Psychiatrists in Greenacres, FL

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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33467
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Florida. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website! We also have in person appointments with limited availability, email or call us for more information.
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Florida. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website! We also have in person appointments with limited availability, email or call us for more information.
(727) 732-3468 View (727) 732-3468
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Janell Lynn Tabora
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33467  (Online Only)
Healing starts from the head down! I am a board certified psychiatrist that is not only passionate about adults but also children. I have a specialized fellowship training to treat children and adolescents which assists me with seeing patients of all ages. I enjoy listening to patient’s life journey and prefer a holistic approach to treatment. If your availability and mine don’t align, feel free to make an appointment with one of my colleagues. We strive to make sure that everyone has access to mental health services.
Healing starts from the head down! I am a board certified psychiatrist that is not only passionate about adults but also children. I have a specialized fellowship training to treat children and adolescents which assists me with seeing patients of all ages. I enjoy listening to patient’s life journey and prefer a holistic approach to treatment. If your availability and mine don’t align, feel free to make an appointment with one of my colleagues. We strive to make sure that everyone has access to mental health services.
(561) 475-4498 View (561) 475-4498
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Tamara Sukie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33463
Tamara is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Jata Care Medical and Psychiatric Services. She has been practicing in healthcare from 2005 starting as a RN up to most recently completing a Post Masters Psychiatric Certification at the University of Miami. Her career as a nurse practitioner spans over Quick care clinic/Primary/Urgent care, Substance abuse treatment, and the treatment of Mental illnesses. She is passionate about the care of her clients and aims to keep them at an optimal functioning level both physically and mentally
Tamara is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Jata Care Medical and Psychiatric Services. She has been practicing in healthcare from 2005 starting as a RN up to most recently completing a Post Masters Psychiatric Certification at the University of Miami. Her career as a nurse practitioner spans over Quick care clinic/Primary/Urgent care, Substance abuse treatment, and the treatment of Mental illnesses. She is passionate about the care of her clients and aims to keep them at an optimal functioning level both physically and mentally
(561) 823-3816 View (561) 823-3816
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33463
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(561) 269-0783 View (561) 269-0783
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Barbara Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Barbara Thomas
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33467
As a provider, I will help my client deal with whatever issue brought to sessions with empathy, compassion, and the capacity to listen without judgement. My goal is to help my client with the following : Avoiding drug usage. Developing stronger communication abilities. Help them face their worries and concerns. Managing depressive symptoms. Overcoming the symptoms of trauma. Developing stress-relieving strategies. Manage and reduce anxiety episodes.
As a provider, I will help my client deal with whatever issue brought to sessions with empathy, compassion, and the capacity to listen without judgement. My goal is to help my client with the following : Avoiding drug usage. Developing stronger communication abilities. Help them face their worries and concerns. Managing depressive symptoms. Overcoming the symptoms of trauma. Developing stress-relieving strategies. Manage and reduce anxiety episodes.
(561) 821-5412 View (561) 821-5412
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Hugues Jeanty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33463  (Online Only)
Greetings, I'm Hugues Jeanty, a highly knowledgeable and experienced Board Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner specializing in substance use issues and mental health. I completed my studies at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. With a deep commitment to assisting individuals in reaching their full health potential, I offer extensive psychiatric care, focusing on the treatment of mental health problems.
Greetings, I'm Hugues Jeanty, a highly knowledgeable and experienced Board Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner specializing in substance use issues and mental health. I completed my studies at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. With a deep commitment to assisting individuals in reaching their full health potential, I offer extensive psychiatric care, focusing on the treatment of mental health problems.
(561) 816-3766 View (561) 816-3766
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Rose Lunide Calixte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33467
At AllDaywithDrRose, our mission is clear and unwavering: we are dedicated to providing compassionate, accessible, and effective mental health care to individuals of all ages who are grappling with mental health disorders. We understand the profound impact that conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can have on people's lives, and we're here to offer the support and solutions needed to foster well-being and resilience.
At AllDaywithDrRose, our mission is clear and unwavering: we are dedicated to providing compassionate, accessible, and effective mental health care to individuals of all ages who are grappling with mental health disorders. We understand the profound impact that conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can have on people's lives, and we're here to offer the support and solutions needed to foster well-being and resilience.
(561) 823-2790 View (561) 823-2790
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Elohim psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33463
I'm a board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been providing mental health/ psychiatric care for over a decade. I have expertise with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, Mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, substance/alcohol abuse.
I'm a board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been providing mental health/ psychiatric care for over a decade. I have expertise with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, Mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, substance/alcohol abuse.
(561) 944-9526 View (561) 944-9526
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Manouchka Mildor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN OCN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33463
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, also holding oncology certification. My focus lies in providing comprehensive and top-tier mental health care, particularly catering to individuals with chronic illnesses, notably oncology patients and their families. Proficient in trauma therapy, behavioral counseling, motivational interviewing, and medication management, I empower my patients to actively participate in their holistic healthcare journey for optimal wellness. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you, combining my skills and compassion to support your journey.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, also holding oncology certification. My focus lies in providing comprehensive and top-tier mental health care, particularly catering to individuals with chronic illnesses, notably oncology patients and their families. Proficient in trauma therapy, behavioral counseling, motivational interviewing, and medication management, I empower my patients to actively participate in their holistic healthcare journey for optimal wellness. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you, combining my skills and compassion to support your journey.
(561) 258-4867 View (561) 258-4867
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Ramaje LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenacres, FL 33467  (Online Only)
Marie Germinal is a double Board-certified Adult-Gerontology and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a combined six years of experience background across the lifespan in managing physical and psychiatric health challenges.
Marie Germinal is a double Board-certified Adult-Gerontology and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a combined six years of experience background across the lifespan in managing physical and psychiatric health challenges.
(844) 919-4607 View (844) 919-4607
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Louise Aurélien Buie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenacres, FL 33463
Welcome to Elite Mindful Health as you embark on your healing journey! Our main provider, Dr. Aurélien-Buie is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of nursing experience. She is one of the most compassionate and caring persons that you will ever meet. She aims at providing holistic client-centered care.
Welcome to Elite Mindful Health as you embark on your healing journey! Our main provider, Dr. Aurélien-Buie is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of nursing experience. She is one of the most compassionate and caring persons that you will ever meet. She aims at providing holistic client-centered care.
(561) 782-9818 View (561) 782-9818

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Jessica Shepley : Ketamine And Spravato Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CRNI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Worth, FL 33463
If you struggle with treatment-resistant depression, Cornerstone Ketamine can help provide the relief you need. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in treatment-resistant disorders, including depression, bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Since 2016 I have provided thousands of Ketamine infusions and Spravato treatments. At our clinic, you will find a warm, friendly environment with REMS & ACLS providers; safe and effective dosing with minimally intrusive monitoring; and a treatment room to yourself.
If you struggle with treatment-resistant depression, Cornerstone Ketamine can help provide the relief you need. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in treatment-resistant disorders, including depression, bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Since 2016 I have provided thousands of Ketamine infusions and Spravato treatments. At our clinic, you will find a warm, friendly environment with REMS & ACLS providers; safe and effective dosing with minimally intrusive monitoring; and a treatment room to yourself.
(561) 621-1661 View (561) 621-1661
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 349-4894 View (561) 349-4894
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Petit Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Worth, FL 33463
Dr. Ebony Davis-Petit earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Ebony Davis-Petit earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
(321) 567-1172 View (321) 567-1172
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Esther Camilus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Esther Camilus has a great passion for helping others. She began her nursing career in 2004 working at JFK Medical Center as a Nurse Associate. During this time, she obtained her RN from Palm Beach State College. Over two decades of working as an RN with mental health patients, she has developed a strong passion for mental health. She decided to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University to obtain her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2021. Esther has devoted her life to helping others both locally and abroad. She goes to Haiti every year on a mission trip with other healthcare providers.
Esther Camilus has a great passion for helping others. She began her nursing career in 2004 working at JFK Medical Center as a Nurse Associate. During this time, she obtained her RN from Palm Beach State College. Over two decades of working as an RN with mental health patients, she has developed a strong passion for mental health. She decided to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University to obtain her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2021. Esther has devoted her life to helping others both locally and abroad. She goes to Haiti every year on a mission trip with other healthcare providers.
(561) 763-9105 View (561) 763-9105
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New Perspectives Psychiatric Care , LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Palm Beach, FL 33406  (Online Only)
My name is Claudia Adrian. I believe inner balance and mental wellness are the key to living well regardless of a diagnosis or symptoms. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in psychopharmacology and brief supportive therapy. I have been in healthcare for over 15 years and have worked with various populations with diverse backgrounds including clients suffering with depression, anxiety, bipolar, antenatal depression, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, as well as other mental health conditions. My goal is to help clients achieve maximum symptom reduction with the lowest effective medication doses.
My name is Claudia Adrian. I believe inner balance and mental wellness are the key to living well regardless of a diagnosis or symptoms. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in psychopharmacology and brief supportive therapy. I have been in healthcare for over 15 years and have worked with various populations with diverse backgrounds including clients suffering with depression, anxiety, bipolar, antenatal depression, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, as well as other mental health conditions. My goal is to help clients achieve maximum symptom reduction with the lowest effective medication doses.
(772) 404-3859 View (772) 404-3859
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VIP Integrative Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Springs, FL 33406
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust, and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety, depression, and more! We are here for you.
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust, and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety, depression, and more! We are here for you.
(561) 264-6778 View (561) 264-6778
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Worth, FL 33463
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 375-2578 View (561) 375-2578
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Harmonious Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, M, H, N, P
Verified Verified
Palm Springs, FL 33406  (Online Only)
Brenda Cooper is dedicated and understands the importance of working with individuals struggling with mental illness as well as working with their families. Brenda has experience working with adults and children. She utilizes a holistic approach, focusing on meeting each individual 's needs.
Brenda Cooper is dedicated and understands the importance of working with individuals struggling with mental illness as well as working with their families. Brenda has experience working with adults and children. She utilizes a holistic approach, focusing on meeting each individual 's needs.
(561) 867-8459 View (561) 867-8459
Outreach Recovery
Psychiatrist, MD, DO
Verified Verified
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
We have addiction and mental health outpatient clinics across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. We can provide medical and psychological evaluations, medication assisted treatment, addiction therapy, addiction referral services, home treatment programs, and a variety of wellness services. We treat our patients in outpatient settings, so they continue normal routines except without the dependency on harmful drugs. Patients can respond very quickly with positive results and low risk.
We have addiction and mental health outpatient clinics across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia. We can provide medical and psychological evaluations, medication assisted treatment, addiction therapy, addiction referral services, home treatment programs, and a variety of wellness services. We treat our patients in outpatient settings, so they continue normal routines except without the dependency on harmful drugs. Patients can respond very quickly with positive results and low risk.
(561) 270-1786 View (561) 270-1786

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Greenacres, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in Greenacres, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Sleep or Insomnia
64% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Greenacres, FL see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greenacres?

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.