Psychiatrists in 85296

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Mind Body Connection Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Now Accepting New Patients! Most Major Insurances Accepted Our Clinic offers General and Integrative Psychiatry. We offer consultations and treatment planning, to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing; With medications prescribed and supplements recommended. Every part of us is intricately connected, both to the world within and outside us. True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes the whole human ecosystem into consideration. Our principle underlies a combination of evidence based and integrative medicine and is the foundation of the work we do in our clinic.
Now Accepting New Patients! Most Major Insurances Accepted Our Clinic offers General and Integrative Psychiatry. We offer consultations and treatment planning, to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing; With medications prescribed and supplements recommended. Every part of us is intricately connected, both to the world within and outside us. True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes the whole human ecosystem into consideration. Our principle underlies a combination of evidence based and integrative medicine and is the foundation of the work we do in our clinic.
(520) 412-7420 View (520) 412-7420
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Perla Quinones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Greetings! I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience and over 7 years of experience in Advanced Practice. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable expertise in the treatment of various mental health disorders, including but not limited to anxiety, bipolar, depression, insomnia, and alcohol/substance use disorders. I have a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach, with a focus on providing holistic care and integrating medication interventions, using current evidence-based practice, while keeping client safety a priority.
Greetings! I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience and over 7 years of experience in Advanced Practice. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable expertise in the treatment of various mental health disorders, including but not limited to anxiety, bipolar, depression, insomnia, and alcohol/substance use disorders. I have a compassionate and nonjudgmental approach, with a focus on providing holistic care and integrating medication interventions, using current evidence-based practice, while keeping client safety a priority.
(480) 331-2201 View (480) 331-2201
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Michelle Fulp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296  (Online Only)
I work with patients who primarily have depression and anxiety. I build trust by listening without intent of answering until patient is ready for recommendations. Encourage healthy lifestyle, inner growth and self-esteem. Techniques for anxiety and treatment with appropriate medications if needed.
I work with patients who primarily have depression and anxiety. I build trust by listening without intent of answering until patient is ready for recommendations. Encourage healthy lifestyle, inner growth and self-esteem. Techniques for anxiety and treatment with appropriate medications if needed.
(480) 712-5174 View (480) 712-5174
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(520) 231-8397 View (520) 231-8397
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Arizona Restorative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
At Arizona Restorative Psychiatry we seek to get to know each patient on an individualized level and develop a treatment plan using our four core values to fully restore physical and mental health. We have 4 providers at our office. David Chong M.D and Josi Bernal PA-C who enjoy working with general mental health (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Mood Disorder, ADHD) and Brad Zehring D.O and Erica Neal PA-C who specialize in Eating Disorder.
At Arizona Restorative Psychiatry we seek to get to know each patient on an individualized level and develop a treatment plan using our four core values to fully restore physical and mental health. We have 4 providers at our office. David Chong M.D and Josi Bernal PA-C who enjoy working with general mental health (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Mood Disorder, ADHD) and Brad Zehring D.O and Erica Neal PA-C who specialize in Eating Disorder.
(480) 741-1352 View (480) 741-1352
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AZ Holistic Anxiety Treatment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296  (Online Only)
Jamie Gustafson PMHNP-BC founded Az Holistic Anxiety Treatment as an evidence-based, systematic, integrative mental wellness program for adults. We design individualized telemedicine treatment plans that incorporate mind, body, and spirit for lasting results. Our providers take great pride in giving clients individualized attention. ​Clients may request standard of care medication, functional and gut health testing, innovative therapies, and natural options. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation at www.azholisticanxiety.com.
Jamie Gustafson PMHNP-BC founded Az Holistic Anxiety Treatment as an evidence-based, systematic, integrative mental wellness program for adults. We design individualized telemedicine treatment plans that incorporate mind, body, and spirit for lasting results. Our providers take great pride in giving clients individualized attention. ​Clients may request standard of care medication, functional and gut health testing, innovative therapies, and natural options. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation at www.azholisticanxiety.com.
(480) 462-5272 View (480) 462-5272
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Elizabeth Shrader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, WHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
I enjoy using an integrative approach when helping children and adults achieve optimal physical and mental health wellness. I believe that the mind, body, and soul are all interconnected and therefore should be aligned as we work through life's challenges. I use a holistic approach by incorporating both eastern and western techniques; this may include medications, supplements, mindfulness, nutrition, breath work, and/or medical evaluation. I enjoy using a shared decision approach to help individuals tackle the challenges that life presents.
I enjoy using an integrative approach when helping children and adults achieve optimal physical and mental health wellness. I believe that the mind, body, and soul are all interconnected and therefore should be aligned as we work through life's challenges. I use a holistic approach by incorporating both eastern and western techniques; this may include medications, supplements, mindfulness, nutrition, breath work, and/or medical evaluation. I enjoy using a shared decision approach to help individuals tackle the challenges that life presents.
(602) 962-4438 View (602) 962-4438
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Herendira Valdez Shahnaz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
My name is Dr. Herendira Valdez-Shahnaz, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Doctorally prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 14 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey!
My name is Dr. Herendira Valdez-Shahnaz, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Doctorally prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 14 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey!
(480) 725-2471 View (480) 725-2471
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Alexandra Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Dr. Alexandra Moore is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Moore is compassionate and uses a holistic approach to patient care. She began her training with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an accelerated program at St. Joseph’s Hospital campus of Grand Canyon University. Dr. Moore furthered her education with Grand Canyon University and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education as well.
Dr. Alexandra Moore is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Moore is compassionate and uses a holistic approach to patient care. She began her training with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an accelerated program at St. Joseph’s Hospital campus of Grand Canyon University. Dr. Moore furthered her education with Grand Canyon University and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education as well.
(520) 412-6222 View (520) 412-6222
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(928) 396-2165 View (928) 396-2165
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Julie Angileri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
14 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Immediate Openings Available! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. Lets get you to where you want to be..fast! You may feel overwhelmed, like you're being judged all the time, criticized, or maybe you're spending a lot of time worrying, and feel down. All these emotions can make you feel exhausted all the time, like you don't know how or where to start! It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge that you need help and to take the first step toward finding a solution for your concerns. I promise you, I will make you feel comfortable and earn your trust.
Immediate Openings Available! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. Lets get you to where you want to be..fast! You may feel overwhelmed, like you're being judged all the time, criticized, or maybe you're spending a lot of time worrying, and feel down. All these emotions can make you feel exhausted all the time, like you don't know how or where to start! It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge that you need help and to take the first step toward finding a solution for your concerns. I promise you, I will make you feel comfortable and earn your trust.
(480) 418-4929 View (480) 418-4929
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Danielle Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296  (Online Only)
Danielle is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who helps her clients manage a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, parenting concerns, life transitions, and trauma. She is very compassionate and her philosophy in treatment is to provide individualized care for each client, as everybody has a different story.
Danielle is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who helps her clients manage a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, parenting concerns, life transitions, and trauma. She is very compassionate and her philosophy in treatment is to provide individualized care for each client, as everybody has a different story.
(480) 435-9877 View (480) 435-9877
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Corina Girigan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in Arizona and Washington State and am also certified in Family Medicine. I have experience working in mental health and addiction mainly with adults and elders but also have training and work with children and teenagers. I believe that the health of the mind and body revolves around balancing both using an integrative approach, reason for which I care for you from a holistic perspective. I will listen to you to understand your concerns and unique situation and will partner with you to find evidence-based treatment that works best for you.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in Arizona and Washington State and am also certified in Family Medicine. I have experience working in mental health and addiction mainly with adults and elders but also have training and work with children and teenagers. I believe that the health of the mind and body revolves around balancing both using an integrative approach, reason for which I care for you from a holistic perspective. I will listen to you to understand your concerns and unique situation and will partner with you to find evidence-based treatment that works best for you.
(206) 457-1751 View (206) 457-1751
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 741-1883 View (480) 741-1883
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(844) 981-0543 View (844) 981-0543
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85296  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(520) 335-3458 View (520) 335-3458
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Dr. Dorothy Igwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Dr. Igwe uses an integrated mind-body approach to identify the physical symptoms that can lead to mental health issues and vice versa. She is double certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She sees patients across the lifespan. She has over 27 years of nursing experience. She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation and medication management for anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis, and substance abuse treatment. As a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Igwe also evaluates and manages patients in various acute and chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Igwe uses an integrated mind-body approach to identify the physical symptoms that can lead to mental health issues and vice versa. She is double certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She sees patients across the lifespan. She has over 27 years of nursing experience. She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation and medication management for anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis, and substance abuse treatment. As a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Igwe also evaluates and manages patients in various acute and chronic medical conditions.
(480) 462-7969 View (480) 462-7969
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Rachel Wybron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Is life stressful? Does it feel harder than it used to? This is especially true if you have health issues, a history of trauma, work in healthcare or are a first responder, or have many responsibilities in life (hi moms!). Whatever you may be struggling with, you are welcome here. My approach is respectful, warm, and compassionate, with a focus on stress reduction and skill building so you can rediscover and restore your hope and your future in life. Together we’ll identify root causes for the burdens you're carrying and create a personalized plan for your mental health based on your unique needs and the latest treatment options.
Is life stressful? Does it feel harder than it used to? This is especially true if you have health issues, a history of trauma, work in healthcare or are a first responder, or have many responsibilities in life (hi moms!). Whatever you may be struggling with, you are welcome here. My approach is respectful, warm, and compassionate, with a focus on stress reduction and skill building so you can rediscover and restore your hope and your future in life. Together we’ll identify root causes for the burdens you're carrying and create a personalized plan for your mental health based on your unique needs and the latest treatment options.
(480) 530-5314 View (480) 530-5314
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Revival Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
I am a dual certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering medication management, diagnostic services, and evidence-based treatment plans. I aim to work with you to understand your mental and physical health to optimize well-being. Using some psychotherapy and medication management, I collaborate with you to tailor a treatment to your individual goals, interests and needs.
I am a dual certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering medication management, diagnostic services, and evidence-based treatment plans. I aim to work with you to understand your mental and physical health to optimize well-being. Using some psychotherapy and medication management, I collaborate with you to tailor a treatment to your individual goals, interests and needs.
(480) 351-1995 View (480) 351-1995
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Strategies for Success
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(480) 680-8034 View (480) 680-8034

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85296

20+

Average cost per session

$230

Psychiatrists in 85296 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
90% Medication Management
85% ADHD
85% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Stress
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 85296 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85296?

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.