Psychiatrists in 60647

Photo of Tessa Schultz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Tessa Schultz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
I provide psychiatry and mind health services for children/adolescents and adults. I am the founder of an innovative mental health clinic, providing the best mental heath treatment in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. We shift the clinical paradigm by combining the best of traditional psychiatry approaches with evidenced based wellness approaches. I treat through a holistic lens within your belief system. I am accepting clients virtually. March 2024 our physical location in Logan Square will be open and will be able to see clients in-person. We also offer yoga and psychedelics (Spring 2024). Awake with us!
I provide psychiatry and mind health services for children/adolescents and adults. I am the founder of an innovative mental health clinic, providing the best mental heath treatment in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. We shift the clinical paradigm by combining the best of traditional psychiatry approaches with evidenced based wellness approaches. I treat through a holistic lens within your belief system. I am accepting clients virtually. March 2024 our physical location in Logan Square will be open and will be able to see clients in-person. We also offer yoga and psychedelics (Spring 2024). Awake with us!
(630) 526-8742 View (630) 526-8742
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Michael Bonifacio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Michael G. Bonifacio is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Michael strongly believes in a people-centered, compassionate, and holistic approach to mental healthcare. With more than two decades of experience as a healthcare professional, he leverages his comprehensive skill set to devise treatment plans with his clients that foster understanding, personal growth, and long-lasting positive outcomes. Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. Outside of work, Michael enjoys cooking, traveling, and practicing aikido.
Michael G. Bonifacio is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Michael strongly believes in a people-centered, compassionate, and holistic approach to mental healthcare. With more than two decades of experience as a healthcare professional, he leverages his comprehensive skill set to devise treatment plans with his clients that foster understanding, personal growth, and long-lasting positive outcomes. Michael specializes in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. Outside of work, Michael enjoys cooking, traveling, and practicing aikido.
(773) 830-6605 View (773) 830-6605
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Today Telemedicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
Visits in less than 72 hrs. Telemedicine only for mental health, physical health, urgent care and CBT therapy. Easy self-schedule and insurance accepted. www.TodayTelemedicine.com . Safe nonjudgmental environment, 24/7 access to team via portal and text or call us at 1-800-951-8257
Visits in less than 72 hrs. Telemedicine only for mental health, physical health, urgent care and CBT therapy. Easy self-schedule and insurance accepted. www.TodayTelemedicine.com . Safe nonjudgmental environment, 24/7 access to team via portal and text or call us at 1-800-951-8257
(773) 527-2906 View (773) 527-2906
Photo of Sarah Ritter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Sarah Ritter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
I help people who are struggling with neurodivergence and its mood complications as well as depression, anxiety, bipolar II disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and C-PTSD who are open to new and emerging evidenced-based treatments to reduce or resolve their symptoms, feel more confident, and live a healthier life! I am a fully licensed, ANCC board-certified, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years experience.
I help people who are struggling with neurodivergence and its mood complications as well as depression, anxiety, bipolar II disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and C-PTSD who are open to new and emerging evidenced-based treatments to reduce or resolve their symptoms, feel more confident, and live a healthier life! I am a fully licensed, ANCC board-certified, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years experience.
(773) 985-1820 View (773) 985-1820
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Danielle Silva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Hello, I'm Danielle Silva, a licensed and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with four years of experience. I specialize in providing compassionate care and evidence-based therapies to support individuals in managing mental health challenges. I'm dedicated to collaborating with my patients to develop personalized treatment plans that promote healing and enhance overall well-being. I typically work with patients across the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health conditions.
Hello, I'm Danielle Silva, a licensed and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with four years of experience. I specialize in providing compassionate care and evidence-based therapies to support individuals in managing mental health challenges. I'm dedicated to collaborating with my patients to develop personalized treatment plans that promote healing and enhance overall well-being. I typically work with patients across the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health conditions.
(773) 692-1924 View (773) 692-1924
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Julia Chevron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
My passion lies in helping people navigate the complexities of mental health, shaped by my approach that is rooted in the Golden Rule: treat others as you wish to be treated. I aim to embody approachability, trustworthiness, non-judgment, compassion, and empathy in understanding each person’s unique life story and circumstances. I firmly believe in a collaborative relationship, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect rather than authoritarianism. In our modern, time-crunched world, it is understandable to try and look for and rely on a quick fix rather than addressing the root cause of the issue.
My passion lies in helping people navigate the complexities of mental health, shaped by my approach that is rooted in the Golden Rule: treat others as you wish to be treated. I aim to embody approachability, trustworthiness, non-judgment, compassion, and empathy in understanding each person’s unique life story and circumstances. I firmly believe in a collaborative relationship, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect rather than authoritarianism. In our modern, time-crunched world, it is understandable to try and look for and rely on a quick fix rather than addressing the root cause of the issue.
(312) 487-3043 View (312) 487-3043
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Ann Hruby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
Would you like genuine care and interest from your provider? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although patients often find medication useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives to improve their wellness.
Would you like genuine care and interest from your provider? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although patients often find medication useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives to improve their wellness.
(773) 877-3027 View (773) 877-3027
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Brandy Eichelberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
I found my greatest worth in treating individuals struggling with the challenges of life using a patient-centered and evidence-based approach. I connect and build therapeutic rapport with my patients through compassion, integrity, good communication skills and simply treating them how I want myself and my family to be treated.
I found my greatest worth in treating individuals struggling with the challenges of life using a patient-centered and evidence-based approach. I connect and build therapeutic rapport with my patients through compassion, integrity, good communication skills and simply treating them how I want myself and my family to be treated.
(618) 423-8309 View (618) 423-8309
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Wibeto Practice
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
We believe that healing occurs relationally, through being accepted when one is their fully Authentic Self. Our diverse network of providers practice from a heart-centered approach and are here to meet each individual on their own unique timeline. We are needing more moments of spaciousness for the Deep Emotions we all experience. We are needing a Space to Feel. We will continue to join you on your journey and empower your Self-Agency! Everyone is deserving of love and care - it is safe to emerge and be seen!
We believe that healing occurs relationally, through being accepted when one is their fully Authentic Self. Our diverse network of providers practice from a heart-centered approach and are here to meet each individual on their own unique timeline. We are needing more moments of spaciousness for the Deep Emotions we all experience. We are needing a Space to Feel. We will continue to join you on your journey and empower your Self-Agency! Everyone is deserving of love and care - it is safe to emerge and be seen!
(773) 923-0956 View (773) 923-0956
Photo of Jason Sweazy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Jason Sweazy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
I bring enthusiasm, competence, and compassion to my patient care. I am focused and disciplined with a positive and collaborative nature. I am committed to using best practices, to consulting and using the latest evidence-based algorithms and to using the most current resources (UpToDate, NEI, Epocrates, and Lexicomp). I take special pride in providing excellent education to patients and their families.
I bring enthusiasm, competence, and compassion to my patient care. I am focused and disciplined with a positive and collaborative nature. I am committed to using best practices, to consulting and using the latest evidence-based algorithms and to using the most current resources (UpToDate, NEI, Epocrates, and Lexicomp). I take special pride in providing excellent education to patients and their families.
(708) 223-2169 View (708) 223-2169
Photo of Danielle Stern, Psychiatrist in 60647, IL
Danielle Stern
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Dr. Danielle Stern is a trained adult psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in evidence-based psychiatric medication management of adults, with a focus on treatment of anxiety and depression without the use of controlled substances.
Dr. Danielle Stern is a trained adult psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in evidence-based psychiatric medication management of adults, with a focus on treatment of anxiety and depression without the use of controlled substances.
(888) 279-0002 View (888) 279-0002
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Brandy Eichelberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Are you tired of not being able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life? Are you ready for a change? I can help you by gathering an extensive psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and initiation and monitoring psychopharmacological treatment. I am Brandy, founder of Optimum Mental Health Healing. I am a highly respected board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Illinois. I have 20 years of experience in mental health 14 years as a registered nurse and 6 years as a nurse practitioner.
Are you tired of not being able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life? Are you ready for a change? I can help you by gathering an extensive psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and initiation and monitoring psychopharmacological treatment. I am Brandy, founder of Optimum Mental Health Healing. I am a highly respected board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Illinois. I have 20 years of experience in mental health 14 years as a registered nurse and 6 years as a nurse practitioner.
(618) 266-8415 View (618) 266-8415
Photo of Calvin 'cal'e' Walker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Calvin 'cal'e' Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Cal'e Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Cal'e imagines a place where patients can be free and unjudged. The only expectations are healing and laughter. He enjoys the healing process and assisting every patient with their passage to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. As a team, Cal'e takes the patient to a higher being, with the understanding that life is not complicated; it's just complex. Cal'e is not just a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; he's also human, the same as his patients.
Cal'e Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Cal'e imagines a place where patients can be free and unjudged. The only expectations are healing and laughter. He enjoys the healing process and assisting every patient with their passage to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. As a team, Cal'e takes the patient to a higher being, with the understanding that life is not complicated; it's just complex. Cal'e is not just a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; he's also human, the same as his patients.
(708) 809-2442 View (708) 809-2442
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Krista Saum
Physician Assistant, MCMSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
Traditional psychiatric practices can be rigid and often push patients into boxes established by the DSM. While understanding the importance of identifying specific diagnoses, I strive to break apart labels and eliminate associated stigmas. I believe everyone falls on a continuum of multiple diagnoses, most of which are rooted in generational and childhood trauma. I hope to support my patients both pharmacologically and therapeutically on their journey to understanding and accepting themselves fully. I believe in treating the “whole-person” and emphasize the importance of exploring mind-body connection through mindfulness practices.
Traditional psychiatric practices can be rigid and often push patients into boxes established by the DSM. While understanding the importance of identifying specific diagnoses, I strive to break apart labels and eliminate associated stigmas. I believe everyone falls on a continuum of multiple diagnoses, most of which are rooted in generational and childhood trauma. I hope to support my patients both pharmacologically and therapeutically on their journey to understanding and accepting themselves fully. I believe in treating the “whole-person” and emphasize the importance of exploring mind-body connection through mindfulness practices.
(773) 839-7804 View (773) 839-7804
Photo of Alissa Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Alissa Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Alissa Thompson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has ten years of experience in caring for individuals who face mental health and developmental conditions within both clinic and hospital settings. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and underwent specialized training in child psychiatry.
Alissa Thompson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has ten years of experience in caring for individuals who face mental health and developmental conditions within both clinic and hospital settings. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago and underwent specialized training in child psychiatry.
(773) 819-6682 View (773) 819-6682
Photo of Aayu Clinics, Psychiatrist in 60647, IL
Aayu Clinics
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
(773) 922-4243 View (773) 922-4243
Photo of Sarah Ritter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 60647, IL
Sarah Ritter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, (CNP)
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Sarah Ritter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Sarah offers thoughtful psychiatric medication management with an emphasis on nutritional interventions whenever they are just as or more effective than pharmaceutical interventions. Additionally, she offers supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy integrated with medication management.
Sarah Ritter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Sarah offers thoughtful psychiatric medication management with an emphasis on nutritional interventions whenever they are just as or more effective than pharmaceutical interventions. Additionally, she offers supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy integrated with medication management.
(872) 206-9536 View (872) 206-9536
Photo of Marc Sandrolini, Psychiatrist in 60647, IL
Marc Sandrolini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
(872) 278-2174 View (872) 278-2174
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Peter Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Dr. Nichols has been practicing in Illinois since 2004. He grew up in California and studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to medical school at the University of Southern California and moved to Illinois in 2004. He trained at the University of Chicago completing a residency in general psychiatry and then further studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for juvenile research completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has been at life stance since 2018 and enjoys working primarily with children, but treats patients up to the age of 50.
Dr. Nichols has been practicing in Illinois since 2004. He grew up in California and studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to medical school at the University of Southern California and moved to Illinois in 2004. He trained at the University of Chicago completing a residency in general psychiatry and then further studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for juvenile research completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has been at life stance since 2018 and enjoys working primarily with children, but treats patients up to the age of 50.
(773) 985-7807 View (773) 985-7807
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Balance Ketamine Clinics
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
We provide I.V. Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Clinical studies clearly indicate that ketamine provides rapid relief from depressive symptoms and a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts. Ketamine offers hope to those with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. This includes major depressive disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, OCD and severe anxiety states. No other severe depression treatment offers such rapid and robust results. We believe that personalized care tailored to you is the best way to succeed in helping you.
We provide I.V. Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Clinical studies clearly indicate that ketamine provides rapid relief from depressive symptoms and a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts. Ketamine offers hope to those with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. This includes major depressive disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, OCD and severe anxiety states. No other severe depression treatment offers such rapid and robust results. We believe that personalized care tailored to you is the best way to succeed in helping you.
(872) 219-0212 View (872) 219-0212

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 60647

20+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in 60647 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% ADHD
77% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Bipolar Disorder
64% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Cigna and Evernorth
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 60647 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 60647?

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.