Psychiatrists in 85718

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Dr. Sam Zand
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
Our team combines traditional medication management and psychotherapy with cutting edge alternative treatments such as TMS, psychedelics, regenerative medicine, spiritual healing, and more.
(520) 346-7382 View (520) 346-7382
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Kristen Clement
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Kristen Clement is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner and founder of Twin Peaks Behavioral Health. She has over 7 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She utilizes a patient- and family-focused approach to address the needs of her patients.
Kristen Clement is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner and founder of Twin Peaks Behavioral Health. She has over 7 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She utilizes a patient- and family-focused approach to address the needs of her patients.
(520) 457-5559 View (520) 457-5559
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Ericka Morrison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, APRN, FNP-C
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
If you are struggling emotionally or mentally in today’s hectic and stressful world, medication management could offer another level of relief, especially if you are already engaged in mental health therapy. Finding compassionate and holistic care in a safe, respectful environment is vital for the healing process and the kind of care I’m committed to offer all who seek my services. Together we will explore treatment options and work to improve your quality of life.
If you are struggling emotionally or mentally in today’s hectic and stressful world, medication management could offer another level of relief, especially if you are already engaged in mental health therapy. Finding compassionate and holistic care in a safe, respectful environment is vital for the healing process and the kind of care I’m committed to offer all who seek my services. Together we will explore treatment options and work to improve your quality of life.
(520) 438-6231 View (520) 438-6231
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Pleasant care behavioral health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Over the years of medical practice, Olayinka Daramola (Ola), APRN, PMHNP-BC has had the privilege of working in many practice areas including behavioral health clinics, psychiatry emergency services, primary care, urgent care, and internal medicine. We offer extended office hours on Saturday mornings to meet the needs of her patients. We specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating disorders like ADHD, depression, anxiety , schizophrenia, various mood disorders and more. Honor Society Member Since 11/2013. Virtual Visits Offered!!!
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Over the years of medical practice, Olayinka Daramola (Ola), APRN, PMHNP-BC has had the privilege of working in many practice areas including behavioral health clinics, psychiatry emergency services, primary care, urgent care, and internal medicine. We offer extended office hours on Saturday mornings to meet the needs of her patients. We specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating disorders like ADHD, depression, anxiety , schizophrenia, various mood disorders and more. Honor Society Member Since 11/2013. Virtual Visits Offered!!!
(520) 263-1567 View (520) 263-1567
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Brittney Cabral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
At Sunrise Mental Health, we treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorders. We also treat borderline personality disorder, however first line treatment for BPD is therapy, and therefore medication management may not provide full relief of symptoms. I am currently licensed in Iowa, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, & New Hampshire. However, my primary office is located in Arizona, and I do not prescribe controlled substances outside of Arizona. For treatment related to opioid abuse, you may schedule with me online at Quick MD, which is a monthly suboxone treatment program; this program is not provided through Sunrise
At Sunrise Mental Health, we treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorders. We also treat borderline personality disorder, however first line treatment for BPD is therapy, and therefore medication management may not provide full relief of symptoms. I am currently licensed in Iowa, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, & New Hampshire. However, my primary office is located in Arizona, and I do not prescribe controlled substances outside of Arizona. For treatment related to opioid abuse, you may schedule with me online at Quick MD, which is a monthly suboxone treatment program; this program is not provided through Sunrise
(520) 666-6859 View (520) 666-6859
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(520) 201-2421 View (520) 201-2421
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Julia Dipierdomenico
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico will take the necessary time to fully understand you when considering treatment options. Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico sincerely cares for her patients and takes the required time to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with you. With this in mind, Dr. DiPierdomenico will spend 90 minutes with new patients, and 30 to 60 minutes with established patients. This is also why Dr. DiPierdomenico has decided to practice without the confinement from medical insurance companies, and currently does not accept insurance. Dr. DiPierdomenico will provide patients with a superbill that they can submit to their insurance companies to receive reimbursement for their visit.
Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico will take the necessary time to fully understand you when considering treatment options. Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico sincerely cares for her patients and takes the required time to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with you. With this in mind, Dr. DiPierdomenico will spend 90 minutes with new patients, and 30 to 60 minutes with established patients. This is also why Dr. DiPierdomenico has decided to practice without the confinement from medical insurance companies, and currently does not accept insurance. Dr. DiPierdomenico will provide patients with a superbill that they can submit to their insurance companies to receive reimbursement for their visit.
(520) 261-6533 View (520) 261-6533
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, APRN
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 306-0894 View (833) 306-0894
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Richard B Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
I am offering secure confidential remote telepsychiatry to protect you from unnecessary social contacts. I am a board certified adult general psychiatrist who has expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I am in a solo psychiatric practice. I have been in practice for over 30 years. I worked for 3 years at Sierra Tucson which is world famous for the treatment of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders.
I am offering secure confidential remote telepsychiatry to protect you from unnecessary social contacts. I am a board certified adult general psychiatrist who has expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I am in a solo psychiatric practice. I have been in practice for over 30 years. I worked for 3 years at Sierra Tucson which is world famous for the treatment of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders.
(520) 477-0009 View (520) 477-0009
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Aura Lee Motus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
I specialize in Children, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. I have a passion for utilizing evidence-based medicine and holistic alternative therapies to alleviate mental illness and cultivate optimal wellness for my patients. I strive to provide specialized, comprehensive, and compassionate care to each patient. Treatment plans are individually tailored to bring about lasting relief and improved quality of life.
I specialize in Children, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. I have a passion for utilizing evidence-based medicine and holistic alternative therapies to alleviate mental illness and cultivate optimal wellness for my patients. I strive to provide specialized, comprehensive, and compassionate care to each patient. Treatment plans are individually tailored to bring about lasting relief and improved quality of life.
(520) 210-9075 View (520) 210-9075
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Esteem Behavioral Healthcare.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
Abdul Baba PMHNP is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner offering holistic psychiatric services and medication management. I have over 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric/mental health care as an RN and Psych NP.
Abdul Baba PMHNP is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner offering holistic psychiatric services and medication management. I have over 25 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric/mental health care as an RN and Psych NP.
(520) 263-1574 View (520) 263-1574
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Sutapa Dube
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85718
I practice psychiatry with a holistic approach. During our initial comprehensive evaluation, I will ask many questions and listen carefully to gather detailed information regarding the symptoms you are experiencing, your lifestyle (nutrition/exercise), areas of stress, areas of joy, and how they fit into your life history. I may order lab tests or request to speak with your primary care provider or other members of your health team to garner more information if appropriate.
I practice psychiatry with a holistic approach. During our initial comprehensive evaluation, I will ask many questions and listen carefully to gather detailed information regarding the symptoms you are experiencing, your lifestyle (nutrition/exercise), areas of stress, areas of joy, and how they fit into your life history. I may order lab tests or request to speak with your primary care provider or other members of your health team to garner more information if appropriate.
(520) 341-2053 View (520) 341-2053
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (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.
(520) 500-1149 View (520) 500-1149
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Dr. Brian J. Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, NP
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
As both a clinical psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my practice offers the unique opportunity to receive comprehensive psychological services including diagnostic assessment & evaluation, psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, and psychological testing from one provider. I work from an integrated bio/psycho/social/spiritual framework and tailor my approach to meet the specific needs of each patient. I work with individuals from all age groups, and I have specialized training with child and adolescent populations.
As both a clinical psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my practice offers the unique opportunity to receive comprehensive psychological services including diagnostic assessment & evaluation, psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, and psychological testing from one provider. I work from an integrated bio/psycho/social/spiritual framework and tailor my approach to meet the specific needs of each patient. I work with individuals from all age groups, and I have specialized training with child and adolescent populations.
(520) 293-1445 View (520) 293-1445
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Transcend Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MFA
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and certified holistic health coach with over ten years of collective professional experience working with adults and children. I am currently accepting clients for psychiatric services from California and Arizona. I provide psychedelic journey integration coaching and holistic health coaching for any location. For AZ clients, I offer services 100% virtually via HIPAA compliant platforms including Doximity, Doxy.me or ZOOM. For clients located in Los Angeles, I offer in person sessions in Silverlake. For more information please visit: www.transcendpsychiatric.com
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and certified holistic health coach with over ten years of collective professional experience working with adults and children. I am currently accepting clients for psychiatric services from California and Arizona. I provide psychedelic journey integration coaching and holistic health coaching for any location. For AZ clients, I offer services 100% virtually via HIPAA compliant platforms including Doximity, Doxy.me or ZOOM. For clients located in Los Angeles, I offer in person sessions in Silverlake. For more information please visit: www.transcendpsychiatric.com
(323) 312-3210 View (323) 312-3210
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Kristine Norris
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Virtual appointments available. Comprehensive. Collaborative. Confidential. Taking new patients age 12 to 64. Book online now at www.psychiatrytucson.com. Dr. Norris is a Tucson Psychiatrist and Therapist. She is trained in multiple forms of psychotherapy, including insight-oriented and trauma-focused, in addition to medication management. Dr. Norris uses her skills to evaluate from a holistic perspective and takes into account the biological (body), psychological (mind), and social aspects of each individual to explore treatment options that work best for them.
Virtual appointments available. Comprehensive. Collaborative. Confidential. Taking new patients age 12 to 64. Book online now at www.psychiatrytucson.com. Dr. Norris is a Tucson Psychiatrist and Therapist. She is trained in multiple forms of psychotherapy, including insight-oriented and trauma-focused, in addition to medication management. Dr. Norris uses her skills to evaluate from a holistic perspective and takes into account the biological (body), psychological (mind), and social aspects of each individual to explore treatment options that work best for them.
(520) 780-8413 View (520) 780-8413
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Betsy Myers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85718
Virtual appointments available. Taking new patients ages 15+. Dr. Betsy Myers is a Psychiatrist and Therapist based in Tucson, AZ. She provides patient-centered mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Myers is trained to evaluate from a holistic mindset exploring biological (body), psychological (mind), and social impacts of each individual to determine their best treatment options. Dr. Myers’ goals are to assist you in improving your mental health symptoms and overall function. Dr. Myers specializes in trauma, PTSD, esketamine therapy, and Women’s Mental Health during the menopausal period.
Virtual appointments available. Taking new patients ages 15+. Dr. Betsy Myers is a Psychiatrist and Therapist based in Tucson, AZ. She provides patient-centered mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Myers is trained to evaluate from a holistic mindset exploring biological (body), psychological (mind), and social impacts of each individual to determine their best treatment options. Dr. Myers’ goals are to assist you in improving your mental health symptoms and overall function. Dr. Myers specializes in trauma, PTSD, esketamine therapy, and Women’s Mental Health during the menopausal period.
(520) 201-0346 View (520) 201-0346
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Sabino Psychiatric Services LLC, Sierra Wong MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
I am a Harvard-trained relational psychiatrist with 28 years' experience with psychopharmacology and insight-oriented psychotherapy. While medication can alleviate symptoms, they cannot resolve psychological pain. Nor can someone be known and understood in a 15 minute appointment. Sustained recovery takes time and occurs within a caring relationship. A psychiatrist must be fully present and authentic for patients to have reason to trust. I believe in empowering clients with education and mindfulness of their emotions, vulnerabilities and needs. Only then can symptom relief, peace of mind and JOY be fully achievable.
I am a Harvard-trained relational psychiatrist with 28 years' experience with psychopharmacology and insight-oriented psychotherapy. While medication can alleviate symptoms, they cannot resolve psychological pain. Nor can someone be known and understood in a 15 minute appointment. Sustained recovery takes time and occurs within a caring relationship. A psychiatrist must be fully present and authentic for patients to have reason to trust. I believe in empowering clients with education and mindfulness of their emotions, vulnerabilities and needs. Only then can symptom relief, peace of mind and JOY be fully achievable.
(520) 341-8834 View (520) 341-8834
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Collins Iyamah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718  (Online Only)
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
(520) 492-0034 View (520) 492-0034
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Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP AHN, APRN
Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(972) 362-5091 View (972) 362-5091

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85718

20+

Average cost per session

$240

Psychiatrists in 85718 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
92% Trauma and PTSD
92% Medication Management
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85718 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85718?

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.