Psychiatrists in Peoria, AZ

Photo of Irina V Ashamalla, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Peoria, AZ
Irina V Ashamalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85383
I offer services for the entire family to help to repair interpersonal relationship, provide life coaching and guidance though both medication management and therapy approach combined on-demand and tailored specifically for individual patient needs. I offer services for young children who don't qualify for medication management through play therapy starting from 4 years of age. I like to raise awareness for mental health issues and break the stigma because it’s “ok not to be ok”. Psychological problems can affect anyone and when one family member has a mental health problem like “anxiety” or a “mood disorder”, it affects everyone.
I offer services for the entire family to help to repair interpersonal relationship, provide life coaching and guidance though both medication management and therapy approach combined on-demand and tailored specifically for individual patient needs. I offer services for young children who don't qualify for medication management through play therapy starting from 4 years of age. I like to raise awareness for mental health issues and break the stigma because it’s “ok not to be ok”. Psychological problems can affect anyone and when one family member has a mental health problem like “anxiety” or a “mood disorder”, it affects everyone.
(928) 575-8122 View (928) 575-8122
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85345  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(623) 288-4868 View (623) 288-4868
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Peoria, AZ
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85381  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(623) 288-3952 View (623) 288-3952
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Ferdinand Labuga Briones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85381
NOW Accepting New Patients (Open Weekends & Evenings). I am a compassionate clinician who values each of my client regardless of their gender, color, race, religion, values, beliefs, disability, and economic status. We provide in-office or virtual services.
NOW Accepting New Patients (Open Weekends & Evenings). I am a compassionate clinician who values each of my client regardless of their gender, color, race, religion, values, beliefs, disability, and economic status. We provide in-office or virtual services.
(623) 253-7958 View (623) 253-7958
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Platinum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382  (Online Only)
Life is difficult. Finding a prescribing mental health professional who understands your needs shouldn't be. At Platinum Psychiatry, we are committed to helping you have the experience that you deserve. We are an outpatient clinic that serves men and women ages 6 and up, who struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and more. We have a team approach to treating mental illness. We will work with you to understand your symptoms and to improve your quality of life. In a field full of confusion, stigma, and poor customer service, we offer a new way of experiencing mental health services.
Life is difficult. Finding a prescribing mental health professional who understands your needs shouldn't be. At Platinum Psychiatry, we are committed to helping you have the experience that you deserve. We are an outpatient clinic that serves men and women ages 6 and up, who struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and more. We have a team approach to treating mental illness. We will work with you to understand your symptoms and to improve your quality of life. In a field full of confusion, stigma, and poor customer service, we offer a new way of experiencing mental health services.
(623) 283-2445 View (623) 283-2445
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Cali Yepiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85381
Cali began her journey in healthcare in 2004, working in all levels of care including rural hospitals and emergency departments. Working her way up the ladder in healthcare starting with her CNA in 2004, then LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, and Post Masters PMHMP. She found her true calling, in behavioral health, when she began working in state hospitals in 2010. She has worked in crisis services for voluntary and involuntary commitments, substance abuse, subacute inpatient behavioral health, and outpatient behavioral health for the lifespan. She has dedicated her professional life to the pursuit of helping those with mental illness.
Cali began her journey in healthcare in 2004, working in all levels of care including rural hospitals and emergency departments. Working her way up the ladder in healthcare starting with her CNA in 2004, then LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, and Post Masters PMHMP. She found her true calling, in behavioral health, when she began working in state hospitals in 2010. She has worked in crisis services for voluntary and involuntary commitments, substance abuse, subacute inpatient behavioral health, and outpatient behavioral health for the lifespan. She has dedicated her professional life to the pursuit of helping those with mental illness.
(623) 294-9301 View (623) 294-9301
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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, CNP
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85381  (Online Only)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who offers various mental health services including medication management. The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications and supportive therapy when needed so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who offers various mental health services including medication management. The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications and supportive therapy when needed so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state.
(480) 573-6643 View (480) 573-6643
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Platinum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382  (Online Only)
Life is difficult. Finding a prescribing mental health professional who understands your needs shouldn't be. At Platinum Psychiatry, we are committed to helping you have the experience that you deserve. We are an outpatient clinic that serves men and women ages 6 and up, who struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and more. We have a team approach to treating mental illness. We will work with you to understand your symptoms and to improve your quality of life. In a field full of confusion, stigma, and poor customer service, we offer a new way of experiencing mental health services.
Life is difficult. Finding a prescribing mental health professional who understands your needs shouldn't be. At Platinum Psychiatry, we are committed to helping you have the experience that you deserve. We are an outpatient clinic that serves men and women ages 6 and up, who struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and more. We have a team approach to treating mental illness. We will work with you to understand your symptoms and to improve your quality of life. In a field full of confusion, stigma, and poor customer service, we offer a new way of experiencing mental health services.
(602) 726-2317 View (602) 726-2317
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White Peak Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85383  (Online Only)
Vanessa has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. She has extensive experience and knowledge treating adults with chronic mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorders, bipolar and PTSD. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has treated those with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Her well rounded experience provides her with the ability to identify and treat different mental health conditions with evidence-based treatment options.
Vanessa has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. She has extensive experience and knowledge treating adults with chronic mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorders, bipolar and PTSD. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has treated those with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Her well rounded experience provides her with the ability to identify and treat different mental health conditions with evidence-based treatment options.
(623) 526-2865 View (623) 526-2865
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Behavior Innovation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85382  (Online Only)
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(928) 693-4759 View (928) 693-4759
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Sierra Transformation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, CNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382
At Sierra Transformation Center, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their treatment goals and overcome the challenges of mental health disorders. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in a range of disorders, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, addiction, Suboxone treatment, and mood disorders. Our evidence-based approach and personalized care ensure that each client receives the support they need to succeed in their journey towards recovery and transformation. If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and self-improvement, we invite you to visit our website and schedule your new patient intake today
At Sierra Transformation Center, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their treatment goals and overcome the challenges of mental health disorders. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in a range of disorders, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, addiction, Suboxone treatment, and mood disorders. Our evidence-based approach and personalized care ensure that each client receives the support they need to succeed in their journey towards recovery and transformation. If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and self-improvement, we invite you to visit our website and schedule your new patient intake today
(775) 242-6682 View (775) 242-6682
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Maricopa Christian Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85345  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. Jane Lao is a Dual-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in both Family medicine and Psychiatry. She has a passion for empowering patients to advocate for their best physical and mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP) is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and a therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidence-based psychiatric services.
Accepting New Patients. Jane Lao is a Dual-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in both Family medicine and Psychiatry. She has a passion for empowering patients to advocate for their best physical and mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP) is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and a therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidence-based psychiatric services.
(928) 382-3914 View (928) 382-3914
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85383  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382  (Online Only)
Welcome to Carative Psychiatry! We are a telehealth company providing support to Arizona patients at this time. Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling.
Welcome to Carative Psychiatry! We are a telehealth company providing support to Arizona patients at this time. Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling.
(520) 720-3790 View (520) 720-3790
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Peoria, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85382
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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: 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(323) 591-5922 View (323) 591-5922
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Peoria, AZ
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85382
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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
(623) 303-8673 View (623) 303-8673
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Peoria, AZ
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85383
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
(323) 310-5285 View (323) 310-5285
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Notre Dame Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382
In this delicate specialty, I care about my patients' Medical and Psychiatric needs the same way I would care about my Family Members. I have been practicing Medicine and have helped thousands of patients, for the last 20 years, at Inpatient Psychiatric units, Medical floors, and ICU and critical patients Consultations, in addition to Outpatient setting, changing their Quality of life, Productivity, and Potential Success.
In this delicate specialty, I care about my patients' Medical and Psychiatric needs the same way I would care about my Family Members. I have been practicing Medicine and have helped thousands of patients, for the last 20 years, at Inpatient Psychiatric units, Medical floors, and ICU and critical patients Consultations, in addition to Outpatient setting, changing their Quality of life, Productivity, and Potential Success.
(623) 745-8489 View (623) 745-8489
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Tammy McMillion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Peoria, AZ 85382  (Online Only)
I offer personal treatment that is tailored to your needs. I worked for many years in AZ Department of Corrections Mental Health Unit. I also served in the USN in Desert Storm. I am particularly sensitive to the needs of our military and first responders. I strive to make even the most guarded patient feel at ease. Being of service has been my calling.
I offer personal treatment that is tailored to your needs. I worked for many years in AZ Department of Corrections Mental Health Unit. I also served in the USN in Desert Storm. I am particularly sensitive to the needs of our military and first responders. I strive to make even the most guarded patient feel at ease. Being of service has been my calling.
(602) 932-7063 View (602) 932-7063
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Crexmed Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Peoria, AZ 85345
SAME Day Telehealth appointment available. At Crexmed, we are aware that the situations that frequently prompt people to seek psychiatric assistance may be delicate in nature. A thorough evaluation, educational resources, and responses to many of your inquiries are among our main objectives. We want you to have a great experience when you come to our clinic.
SAME Day Telehealth appointment available. At Crexmed, we are aware that the situations that frequently prompt people to seek psychiatric assistance may be delicate in nature. A thorough evaluation, educational resources, and responses to many of your inquiries are among our main objectives. We want you to have a great experience when you come to our clinic.
(623) 263-3027 View (623) 263-3027

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Peoria, AZ

20+

Average cost per session

$244

Psychiatrists in Peoria, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Bipolar Disorder
96% Anxiety
93% Depression
93% ADHD
86% Sleep or Insomnia
82% Medication Management
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Peoria, AZ see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Peoria?

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.