Psychiatrists in Belle Isle, FL

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Alpha Life Mental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , APRN
Verified
Belle Isle, FL 32809  (Online Only)
At Alpha Mental Health and Wellness Center, we treat various psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents, or geriatrics. We strive to provide the highest quality, safe, effective, and evidence-based care to the patients we serve. We also instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that allows you to embrace psychiatric treatment and achieve your treatment outcome. Our process is simple: Request an appointment, fill out a health questionnaire, then make a payment, or provide insurance information before a virtual visit. You will get same-day appointments in most cases.
At Alpha Mental Health and Wellness Center, we treat various psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents, or geriatrics. We strive to provide the highest quality, safe, effective, and evidence-based care to the patients we serve. We also instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that allows you to embrace psychiatric treatment and achieve your treatment outcome. Our process is simple: Request an appointment, fill out a health questionnaire, then make a payment, or provide insurance information before a virtual visit. You will get same-day appointments in most cases.
(321) 221-5497 View (321) 221-5497

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psychpointe.com (Syed O Quadri, M.D & Team)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
Syed O. Quadri, MD is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult behavioral and mental health treatment. Please click on www.psychpointe.com for more information. Patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that Dr. Quadri provides each of his patients. Dr. Quadri had many years of experience working in Medicine, Surgery, Neuropsychiatry, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Quadri has been involved with clinical trials at University Of South Florida, Texas Tech University, John Hopkins University, and University of Arizona.
Syed O. Quadri, MD is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult behavioral and mental health treatment. Please click on www.psychpointe.com for more information. Patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that Dr. Quadri provides each of his patients. Dr. Quadri had many years of experience working in Medicine, Surgery, Neuropsychiatry, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Quadri has been involved with clinical trials at University Of South Florida, Texas Tech University, John Hopkins University, and University of Arizona.
(407) 801-7168 View (407) 801-7168
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Editha Anne Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified
18 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32803  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Editha Butler MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a double board certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the clinical director of Blue Sky Medical and is passionate about holistic, whole-person mental health care. She provides tailored mental wellness services for sustained relief from conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. With a focus on integrative care, Editha is committed to understanding your unique journey and creating an individualized plan of care that aligns with your needs and goals.
Editha Butler MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a double board certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the clinical director of Blue Sky Medical and is passionate about holistic, whole-person mental health care. She provides tailored mental wellness services for sustained relief from conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. With a focus on integrative care, Editha is committed to understanding your unique journey and creating an individualized plan of care that aligns with your needs and goals.
(239) 341-5178 View (239) 341-5178
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New Age Psychiatry - ADHD Anxiety Depression
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32805
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
(561) 468-3546 View (561) 468-3546
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Hysintine Palle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32822
Dr. Hysintine Palle, is a double board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, from Kissimmee AND Florida, treating both physical and mental distress. Dr. Hysintine Palle's main goal is to empower her patients because sometimes, their symptoms leave them feeling helpless. One of her most important obligations as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide hope for her patients. Dr. Hysintine Palle believes that in their practice, patients can discover that their progress and goals are achievable by applying the methods and techniques that she uses in session.
Dr. Hysintine Palle, is a double board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, from Kissimmee AND Florida, treating both physical and mental distress. Dr. Hysintine Palle's main goal is to empower her patients because sometimes, their symptoms leave them feeling helpless. One of her most important obligations as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide hope for her patients. Dr. Hysintine Palle believes that in their practice, patients can discover that their progress and goals are achievable by applying the methods and techniques that she uses in session.
(407) 537-6554 View (407) 537-6554
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Claudia Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Windermere, FL 34786
Hello there! Choosing the right psychiatric provider is a crucial decision, and I want to share why I believe I could be the ideal partner in your mental health journey. Ultimately, I want to empower you to achieve your highest level of mental wellness and lead a fulfilling life. If you choose me as your psychiatric provider, you can trust that I will be by your side every step of the way, working together towards your mental health goals.
Hello there! Choosing the right psychiatric provider is a crucial decision, and I want to share why I believe I could be the ideal partner in your mental health journey. Ultimately, I want to empower you to achieve your highest level of mental wellness and lead a fulfilling life. If you choose me as your psychiatric provider, you can trust that I will be by your side every step of the way, working together towards your mental health goals.
(407) 904-7221 View (407) 904-7221
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Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32818
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
(407) 974-4279 View (407) 974-4279
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Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32808  (Online Only)
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
(878) 217-0920 View (878) 217-0920
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Wesley Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32803
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
(689) 300-4011 View (689) 300-4011
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Ambika Kataria
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32827
Dr. Ambika Kataria is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Kataria believes that validation, empathy, and medication plus therapy is key to feeling better. In her free time, Dr. Kataria enjoys swimming, spending time with family and friends, exercise, and meditation.
Dr. Ambika Kataria is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Kataria believes that validation, empathy, and medication plus therapy is key to feeling better. In her free time, Dr. Kataria enjoys swimming, spending time with family and friends, exercise, and meditation.
(407) 329-9958 View (407) 329-9958
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Laurel Darlington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32803
NP Laurel Darlington is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in TX & FL with her Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. She is experienced with adults and adolescents in prescribing and supportive psychotherapy and specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has been a nurse
NP Laurel Darlington is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in TX & FL with her Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. She is experienced with adults and adolescents in prescribing and supportive psychotherapy and specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has been a nurse
(404) 882-1587 View (404) 882-1587
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John Banks III
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Orlando, FL 32801  (Online Only)
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
(904) 351-0601 View (904) 351-0601
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Virginia Yates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32801
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Dr. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Dr. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
(904) 875-8875 View (904) 875-8875
Juan Balaguer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Winter Park, FL 32789
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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Optimum Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32802
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
(352) 675-3851 View (352) 675-3851
Photo of Lisa Babb, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belle Isle, FL
Lisa Babb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32801
Are you yearning for a more fulfilling life? Do you wake up with a heavy weight of anxiety each day? Are challenges at home, work, or in your relationships leaving you overwhelmed? Do you long for stability? If any of these questions resonate with you, I warmly invite you to Breakthrough HQ. I value your emotions, concerns, and feelings. You deserve to experience a life that brings you joy and contentment. I am dedicated to working closely with you, offering a gentle, understanding, and personalized approach. Together, we can navigate the challenges you're facing and help you rediscover a sense of well-being.
Are you yearning for a more fulfilling life? Do you wake up with a heavy weight of anxiety each day? Are challenges at home, work, or in your relationships leaving you overwhelmed? Do you long for stability? If any of these questions resonate with you, I warmly invite you to Breakthrough HQ. I value your emotions, concerns, and feelings. You deserve to experience a life that brings you joy and contentment. I am dedicated to working closely with you, offering a gentle, understanding, and personalized approach. Together, we can navigate the challenges you're facing and help you rediscover a sense of well-being.
(407) 602-6231 View (407) 602-6231
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Dr. Kim Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
I am a Doctoral of nursing prepared, and dual certified in primary care and psychiatric mental health care, nurse practitioner. I have 8 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and have treated many people with mental health illness effectively with good outcomes with medication management. I am currently treating ages 6 and up. Please see my reviews from my current patients at the website for Green health services listed on this page. At this time, I am able to see anyone in Florida, via online care or in person if you are close to Orlando.
I am a Doctoral of nursing prepared, and dual certified in primary care and psychiatric mental health care, nurse practitioner. I have 8 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and have treated many people with mental health illness effectively with good outcomes with medication management. I am currently treating ages 6 and up. Please see my reviews from my current patients at the website for Green health services listed on this page. At this time, I am able to see anyone in Florida, via online care or in person if you are close to Orlando.
(321) 339-0243 View (321) 339-0243
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Love Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Orlando, FL 32802  (Online Only)
Providing medication management and treatment for mental health conditions, common conditions include major depressive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral disturbances, and generalized anxiety disorders- Providing care throughout the state of FL through Telehealth services. Providing treatment for children ages and up through the senior population.
Providing medication management and treatment for mental health conditions, common conditions include major depressive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral disturbances, and generalized anxiety disorders- Providing care throughout the state of FL through Telehealth services. Providing treatment for children ages and up through the senior population.
(813) 896-4489 View (813) 896-4489
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified
Orlando, FL 32801
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(321) 392-6887 View (321) 392-6887
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32801
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(321) 342-2974 View (321) 342-2974

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Number of Psychiatrists in Belle Isle, FL

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Psychiatrists in Belle Isle, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Belle Isle, FL see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Belle Isle?

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.