients, please feel free to give us a call. You can find more information about my practice and myself at my website: dreloyfranco.com I look forward to helping and knowing you! Se Habla Español.
Hi there! My name is Dr. Eloy Franco, MD and I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of experience in treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions. I completed my training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and then moved to Tampa in 2010. I enjoy caring for patients of all walks of life in a way that is warm, empathic, inquisitive and empowering! If you would like to join my diverse group of patients, please feel free to give us a call. You can find more information about my practice and myself at my website: dreloyfranco.com I look forward to helping and knowing you! Se Habla Español.
(813) 521-7354 View (813) 521-7354
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Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(813) 547-6215 View (813) 547-6215
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Danielle Porter, PMHNP • Porter Psychiatry Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry LLC via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle Porter, Florida APRN and national board certified PMHNP who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis/confirm prior diagnosis, prescription refill, or wish to make changes to your current treatment, learn of your options, or other services, scan the QR code and schedule your visit today. I look forward to meeting with you.
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry LLC via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle Porter, Florida APRN and national board certified PMHNP who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis/confirm prior diagnosis, prescription refill, or wish to make changes to your current treatment, learn of your options, or other services, scan the QR code and schedule your visit today. I look forward to meeting with you.
(727) 910-5816 View (727) 910-5816
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Muhammad A Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Muhammad Ali is child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings. He is fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Muhammad Ali is child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings. He is fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(813) 452-4073 View (813) 452-4073
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Marvalee Allison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.I have worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse centers, Long Term Care, and outpatient psychiatric centers. My experiences include but are not limited to Women's Health psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideations, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, substance abuse, PTSD , Dementia with behavioral disturbances, TBI, and ADHD.
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.I have worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse centers, Long Term Care, and outpatient psychiatric centers. My experiences include but are not limited to Women's Health psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideations, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, substance abuse, PTSD , Dementia with behavioral disturbances, TBI, and ADHD.
(954) 519-7385 View (954) 519-7385
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(786) 755-3510 View (786) 755-3510
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Danielle Porter💊 Porter Psychiatry Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
(813) 945-6535 View (813) 945-6535
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Advanced Psychiatric Health - Wesley Chapel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Lauren is committed to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals struggling with mental health issues and disorders to help them achieve their full potential through medication management, supportive therapies, and lifestyle modifications.
Lauren is committed to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals struggling with mental health issues and disorders to help them achieve their full potential through medication management, supportive therapies, and lifestyle modifications.
(813) 736-6797 View (813) 736-6797

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33647

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 33647 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
97% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Medication Management
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 33647 see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33647?

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.