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Babu Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
I have developed a reputation for strong diagnostic skills and thorough understanding of treatment options, based on evidence and experience. I genuinely connect with my patients and try to earn their trust. I feel comfortable with all adults and have extra interest in senior care, providing services in my office and long term care facilities.. But I love taking care of younger adults as well, late high school and beyond. I have been frequently recognized by my physician peers as a "Top Doctor" in the Cincinnati area through the years.
I have developed a reputation for strong diagnostic skills and thorough understanding of treatment options, based on evidence and experience. I genuinely connect with my patients and try to earn their trust. I feel comfortable with all adults and have extra interest in senior care, providing services in my office and long term care facilities.. But I love taking care of younger adults as well, late high school and beyond. I have been frequently recognized by my physician peers as a "Top Doctor" in the Cincinnati area through the years.
(513) 796-5961 View (513) 796-5961
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Sheryl List
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
I am a certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the nursing field 12 years. I have worked within a variety of areas including mental health, critical care, and emergency medicine. I can assist and coordinate with therapists to achieve optimal recovery from your psychiatric symptoms.
I am a certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the nursing field 12 years. I have worked within a variety of areas including mental health, critical care, and emergency medicine. I can assist and coordinate with therapists to achieve optimal recovery from your psychiatric symptoms.
(513) 540-3298 View (513) 540-3298
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Amber Whitlatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
17 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
As a board certified psychiatric NP, my goal is to deliver the best possible care by advocating for my patients and promoting a positive atmosphere. I believe in providing holistic care along with evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, whether that’s assisting with lifestyle changes or medication management. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. Mental health treatment is not "one size fits all" so we will work at your pace towards your goals. I believe every person has innate strengths and abilities that help them to achieve their goals and I work to help you maximize those strengths and abilities.
As a board certified psychiatric NP, my goal is to deliver the best possible care by advocating for my patients and promoting a positive atmosphere. I believe in providing holistic care along with evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, whether that’s assisting with lifestyle changes or medication management. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. Mental health treatment is not "one size fits all" so we will work at your pace towards your goals. I believe every person has innate strengths and abilities that help them to achieve their goals and I work to help you maximize those strengths and abilities.
(513) 676-4504 View (513) 676-4504
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Heather Dlugosz
Psychiatrist, MD, CEDS, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Blue Ash, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Dr. Dlugosz has over a decade of experience with the treatment of eating disorders and their psychiatric co-morbidities in adolescents and adults. Dr. Dlugosz has vast experience in a variety of treatment settings, in multiple levels of care, including tele-health.  She values partnering with patients and their supports in building an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative relationship throughout the assessment and treatment process as patients build a values-driven life outside of their eating disorder.
Dr. Dlugosz has over a decade of experience with the treatment of eating disorders and their psychiatric co-morbidities in adolescents and adults. Dr. Dlugosz has vast experience in a variety of treatment settings, in multiple levels of care, including tele-health.  She values partnering with patients and their supports in building an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative relationship throughout the assessment and treatment process as patients build a values-driven life outside of their eating disorder.
(513) 848-4307 View (513) 848-4307
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Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching – Medical
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, NP-C
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching is a group private practice that has providers who specialize in many areas including medication management. Our Medical Team consists of multiple Nurse Practitioners, Medical Assistants, a Dietician, and a full administrative team that use a collaborative approach to providing care for our clients. Our Medical Team works closely with our counselors to be able to offer a well-rounded approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction issues. We serve clients as young as 5 years old and older.
Restoring Hope Counseling and Coaching is a group private practice that has providers who specialize in many areas including medication management. Our Medical Team consists of multiple Nurse Practitioners, Medical Assistants, a Dietician, and a full administrative team that use a collaborative approach to providing care for our clients. Our Medical Team works closely with our counselors to be able to offer a well-rounded approach to the treatment of mental health and addiction issues. We serve clients as young as 5 years old and older.
(513) 275-6023 View (513) 275-6023
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Richard Rutz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, ARNP-BC
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
I've been a practicing psychiatric nurse since 1994 and as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2005. Many areas of treatment have included mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD/trauma related issues and eating disorders. Working at many different levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient has allowed me to see mental health at a variety of intensities. I believe in the motivation of the individual and integrating with their health care team to allow the individual to function at the highest level. We are using Zoom to provide quality and safe tele-health sessions.
I've been a practicing psychiatric nurse since 1994 and as Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2005. Many areas of treatment have included mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD/trauma related issues and eating disorders. Working at many different levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient has allowed me to see mental health at a variety of intensities. I believe in the motivation of the individual and integrating with their health care team to allow the individual to function at the highest level. We are using Zoom to provide quality and safe tele-health sessions.
(513) 815-3108 View (513) 815-3108
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Krishona Poignard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
(513) 548-4120 View (513) 548-4120
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Shana Feibel
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Hello, I know how hard it can be living with mental illness. I am here to help guide you through the ups and downs and to ultimately find a treatment that will allow you to live with much fewer symptoms. If you can't sleep because your mind is racing, if you feel too depressed to get out of bed, if you just don't get any joy out of life anymore, if you experience debilitating panic attacks, and get more irritable at times, whatever issues you might have. We will work on them together. I want you to enjoy your life and live your passions. Life is too short to settle for less.
Hello, I know how hard it can be living with mental illness. I am here to help guide you through the ups and downs and to ultimately find a treatment that will allow you to live with much fewer symptoms. If you can't sleep because your mind is racing, if you feel too depressed to get out of bed, if you just don't get any joy out of life anymore, if you experience debilitating panic attacks, and get more irritable at times, whatever issues you might have. We will work on them together. I want you to enjoy your life and live your passions. Life is too short to settle for less.
(513) 450-2352 View (513) 450-2352
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A Crystal Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Start YOUR Journey to Inner Peace!! A Crystal Mind's goal is to expand access to mental healthcare while assisting patients on their journeys to become the best versions of themselves. We use a variety of evidenced-based practices to provide a holistic, client-centered, culturally-sensitive approach. We will listen to your unique story and come up with a comprehensive plan that best fits your personal needs. The experienced provider is a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 20yrs of nursing experience and has worked in various clinical settings.
Start YOUR Journey to Inner Peace!! A Crystal Mind's goal is to expand access to mental healthcare while assisting patients on their journeys to become the best versions of themselves. We use a variety of evidenced-based practices to provide a holistic, client-centered, culturally-sensitive approach. We will listen to your unique story and come up with a comprehensive plan that best fits your personal needs. The experienced provider is a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 20yrs of nursing experience and has worked in various clinical settings.
(513) 434-6344 View (513) 434-6344
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Joel Ellison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Not accepting new clients
My primary goal as a physician 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.
My primary goal as a physician 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.
(513) 815-3625 View (513) 815-3625
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Berline Frye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP-BC, MSN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a provider that listens to you ,gives you time and pay attention to your mental health needs? Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a Mental provider that spends more than 15 minutes to ensure you have a correct diagnosis and treatment. Look no more! I provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and therapy services in a safe environment. After trying so long to find help for my own Loved ones, I made it my mission to do things differently, work harder to foster a safe environment for all patients, truly care for patients, and share good practices in empathy and understanding.
Are you looking for a provider that listens to you ,gives you time and pay attention to your mental health needs? Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a Mental provider that spends more than 15 minutes to ensure you have a correct diagnosis and treatment. Look no more! I provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and therapy services in a safe environment. After trying so long to find help for my own Loved ones, I made it my mission to do things differently, work harder to foster a safe environment for all patients, truly care for patients, and share good practices in empathy and understanding.
(440) 261-5270 View (440) 261-5270
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Sarah Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-, APRN-C
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Sarah Martin is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2013. Sarah strives to offer a safe and trusting environment for her clients on their path to mental wellness and healing. You know your child best of all! In this spirit, Sarah offers a personalized and family-centered partnership to help clients reach their personal best. Sarah has more than 10 years of child/adolescent mental health experience in the outpatient and inpatient care settings, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Psychiatry and Rocking Horse Community Health Center.
Sarah Martin is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2013. Sarah strives to offer a safe and trusting environment for her clients on their path to mental wellness and healing. You know your child best of all! In this spirit, Sarah offers a personalized and family-centered partnership to help clients reach their personal best. Sarah has more than 10 years of child/adolescent mental health experience in the outpatient and inpatient care settings, including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Psychiatry and Rocking Horse Community Health Center.
(513) 506-2951 View (513) 506-2951
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Nichole McCoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
(937) 857-5558 View (937) 857-5558
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Kelly Ausman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a mood disorder or a personality disorder we all desire happy fulfilling lives. In order for us to get to a new place, there has to be a willingness and commitment to do the work. I will challenge you to spend your free-time differently. We will analyze what you choose to fill your thoughts with and the activities you currently engage in. What do you spend your money on? “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” For most of us the old adage "the pain of not changing has to be greater than the pain of changing” before we are ready to make a true commitment to healing.
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a mood disorder or a personality disorder we all desire happy fulfilling lives. In order for us to get to a new place, there has to be a willingness and commitment to do the work. I will challenge you to spend your free-time differently. We will analyze what you choose to fill your thoughts with and the activities you currently engage in. What do you spend your money on? “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” For most of us the old adage "the pain of not changing has to be greater than the pain of changing” before we are ready to make a true commitment to healing.
(513) 540-4522 View (513) 540-4522
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Neema Mrisho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
(505) 370-7726 View (505) 370-7726
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Denise Re
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Denise Re is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree in advanced practice nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University as a member of The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wright State University. She has practiced nursing since 2005 in inpatient and outpatient settings including medical, psychiatric, and addiction treatment. She believes in working together with patients to help them obtain their optimal level of mental well-being.
Denise Re is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree in advanced practice nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University as a member of The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wright State University. She has practiced nursing since 2005 in inpatient and outpatient settings including medical, psychiatric, and addiction treatment. She believes in working together with patients to help them obtain their optimal level of mental well-being.
(513) 790-6624 View (513) 790-6624
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Paul Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Paul M Myers holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, a MSN from Xavier University and an ANP from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was certified as an ANCC Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2012. He has practiced as a psychiatric nurse clinician and manager in psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. He has been working in a research facility and providing outpatient care specializing in Schizophrenia, Bipolar and ADHD. He has been an educator in undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and as a psychotherapist. He loves to travel with his husband and family/friends.
Paul M Myers holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, a MSN from Xavier University and an ANP from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was certified as an ANCC Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2012. He has practiced as a psychiatric nurse clinician and manager in psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. He has been working in a research facility and providing outpatient care specializing in Schizophrenia, Bipolar and ADHD. He has been an educator in undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and as a psychotherapist. He loves to travel with his husband and family/friends.
(513) 643-2216 View (513) 643-2216
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Jeremy Carpenter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
(513) 654-6256 View (513) 654-6256
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Akeem Adeniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received my Masters degree from University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC. I have been practicing for 5 years and have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as seeing my patient smile and happy, gives me a great joy!
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received my Masters degree from University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC. I have been practicing for 5 years and have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as seeing my patient smile and happy, gives me a great joy!
(513) 866-4241 View (513) 866-4241
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Denise Dews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
I’m here to help you with your mental health concerns and provide you with the best possible care.” I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. I have a vast array of experience in mental health, as I've been a psychiatric nurse since 2011. My focus is on treating children, adolescents and adults through the life span.
I’m here to help you with your mental health concerns and provide you with the best possible care.” I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. I have a vast array of experience in mental health, as I've been a psychiatric nurse since 2011. My focus is on treating children, adolescents and adults through the life span.
(513) 960-7137 View (513) 960-7137

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Number of Psychiatrists in 45241

20+

Average cost per session

$120

Psychiatrists in 45241 who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Medication Management
52% ADHD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 45241 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 45241?

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.