Psychiatrists in Montgomery, AL

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Melissa Fehl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36104  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Melissa and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Melissa has worked in several different capacities as a nurse, including, longterm care, urgent care, behavioral health, and utilization review. Her training and experience in both metropolitan and rural areas working with people who struggle to find affordable, quality mental health services have sparked her enthusiasm to provide quality mental health care to patients no matter where they are located. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Melissa and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Melissa has worked in several different capacities as a nurse, including, longterm care, urgent care, behavioral health, and utilization review. Her training and experience in both metropolitan and rural areas working with people who struggle to find affordable, quality mental health services have sparked her enthusiasm to provide quality mental health care to patients no matter where they are located. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code:
(334) 947-1264 View (334) 947-1264
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Clemmie Lee Palmer III
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116
I am a private practice Psychiatrist along with Rachael Williams, a Nurse Practitioner, treat patients in Alabama, Georgia, Florida & California. We treat Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Opiate addiction with Suboxone, and Psychosis. We specialize in General Psychiatry. Please go to www.drcpalmer.com and complete an Intake form for an appointment.
I am a private practice Psychiatrist along with Rachael Williams, a Nurse Practitioner, treat patients in Alabama, Georgia, Florida & California. We treat Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Opiate addiction with Suboxone, and Psychosis. We specialize in General Psychiatry. Please go to www.drcpalmer.com and complete an Intake form for an appointment.
(334) 259-7983 View (334) 259-7983
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Grace Point Behavioral
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117
Grace Point Behavioral provides medication management & counseling services to Montgomery & its surrounding counties. We treat Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Depression, Bipolar & ADHD. Ready to try a new treatment option for anxiety after trauma as in PTSD? We offer Yoga somatic classes to guide you through gentle Yoga & Deep breathing exercises, using your body & mind for self healing. We see all age groups seen from age 4. Play Therapist available on site. We are on a mission to deliver compassionate, high quality, behavioral health care. We focus on your needs, we meet them & hope to exceed your expectations. We do it better.
Grace Point Behavioral provides medication management & counseling services to Montgomery & its surrounding counties. We treat Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Depression, Bipolar & ADHD. Ready to try a new treatment option for anxiety after trauma as in PTSD? We offer Yoga somatic classes to guide you through gentle Yoga & Deep breathing exercises, using your body & mind for self healing. We see all age groups seen from age 4. Play Therapist available on site. We are on a mission to deliver compassionate, high quality, behavioral health care. We focus on your needs, we meet them & hope to exceed your expectations. We do it better.
(334) 384-6354 View (334) 384-6354
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Hope Psychiatric Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Yulanda, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
(334) 454-3099 View (334) 454-3099
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Shawn Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36130  (Online Only)
I am currently an ANCC-board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have over 20 years of psychiatric experience, ranging from inpatient psychiatric care to outpatient psychiatric care. My specialties include depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep, OCD, ADHD and more. My philosophy is focused on caring for patients in a holistic approach, which ensures their mental health needs are met. This helps patients and their families reach optimal mental health outcomes. I am licensed and currently accepting patients in Oregon and Colorado.
I am currently an ANCC-board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have over 20 years of psychiatric experience, ranging from inpatient psychiatric care to outpatient psychiatric care. My specialties include depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep, OCD, ADHD and more. My philosophy is focused on caring for patients in a holistic approach, which ensures their mental health needs are met. This helps patients and their families reach optimal mental health outcomes. I am licensed and currently accepting patients in Oregon and Colorado.
(334) 401-1146 View (334) 401-1146
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Alabama Psychiatry Montgomery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36117
We hear at Alabama Psychiatry welcome patients of all ages and treat most all mental health issues. We have a dynamic team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers to help you find the best you. We believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT and we can help.
We hear at Alabama Psychiatry welcome patients of all ages and treat most all mental health issues. We have a dynamic team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers to help you find the best you. We believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT and we can help.
(334) 239-2622 View (334) 239-2622
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Dr. Nicholas Choy - Neural Health Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36116  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Nicholas Choy, a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist licensed in the states of AL, FL, CO, IN, IL, KS, MI, NY and OH. I want to first welcome you to my practice! I understand that seeking help can be a scary and vulnerable experience, which is why I strive to create a space that feels comfortable, compassionate, and empowering. One of the most important things to me is providing you a safe and supportive environment. My ultimate goal is to help you improve your mental health and general well-being, to increase resiliency, and achieve the best possible quality of life.
Hello! My name is Dr. Nicholas Choy, a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist licensed in the states of AL, FL, CO, IN, IL, KS, MI, NY and OH. I want to first welcome you to my practice! I understand that seeking help can be a scary and vulnerable experience, which is why I strive to create a space that feels comfortable, compassionate, and empowering. One of the most important things to me is providing you a safe and supportive environment. My ultimate goal is to help you improve your mental health and general well-being, to increase resiliency, and achieve the best possible quality of life.
(334) 463-3812 View (334) 463-3812
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36104  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36104
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Alexis Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, NP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36109  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(251) 766-5603 View (251) 766-5603

Online Psychiatrists

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Alabama Psychiatry Pelham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Alabama Psychiatry Pelham we believe you are important. We are a dynamic office of highly qualified mental health professionals. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important.
Alabama Psychiatry Pelham we believe you are important. We are a dynamic office of highly qualified mental health professionals. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important.
(205) 255-3828 View (205) 255-3828
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Dr. Tyler Byrd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35209
I’m a board certified psychiatrist providing diagnosis, psychotherapy, and medication management for psychiatric conditions utilizing a comprehensive and integrated approach. I provide a concierge level of care, ensuring maximum privacy and thorough attention to detail. We may choose to opt out of psychiatric medications altogether if you wish - based on the patients beliefs and preferences. Personalized approach can include (but not limited to) addressing diet, exercise, sleep cycles and quality, vitamin/herbal supplementation, and bolstering spiritual and/or social support as needed for a treatment tailored to you.
I’m a board certified psychiatrist providing diagnosis, psychotherapy, and medication management for psychiatric conditions utilizing a comprehensive and integrated approach. I provide a concierge level of care, ensuring maximum privacy and thorough attention to detail. We may choose to opt out of psychiatric medications altogether if you wish - based on the patients beliefs and preferences. Personalized approach can include (but not limited to) addressing diet, exercise, sleep cycles and quality, vitamin/herbal supplementation, and bolstering spiritual and/or social support as needed for a treatment tailored to you.
(205) 964-8241 View (205) 964-8241
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Stacy E Stuart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35242  (Online Only)
I have years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. I am passionate about all mental health conditions, but I have specialized training in perinatal psychiatry. I utilize the telehealth platform to accommodate the busy lives of my patients and provide mental health treatment all across the state of Alabama. I look forward to working together as a team to create and implement an individualized treatment plan to improve your mental, and therefore, overall health. My motto is, “mental health is not a sprint, it is a lifelong journey.”
I have years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. I am passionate about all mental health conditions, but I have specialized training in perinatal psychiatry. I utilize the telehealth platform to accommodate the busy lives of my patients and provide mental health treatment all across the state of Alabama. I look forward to working together as a team to create and implement an individualized treatment plan to improve your mental, and therefore, overall health. My motto is, “mental health is not a sprint, it is a lifelong journey.”
(256) 807-2728 View (256) 807-2728
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Jarrett Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Chelsea, AL 35043  (Online Only)
A quote by Mariel Hemingway states, "Mental Health and Mental Balance is critical to leading a Healthy Life." In my practice, I believe mental health and addiction treatment should be free from stigma and disability. With telemedicine services you can get the mental health or addiction treatment you need in the privacy of your home.
A quote by Mariel Hemingway states, "Mental Health and Mental Balance is critical to leading a Healthy Life." In my practice, I believe mental health and addiction treatment should be free from stigma and disability. With telemedicine services you can get the mental health or addiction treatment you need in the privacy of your home.
(205) 905-6340 x100 View (205) 905-6340 x100
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Dr. Phillip Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35242  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist medical doctor (MD). I will offer you my approach as a physician throughout your treatment journey. I understand the difficulties you face, whether it's battling depression, can't sleep, struggling with inattention, coping with psychosis, or fighting substance use disorders. If your goal is to find relief from these acute and chronic mental health conditions, and I am here to prioritize your journey towards remission.
I am a psychiatrist medical doctor (MD). I will offer you my approach as a physician throughout your treatment journey. I understand the difficulties you face, whether it's battling depression, can't sleep, struggling with inattention, coping with psychosis, or fighting substance use disorders. If your goal is to find relief from these acute and chronic mental health conditions, and I am here to prioritize your journey towards remission.
(205) 551-0367 View (205) 551-0367
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Dr. Sondra Duff Wilder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
I have served in the mental health field for the past 40 years and I still love serving people who have mental health needs. I mostly serve adult clients (females, males, Civilians, and Veterans), couples, families, other practices, organizations, and government agencies. I have found in my practice that most people want to know that their healthcare provider cares for them. They need for their healthcare provider to actively listen to them. I have served people who want to be comfortable with themselves and to love themselves. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve those people and to help them meet their mental health goals.
I have served in the mental health field for the past 40 years and I still love serving people who have mental health needs. I mostly serve adult clients (females, males, Civilians, and Veterans), couples, families, other practices, organizations, and government agencies. I have found in my practice that most people want to know that their healthcare provider cares for them. They need for their healthcare provider to actively listen to them. I have served people who want to be comfortable with themselves and to love themselves. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve those people and to help them meet their mental health goals.
(205) 927-6795 View (205) 927-6795
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Valisia Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP-BC, PMHS
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35209
My expertise is working with patients who are dealing with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Patients need a trusting place to be honest about their mental health concerns and the confidence they will receive quality care. I have clinical concentration of more than 15 years in pediatric psychiatry. I believe my years of experience working with child psychiatrists and psychologists allows me provide this level care..
My expertise is working with patients who are dealing with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Patients need a trusting place to be honest about their mental health concerns and the confidence they will receive quality care. I have clinical concentration of more than 15 years in pediatric psychiatry. I believe my years of experience working with child psychiatrists and psychologists allows me provide this level care..
(205) 882-3011 View (205) 882-3011
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Nfinite Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Hello, I am Dr. Meagan Carson and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat adult (age 18+) patients who are dealing with depression and anxiety as well as other mental health illnesses. I take a holistic approach with treatment because I understand that all aspects of our lives play a part in our wellbeing. I focus on the individual needs of each patient and cater a treatment plan based on those specific needs.
Hello, I am Dr. Meagan Carson and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I treat adult (age 18+) patients who are dealing with depression and anxiety as well as other mental health illnesses. I take a holistic approach with treatment because I understand that all aspects of our lives play a part in our wellbeing. I focus on the individual needs of each patient and cater a treatment plan based on those specific needs.
(323) 334-0599 View (323) 334-0599
Jarrett Mental Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, AL 35043  (Online Only)
Jarrett Mental Health & Wellness is a psychiatry clinic providing mental health & addiction services for adults and children, court mandated evaluations, and court mandated online classes. Lea Jarrett is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC and Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-C. Lea has many years of psychiatric experience which began with working as a Nurse Practitioner since 2017. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients in both inpatient hospital and outpatient facilities. Lea also has experience treating addiction in outpatient and inpatient detox programs.
Jarrett Mental Health & Wellness is a psychiatry clinic providing mental health & addiction services for adults and children, court mandated evaluations, and court mandated online classes. Lea Jarrett is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC and Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-C. Lea has many years of psychiatric experience which began with working as a Nurse Practitioner since 2017. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients in both inpatient hospital and outpatient facilities. Lea also has experience treating addiction in outpatient and inpatient detox programs.
(205) 964-5778 View (205) 964-5778
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Abrams Psychiatry & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vestavia Hills, AL 35242
Dr. Amber Abrams is an adult psychiatrist with a focus on adult ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related conditions.
Dr. Amber Abrams is an adult psychiatrist with a focus on adult ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related conditions.
(205) 953-1959 View (205) 953-1959

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Montgomery, AL

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Montgomery, AL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
80% Grief
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Montgomery, AL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montgomery?

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.