Psychiatrists in Mesa, AZ

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Donald Mason
Physician Assistant, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85204
Accepting New Patients. I have over 15 years of experience working with patients who suffer from mental health conditions. I'm looking for patients who prefer more personalized treatment and have a desire for growth and improvement. Whether your suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, OCD, insomnia, PTSD, personality disorder, addiction, grief, chronic pain, or just want to find a happier and healthier you then I believe you would benefit from making an appointment to discuss treatment options. I look forward to working with you to achieve your mental health goals.
Accepting New Patients. I have over 15 years of experience working with patients who suffer from mental health conditions. I'm looking for patients who prefer more personalized treatment and have a desire for growth and improvement. Whether your suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, OCD, insomnia, PTSD, personality disorder, addiction, grief, chronic pain, or just want to find a happier and healthier you then I believe you would benefit from making an appointment to discuss treatment options. I look forward to working with you to achieve your mental health goals.
(928) 260-4130 View (928) 260-4130
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Justin McKinley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
(480) 613-9336 View (480) 613-9336
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Irene Wanjiku Njenga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am dedicated in providing comprehensive and personalized care to treatment for mental health challenges to patients 10 years and older. . I process strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families empowering them to make the best treatment choices. We will evaluate your specific needs and work with you to develop a clear plan and support you through the process of improving your life. My goal is to help you achieve balanced mental health and function at your best.
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am dedicated in providing comprehensive and personalized care to treatment for mental health challenges to patients 10 years and older. . I process strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families empowering them to make the best treatment choices. We will evaluate your specific needs and work with you to develop a clear plan and support you through the process of improving your life. My goal is to help you achieve balanced mental health and function at your best.
(480) 573-7527 View (480) 573-7527
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85202
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 909-3681 View (480) 909-3681
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Kati Wijdenes - Mental Squirrel PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85213  (Online Only)
Hi! My philosophy is simple. Whatever you have going on is absolutely treatable, and you deserve the best care I can provide. So, if you're feeling a little "nutty," welcome to Mental Squirrel! I'd love to chat with you about how my tele-psychiatry practice can provide you with exceptional medication management... wherever, and however, you are most comfortable, even in your PJ's. So call, email, send a carrier pigeon, but just get in touch today! Let's get you feeling better, because you're worth it. Find out more at mentalsquirrel.health
Hi! My philosophy is simple. Whatever you have going on is absolutely treatable, and you deserve the best care I can provide. So, if you're feeling a little "nutty," welcome to Mental Squirrel! I'd love to chat with you about how my tele-psychiatry practice can provide you with exceptional medication management... wherever, and however, you are most comfortable, even in your PJ's. So call, email, send a carrier pigeon, but just get in touch today! Let's get you feeling better, because you're worth it. Find out more at mentalsquirrel.health
(480) 725-4173 View (480) 725-4173
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India Samuels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85205
Dr. Samuels brings a wealth of compassion and expertise in her role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She understands the challenges one may face in managing psychiatric disorders and is here to offer support and guidance every step of the way. Her approach to treatment is rooted in a holistic understanding of health, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being. She believes that true healing involves addressing the whole person, not just their symptoms. That's why she blends nursing and primary care principles to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Dr. Samuels brings a wealth of compassion and expertise in her role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She understands the challenges one may face in managing psychiatric disorders and is here to offer support and guidance every step of the way. Her approach to treatment is rooted in a holistic understanding of health, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being. She believes that true healing involves addressing the whole person, not just their symptoms. That's why she blends nursing and primary care principles to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
(928) 916-6562 View (928) 916-6562
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Beth Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
Beth Howe, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing treatment in the form of medication management tailored to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience working with diverse populations in the psychiatric field, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and clinical settings.
Beth Howe, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing treatment in the form of medication management tailored to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience working with diverse populations in the psychiatric field, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and clinical settings.
(480) 470-7782 View (480) 470-7782
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Nicole Lavonne Carrera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ACNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
Nicole is a board certified FPMHNP with over 22 years in nursing. She began her nursing career in the U.S. Army and became a nurse practitioner in 2013.
Nicole is a board certified FPMHNP with over 22 years in nursing. She began her nursing career in the U.S. Army and became a nurse practitioner in 2013.
(480) 660-4079 View (480) 660-4079
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Jacob Stradling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85210
I love working with people who are ready for better health and fulfillment in life. I focus on social and emotional growth, nutrition, exercise, and careful medication management. I also respect the healing power of connection, recreation, and time spent in nature. I am passionate about helping families rebuild relationships and reconnect. My time spent working in adolescent behavioral health showed me how strong and resilient youth can be. My experience working as an ICU nurse developed my dedication for working with people through tragedy and crisis. I’m excited to walk with you on your mental health journey.
I love working with people who are ready for better health and fulfillment in life. I focus on social and emotional growth, nutrition, exercise, and careful medication management. I also respect the healing power of connection, recreation, and time spent in nature. I am passionate about helping families rebuild relationships and reconnect. My time spent working in adolescent behavioral health showed me how strong and resilient youth can be. My experience working as an ICU nurse developed my dedication for working with people through tragedy and crisis. I’m excited to walk with you on your mental health journey.
(480) 690-2329 View (480) 690-2329
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Vanessa Curry (Summit Place Mental Health Llc)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85210
Not accepting new clients
(**NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**- PRACTICE IS TELEHEALTH) Are you struggling with Depression? Anxiety? Mood swings? Do you have chronic medical conditions which are impacting your mental state? Are your medications not working, or are you looking for other ways to help your symptoms without taking another pill? Have you lost your insurance, or can't find anyone who takes your insurance? If any of these questions sound familiar, we can help!
(**NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**- PRACTICE IS TELEHEALTH) Are you struggling with Depression? Anxiety? Mood swings? Do you have chronic medical conditions which are impacting your mental state? Are your medications not working, or are you looking for other ways to help your symptoms without taking another pill? Have you lost your insurance, or can't find anyone who takes your insurance? If any of these questions sound familiar, we can help!
(602) 223-1872 View (602) 223-1872
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Amber Leonhardt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85207
Accepting New Patients! Hello! I’m Amber, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. Are you feeling easily frustrated, overwhelmed, and distracted? Are you pulled in a hundred directions and struggle with knowing what to prioritize? I specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD and helping you get the “best of your brain” rather than the other way around. About 75% of people with ADHD have a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, and I will help you manage the myriad of symptoms that can accompany ADHD. Go to AdvantagePsych.com to see more.
Accepting New Patients! Hello! I’m Amber, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dedicated to helping you achieve your best self. Are you feeling easily frustrated, overwhelmed, and distracted? Are you pulled in a hundred directions and struggle with knowing what to prioritize? I specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD and helping you get the “best of your brain” rather than the other way around. About 75% of people with ADHD have a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, and I will help you manage the myriad of symptoms that can accompany ADHD. Go to AdvantagePsych.com to see more.
(480) 508-8906 View (480) 508-8906
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, APRN
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (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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LOUKISHA Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85210  (Online Only)
Dr Roberts began in Emergency Medicine providing excellent, high-quality patient care on a holistic level. During this time,her passion for psychiatry and mental health was discovered. Her dedication and committment to providing excellent mental health care services, health promotion, and disease prevention care to all ages. Prism Behavioral health provide telepsychiatry services for all ages that include psychological evaluations, medications management, follow ups, crisis intervention, and therapy.
Dr Roberts began in Emergency Medicine providing excellent, high-quality patient care on a holistic level. During this time,her passion for psychiatry and mental health was discovered. Her dedication and committment to providing excellent mental health care services, health promotion, and disease prevention care to all ages. Prism Behavioral health provide telepsychiatry services for all ages that include psychological evaluations, medications management, follow ups, crisis intervention, and therapy.
(469) 224-5512 View (469) 224-5512
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Muna Iheonunekwu Accepting New Patients-No Wait
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
(480) 573-7898 View (480) 573-7898
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Mohammad Reza Karami-Sichani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85202
As a medical doctor trained in the specialty of psychiatry I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders in adults. But as a mental health professional I like to see myself as a specialist in the promotion of what fundamentally makes life a wonderful and fulfilling experience-being mentally healthy! We do not treat any type of dual diagnosis (substance abuse along with a mental health condition)
As a medical doctor trained in the specialty of psychiatry I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders in adults. But as a mental health professional I like to see myself as a specialist in the promotion of what fundamentally makes life a wonderful and fulfilling experience-being mentally healthy! We do not treat any type of dual diagnosis (substance abuse along with a mental health condition)
(480) 376-1046 View (480) 376-1046
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MiraMinds Holistic Care, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
(480) 780-2680 View (480) 780-2680
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85203  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Ana Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85205
Dr. Williams is a certified integrative mental health provider and nationally board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. While educated and board certified to treat individuals from ages six through the lifespan, Dr. Williams's interests include a holistic approach as a clinician. She believes the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Although medication management is a large part of her role, she uses a holistic approach to treating clients and incorporates various treatment modalities. Medicine is only prescribed when necessary.
Dr. Williams is a certified integrative mental health provider and nationally board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. While educated and board certified to treat individuals from ages six through the lifespan, Dr. Williams's interests include a holistic approach as a clinician. She believes the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Although medication management is a large part of her role, she uses a holistic approach to treating clients and incorporates various treatment modalities. Medicine is only prescribed when necessary.
(928) 267-6647 View (928) 267-6647
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Clear Minds Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85213
Life at times can be a challenging journey but the good news is that you do not have to take the journey alone. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am here to walk the path with you through the ups and downs. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and have over 20 years of healthcare experience. My approach to care is client centered offering holistic care that encompasses the needs of the client’s mind, body and spirit.
Life at times can be a challenging journey but the good news is that you do not have to take the journey alone. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am here to walk the path with you through the ups and downs. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and have over 20 years of healthcare experience. My approach to care is client centered offering holistic care that encompasses the needs of the client’s mind, body and spirit.
(480) 376-7868 View (480) 376-7868
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Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
(833) 552-7149 View (833) 552-7149

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mesa, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Mesa, AZ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
83% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Mesa, AZ see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mesa?

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.