Psychiatrists in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Thessa Moncrieffe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Do you often feel judged, that no one cares or understands what you are going through? My goal for every encounter is that you leave feeling someone truly cares and understands. Let's face it, talking about our emotional or mental state of mind is never one of the easiest topics to discuss, especially when there is associated trauma, hurt, pain, or negative stigma. Whatever it is, you will have a safe place free of criticism or shame, but full of compassion, and understanding for the single purpose of healing, positive progress toward regaining self-sufficiency, and a sense of normalcy in your life once again.
Do you often feel judged, that no one cares or understands what you are going through? My goal for every encounter is that you leave feeling someone truly cares and understands. Let's face it, talking about our emotional or mental state of mind is never one of the easiest topics to discuss, especially when there is associated trauma, hurt, pain, or negative stigma. Whatever it is, you will have a safe place free of criticism or shame, but full of compassion, and understanding for the single purpose of healing, positive progress toward regaining self-sufficiency, and a sense of normalcy in your life once again.
(305) 783-3669 View (305) 783-3669
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Total Mental Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
(954) 361-2669 View (954) 361-2669
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Plantation Psychiatry - Child, Teen & Adult
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
I'm Dr. Philippe Carrie, MD, Lead Psychiatrist at Plantation Counseling & Wellness / Plantation Psychiatry. I'm extending a heartfelt invitation for you to connect with us. As you embark on this journey, I encourage you to explore the essence of our mental health practice by visiting www.PlantationPsychiatrist.com and www.LifeCounselor.net, where our devoted team awaits, eager to connect with you on a personal level to help you find the very best solutions to your mental health, emotional wellness, and relationship concerns.
I'm Dr. Philippe Carrie, MD, Lead Psychiatrist at Plantation Counseling & Wellness / Plantation Psychiatry. I'm extending a heartfelt invitation for you to connect with us. As you embark on this journey, I encourage you to explore the essence of our mental health practice by visiting www.PlantationPsychiatrist.com and www.LifeCounselor.net, where our devoted team awaits, eager to connect with you on a personal level to help you find the very best solutions to your mental health, emotional wellness, and relationship concerns.
(954) 953-0790 View (954) 953-0790
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
I specialize in treating Depression, Anxiety, & ADHD. Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
I specialize in treating Depression, Anxiety, & ADHD. Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(954) 800-2642 View (954) 800-2642
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(954) 710-9166 View (954) 710-9166
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Metamorphosis Psychcierge™
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
(305) 680-5200 View (305) 680-5200
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Joanne Riffin-Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
After working as a NICU nurse for more that 20 years, Joanne chose to pursue her passion for mental health by returning to school to become a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Joanne will take her background, knowledge and skill set to assess, diagnose, advocate for, and provide treatment options for individuals' mental health needs.
After working as a NICU nurse for more that 20 years, Joanne chose to pursue her passion for mental health by returning to school to become a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Joanne will take her background, knowledge and skill set to assess, diagnose, advocate for, and provide treatment options for individuals' mental health needs.
(954) 947-4972 View (954) 947-4972
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Jermilla Augustin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308  (Online Only)
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
(954) 932-5745 View (954) 932-5745
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New Age Psychiatry - Low Dose Ketamine Solutions
Psychiatrist, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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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Dr. Charmi Balsara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
(954) 507-3641 View (954) 507-3641
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Caryn B Schorr
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
(754) 704-4431 View (754) 704-4431
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Adma Romans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312  (Online Only)
Dr. Wilson-Romans is Board - Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
Dr. Wilson-Romans is Board - Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
(786) 705-2207 View (786) 705-2207
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Dmitriy Reznik
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers, first responders, skilled trades, and adults ages 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, and burnout achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment. My forte is complex medication management for depression (including Treatment-Resistant Depression), Anxiety, Insomnia, and Bipolar Disorder.
I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers, first responders, skilled trades, and adults ages 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, and burnout achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment. My forte is complex medication management for depression (including Treatment-Resistant Depression), Anxiety, Insomnia, and Bipolar Disorder.
(754) 600-8346 View (754) 600-8346
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Integral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Hello! I'm Joey-Ann. Congratulations on taking your first step into self-care and prioritizing your mental health. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care, or may be you have been struggling with finding the right provider and medication regimen, I will provide a safe space to heal and thrive. I focus on the use of medications to treat brain illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and others with a goal of restoring daily functioning. We will work towards establishing a therapeutic relationship, and my goal is to provide quality, whole-person care. I want to help restore you to optimal mind and body wellness.
Hello! I'm Joey-Ann. Congratulations on taking your first step into self-care and prioritizing your mental health. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care, or may be you have been struggling with finding the right provider and medication regimen, I will provide a safe space to heal and thrive. I focus on the use of medications to treat brain illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and others with a goal of restoring daily functioning. We will work towards establishing a therapeutic relationship, and my goal is to provide quality, whole-person care. I want to help restore you to optimal mind and body wellness.
(954) 737-4614 View (954) 737-4614
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Gisella DeJesus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Gisella DeJesus, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. Providing mental health and medication management services for individuals aged 18 and older, I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
Hello, I'm Gisella DeJesus, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. Providing mental health and medication management services for individuals aged 18 and older, I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
(954) 945-9691 View (954) 945-9691
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Olga Katz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Olga Katz, MD is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a recognized expert in treating psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults. As the founder and Medical Director of Crasmere Psychiatric Services for 23 years, Dr. Olga Katz dedicated her career to improving the mental health of her patients. She utilizes bio psychosocial model which allows her to focus on the appropriate medications and psychodynamic psychotherapy to successfully treating the most challenging variety of psychiatric pathologies, including Panic Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD.
Olga Katz, MD is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a recognized expert in treating psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults. As the founder and Medical Director of Crasmere Psychiatric Services for 23 years, Dr. Olga Katz dedicated her career to improving the mental health of her patients. She utilizes bio psychosocial model which allows her to focus on the appropriate medications and psychodynamic psychotherapy to successfully treating the most challenging variety of psychiatric pathologies, including Panic Disorder, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD.
(561) 956-4377 View (561) 956-4377
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Jermilla Denise Augustin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Jermilla and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep commitment to improving mental health outcomes. With advanced training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, bringing a comprehensive approach to patient care.
Hello, My name is Jermilla and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep commitment to improving mental health outcomes. With advanced training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, bringing a comprehensive approach to patient care.
(954) 466-4307 View (954) 466-4307
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Dr. Alejandra Cattan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Healthy Mind First LLC, is an Adult Psychiatry Practice that provides a comprehensive approach to understanding the patient. Alejandra Cattan, MD, is bilingual and delivers quality care in English and Spanish. I began my training at Hospital Italiano de Bs. As. and completed General Psychiatry Residency at Bronx Care/Mount Sinai. I concluded additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. Ensuring an exceptional standard of care is central to my treatment methodology. I work closely and collaboratively with therapists and counselors to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
Healthy Mind First LLC, is an Adult Psychiatry Practice that provides a comprehensive approach to understanding the patient. Alejandra Cattan, MD, is bilingual and delivers quality care in English and Spanish. I began my training at Hospital Italiano de Bs. As. and completed General Psychiatry Residency at Bronx Care/Mount Sinai. I concluded additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. Ensuring an exceptional standard of care is central to my treatment methodology. I work closely and collaboratively with therapists and counselors to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
(954) 758-5541 View (954) 758-5541
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Troy Kilpatrick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been a PMHNP for about 1 1/2 years. I have 34 years of prior nursing experience including 20 years in correctional nursing, 7 years in hospital, 10 years in home health, and 2 years in skilled nursing facilities. Since becoming a PMHNP I have worked in the correctional field serving clients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been a PMHNP for about 1 1/2 years. I have 34 years of prior nursing experience including 20 years in correctional nursing, 7 years in hospital, 10 years in home health, and 2 years in skilled nursing facilities. Since becoming a PMHNP I have worked in the correctional field serving clients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
(305) 876-6164 View (305) 876-6164
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Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Lauderdale, FL

200+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Fort Lauderdale, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
69% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fort Lauderdale, FL see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Lauderdale?

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.