Psychiatrists in Cutler Bay, FL

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Katie Ann-Giordano Ray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Cutler Bay, FL 33157  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Katie. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner. I have a background working in the hospital with patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other neurological events such as seizures and strokes. I also have a strong background working with the pediatric population after years of bedside experience at a children's hospital. My passion is to help individuals while utilizing a holistic approach alongside modern medicine and coming up with a treatment plan that suits individuals while working as a team.
Hi! My name is Katie. I am a board certified family nurse practitioner. I have a background working in the hospital with patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as well as other neurological events such as seizures and strokes. I also have a strong background working with the pediatric population after years of bedside experience at a children's hospital. My passion is to help individuals while utilizing a holistic approach alongside modern medicine and coming up with a treatment plan that suits individuals while working as a team.
(954) 329-1817 View (954) 329-1817
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Jean Marchand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cutler Bay, FL 33157
Jean Marchand believes, “recovery is still possible in psychiatry especially when health care providers, patients, family, and community work together.”
Jean Marchand believes, “recovery is still possible in psychiatry especially when health care providers, patients, family, and community work together.”
(786) 671-0531 View (786) 671-0531

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Aline Paredes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33176  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I also offer Life Coaching packages. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99, Counseling $89. Accepting Medicare, Optum/UHC/UBH, UMR and Cigna (Evernorth) insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I also offer Life Coaching packages. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99, Counseling $89. Accepting Medicare, Optum/UHC/UBH, UMR and Cigna (Evernorth) insurances.
(786) 460-2959 View (786) 460-2959
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Isis de Armas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33156
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive mental health care to patients. With advanced training in both medication management and psychotherapy, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. My approach is patient-centered, focusing on building a therapeutic alliance through empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive mental health care to patients. With advanced training in both medication management and psychotherapy, I am equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. My approach is patient-centered, focusing on building a therapeutic alliance through empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions.
(786) 744-8287 View (786) 744-8287
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Fernando Laracuente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Miami, FL 33186
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
(954) 799-4651 View (954) 799-4651
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Miami, FL 33143
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
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Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pinecrest, FL 33156
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
(305) 680-5376 View (305) 680-5376
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Maria Paricio
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
There are many reasons why people look for help. Sadness, anxiety, difficulty in coping with losses are the most frequent cases. A complete psychiatric evaluation is imperative to determine if and when psychotherapy and short term medication therapy is/are needed. Empowering the individual to his or her potential is Dr. Maria Paricio's philosophy.
There are many reasons why people look for help. Sadness, anxiety, difficulty in coping with losses are the most frequent cases. A complete psychiatric evaluation is imperative to determine if and when psychotherapy and short term medication therapy is/are needed. Empowering the individual to his or her potential is Dr. Maria Paricio's philosophy.
(305) 842-2648 View (305) 842-2648
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Regions Praxis Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Miami, FL 33186  (Online Only)
I am a dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse practitioner with ample experience working in health care. I have a special interest in the overlap of mental and physical health. Becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is my fourth career. I am a medical doctor from another country and after being re-inserted into the United States health system as a registered nurse and, subsequently, a family nurse practitioner, I had the opportunity to take care of and treat several people with mental health needs.
I am a dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse practitioner with ample experience working in health care. I have a special interest in the overlap of mental and physical health. Becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is my fourth career. I am a medical doctor from another country and after being re-inserted into the United States health system as a registered nurse and, subsequently, a family nurse practitioner, I had the opportunity to take care of and treat several people with mental health needs.
(786) 244-2234 View (786) 244-2234
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Giuliana Altare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33183  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I care for the community by balancing rational, emotional and spiritual well-being. By using a holistic approach I provide my patients with the tools to overcome psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I am described as genuine, compassionate, and empathetic. My patient’s happiness, safety and comfort are of the upmost importance to me. I work with children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population afflicted with different mental health conditions to develop personalized treatment plans to achieve patient specific optimal goals.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I care for the community by balancing rational, emotional and spiritual well-being. By using a holistic approach I provide my patients with the tools to overcome psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I am described as genuine, compassionate, and empathetic. My patient’s happiness, safety and comfort are of the upmost importance to me. I work with children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population afflicted with different mental health conditions to develop personalized treatment plans to achieve patient specific optimal goals.
(786) 933-5189 View (786) 933-5189
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Happy Minds Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Kendall, FL 33186
Happy Minds Wellness Center is an Outpatient/Telemedicine psychiatric clinic offering expert consultation, evaluation & treatment to clients with mental health disorders. Our Board-Certified psychiatric clinicians are dedicated to providing optimal individualized, one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on each client’s unique mental health care needs and intervene them with treatment options customized to their specific goals. At Happy Minds we specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, & many more. Our vision at Happy Minds is to provide you with the tools need to be happy, balanced, and to live life to the fullest.
Happy Minds Wellness Center is an Outpatient/Telemedicine psychiatric clinic offering expert consultation, evaluation & treatment to clients with mental health disorders. Our Board-Certified psychiatric clinicians are dedicated to providing optimal individualized, one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on each client’s unique mental health care needs and intervene them with treatment options customized to their specific goals. At Happy Minds we specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, & many more. Our vision at Happy Minds is to provide you with the tools need to be happy, balanced, and to live life to the fullest.
(786) 244-7637 View (786) 244-7637
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Dr. Adrienne H Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Homestead, FL 33032  (Online Only)
Dr. Adrienne Davis is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to improving the mental health and well-being of adolescents, adults, and the senior population. Highly qualified and with many years of experience in the field, Dr. Davis has been a dedicated member of the South Florida mental health community, providing expert care and support to those struggling with a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders.
Dr. Adrienne Davis is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to improving the mental health and well-being of adolescents, adults, and the senior population. Highly qualified and with many years of experience in the field, Dr. Davis has been a dedicated member of the South Florida mental health community, providing expert care and support to those struggling with a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders.
(305) 306-7065 View (305) 306-7065
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Better Beginnings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
(352) 280-3649 View (352) 280-3649
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Maria J Vega
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33189
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
(305) 834-4419 View (305) 834-4419
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Margaret Mary Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Miami, FL 33143  (Online Only)
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
(305) 686-2488 View (305) 686-2488
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Jessica Sio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33183
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner my approach to providing mental health care is tailoring treatment to everyone’s distinctive needs, while promoting an autonomous, holistic, and patient-centered approach to clients. I personally consider it an honor to be a part of someone’s mental health journey. I enjoy integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations based on each client’s exclusive goals.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner my approach to providing mental health care is tailoring treatment to everyone’s distinctive needs, while promoting an autonomous, holistic, and patient-centered approach to clients. I personally consider it an honor to be a part of someone’s mental health journey. I enjoy integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations based on each client’s exclusive goals.
(786) 882-8071 View (786) 882-8071
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Glenda Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33186
My name is Glenda Garcia, In today's fast-paced world, mental health has started to gain awareness as it begins to affect lives more and more. Reaching out for help can feel overwhelming and at times, terrifying. However, continuing to live with symptoms that can be debilitating can feel equally as overwhelming. Finding a provider who cares and hears you is imperative to build trust and feel confident in the treatment you are receiving. Having worked in the mental health field for several years, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in how care was perceived and received.
My name is Glenda Garcia, In today's fast-paced world, mental health has started to gain awareness as it begins to affect lives more and more. Reaching out for help can feel overwhelming and at times, terrifying. However, continuing to live with symptoms that can be debilitating can feel equally as overwhelming. Finding a provider who cares and hears you is imperative to build trust and feel confident in the treatment you are receiving. Having worked in the mental health field for several years, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in how care was perceived and received.
(305) 570-4608 View (305) 570-4608
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Julie Velazquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Miami, FL 33176
Julie Velazquez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Bachelor in Nursing from Florida National University, a Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from South University, and a Post Masters in Nursing, Post-Master Psychiatry from Florida International University. With her patient-lead approach to practice, Julie helps individuals reach their fullest potential and guides them to a state of equilibrium using a collaborative model of treatment.
Julie Velazquez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Bachelor in Nursing from Florida National University, a Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from South University, and a Post Masters in Nursing, Post-Master Psychiatry from Florida International University. With her patient-lead approach to practice, Julie helps individuals reach their fullest potential and guides them to a state of equilibrium using a collaborative model of treatment.
(786) 977-8152 View (786) 977-8152
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Providence Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33186  (Online Only)
Seeing new clients within 3 weeks! I offer evening follow up appointments and weekend intake appointments to ensure you don't struggle without treatment. If you are looking for a provider to ensure you have ability to be seen in a timely fashion, please reach out. I am licensed in multiple states for clients who travel.
Seeing new clients within 3 weeks! I offer evening follow up appointments and weekend intake appointments to ensure you don't struggle without treatment. If you are looking for a provider to ensure you have ability to be seen in a timely fashion, please reach out. I am licensed in multiple states for clients who travel.
(239) 320-7803 View (239) 320-7803
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Safir Azam Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33176  (Online Only)
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.
(786) 305-3546 View (786) 305-3546

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cutler Bay, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cutler Bay, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Anger Management
100% Behavioral Issues

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Cutler Bay, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cutler Bay?

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.