Psychiatrists in Gilbert, AZ

Photo of Bree Scott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Gilbert, AZ
Bree Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85234
I am a highly trained psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Estrella community office of Serenity Mental Health Centers in Goodyear, Arizona. I have over seven years of medical experience and believe everyone deserves a chance to live their absolute best life. I love helping patients take back their lives after mental illness, and I understand that mental health care is an ongoing process. Sharing my knowledge with patients who need a place to turn gives me great joy, as I realize that mental health impacts every aspect of life. I enjoy being part of the solution to the mental health needs of my patients.
I am a highly trained psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Estrella community office of Serenity Mental Health Centers in Goodyear, Arizona. I have over seven years of medical experience and believe everyone deserves a chance to live their absolute best life. I love helping patients take back their lives after mental illness, and I understand that mental health care is an ongoing process. Sharing my knowledge with patients who need a place to turn gives me great joy, as I realize that mental health impacts every aspect of life. I enjoy being part of the solution to the mental health needs of my patients.
(480) 454-1132 View (480) 454-1132
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Toni Crawford-Jonas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Are you looking for a compassionate, quality mental health care provider to explore medication concerns and inquiries with? Seeking mental health services can be intimidating and overwhelming. Through my work at Rooted Mental Health Solutions, I strive to create a supportive, judgment-free environment for all those I serve.
Are you looking for a compassionate, quality mental health care provider to explore medication concerns and inquiries with? Seeking mental health services can be intimidating and overwhelming. Through my work at Rooted Mental Health Solutions, I strive to create a supportive, judgment-free environment for all those I serve.
(480) 676-5646 View (480) 676-5646
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Arlinda Endler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85295  (Online Only)
Arlinda is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) who treats a diverse range of mental health concerns including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, and women's issues.
Arlinda is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) who treats a diverse range of mental health concerns including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, and women's issues.
(480) 531-7021 View (480) 531-7021
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Dana-Jean S La Haie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Dr. La Haie is a native of Arizona who completed undergraduate degrees at Arizona State University in Tempe and a medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and completed her General Psychiatry residency training at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. La Haie is a native of Arizona who completed undergraduate degrees at Arizona State University in Tempe and a medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and completed her General Psychiatry residency training at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona.
(833) 797-0862 View (833) 797-0862
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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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Amanda Lori Burgess
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MBA
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Amanda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. Her expertise is in medication management in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. She is committed to working collaboratively with patients and their families and to figure out the best customized plan of care for each patient. Her passion is to help people find hope and live their best life happily.
Amanda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. Her expertise is in medication management in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. She is committed to working collaboratively with patients and their families and to figure out the best customized plan of care for each patient. Her passion is to help people find hope and live their best life happily.
(480) 719-1132 View (480) 719-1132
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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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Jennifer Weatherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and children in both community mental health and private practice settings. Before I went to school for my Master’s degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical areas including oncology, critical care, and telemetry within the hospital setting. I consider myself a life-long learner and I am always reading the latest research in psychiatry to help my clients achieve optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
Thank you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and children in both community mental health and private practice settings. Before I went to school for my Master’s degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical areas including oncology, critical care, and telemetry within the hospital setting. I consider myself a life-long learner and I am always reading the latest research in psychiatry to help my clients achieve optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
(480) 680-9213 View (480) 680-9213
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Amanda Amarillas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85295  (Online Only)
Amanda is a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), with over a decade of healthcare experience. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric crisis stabilization, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, inpatient addiction/detox, correctional health, MAT clinics, & outpatient clinics. Her goal is to help her patients reach their full potential with what wellness means to them. She aims to treat her patients with a holistic wellness approach that encompasses both mental and physical health.
Amanda is a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), with over a decade of healthcare experience. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric crisis stabilization, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, inpatient addiction/detox, correctional health, MAT clinics, & outpatient clinics. Her goal is to help her patients reach their full potential with what wellness means to them. She aims to treat her patients with a holistic wellness approach that encompasses both mental and physical health.
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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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KEGE Center for ADHD
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85295
I spend 2 hours during our psychiatric evaluation to diagnose the "root cause" of your symptoms. I want you to leave with an understanding of WHY your symptoms are occurring, KNOWLEDGE of the treatment options, and HOPE that life will improve quickly. Our positive reviews will give you a clear idea of how KEGE Center for ADHD will help you or your child. My experience has been that the majority of our patients experience relief of their symptoms within 2-4 appointments. Determining the root causes of symptoms is key. It boils down to how soon you want to get better. This proven, proprietary approach achieves safe and quick results.
I spend 2 hours during our psychiatric evaluation to diagnose the "root cause" of your symptoms. I want you to leave with an understanding of WHY your symptoms are occurring, KNOWLEDGE of the treatment options, and HOPE that life will improve quickly. Our positive reviews will give you a clear idea of how KEGE Center for ADHD will help you or your child. My experience has been that the majority of our patients experience relief of their symptoms within 2-4 appointments. Determining the root causes of symptoms is key. It boils down to how soon you want to get better. This proven, proprietary approach achieves safe and quick results.
(480) 300-3392 View (480) 300-3392
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Rachel Wybron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85295
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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Teejay Tripp
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85234
As Medical Director at Serenity Mental Health Centers, Dr. Tripp leads our staff in staying up-to-date on the most advanced uses of TMS therapy, ketamine treatment and other outpatient mental health treatment options to help our patients achieve the best possible outcomes and take back their lives from mental illness.
As Medical Director at Serenity Mental Health Centers, Dr. Tripp leads our staff in staying up-to-date on the most advanced uses of TMS therapy, ketamine treatment and other outpatient mental health treatment options to help our patients achieve the best possible outcomes and take back their lives from mental illness.
(480) 608-9206 View (480) 608-9206
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Dr. Mianna Gale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
23 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85234  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am driven by a profound commitment to the holistic well-being of individuals struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in the field of healthcare has been shaped by a deep-seated passion for both functional medicine and trauma-informed care. In my years of clinical practice, I have witnessed the transformative power of a holistic approach to mental health. I firmly believe that addressing the intricate interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors is essential for fostering true healing and resilience.
As a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am driven by a profound commitment to the holistic well-being of individuals struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in the field of healthcare has been shaped by a deep-seated passion for both functional medicine and trauma-informed care. In my years of clinical practice, I have witnessed the transformative power of a holistic approach to mental health. I firmly believe that addressing the intricate interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors is essential for fostering true healing and resilience.
(480) 485-4786 View (480) 485-4786
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Rising Sun HealthCare & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP,, FNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Rising Sun HealthCare & Wellness is currently accepting new patients. Latoya C. Murphy is a Doctoral prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 17yrs of experience in the medical field. She will provide general psychiatric services for adolescent’s, adult, and geriatrics patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, trauma, drug, and alcohol abuse.
Rising Sun HealthCare & Wellness is currently accepting new patients. Latoya C. Murphy is a Doctoral prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 17yrs of experience in the medical field. She will provide general psychiatric services for adolescent’s, adult, and geriatrics patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, trauma, drug, and alcohol abuse.
(480) 546-6894 View (480) 546-6894
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Unchained Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
(480) 690-9157 View (480) 690-9157
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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
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) 386-1722 View (480) 386-1722
Photo of Edward S. Leyba, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Gilbert, AZ
Edward S. Leyba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85295  (Online Only)
I am excited to provide you with individualized care to achieve your goals! Through a combination of medication management and talk therapy, I specialize in treating; anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and sleep disturbances. I am also able to care for patients with alcohol and other substance use disorders who are stable enough for outpatient care. I have expertise in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options for alcohol and other substance use disorders including; Suboxone, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, and Campral. I can conveniently see patients throughout Arizona via telehealth virtual sessions.
I am excited to provide you with individualized care to achieve your goals! Through a combination of medication management and talk therapy, I specialize in treating; anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and sleep disturbances. I am also able to care for patients with alcohol and other substance use disorders who are stable enough for outpatient care. I have expertise in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options for alcohol and other substance use disorders including; Suboxone, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, Antabuse, and Campral. I can conveniently see patients throughout Arizona via telehealth virtual sessions.
(480) 418-0136 View (480) 418-0136
Photo of Jessica Faltinowski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Gilbert, AZ
Jessica Faltinowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Gilbert, AZ 85295  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to manage the challenges life throws at you? Do you find yourself consistently overwhelmed, perhaps even feeling hopeless at times? Are you yearning for more fulfillment and balance in your life? Meet Jessica, a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of invaluable healthcare experience, dedicated to guiding individuals from infancy through their golden years on their journey to improved mental well-being. Jessica specializes in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, addiction, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
Are you struggling to manage the challenges life throws at you? Do you find yourself consistently overwhelmed, perhaps even feeling hopeless at times? Are you yearning for more fulfillment and balance in your life? Meet Jessica, a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of invaluable healthcare experience, dedicated to guiding individuals from infancy through their golden years on their journey to improved mental well-being. Jessica specializes in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, addiction, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(480) 864-4031 View (480) 864-4031

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Gilbert, AZ

80+

Average cost per session

$217

Psychiatrists in Gilbert, AZ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
82% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Medication Management
73% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Gilbert, AZ see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gilbert?

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.