Psychiatrists in Coconut Creek, FL

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Daniela Chetan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073  (Online Only)
In the 11 years of clinical experience as a provider, I learned to care for my patients holistically, both mind and body. I am here to offer you a safe and supportive environment where you will feel comfortable and safe enough to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Whether you are seeking individual therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal mental health.
In the 11 years of clinical experience as a provider, I learned to care for my patients holistically, both mind and body. I am here to offer you a safe and supportive environment where you will feel comfortable and safe enough to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Whether you are seeking individual therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal mental health.
(954) 280-2293 View (954) 280-2293
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Kirit Saigal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Dr. Kirit Saigal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and with his Doctor of Medicine background, he specializes in adolescents, adults, and seniors. He utilizes mental health screening tools to diagnose and manage his patients’ mental health needs. He utilizes evidence-based assessments, medication management, and therapy treatment strategies to help individuals and their families reach their mental health goals.
Dr. Kirit Saigal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and with his Doctor of Medicine background, he specializes in adolescents, adults, and seniors. He utilizes mental health screening tools to diagnose and manage his patients’ mental health needs. He utilizes evidence-based assessments, medication management, and therapy treatment strategies to help individuals and their families reach their mental health goals.
(954) 702-6209 View (954) 702-6209
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Kind Hearted Integrative Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Nastassia and I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. While working in primary care, I have come to realize that without caring for your client’s mental health, optimal well-being cannot be achieved during a 15-minute appointment. Here at Kind Hearted Integrative Health, LLC, my goal is to integrate medical and psychiatric health needs with a kindhearted approach. I take the time to get to know my clients and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan. Reach out today to get started on being the best version of you.
Welcome! My name is Nastassia and I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. While working in primary care, I have come to realize that without caring for your client’s mental health, optimal well-being cannot be achieved during a 15-minute appointment. Here at Kind Hearted Integrative Health, LLC, my goal is to integrate medical and psychiatric health needs with a kindhearted approach. I take the time to get to know my clients and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan. Reach out today to get started on being the best version of you.
(754) 354-8133 View (754) 354-8133
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Omolara L. Phillips
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Phillips provides compassionate, competent and confidential care for patients struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. She will take the time needed to hear about your psychiatric and medical history, your family history, your lived experiences, and your life goals. She will provide education and when indicated can safely start, manage or stop medication. She will partner with you to understand your concerns and build an individualized, evidence-based and integrative treatment plan for your mental health needs and wellness.
Dr. Phillips provides compassionate, competent and confidential care for patients struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. She will take the time needed to hear about your psychiatric and medical history, your family history, your lived experiences, and your life goals. She will provide education and when indicated can safely start, manage or stop medication. She will partner with you to understand your concerns and build an individualized, evidence-based and integrative treatment plan for your mental health needs and wellness.
(954) 278-3654 View (954) 278-3654
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Justin Nepa
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(561) 823-1698 View (561) 823-1698
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Susan J Bloom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, APRN
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33073  (Online Only)
The education and experiences of 25+ years, have given me the skills of evaluating and treating a multitude of life situations. I treat clients who are adults, couples, teens, and children. Problems may include marriages that are off track, have communication problems, lack intimacy, affairs; individuals stress in life resulting from divorce, work, family, loss; teens and children with trauma, loss, family changes, difficulties with peers, trouble focusing on school work, change in grades, increasing irritability; families concerned about a family member, having communication struggles, divorce recovery and/or other family trauma.
The education and experiences of 25+ years, have given me the skills of evaluating and treating a multitude of life situations. I treat clients who are adults, couples, teens, and children. Problems may include marriages that are off track, have communication problems, lack intimacy, affairs; individuals stress in life resulting from divorce, work, family, loss; teens and children with trauma, loss, family changes, difficulties with peers, trouble focusing on school work, change in grades, increasing irritability; families concerned about a family member, having communication struggles, divorce recovery and/or other family trauma.
(414) 877-5610 View (414) 877-5610
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Cora Healing Hands Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
As a Christian, I know the challenge you experience deciding to see a psychiatric provider for depression, anxiety; mood or any other mental health problems because you trust in God. I know you are afraid to accept that God would want you to take medications and if you do, you are afraid that you would be doubting that God can heal you. The struggle to make a decision about improving or maintaining mental health is complex, and everyone regardless of religious beliefs struggle with mental health treatment decisions. The fact is, while a lot is being done to eradicate the stigma of mental illness there is still more to be done.
As a Christian, I know the challenge you experience deciding to see a psychiatric provider for depression, anxiety; mood or any other mental health problems because you trust in God. I know you are afraid to accept that God would want you to take medications and if you do, you are afraid that you would be doubting that God can heal you. The struggle to make a decision about improving or maintaining mental health is complex, and everyone regardless of religious beliefs struggle with mental health treatment decisions. The fact is, while a lot is being done to eradicate the stigma of mental illness there is still more to be done.
(954) 475-6179 View (954) 475-6179
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Evolution Health Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
Have you been looking for a mental health provider where you feel you are being heard? Whether you are seeking help for yourself or your loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing us. Rochelle Boyd is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who holds dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. Rochelle encourages total wellness, both physically and mentally. She currently treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, PTSD, psychosis, sleep disorders as well as ADHD.
Have you been looking for a mental health provider where you feel you are being heard? Whether you are seeking help for yourself or your loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing us. Rochelle Boyd is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who holds dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. Rochelle encourages total wellness, both physically and mentally. She currently treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, PTSD, psychosis, sleep disorders as well as ADHD.
(954) 231-2264 View (954) 231-2264
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Diana Perez-Nunez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AARPN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
Pleasure to make your acquaintance, my name is Diana. I am a master's prepared, double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, the education and training I received equipped me to provide individuals entrusting their care to me with evidence-based, patient-centered care. As a professional, I am dedicated to lifelong learning in order to provide my patients with the most up-to-date care. I have worked both in the private and public health sector in general psychiatry and substance use, including medication assisted treatment, e.g., buprenorphine.
Pleasure to make your acquaintance, my name is Diana. I am a master's prepared, double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, the education and training I received equipped me to provide individuals entrusting their care to me with evidence-based, patient-centered care. As a professional, I am dedicated to lifelong learning in order to provide my patients with the most up-to-date care. I have worked both in the private and public health sector in general psychiatry and substance use, including medication assisted treatment, e.g., buprenorphine.
(561) 846-0367 View (561) 846-0367
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coconut Creek, FL 33063  (Online Only)
(786) 650-0717 View (786) 650-0717

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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Margate, FL 33063
Dianelys Rodriguez, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. I am a bilingual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in treating a wide range of mental health disorders in both adults and children. I ensure effective communication and culturally sensitive care for all patients. I am passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of those struggling with mental illness.
Dianelys Rodriguez, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. I am a bilingual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in treating a wide range of mental health disorders in both adults and children. I ensure effective communication and culturally sensitive care for all patients. I am passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of those struggling with mental illness.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Brighter Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Springs, FL 33067
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression and mood disorders by helping them change their negative thought pattern with coping skills and sometimes medication when appropriate. I am also very passionate about helping individuals challenged by addiction maintain sobriety with medication assisted treatment and relapse prevention education. My ideal client is someone who is motivated for healing and understands that recovery is more than just taking medication.
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression and mood disorders by helping them change their negative thought pattern with coping skills and sometimes medication when appropriate. I am also very passionate about helping individuals challenged by addiction maintain sobriety with medication assisted treatment and relapse prevention education. My ideal client is someone who is motivated for healing and understands that recovery is more than just taking medication.
(954) 833-6963 View (954) 833-6963
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Margate, FL 33063
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Natalee Mullings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Springs, FL 33067
At Diamond Psychiatry we are passionate about building trusting relationships that fit your individual needs. Our mission is to partner with you for happiness, health and emotional well-being.
At Diamond Psychiatry we are passionate about building trusting relationships that fit your individual needs. Our mission is to partner with you for happiness, health and emotional well-being.
(954) 289-9055 View (954) 289-9055
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Karoline Mion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, CDE
Verified Verified
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Karoline Mion is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who firmly believes in centering care around the needs and decisions of her patients. With a strong commitment to providing mental health care, Karoline strives to empower individuals on their unique journeys toward mental wellness. Www.brainhealthpsych.com
Karoline Mion is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who firmly believes in centering care around the needs and decisions of her patients. With a strong commitment to providing mental health care, Karoline strives to empower individuals on their unique journeys toward mental wellness. Www.brainhealthpsych.com
(754) 354-9597 View (754) 354-9597
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Ivonne Torriente Crespo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pompano Beach, FL 33063
I feel honored to have completed my Psychiatric Residency training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC. Having grown up in Cuba I moved in 2019 to be closer to my family and practice in the beautiful weather here in sunny Florida. As an adult psychiatrist I specialize in treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, OCD and PTSD. I'm committed to creating a strong doctor-patient therapeutic relationship with a patient-centered focus of care. My approach is providing a consistent, empathic and nonjudgmental space to help my patients relieve their suffering and improve their mental well-being.
I feel honored to have completed my Psychiatric Residency training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC. Having grown up in Cuba I moved in 2019 to be closer to my family and practice in the beautiful weather here in sunny Florida. As an adult psychiatrist I specialize in treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, OCD and PTSD. I'm committed to creating a strong doctor-patient therapeutic relationship with a patient-centered focus of care. My approach is providing a consistent, empathic and nonjudgmental space to help my patients relieve their suffering and improve their mental well-being.
(954) 799-6045 View (954) 799-6045
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Yanet Ferro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Yanet Ferro is a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner who has a passion for helping her patients and advancing her nursing career. With a strong background in nursing and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care, Yanet has become a highly respected member of the healthcare community. As a bilingual healthcare professional fluent in both Spanish and English, Yanet is able to provide compassionate care to patients from diverse backgrounds. She is known for her ability to establish strong relationships with her patients, and for her commitment to providing personalized care that meets each patient's unique needs.
Yanet Ferro is a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner who has a passion for helping her patients and advancing her nursing career. With a strong background in nursing and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care, Yanet has become a highly respected member of the healthcare community. As a bilingual healthcare professional fluent in both Spanish and English, Yanet is able to provide compassionate care to patients from diverse backgrounds. She is known for her ability to establish strong relationships with her patients, and for her commitment to providing personalized care that meets each patient's unique needs.
(954) 388-0892 View (954) 388-0892
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Envision Mindcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Margate, FL 33063
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33073  (Online Only)
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) 306-0374 View (321) 306-0374
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Dr. Napatia T. Gettings
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Dr. Gettings provides functional SPECT Psychiatric evaluations only. SPECT imaging is completed at your local AMEN Clinic. Dr. Gettings is a trained SPECT partner of AMEN clinics. Many individuals who experience different brain symptoms and treatment failure benefit from brain imaging to adequately assess their symptoms in the diagnostic process. The cost of a SPECT evaluation is $2600. This includes Nuclear SPECT Brain Imaging, Executive Functioning Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, and a 2 hour evaluation with Dr. Gettings.
Dr. Gettings provides functional SPECT Psychiatric evaluations only. SPECT imaging is completed at your local AMEN Clinic. Dr. Gettings is a trained SPECT partner of AMEN clinics. Many individuals who experience different brain symptoms and treatment failure benefit from brain imaging to adequately assess their symptoms in the diagnostic process. The cost of a SPECT evaluation is $2600. This includes Nuclear SPECT Brain Imaging, Executive Functioning Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, and a 2 hour evaluation with Dr. Gettings.
(954) 758-4239 View (954) 758-4239

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Coconut Creek, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$287

Psychiatrists in Coconut Creek, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
90% Depression
90% ADHD
90% Bipolar Disorder
90% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Coconut Creek, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Coconut Creek?

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.