Psychiatrists in Deerfield Beach, FL

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Diana Perez-Nunez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AARPN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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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Rasha Lawrence, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
I am a psychiatrist practicing with individuals experiencing a wide range of life stressors and feelings of sadness and anxiety. I believe that the human mind is more complex to be treated with medications only. My practice is based on treatment with psychotherapy +/- medications depending on each individual case. The visits are an hour long and the wait time in my waiting room is usually no longer than 10 minutes. I accept a limited number of patients at a time to ensure my availability to my patients.
I am a psychiatrist practicing with individuals experiencing a wide range of life stressors and feelings of sadness and anxiety. I believe that the human mind is more complex to be treated with medications only. My practice is based on treatment with psychotherapy +/- medications depending on each individual case. The visits are an hour long and the wait time in my waiting room is usually no longer than 10 minutes. I accept a limited number of patients at a time to ensure my availability to my patients.
(305) 834-4619 View (305) 834-4619
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D'Arthana Lorenzo Burrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
I enjoy collaborating with patients who are dealing with challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and men's health issues. My ideal patient has a strong desire to make positive lifestyle changes even if they lack the motivation to do so. That patient would be ok with me pushing them towards their goals but also comfortable with sharing with me the pace at which they are comfortable being pushed. My ideal patient understands the significance of a holistic approach to their wellness or is willing to learn, and believes that recovery is possible.
I enjoy collaborating with patients who are dealing with challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and men's health issues. My ideal patient has a strong desire to make positive lifestyle changes even if they lack the motivation to do so. That patient would be ok with me pushing them towards their goals but also comfortable with sharing with me the pace at which they are comfortable being pushed. My ideal patient understands the significance of a holistic approach to their wellness or is willing to learn, and believes that recovery is possible.
(561) 846-0367 View (561) 846-0367
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Advanced TelePsych, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442  (Online Only)
At Advanced Telepsych, we have providers with extensive knowledge in mental health, in CT, FL, and MA. Our providers specialize in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapy in a virtual care environment. We offer these services via live video, from the convenience of your own private space, on a confidential/HIPAA compliant, secure platform.
At Advanced Telepsych, we have providers with extensive knowledge in mental health, in CT, FL, and MA. Our providers specialize in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapy in a virtual care environment. We offer these services via live video, from the convenience of your own private space, on a confidential/HIPAA compliant, secure platform.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Arthur Brouse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442  (Online Only)
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Svetlana Zak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442  (Online Only)
I can help you figure out the best medication to take for your symptoms. I have been practicing the art of psychopharmacology for 17 years. Getting on the right medication can be life changing. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADHD can be reduced dramatically with medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I see adults age 18 and up.
I can help you figure out the best medication to take for your symptoms. I have been practicing the art of psychopharmacology for 17 years. Getting on the right medication can be life changing. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADHD can be reduced dramatically with medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I see adults age 18 and up.
(347) 218-9038 View (347) 218-9038
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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) 218-5950 View (321) 218-5950
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Ruth Kreis-Orkoulas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I treat people age 13 and older who have a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and others. I completed my advanced psychiatric nursing training at Rutgers University and my undergraduate nursing training at New York University.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I treat people age 13 and older who have a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and others. I completed my advanced psychiatric nursing training at Rutgers University and my undergraduate nursing training at New York University.
(954) 504-9869 View (954) 504-9869
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Jessica Coote
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Cornerstone Weight Management offers a medically supervised weight loss program tailored to your needs. A typical program is 12 weeks with a potential weight loss of 5-10 percent of the total body weight. The initial consultation evaluates your medical history to determine which weight loss management or medication is best for you. We also offer vitamin injections and infusions that can play a role in boosting energy, aid in weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing bone health and preventing anemia among many other improvements. We offer complementary follow up visits if they're scheduled with a Fat Burner Vitamin Infusion.
Cornerstone Weight Management offers a medically supervised weight loss program tailored to your needs. A typical program is 12 weeks with a potential weight loss of 5-10 percent of the total body weight. The initial consultation evaluates your medical history to determine which weight loss management or medication is best for you. We also offer vitamin injections and infusions that can play a role in boosting energy, aid in weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing bone health and preventing anemia among many other improvements. We offer complementary follow up visits if they're scheduled with a Fat Burner Vitamin Infusion.
(561) 933-4286 View (561) 933-4286
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Jessica Evelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
I'm a board certified psychiatrist at Premier Psychiatry of South Florida who provides thorough evidence based Comprehensive Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to Children , Adolescents and Adults both in English and Spanish.
I'm a board certified psychiatrist at Premier Psychiatry of South Florida who provides thorough evidence based Comprehensive Psychiatric evaluations and medication management to Children , Adolescents and Adults both in English and Spanish.
(561) 763-7203 View (561) 763-7203
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Brighter Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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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John David Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (Online Only)
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
(754) 529-5255 View (754) 529-5255
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New Age Psychiatry - Low Dose Ketamine Solutions
Psychiatrist, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33486
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
Can't Focus? Anxious? Depressed? Medication Management only $179.99, and follow ups/refills priced at $99.99, Counseling at $79 per hour visit after one time intake fee. New Age Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care from compassionate providers. Our staff is dedicated towards providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando locations available.
(844) 899-8679 View (844) 899-8679
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Yuritza Medina Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP &, FNP- BC
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (Online Only)
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. My priority is patient safety and restoring a sense of functionality to the lives of my patients. I'm here to provide comprehensive mental health care to individuals of all ages. With specialized training in medication management and psychotherapy, I'm equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat various psychiatric conditions, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders. To book a telehealth psychiatric consult visit my website medinahealthcare.llc
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. My priority is patient safety and restoring a sense of functionality to the lives of my patients. I'm here to provide comprehensive mental health care to individuals of all ages. With specialized training in medication management and psychotherapy, I'm equipped to assess, diagnose, and treat various psychiatric conditions, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders. To book a telehealth psychiatric consult visit my website medinahealthcare.llc
(786) 936-3277 View (786) 936-3277
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Mustafa Pirzada
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
With over 13 years in practice, Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness lead psychiatrist, Mustafa Pirzada M.D. has a vast amount of experience in evaluating and treating children, adolescence and adults for a wide of disorders. At Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness, he has assembled an interdisciplinary team that is equipped to treat both the body and mind. Understanding the mind body connection is the heart of their approach and a key component of their highly successful holistic approach to mental health.
With over 13 years in practice, Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness lead psychiatrist, Mustafa Pirzada M.D. has a vast amount of experience in evaluating and treating children, adolescence and adults for a wide of disorders. At Lotus Psychiatry and Wellness, he has assembled an interdisciplinary team that is equipped to treat both the body and mind. Understanding the mind body connection is the heart of their approach and a key component of their highly successful holistic approach to mental health.
(561) 462-5672 View (561) 462-5672
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(754) 529-4355 View (754) 529-4355
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(954) 758-4567 View (954) 758-4567
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (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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Affiliated Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (Online Only)
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
(910) 939-0724 View (910) 939-0724
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pompano Beach, FL 33064  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(786) 998-2043 View (786) 998-2043

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Deerfield Beach, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$255

Psychiatrists in Deerfield Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
91% ADHD
91% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Deerfield Beach, FL see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Deerfield Beach?

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.