Psychiatrists in Belleair, FL

Photo of William M. Hervey, Psychiatrist in Belleair, FL
William M. Hervey
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Belleair, FL 33756
Dr. Hervey specializes in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. Dr. Hervey earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida and is a Board Certified Fellow in psychiatry. Dr. Hervey has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a strong advocate of evidence-based medicine and the power of TMS to transform lives. TMS helps patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or OCD find almost immediate and long lasting relief from their mental health issues -- without medication. TMS is FDA approved, safe, painless, and effective.
Dr. Hervey specializes in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. Dr. Hervey earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida and is a Board Certified Fellow in psychiatry. Dr. Hervey has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a strong advocate of evidence-based medicine and the power of TMS to transform lives. TMS helps patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or OCD find almost immediate and long lasting relief from their mental health issues -- without medication. TMS is FDA approved, safe, painless, and effective.
(727) 314-6263 View (727) 314-6263

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Tracey A Sanderbeck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Seminole, FL 33772  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) trained to diagnose and prescribe medication for patients with mental health issues. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric APRN I was an Emergency Department RN, working in local ERs for 30+years. I have worked for Bardmoor ER & Morton Plant psychiatric ER & inpatient pediatric psychiatric unit, St. Petersburg General ER, & Northside Hospital & Heart Institute ER. I also have experience working with Veterans and worked at Bay Pines VA ER & inpatient psychiatric unit for 5 yrs. I am currently a Sexual Assault Examiner with The Suncoast Center S.A.V.E team.
I am a board certified psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) trained to diagnose and prescribe medication for patients with mental health issues. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric APRN I was an Emergency Department RN, working in local ERs for 30+years. I have worked for Bardmoor ER & Morton Plant psychiatric ER & inpatient pediatric psychiatric unit, St. Petersburg General ER, & Northside Hospital & Heart Institute ER. I also have experience working with Veterans and worked at Bay Pines VA ER & inpatient psychiatric unit for 5 yrs. I am currently a Sexual Assault Examiner with The Suncoast Center S.A.V.E team.
(727) 513-6122 View (727) 513-6122
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Dawn Marie Chui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Clearwater, FL 33759
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
(727) 496-4544 View (727) 496-4544
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33756
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.
(321) 306-0338 View (321) 306-0338
Photo of Felix Widlacki, Psychiatrist in Belleair, FL
Felix Widlacki
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
When you are suffering, you want help now, not three weeks from now! I keep appointments open for new patients, so you can be seen quickly, usually within a few days. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Imagine going to bed at night and falling asleep easily, not dreading the next day. Do you want to feel less depressed, and start enjoying life again? Are you suffering from the terrible pain of anxiety? There is help, and I can help you feel better.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not three weeks from now! I keep appointments open for new patients, so you can be seen quickly, usually within a few days. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Imagine going to bed at night and falling asleep easily, not dreading the next day. Do you want to feel less depressed, and start enjoying life again? Are you suffering from the terrible pain of anxiety? There is help, and I can help you feel better.
(813) 773-1316 View (813) 773-1316
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Betts Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, FL 33770
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
(727) 619-1100 View (727) 619-1100
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Sharlynn Cares Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pinellas Park, FL 33781  (Online Only)
Sharlynn Cares is committed to providing mental healthcare services to the youth in our communities who are most vulnerable to confronting emotional challenges. We take a holistic approach to mental wellness that can help fill the gaps in our healthcare system. A simple pill is not the only solution to psychological or emotional distress. Depression, in particular, is a treatable disease, and I whole-heartedly believe that a more faith-based and holistic approach is needed in today's society. Sharlynn Cares is here to help protect our communities’ youth.
Sharlynn Cares is committed to providing mental healthcare services to the youth in our communities who are most vulnerable to confronting emotional challenges. We take a holistic approach to mental wellness that can help fill the gaps in our healthcare system. A simple pill is not the only solution to psychological or emotional distress. Depression, in particular, is a treatable disease, and I whole-heartedly believe that a more faith-based and holistic approach is needed in today's society. Sharlynn Cares is here to help protect our communities’ youth.
(407) 378-2569 View (407) 378-2569
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Anuri Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oldsmar, FL 34677
As a psychiatric mental health provider, we offer a range of services designed to help individuals effectively manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. We want you to know that we understand the challenges you may be facing with ADHD, anxiety, or depression. The frustrations, the moments of feeling overwhelmed, and the desire for a better way to navigate your daily life. You are not alone in this journey, and We are here to offer support and guidance.
As a psychiatric mental health provider, we offer a range of services designed to help individuals effectively manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. We want you to know that we understand the challenges you may be facing with ADHD, anxiety, or depression. The frustrations, the moments of feeling overwhelmed, and the desire for a better way to navigate your daily life. You are not alone in this journey, and We are here to offer support and guidance.
(813) 851-4590 View (813) 851-4590
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Joseph E Haas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clearwater, FL 33761
I treat all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages (2-99), specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, sexual problems and sleep disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, and Neuro-Psychiatric problems from ADHD to dementia. I have expertise in most sub-types of addiction treatment including(but not limited to): treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, sexual addictions, and gambling addictions. I am licensed to prescribe Suboxone (a tremendous advancement in the treatment of addiction to opiates).
I treat all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages (2-99), specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, sexual problems and sleep disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, and Neuro-Psychiatric problems from ADHD to dementia. I have expertise in most sub-types of addiction treatment including(but not limited to): treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, sexual addictions, and gambling addictions. I am licensed to prescribe Suboxone (a tremendous advancement in the treatment of addiction to opiates).
(727) 369-8666 View (727) 369-8666
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Minh-Chau “Dr. Chau” Dang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pinellas Park, FL 33780
Medication works best in conjunction with talk therapy, and at Kinsler Psychology we provide both! I believe in holistic nursing, and work best with patients who believe that mental health is as equally important as physical health. I’m excited to be practicing in psychiatry, providing holistic, evidence-based treatment approaches to meet patients’ healthcare needs.
Medication works best in conjunction with talk therapy, and at Kinsler Psychology we provide both! I believe in holistic nursing, and work best with patients who believe that mental health is as equally important as physical health. I’m excited to be practicing in psychiatry, providing holistic, evidence-based treatment approaches to meet patients’ healthcare needs.
(813) 590-1742 View (813) 590-1742
Photo of Destiny Refuse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleair, FL
Destiny Refuse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Safety Harbor, FL 34695  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my journey in healthcare has been guided by an unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and patient-centered mental health care. The driving force behind my professional endeavors lies in my deep-seated desire to assist individuals facing mental health challenges, fostering a healing environment where each patient can thrive.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my journey in healthcare has been guided by an unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and patient-centered mental health care. The driving force behind my professional endeavors lies in my deep-seated desire to assist individuals facing mental health challenges, fostering a healing environment where each patient can thrive.
(727) 761-0216 View (727) 761-0216
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Complete Serenity Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Johnson-Hyatt, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Belleair Beach, FL 33786  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and weight loss coach. I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and treat adults (18 and up) who suffer from mental health/psychiatric conditions and nicotine addiction. Passionate about ensuring mental health stability for the next generation. I see patients via secured virtual platform. I take a holistic approach to care. We strive to ensure the most appropriate medication is prescribed, however we do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines (sedatives).
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and weight loss coach. I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and treat adults (18 and up) who suffer from mental health/psychiatric conditions and nicotine addiction. Passionate about ensuring mental health stability for the next generation. I see patients via secured virtual platform. I take a holistic approach to care. We strive to ensure the most appropriate medication is prescribed, however we do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines (sedatives).
(954) 231-1268 View (954) 231-1268
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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) 706-9368 View (352) 706-9368
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Darren M. Rothschild
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
My approach is to understand and treat the whole person by recognizing their unique set of circumstances, conflicts, strengths, and background. I tailor treatment plans to each individual's unique presentation after careful evaluation of their biological, psychological, and social makeup. Such treatment plans integrate the latest evidence for the best treatments. Treatment recommendations might include psychotherapy, medications, and/or suggestions for lifestyle changes. I often serve as the psychotherapist for my clients but also enjoy serving as a psychiatric consultant to individuals engaged in psychotherapy elsewhere.
My approach is to understand and treat the whole person by recognizing their unique set of circumstances, conflicts, strengths, and background. I tailor treatment plans to each individual's unique presentation after careful evaluation of their biological, psychological, and social makeup. Such treatment plans integrate the latest evidence for the best treatments. Treatment recommendations might include psychotherapy, medications, and/or suggestions for lifestyle changes. I often serve as the psychotherapist for my clients but also enjoy serving as a psychiatric consultant to individuals engaged in psychotherapy elsewhere.
(727) 786-8000 View (727) 786-8000
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Sidhu Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
I believe everybody has a potential to thrive for exceptional mental health throughout their lifespan. My goal is to be capable to offer culturally competent and individualized support to my patients. My promise is to be able to provide compassionate, kind, and sincere care to those who are contending to sustain positive psychological wellbeing.
I believe everybody has a potential to thrive for exceptional mental health throughout their lifespan. My goal is to be capable to offer culturally competent and individualized support to my patients. My promise is to be able to provide compassionate, kind, and sincere care to those who are contending to sustain positive psychological wellbeing.
(727) 382-1383 View (727) 382-1383
Photo of Derek Robben, Psychiatrist in Belleair, FL
Derek Robben
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33757
Tired of ineffective treatments? Are depression, anxiety or substance abuse preventing you from living your best life? Dr. Robben offers TMS THERAPY as an alternative or augmentation to traditional medications. ALSO FOR HIS TMS PATIENTS, Dr. Robben offers genetic testing to match determine if your current medication is the best choice for you or if a change may be in order! This remarkable new tool practically eliminates the "trial and error" approach.
Tired of ineffective treatments? Are depression, anxiety or substance abuse preventing you from living your best life? Dr. Robben offers TMS THERAPY as an alternative or augmentation to traditional medications. ALSO FOR HIS TMS PATIENTS, Dr. Robben offers genetic testing to match determine if your current medication is the best choice for you or if a change may be in order! This remarkable new tool practically eliminates the "trial and error" approach.
(813) 296-5906 View (813) 296-5906
Photo of Kate D Remauro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleair, FL
Kate D Remauro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Welcome! How are you today? Maybe not your best and that’s why you are here. Mental health effects ALL aspects of our lives and wellbeing which is why it’s SO important to address. Is Depression saying, “you’re not worth it”? Or is Anxiety over your shoulder questioning everything? Maybe Mood Swings are whipping you around like a rollercoaster you can’t seem to get off of and irritability has you spewing venom at everyone around you. Sound overwhelming? It can be without the right supports and a path forward!
Welcome! How are you today? Maybe not your best and that’s why you are here. Mental health effects ALL aspects of our lives and wellbeing which is why it’s SO important to address. Is Depression saying, “you’re not worth it”? Or is Anxiety over your shoulder questioning everything? Maybe Mood Swings are whipping you around like a rollercoaster you can’t seem to get off of and irritability has you spewing venom at everyone around you. Sound overwhelming? It can be without the right supports and a path forward!
(727) 705-3080 View (727) 705-3080
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Ron Lopez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33756  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
(727) 231-6257 View (727) 231-6257
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(727) 280-5917 View (727) 280-5917
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Safir Azam Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33759
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
(305) 434-2148 View (305) 434-2148

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Belleair, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Belleair, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Other

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Belleair, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Belleair?

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.