Psychiatrists in Altamonte Springs, FL

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Healing Psychiatry Of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
(689) 232-3708 View (689) 232-3708
Nalin Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Our focus is to help individuals heal from their pain, energize and become aware of their strengths.
Our focus is to help individuals heal from their pain, energize and become aware of their strengths.
(321) 463-4746 View (321) 463-4746
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Orange Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
My mission is to serve children, teenagers, and adults by providing experienced, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care that helps my patients achieve maximum wellbeing. My intention is to awaken the hope and belief in my patients that they can achieve improved mental health that leads to a more fulfilling life. I am continuously humbled by my patients' courage in facing their problems and asking for help. I am committed to being worthy of the trust and confidence my patients place in me.
My mission is to serve children, teenagers, and adults by providing experienced, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care that helps my patients achieve maximum wellbeing. My intention is to awaken the hope and belief in my patients that they can achieve improved mental health that leads to a more fulfilling life. I am continuously humbled by my patients' courage in facing their problems and asking for help. I am committed to being worthy of the trust and confidence my patients place in me.
(407) 675-3220 View (407) 675-3220
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Juliet Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
(561) 944-2758 View (561) 944-2758
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Anita Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
(321) 248-5311 View (321) 248-5311
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(352) 329-8874 View (352) 329-8874
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(904) 395-4509 View (904) 395-4509
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Harmony United Psychiatric care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(352) 431-3940 View (352) 431-3940
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Shahenaz Jivani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
(407) 584-3273 View (407) 584-3273
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Laura Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Laura works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Laura believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Laura works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Laura believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(407) 955-5655 View (407) 955-5655
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Jesus Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
(407) 573-7185 View (407) 573-7185
Juan Balaguer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, graduated from Ponce school of medicine in 1987, completed psychiatry residency at temple university hospital in 1991, has been in private group practice in Orlando, Florida since 1991, board certified since 1992, fellow of the American psychiatric association for over 20 years, selected as one of the top psychiatrist in Orlando by both the Orlando magazine and the Orlando style magazine.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, graduated from Ponce school of medicine in 1987, completed psychiatry residency at temple university hospital in 1991, has been in private group practice in Orlando, Florida since 1991, board certified since 1992, fellow of the American psychiatric association for over 20 years, selected as one of the top psychiatrist in Orlando by both the Orlando magazine and the Orlando style magazine.
(321) 978-0409 View (321) 978-0409
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Francisco Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Dr. Rodriguez is a caring and compassionate physician who has practiced in the field of psychiatry for over 35 years. Dr. Rodriguez earned his Bachelor's degree with a concentration in pre-medicine from Pedro Enriquez Urena National University in 1978. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in 1981. He completed three years of residency training in Psychiatry at Bergen Pines County Hospital in 1990. Finally, in 1992 he completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College with Metropolitan Hospital.
Dr. Rodriguez is a caring and compassionate physician who has practiced in the field of psychiatry for over 35 years. Dr. Rodriguez earned his Bachelor's degree with a concentration in pre-medicine from Pedro Enriquez Urena National University in 1978. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in 1981. He completed three years of residency training in Psychiatry at Bergen Pines County Hospital in 1990. Finally, in 1992 he completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College with Metropolitan Hospital.
(321) 241-2352 View (321) 241-2352

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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(908) 638-1374 View (908) 638-1374
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All Around Health And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
(321) 231-7332 View (321) 231-7332
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Laura Casey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32779
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
(407) 842-8293 View (407) 842-8293
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Jorge Ramses Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32810  (Online Only)
I typically work with individuals who have previously explored therapy or medication management but seek a holistic approach that combines both. Furthermore, I delve deeper by recognizing that unconscious aspects often impede progress. Drawing from my expertise in altered mental states and psychedelic therapy, I guide clients toward self-understanding. I find that usually the type of person who likes to work with me wants to understand themselves a little better and doesn't want a band-aid solution.
I typically work with individuals who have previously explored therapy or medication management but seek a holistic approach that combines both. Furthermore, I delve deeper by recognizing that unconscious aspects often impede progress. Drawing from my expertise in altered mental states and psychedelic therapy, I guide clients toward self-understanding. I find that usually the type of person who likes to work with me wants to understand themselves a little better and doesn't want a band-aid solution.
(407) 759-4034 View (407) 759-4034
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Psych Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32810
We are Psych Health Solutions based here in Orlando. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care tailored to each patient. You won’t find more effective, compassionate mental health services anywhere in the city! Psych Health Solutions specializes in the treatment of a number of mental illnesses. Some of the conditions we treat include ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. If you are struggling with any one of these conditions, please reach out. We will ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.
We are Psych Health Solutions based here in Orlando. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care tailored to each patient. You won’t find more effective, compassionate mental health services anywhere in the city! Psych Health Solutions specializes in the treatment of a number of mental illnesses. Some of the conditions we treat include ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. If you are struggling with any one of these conditions, please reach out. We will ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.
(321) 430-6709 View (321) 430-6709
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Ramiro Rangel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maitland, FL 32751
Ramiro Rangel is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Ramiro incorporates a treatment plan that is patient centered. He is a good listener, empathetic, and encourages and motivates patients to take the first step in improving themselves by being thorough. Ramiro explains how medication works, being open minded and focusing on the person as a whole. Outside of work, Ramiro enjoys reading, the gym, hiking, nature, animals, helping others, volunteering, trips, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Ramiro Rangel is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Ramiro incorporates a treatment plan that is patient centered. He is a good listener, empathetic, and encourages and motivates patients to take the first step in improving themselves by being thorough. Ramiro explains how medication works, being open minded and focusing on the person as a whole. Outside of work, Ramiro enjoys reading, the gym, hiking, nature, animals, helping others, volunteering, trips, and spending quality time with loved ones.
(407) 337-2625 View (407) 337-2625

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Altamonte Springs, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$145

Psychiatrists in Altamonte Springs, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% ADHD
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Bipolar Disorder
92% Medication Management
85% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Altamonte Springs, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Altamonte Springs?

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.