Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

Photo of Kelly Anne Maurer- Sacred Hearts Psychiatry Addiction Med., Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Kelly Anne Maurer- Sacred Hearts Psychiatry Addiction Med.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
I look forward to meeting you In Person or Virtual! I believe in person is always favorable, but understand the convenience of telehealth. I am Nationally Dual Board certified in Psychiatry & Family Medicine. I offer a unique faith based holistic & concierge approach. I am a well seasoned provider, who listens attentively. My specialties are Bipolar, Depression, Addiction, & Anxiety. I offer Psychiatric & Substance Use Evaluations Diagnosis & Medication Management. I am also passionate regarding Opioid/Alcohol Use Disorder. Treating Substance use disorder with medication management. Mental health is multi-faceted & my passion.
I look forward to meeting you In Person or Virtual! I believe in person is always favorable, but understand the convenience of telehealth. I am Nationally Dual Board certified in Psychiatry & Family Medicine. I offer a unique faith based holistic & concierge approach. I am a well seasoned provider, who listens attentively. My specialties are Bipolar, Depression, Addiction, & Anxiety. I offer Psychiatric & Substance Use Evaluations Diagnosis & Medication Management. I am also passionate regarding Opioid/Alcohol Use Disorder. Treating Substance use disorder with medication management. Mental health is multi-faceted & my passion.
(623) 292-4104 View (623) 292-4104
Photo of Patrick Testa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Patrick Testa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(480) 757-3026 View (480) 757-3026
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Alexandria Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
Dr. Kurtz is a compassionate & empathetic Integrative Psychiatrist specializing in treating adults experiencing a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Stemming from her osteopathic medical training, she focuses treatment on the whole person - mind, body & spirit. After her psychiatry residency she completed a fellowship in integrative psychiatry & additional training in nutritional psychiatry. She has a passion for working alongside patients to address root causes of mental health symptoms through the skillful combination of traditional and advancing biomedical treatments with alternative modalities.
Dr. Kurtz is a compassionate & empathetic Integrative Psychiatrist specializing in treating adults experiencing a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Stemming from her osteopathic medical training, she focuses treatment on the whole person - mind, body & spirit. After her psychiatry residency she completed a fellowship in integrative psychiatry & additional training in nutritional psychiatry. She has a passion for working alongside patients to address root causes of mental health symptoms through the skillful combination of traditional and advancing biomedical treatments with alternative modalities.
(480) 374-5978 View (480) 374-5978
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Amen Clinics Phoenix
Psychiatrist
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
We offer the highest level of psychiatric care with targeted treatment plans customized to our patient’s specific situation, using the least toxic, most effective methods. We are unique from the way traditional psychiatry is practiced because we look at the organ we treat through the use of SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) imaging. All of the practitioners at the nationwide Amen Clinics locations are board certified and have been personally handpicked and trained by Dr. Amen in his method.
We offer the highest level of psychiatric care with targeted treatment plans customized to our patient’s specific situation, using the least toxic, most effective methods. We are unique from the way traditional psychiatry is practiced because we look at the organ we treat through the use of SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) imaging. All of the practitioners at the nationwide Amen Clinics locations are board certified and have been personally handpicked and trained by Dr. Amen in his method.
(480) 780-3794 View (480) 780-3794
Photo of Matthew Montgomery, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Matthew Montgomery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85253  (Online Only)
Matthew Montgomery, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His work with complex psychiatric patients in numerous practice settings makes him uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a broad range of patients. Dr. Montgomery's approach includes a thorough diagnostic assessment which allows for a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. While he enjoys working with a variety of patients, he has notable experience working with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD), and ADHD. His practice includes work with the LGBTQ community.
Matthew Montgomery, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His work with complex psychiatric patients in numerous practice settings makes him uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a broad range of patients. Dr. Montgomery's approach includes a thorough diagnostic assessment which allows for a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. While he enjoys working with a variety of patients, he has notable experience working with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD), and ADHD. His practice includes work with the LGBTQ community.
(480) 745-2769 View (480) 745-2769
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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
(480) 690-3342 View (480) 690-3342
Photo of Kim Leight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Kim Leight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PsyNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication. I encourage mindfulness practices as a way to approach all aspects of living. I stress the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the practice of good sleep hygiene. This allows me to take as conservative an approach as possible with medication.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication. I encourage mindfulness practices as a way to approach all aspects of living. I stress the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the practice of good sleep hygiene. This allows me to take as conservative an approach as possible with medication.
(602) 845-8635 View (602) 845-8635
Photo of Roya Karbakhsh, MD., PLC, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Roya Karbakhsh, MD., PLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Waitlist for new clients
I am an adult, child and Adolescent psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience in psychopharmacological management with psychotherapy. physical , my love of humanity got me to choose medicine and psychiatry eradicting suffering clinical expertise are consciouslybeing involve din your care with compassionate inquirey psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy and nutritional consultation and mind fullness based stress reduction skills, yoga, meditation, CBT , ACT,parent /child relationship skills training, marriage, couple therapy.
I am an adult, child and Adolescent psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience in psychopharmacological management with psychotherapy. physical , my love of humanity got me to choose medicine and psychiatry eradicting suffering clinical expertise are consciouslybeing involve din your care with compassionate inquirey psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy and nutritional consultation and mind fullness based stress reduction skills, yoga, meditation, CBT , ACT,parent /child relationship skills training, marriage, couple therapy.
(623) 500-6219 View (623) 500-6219
Photo of Pamela L. Perry PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Pamela L. Perry PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
I am still accepting new clients and am offering phone and video sessions for distancing or quarantined clients. I DO NOT PROVIDE COUNSELING OR TALK THERAPY. I strive to promote emotional wellness and assist clients in achieving a high quality of life. I treat numerous issues, such as co-occurring substance abuse and chronic mental illness, mood disorders, and perinatal mood disorders.
I am still accepting new clients and am offering phone and video sessions for distancing or quarantined clients. I DO NOT PROVIDE COUNSELING OR TALK THERAPY. I strive to promote emotional wellness and assist clients in achieving a high quality of life. I treat numerous issues, such as co-occurring substance abuse and chronic mental illness, mood disorders, and perinatal mood disorders.
(480) 771-8586 View (480) 771-8586
Photo of Katherine Gallardo, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Katherine Gallardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
My practice philosophy combines expert knowledge about psychiatric conditions & treatments with my personal passions of yoga and mindfulness. Medications can be intimidating and often people have feelings of hesitation about them. I can help you make an informed decision about medications and explain in a way that makes you feel supported. For those that want to understand the deeper meaning of life events and ties to symptoms, my strong training in psychotherapy can help you foster deeper understanding and awareness.
My practice philosophy combines expert knowledge about psychiatric conditions & treatments with my personal passions of yoga and mindfulness. Medications can be intimidating and often people have feelings of hesitation about them. I can help you make an informed decision about medications and explain in a way that makes you feel supported. For those that want to understand the deeper meaning of life events and ties to symptoms, my strong training in psychotherapy can help you foster deeper understanding and awareness.
(602) 932-6602 View (602) 932-6602
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(509) 519-1621 View (509) 519-1621
Photo of Benjamin Metelits, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Benjamin Metelits
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
My medical and psychiatric training and experiences have provided me the ability to respectfully meet my patients “where they are," without any stigma or judgment. I am culturally sensitive, with advanced training and experience treating patients from diverse clinical populations including members of the LGBTQ+ community and racial/ethnic minorities. I feel privileged and honored to guide and witness my patient's individualized journeys toward healing and joy.
My medical and psychiatric training and experiences have provided me the ability to respectfully meet my patients “where they are," without any stigma or judgment. I am culturally sensitive, with advanced training and experience treating patients from diverse clinical populations including members of the LGBTQ+ community and racial/ethnic minorities. I feel privileged and honored to guide and witness my patient's individualized journeys toward healing and joy.
(480) 660-4339 View (480) 660-4339
Photo of Fariba Pfitzner, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Fariba Pfitzner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Doctor. My passion is healthy family relationships and individual development. I invest the time to understand you and your children and to help them achieve their full potentials. My mission is to support lifelong emotional and behavioral health in my child and adult patients.
I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Doctor. My passion is healthy family relationships and individual development. I invest the time to understand you and your children and to help them achieve their full potentials. My mission is to support lifelong emotional and behavioral health in my child and adult patients.
(480) 481-0858 View (480) 481-0858
Photo of Dr. Carolina Tanzer, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Dr. Carolina Tanzer
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 years of experience in Adult psychiatry and and Geriatric psychiatry. I am specialized in treating Depression/mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and several other psychiatric diagnoses. The treatment approach that I apply is Integrative Psychiatry. It is a psychiatric treatment approach that involves both medical and psychotherapeutic techniques.
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 years of experience in Adult psychiatry and and Geriatric psychiatry. I am specialized in treating Depression/mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and several other psychiatric diagnoses. The treatment approach that I apply is Integrative Psychiatry. It is a psychiatric treatment approach that involves both medical and psychotherapeutic techniques.
(480) 470-3240 View (480) 470-3240
Photo of Optimal Handup2health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Optimal Handup2health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
Finding a mental health provider can be a very daunting experience, and as you search you may be wondering if you will be able to find a provider who will understand your life experience. Allow me to alleviate your fear and trepidation. I am Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience working in the medical field . I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.
Finding a mental health provider can be a very daunting experience, and as you search you may be wondering if you will be able to find a provider who will understand your life experience. Allow me to alleviate your fear and trepidation. I am Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience working in the medical field . I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.
(480) 485-2442 View (480) 485-2442
Photo of Marc Schwartz, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Marc Schwartz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified psychiatrist working in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in the treatment of all mental health disorders. Dr. Schwartz takes pride in providing the best care within a comfortable environment for you and your family. Please give us a call if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified psychiatrist working in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in the treatment of all mental health disorders. Dr. Schwartz takes pride in providing the best care within a comfortable environment for you and your family. Please give us a call if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.
(480) 923-7564 View (480) 923-7564
Photo of Tanya Feinberg, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Tanya Feinberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Waitlist for new clients
I have many years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults seeking psychiatric evaluation and knowledgeable, compassionate ongoing treatment. You will find me to be a personable, caring physician who is dedicated to her patient's well-being.
I have many years of experience working with children, teenagers, and adults seeking psychiatric evaluation and knowledgeable, compassionate ongoing treatment. You will find me to be a personable, caring physician who is dedicated to her patient's well-being.
(480) 787-0716 View (480) 787-0716
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(623) 303-5547 View (623) 303-5547
Photo of Samar A Jasser, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Samar A Jasser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85259  (Online Only)
I do not have an "ideal client." The ideal I strive for is to meet each person where they are and come to know who they are as a person first, in the process of trying to help them find some understanding around possible diagnoses and treatment interventions. In today's transactional healthcare world, the doctor-patient relationship has been sidelined in its role as the core medium by which any healing and/or understanding can happen. My goal every day of my practice is to restore the centrality and valuation of that relationship. Only from there can an "ideal client" feel comfortable enough to share their vulnerabilities.
I do not have an "ideal client." The ideal I strive for is to meet each person where they are and come to know who they are as a person first, in the process of trying to help them find some understanding around possible diagnoses and treatment interventions. In today's transactional healthcare world, the doctor-patient relationship has been sidelined in its role as the core medium by which any healing and/or understanding can happen. My goal every day of my practice is to restore the centrality and valuation of that relationship. Only from there can an "ideal client" feel comfortable enough to share their vulnerabilities.
(520) 415-0818 View (520) 415-0818
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Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry™️
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
(602) 902-1517 View (602) 902-1517

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$239

Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
78% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Scottsdale?

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.