Psychiatrists in Citrus County, FL

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Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crystal River, FL 34428
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.
(321) 218-3626 View (321) 218-3626
Photo of Dianne Doane-Bustetter - Strive Mental Health , PMHNP, FNP-BC, ARNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Strive Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hernando, FL 34442
We are a company that is there to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms . Medications should be there to make you feel better , not tired , fatigued and without emotions . We want to work with you to find the best fit for you , customized your treatment plan with you as part of the team . We offer genetic testing for those whom struggle with side effects and have found difficulty in finding a good fit in medication . We use the lowest amount of medications possible , preventing polypharmacy and drug interactions. Medications should help improve your life . Call us if you would like to ask more questions.
We are a company that is there to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms . Medications should be there to make you feel better , not tired , fatigued and without emotions . We want to work with you to find the best fit for you , customized your treatment plan with you as part of the team . We offer genetic testing for those whom struggle with side effects and have found difficulty in finding a good fit in medication . We use the lowest amount of medications possible , preventing polypharmacy and drug interactions. Medications should help improve your life . Call us if you would like to ask more questions.
(352) 995-3251 View (352) 995-3251
Photo of Pragnesh Patel - Instic Health - Inverness, MD , Psychiatrist
Instic Health - Inverness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Inverness, FL 34452
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(352) 290-2188 View (352) 290-2188
Photo of Nathalie Grant - Breakthrough eClinic, EdD, APRN, PMHNP, BC-ADM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Breakthrough eClinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, APRN, PMHNP, BC-ADM
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, FL 34465  (Online Only)
As a professional committed to your well-being, I understand the unique challenges that individuals with mental health issues and diabetes encounter, and I am here to provide you with support, and expert guidance. Living with mental health concerns and diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming, and it's crucial to have an experienced and reliable, practitioner by your side. My approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between mental health and physical well-being. I am well equipped with the necessary qualifications and expertise in both fields.
As a professional committed to your well-being, I understand the unique challenges that individuals with mental health issues and diabetes encounter, and I am here to provide you with support, and expert guidance. Living with mental health concerns and diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming, and it's crucial to have an experienced and reliable, practitioner by your side. My approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between mental health and physical well-being. I am well equipped with the necessary qualifications and expertise in both fields.
(352) 612-3407 View (352) 612-3407
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crystal River, FL 34428
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) 646-2341 View (352) 646-2341
Photo of Laurie Stiger, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laurie Stiger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hernando, FL 34442  (Online Only)
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(352) 290-7514 View (352) 290-7514
Photo of Pragnesh Patel - Instic Health, MD, Psychiatrist
Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Inverness, FL 34452
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
(727) 235-7965 View (727) 235-7965
Photo of Donna Felkins-Dohm, PMHCNS, APRN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Donna Felkins-Dohm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
Homosassa, FL 34446  (Online Only)
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
(813) 981-7913 View (813) 981-7913
Photo of Dr. Tamara Russell, APRN , FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Lecanto, FL 34461
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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
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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Dr. Eli Nader
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32801  (Online Only)
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
(321) 410-5442 View (321) 410-5442
Photo of Debbie Huffman, APRN, ANP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Debbie Huffman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043  (Online Only)
Hello! I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with 22 years experience as an RN and 12 as an NP. I have 2 national certifications; 1st as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and 2nd as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have a deep desire to help my clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. I feel a sense of joy when clients tell me how our interactions have changed their lives for the better.
Hello! I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with 22 years experience as an RN and 12 as an NP. I have 2 national certifications; 1st as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and 2nd as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have a deep desire to help my clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. I feel a sense of joy when clients tell me how our interactions have changed their lives for the better.
(904) 875-8133 View (904) 875-8133
Photo of Camille Bocker, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Camille Bocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32814
Upon graduation from Rutgers University, Camille relocated to Florida and began her career as a critical care nurse. After a few years, she decided to pursue her passion for mental health and return to school to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Treating patients of all ages, Camille enjoys helping those in her care make significant changes in both their lives and outlook. Camille likes to spend her free time enjoying the Florida sunshine with her rescue dog.
Upon graduation from Rutgers University, Camille relocated to Florida and began her career as a critical care nurse. After a few years, she decided to pursue her passion for mental health and return to school to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Treating patients of all ages, Camille enjoys helping those in her care make significant changes in both their lives and outlook. Camille likes to spend her free time enjoying the Florida sunshine with her rescue dog.
(321) 392-6734 View (321) 392-6734
Photo of Tammy Ewing - Psych by Tammy/Healthy Mindz , NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psych by Tammy/Healthy Mindz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kissimmee, FL 34758  (Online Only)
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
(954) 800-2212 View (954) 800-2212
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33127
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.
(321) 248-1612 View (321) 248-1612
Photo of Neena Mathew, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Neena Mathew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32817  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm dedicated to your mental health journey as your Nurse Practitioner in psychology. My approach is tailored to you, emphasizing understanding, support, and empowerment. Let's collaborate to explore your strengths, overcome obstacles, and achieve holistic well-being. Together, we'll create a safe space for growth and healing
Hello! I'm dedicated to your mental health journey as your Nurse Practitioner in psychology. My approach is tailored to you, emphasizing understanding, support, and empowerment. Let's collaborate to explore your strengths, overcome obstacles, and achieve holistic well-being. Together, we'll create a safe space for growth and healing
(786) 589-7806 View (786) 589-7806
Photo of Florence Alexandre Desgraves, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Florence Alexandre Desgraves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481
I began my journey in nursing with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. My extensive clinical experience spans various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, and outpatient clinics. As a PMHNP, I am skilled in conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing mental health disorders, and developing personalized treatment plans. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions.
I began my journey in nursing with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. My extensive clinical experience spans various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, and outpatient clinics. As a PMHNP, I am skilled in conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing mental health disorders, and developing personalized treatment plans. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions.
(561) 556-6106 View (561) 556-6106
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Shama Rathi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with adventurous women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma specializing in maternal, perinatal, birth trauma, life transitions, empty nesting and so much more. Together we explore the connection between the things you’ve experienced and how it’s affecting you now. To understand yourself better, are less irritable, more relaxed, and have deeper relationships with your kiddos, partners, and friends. We explore boundaries and you begin to say Yes and No with greater confidence, making choices that create balance in your life.
I work with adventurous women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma specializing in maternal, perinatal, birth trauma, life transitions, empty nesting and so much more. Together we explore the connection between the things you’ve experienced and how it’s affecting you now. To understand yourself better, are less irritable, more relaxed, and have deeper relationships with your kiddos, partners, and friends. We explore boundaries and you begin to say Yes and No with greater confidence, making choices that create balance in your life.
(727) 235-7825 View (727) 235-7825
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Adam Estevez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Educated and trained from Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell, my aim is to provide the most professional and respectful treatment for my patients in the Tampa Bay Area. Both medication management and psychotherapy are available in one place. The scope of psychiatric conditions are covered including depression, anxiety, trauma- related conditions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Thank you for your interest.
Educated and trained from Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell, my aim is to provide the most professional and respectful treatment for my patients in the Tampa Bay Area. Both medication management and psychotherapy are available in one place. The scope of psychiatric conditions are covered including depression, anxiety, trauma- related conditions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Thank you for your interest.
(727) 605-5562 View (727) 605-5562
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lauderhill, FL 33313
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.
(754) 203-5529 View (754) 203-5529

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Number of Psychiatrists in Citrus County, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Citrus County, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Stress
78% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Citrus County, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Citrus County?

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.