Psychiatrists in 43085

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Dr. Chris Nadorff
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Patient Review: "I have had the benefit of working with numerous behavioral health providers over the past 15 years and Dr. Nadorff is, hands down, the best that I have worked with. She truly cares about her patients and will work with you to find the treatment plan that fits your needs and goals. Dr. Nadorff recommended a medication that I was previously unaware of for the treatment of my panic attacks and it has been an absolute game changer in my life. She is extremely quick to respond whenever I need anything and values my feedback. She is a very caring and talented psychiatrist that I would recommend to anyone seeking help."
Patient Review: "I have had the benefit of working with numerous behavioral health providers over the past 15 years and Dr. Nadorff is, hands down, the best that I have worked with. She truly cares about her patients and will work with you to find the treatment plan that fits your needs and goals. Dr. Nadorff recommended a medication that I was previously unaware of for the treatment of my panic attacks and it has been an absolute game changer in my life. She is extremely quick to respond whenever I need anything and values my feedback. She is a very caring and talented psychiatrist that I would recommend to anyone seeking help."
(614) 666-6962 View (614) 666-6962
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Sophia Kassem
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Worthington, OH 43085
Sophia Kassem, D.O. is now accepting new patients for in-person and telehealth appointments! Dr. Kassem provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults, mainly focusing on patients ages 6 to 21. She specializes in depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Kassem is committed to de-stigmatizing mental health issues.
Sophia Kassem, D.O. is now accepting new patients for in-person and telehealth appointments! Dr. Kassem provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults, mainly focusing on patients ages 6 to 21. She specializes in depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Kassem is committed to de-stigmatizing mental health issues.
(614) 762-9571 View (614) 762-9571
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Worthington, OH 43085
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(380) 333-5391 View (380) 333-5391
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Worthington, OH 43085
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(380) 212-2412 View (380) 212-2412
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Sarah Rossetter, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Worthington, OH 43085
Unsure if medication is the right choice for you? Are you looking for a doctor who will truly listen and understand your needs? Dr. Rossetter combines a warm, compassionate interaction style with medical expertise to offer truly personalized care.
Unsure if medication is the right choice for you? Are you looking for a doctor who will truly listen and understand your needs? Dr. Rossetter combines a warm, compassionate interaction style with medical expertise to offer truly personalized care.
(614) 414-3423 View (614) 414-3423
Sherri Wongchaowart
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and indecision often bring people to treatment. I am a practicing psychiatrist applying psychodynamic psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, and medication management to help patients. People often think that their problems are unclear, confusing, and that there are no real answers. People often wish that their lives could be better or that they could have a greater sense of wellbeing. It could be work or school performance, or relationship difficulties. These problems can be helped, in a way that brings lasting benefit.
Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and indecision often bring people to treatment. I am a practicing psychiatrist applying psychodynamic psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, and medication management to help patients. People often think that their problems are unclear, confusing, and that there are no real answers. People often wish that their lives could be better or that they could have a greater sense of wellbeing. It could be work or school performance, or relationship difficulties. These problems can be helped, in a way that brings lasting benefit.
(614) 360-2613 View (614) 360-2613
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Mary Abbot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP/C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Mary Abbott, Certified Nurse Practitioner, graduated with Honors from Drexel University with a master's degree in Nursing and a Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in general psychiatry and currently treats adults 18 years or older. Mary has a special interest in treating a variety of disorders including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Attacks, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Ms. Abbott also holds a certificate as a Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience.
Mary Abbott, Certified Nurse Practitioner, graduated with Honors from Drexel University with a master's degree in Nursing and a Post Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in general psychiatry and currently treats adults 18 years or older. Mary has a special interest in treating a variety of disorders including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Attacks, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Ms. Abbott also holds a certificate as a Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience.
(380) 205-0116 View (380) 205-0116
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In Focus Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Our patients are seeking to understand and manage emotions, navigate life's challenges, and achieve personal growth. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, or life transitions and seek a supportive, empathic environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and enhance their overall well-being. They desire a deeper understanding of themselves and a meaningful, fulfilled life.
Our patients are seeking to understand and manage emotions, navigate life's challenges, and achieve personal growth. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, or life transitions and seek a supportive, empathic environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and enhance their overall well-being. They desire a deeper understanding of themselves and a meaningful, fulfilled life.
(469) 949-3916 View (469) 949-3916
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Dr. Kimberly M. Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been practicing for more than 14 years and hold multi-state licensures. As a doctorate-prepared practitioner, I have an affinity for education and thus, continue to expand my research and knowledge to provide exceptional treatment for optimal patient outcomes using evidence-based practice. It is my mission to promote life-long wellness by integrating spirituality in Christianity into my comprehensive model of psychiatric care, advocacy, and support for each of my patients.
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been practicing for more than 14 years and hold multi-state licensures. As a doctorate-prepared practitioner, I have an affinity for education and thus, continue to expand my research and knowledge to provide exceptional treatment for optimal patient outcomes using evidence-based practice. It is my mission to promote life-long wellness by integrating spirituality in Christianity into my comprehensive model of psychiatric care, advocacy, and support for each of my patients.
(740) 640-6648 View (740) 640-6648
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Jennifer M. Suffridge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRNCNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy starts with the fact that I believe that every human being is unique, and deserves to be happy and to be treated with dignity. I have been working for my entire adult life in the medical field. I worked for many years as a critical care nurse, treating men and women suffering from severe, life-threatning illnesses. As I saw individuals and families struggling with pain and illness, I became gradually more interested in focusing on people's inner, mental well-being. I was fortunate to be able to train as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am availabe to treat any patients in the State of Ohio.
My treatment philosophy starts with the fact that I believe that every human being is unique, and deserves to be happy and to be treated with dignity. I have been working for my entire adult life in the medical field. I worked for many years as a critical care nurse, treating men and women suffering from severe, life-threatning illnesses. As I saw individuals and families struggling with pain and illness, I became gradually more interested in focusing on people's inner, mental well-being. I was fortunate to be able to train as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am availabe to treat any patients in the State of Ohio.
(513) 953-4459 View (513) 953-4459
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Ramona Bhatt
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Dr. Bhatt graduated with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and neuroscience from The Ohio State University. She completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, going on to finish her adult psychiatry residency in Cleveland at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. After this, she returned to Columbus to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she served as a chief resident in her final year.
Dr. Bhatt graduated with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and neuroscience from The Ohio State University. She completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, going on to finish her adult psychiatry residency in Cleveland at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. After this, she returned to Columbus to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she served as a chief resident in her final year.
(614) 418-6712 View (614) 418-6712
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LaVita Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Depressed? Anxious? Mood swings? In a narcissistic relationship? Feel lost, confused, unheard, and that nobody understands? Do you need someone who will listen without judgment and make sense of your reality? Most people want peace and happiness but fail to have the tools to achieve that. Let's talk and figure out ways to improve your situation right from the comfort of your own home or even during your lunch break. If you’re willing and ready to make life changes, I am here for you. We can start now.
Depressed? Anxious? Mood swings? In a narcissistic relationship? Feel lost, confused, unheard, and that nobody understands? Do you need someone who will listen without judgment and make sense of your reality? Most people want peace and happiness but fail to have the tools to achieve that. Let's talk and figure out ways to improve your situation right from the comfort of your own home or even during your lunch break. If you’re willing and ready to make life changes, I am here for you. We can start now.
(347) 802-0902 View (347) 802-0902
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Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW, LCSW, PhD, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
(914) 613-6630 View (914) 613-6630
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Nicole Mccrackin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Nicole McCrackin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. She has previously worked for government and community-based organizations providing psychiatric services and supportive therapy to the adult population. She currently provides medication management to adults ages 18 to 65+. Her treatment areas of specialty include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
Nicole McCrackin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. She has previously worked for government and community-based organizations providing psychiatric services and supportive therapy to the adult population. She currently provides medication management to adults ages 18 to 65+. Her treatment areas of specialty include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
(380) 333-9875 View (380) 333-9875
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Lynnea Carder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Dr. Carder has been practicing for over 20 years in general adult psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a certification in Elder Law. She has advanced training in psychopharmacology which she earned with distinction. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed her internship with the Department of Family medicine and completed her residency with Department of Psychiatry both at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Dr. Carder has been practicing for over 20 years in general adult psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a certification in Elder Law. She has advanced training in psychopharmacology which she earned with distinction. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed her internship with the Department of Family medicine and completed her residency with Department of Psychiatry both at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
(513) 282-0269 View (513) 282-0269
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Kinsey Reeves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Worthington, OH 43085
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, care, and treatment from both a medication management and psychotherapeutic approach. I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal goals and treatment preferences. Our collaborative plan of care may include medications, lifestyle modifications, psychotherapeutic approaches, and supplements amongst other modalities. I am passionate in working with those with mood, anxiety, & attention concerns.
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, care, and treatment from both a medication management and psychotherapeutic approach. I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal goals and treatment preferences. Our collaborative plan of care may include medications, lifestyle modifications, psychotherapeutic approaches, and supplements amongst other modalities. I am passionate in working with those with mood, anxiety, & attention concerns.
(614) 953-6088 View (614) 953-6088
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Jennifer Shoenfelt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Dr. Jennifer Shoenfelt is a double board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on child and adolescent medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Shoenfelt may believe that additional therapy is needed and will ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She provides treatment plans that include holistic recommendations that include diet, exercise, educational and psychosocial/spiritual aspects of care.
Dr. Jennifer Shoenfelt is a double board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on child and adolescent medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Shoenfelt may believe that additional therapy is needed and will ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She provides treatment plans that include holistic recommendations that include diet, exercise, educational and psychosocial/spiritual aspects of care.
(513) 982-5933 View (513) 982-5933
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Christopher Lautt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Christopher Lautt is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He earned both his Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degrees with honors at The Ohio State University. He has been working in psychiatry for several years as a nurse and nurse practitioner with experience in telepsychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient community mental health.
Christopher Lautt is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He earned both his Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degrees with honors at The Ohio State University. He has been working in psychiatry for several years as a nurse and nurse practitioner with experience in telepsychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient community mental health.
(380) 207-9066 View (380) 207-9066
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Rachel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Rachel Jones is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with seven of experience. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and Wright State University and her bachelor's degree from Grace College in Indiana. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has previously worked in inpatient, outpatient, emergency and foster care settings. She specializes in medication management for her clients and is also knowledgeable in motivational interviewing and supportive counseling. She sees clients up to age 40.
Rachel Jones is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with seven of experience. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and Wright State University and her bachelor's degree from Grace College in Indiana. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has previously worked in inpatient, outpatient, emergency and foster care settings. She specializes in medication management for her clients and is also knowledgeable in motivational interviewing and supportive counseling. She sees clients up to age 40.
(380) 777-5484 View (380) 777-5484
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Seth Colvin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
I am a committed and compassionate provider who offers support and medication management services to individuals. I treat a broad range of patients including those that may have been diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
I am a committed and compassionate provider who offers support and medication management services to individuals. I treat a broad range of patients including those that may have been diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
(513) 986-7833 View (513) 986-7833
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 43085

30+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in 43085 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
97% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
88% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 43085 see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 43085?

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.