Psychiatrists in Baxter County, AR

Photo of Whitney H Reed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Baxter County, AR
Whitney H Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain Home, AR 72653  (Online Only)
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
(870) 259-5098 View (870) 259-5098
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Jessica Gutting
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSNC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain Home, AR 72653
My ideal client is a person that I would not consider a client at all, but a coworker who will work with myself and other providers to develop a treatment plan that can be utilized to improve the client’s overall wellbeing. Issues would include anxiety, mood, personality, or psychotic disorders as well as addiction and trauma. The needs of the client may include medication management, therapy, or a combination of treatments. Goals would include being actively involved in a client-centered treatment plan, such as taking medications as prescribed and attending therapy sessions because the client wants to improve overall wellbeing.
My ideal client is a person that I would not consider a client at all, but a coworker who will work with myself and other providers to develop a treatment plan that can be utilized to improve the client’s overall wellbeing. Issues would include anxiety, mood, personality, or psychotic disorders as well as addiction and trauma. The needs of the client may include medication management, therapy, or a combination of treatments. Goals would include being actively involved in a client-centered treatment plan, such as taking medications as prescribed and attending therapy sessions because the client wants to improve overall wellbeing.
(870) 558-6822 View (870) 558-6822
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Buffalo River Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Mountain Home, AR 72653  (Online Only)
Providing psychiatric services for adults and children. Treating a variety of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Very often after developing a successful treatment plan we hear “I feel like I have gotten my life back.”
Providing psychiatric services for adults and children. Treating a variety of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Very often after developing a successful treatment plan we hear “I feel like I have gotten my life back.”
(870) 259-5108 View (870) 259-5108

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Jennifer Penne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Baxter County, AR
Jennifer Penne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MNSc, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Jennifer Penne is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients across the lifespan. She has worked in various settings including community mental health, outpatient, inpatient, residential, and emergency crisis settings. Jennifer’s experience includes working with children and adolescents in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic day treatment, and school-based programs as well as adults. Jennifer believes in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
Jennifer Penne is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients across the lifespan. She has worked in various settings including community mental health, outpatient, inpatient, residential, and emergency crisis settings. Jennifer’s experience includes working with children and adolescents in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic day treatment, and school-based programs as well as adults. Jennifer believes in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
(479) 269-1716 View (479) 269-1716
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Sarah Weatherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Sarah Weatherford is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then later returned to the college to earn her Master of Nursing Science with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. Sarah spent her first years working as a nurse in an inpatient setting for children with psychiatric disorders. She learned the importance of implementing trauma-informed care for improving patient outcomes. She understands the importance of being an empathic listener in being an effective care provider to her patients.
Sarah Weatherford is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then later returned to the college to earn her Master of Nursing Science with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. Sarah spent her first years working as a nurse in an inpatient setting for children with psychiatric disorders. She learned the importance of implementing trauma-informed care for improving patient outcomes. She understands the importance of being an empathic listener in being an effective care provider to her patients.
(870) 493-8242 View (870) 493-8242
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Ariella Frazier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Conway, AR 72032
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an interest in treating the mental health care needs of the adult and older adult populations. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy for clients. I also incorporate a collaborative approach and may refer to​ more specialized therapy options that could be beneficial.
I am a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have an interest in treating the mental health care needs of the adult and older adult populations. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD disorders. I offer medication management and supportive therapy for clients. I also incorporate a collaborative approach and may refer to​ more specialized therapy options that could be beneficial.
(501) 456-4014 View (501) 456-4014
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Amber Marengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
(501) 474-6728 View (501) 474-6728
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Alisha McCool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Conway, AR 72032
New patients welcome! Hello! My name is Alisha. I have worked in mental healthcare for over 10 years with people of all ages and diagnoses. I am here to listen and help you with what is troubling you. I have the training and experience to help you reach your mental health goals. Services include medication management and/or therapy. I enjoy working with people of all ages. If you want to start feeling better, give me a call.
New patients welcome! Hello! My name is Alisha. I have worked in mental healthcare for over 10 years with people of all ages and diagnoses. I am here to listen and help you with what is troubling you. I have the training and experience to help you reach your mental health goals. Services include medication management and/or therapy. I enjoy working with people of all ages. If you want to start feeling better, give me a call.
(501) 441-3353 View (501) 441-3353
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Stephanie Bohannon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Stephanie Bohannon is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients across the lifespan. She believes in treating the patient holistically by using a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, exercise, nutrition, and procedures, such as Spravato and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). While developing a treatment plan, she considers the patient’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Additionally, she strongly believes in empowering her patients by educating them on different treatment options and making them an active part of their treatment.
Stephanie Bohannon is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients across the lifespan. She believes in treating the patient holistically by using a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, exercise, nutrition, and procedures, such as Spravato and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). While developing a treatment plan, she considers the patient’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Additionally, she strongly believes in empowering her patients by educating them on different treatment options and making them an active part of their treatment.
(479) 334-0501 View (479) 334-0501
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Dr. Charla Watkins
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B, BC
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, AR 72703
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and grief. I also provide EMDR therapy which is excellent for recovery of trauma. I provide psychotherapy/counseling and medication management individualized for each patient in a safe and therapeutic environment that promotes healing and thriving.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and grief. I also provide EMDR therapy which is excellent for recovery of trauma. I provide psychotherapy/counseling and medication management individualized for each patient in a safe and therapeutic environment that promotes healing and thriving.
(479) 446-6283 View (479) 446-6283
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Stephanie Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
(870) 606-2403 View (870) 606-2403
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Cathy Pettis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BCC
Verified Verified
Conway, AR 72032  (Online Only)
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 10 years of nursing experience. Cathy is playful, creative, and compassionate about delivering quality care to those she serves. She believes that everyone has a beautiful destination and at times needs support in arriving. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and sometimes it feels difficult to navigate alone. Cathy is here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Her goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to homeostasis once again.
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has over 10 years of nursing experience. Cathy is playful, creative, and compassionate about delivering quality care to those she serves. She believes that everyone has a beautiful destination and at times needs support in arriving. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and sometimes it feels difficult to navigate alone. Cathy is here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Her goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to homeostasis once again.
(501) 300-9926 View (501) 300-9926
Photo of Dauntless Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Baxter County, AR
Dauntless Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, AR 72703  (Online Only)
Welcome to Dauntless Psychiatry! We aim is to provide the Very Best Psychiatric Care to the Northwest Arkansas community. In order to do so, it is Imperative that we are able to provide new patient appointments ASAP! Our goal and commitment is to schedule new patients for initial evaluation with one of our experienced Psychiatric Clinicians WITHIN 2 WEEKS! Our Providers: - Jacquelyn Lange-Halley, MD (Board Certified General Psychiatrist); - Ashlea Brewer, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner); - Jahnneliz Perez, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner); - Jessica Musgrove, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner);
Welcome to Dauntless Psychiatry! We aim is to provide the Very Best Psychiatric Care to the Northwest Arkansas community. In order to do so, it is Imperative that we are able to provide new patient appointments ASAP! Our goal and commitment is to schedule new patients for initial evaluation with one of our experienced Psychiatric Clinicians WITHIN 2 WEEKS! Our Providers: - Jacquelyn Lange-Halley, MD (Board Certified General Psychiatrist); - Ashlea Brewer, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner); - Jahnneliz Perez, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner); - Jessica Musgrove, PMHNP (Psych Nurse Practitioner);
(479) 239-9906 View (479) 239-9906
Photo of Melissa Bell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Baxter County, AR
Melissa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Conway, AR 72034
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling, but I'm licensed in both Arkansas & Iowa (online). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling, but I'm licensed in both Arkansas & Iowa (online). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
(501) 322-6361 View (501) 322-6361
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Mark Andersen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, AR 72601  (Online Only)
During my 30 years of practicing psychiatry, I've come to firmly believe that our connection as caregiver and patient is the single biggest reason clients either get healthier or continue to struggle. This means it's crucial for us to spend time connecting. It means I need to hear your story, the ups and downs, the successes, the failures and the frustrations with previous treatment. More than anything though, it means that we need to be honest with one another. Only then, in the midst of hearing about your journey, can I give my greatest effort to help you. If you're ready and willing to teach me about you, I'm ready to learn.
During my 30 years of practicing psychiatry, I've come to firmly believe that our connection as caregiver and patient is the single biggest reason clients either get healthier or continue to struggle. This means it's crucial for us to spend time connecting. It means I need to hear your story, the ups and downs, the successes, the failures and the frustrations with previous treatment. More than anything though, it means that we need to be honest with one another. Only then, in the midst of hearing about your journey, can I give my greatest effort to help you. If you're ready and willing to teach me about you, I'm ready to learn.
(870) 340-2636 View (870) 340-2636
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Dr. Dianna Esmaeilpour
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
Now accepting new patients at Capstone Psychiatry. Dr. Esmaeilpour is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist. She treats mood, anxiety, and thought disorders as well as PTSD and neurodevelopmental disorders. She believes that a good patient physician relationship is the foundation for good care.
Now accepting new patients at Capstone Psychiatry. Dr. Esmaeilpour is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist. She treats mood, anxiety, and thought disorders as well as PTSD and neurodevelopmental disorders. She believes that a good patient physician relationship is the foundation for good care.
(501) 441-4980 View (501) 441-4980
Photo of Jonesboro Wellness, mind + body, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Baxter County, AR
Jonesboro Wellness, mind + body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Jonesboro, AR 72401
At Jonesboro Wellness, mind + body our goal is to provide a comfortable and calm setting so we can begin to discuss and work towards your concerns. We offer psychiatric medication management with emphasis on whole body nutrition along with other non- medication modalities. We want you to feel your best while providing holistic and traditional care. We want you to be apart of your treatment options and have a voice in the matter.
At Jonesboro Wellness, mind + body our goal is to provide a comfortable and calm setting so we can begin to discuss and work towards your concerns. We offer psychiatric medication management with emphasis on whole body nutrition along with other non- medication modalities. We want you to feel your best while providing holistic and traditional care. We want you to be apart of your treatment options and have a voice in the matter.
(870) 729-8389 View (870) 729-8389
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Omni Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cabot, AR 72023
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
(501) 557-0761 View (501) 557-0761
Devon Deden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conway, AR 72032
I am experienced in treating patients of all ages, 4 and up, but am especially passionate about helping children, adolescents, and young adults to thrive. I'm also dedicated to treating members of the LGBTQ+ community and understand the unique social and mental health challenges that come with the territory of being a member of this community. Whether severe trauma, identity concerns, or everyday stressors are keeping you from your potential, I want to work with you through it.
I am experienced in treating patients of all ages, 4 and up, but am especially passionate about helping children, adolescents, and young adults to thrive. I'm also dedicated to treating members of the LGBTQ+ community and understand the unique social and mental health challenges that come with the territory of being a member of this community. Whether severe trauma, identity concerns, or everyday stressors are keeping you from your potential, I want to work with you through it.
(501) 356-4204 View (501) 356-4204
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Renew Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, APRN
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Renew Mental Health & Wellness warmly welcomes you just as you are! Our commitment lies in supporting our patients through personalized medication management. We're proud to offer GeneSight testing, a comprehensive genetic analysis that guides us in tailoring your care journey based on vital DNA variations. Additionally, for those facing treatment-resistant depression, our clinic provides Spravato treatment as an available option. Your well-being is our priority
Renew Mental Health & Wellness warmly welcomes you just as you are! Our commitment lies in supporting our patients through personalized medication management. We're proud to offer GeneSight testing, a comprehensive genetic analysis that guides us in tailoring your care journey based on vital DNA variations. Additionally, for those facing treatment-resistant depression, our clinic provides Spravato treatment as an available option. Your well-being is our priority
(870) 224-4576 View (870) 224-4576

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Number of Psychiatrists in Baxter County, AR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Baxter County, AR who prioritize treating:

100% Psychosis
100% Medication Management
67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% Geriatric and Seniors
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Dissociative Disorders (DID)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% TRICARE
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Baxter County, AR see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Baxter County?

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.