Psychiatrists in Highlands County, FL

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Photo of Holly Bowling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Holly Bowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lake Placid, FL 33852  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
(765) 275-1143 View (765) 275-1143
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Avon Park, FL 33825  (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.
(772) 212-8364 View (772) 212-8364
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Eden Psychiatry Health
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sebring, FL 33872
Lovany is a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) currently working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Eden Psychiatry Health– a widely recognized organization providing remote comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care. She has extensive knowledge and skills in psychiatric care and her role involves diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, prescribing medications, and providing therapeutic interventions.
Lovany is a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) currently working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Eden Psychiatry Health– a widely recognized organization providing remote comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care. She has extensive knowledge and skills in psychiatric care and her role involves diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, prescribing medications, and providing therapeutic interventions.
(813) 452-4988 View (813) 452-4988
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Sebring, FL 33870
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.
(850) 290-0402 View (850) 290-0402
Photo of Dr. Sylvia Udokoro Nwakanma, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Dr. Sylvia Udokoro Nwakanma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avon Park, FL 33825
Have you ever wondered why your anxiety doesn't seem to be getting better? Everyone literally does not fit in the same box of medications. I take detailed history and come up with a treatment plan if needed to better meet your mental health needs. I just need you to trust the process. My comprehensive approach to patient care, which ! My name is Dr. Sylvia Udokoro Nwakanma. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I welcome all local and virtual patients to my wellness practice to address the real issue affecting your mental health and we can both address any challenges related to your mental.
Have you ever wondered why your anxiety doesn't seem to be getting better? Everyone literally does not fit in the same box of medications. I take detailed history and come up with a treatment plan if needed to better meet your mental health needs. I just need you to trust the process. My comprehensive approach to patient care, which ! My name is Dr. Sylvia Udokoro Nwakanma. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I welcome all local and virtual patients to my wellness practice to address the real issue affecting your mental health and we can both address any challenges related to your mental.
(832) 219-1410 View (832) 219-1410
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EPCS Telehealth | Morgan Nesmith MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Placid, FL 33862  (Online Only)
Our practice specializes in online care for ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, and Depression. We offer psychiatric and therapy services across the state of FLORIDA, Monday - Saturday. Availabilities as soon as next week!
Our practice specializes in online care for ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, and Depression. We offer psychiatric and therapy services across the state of FLORIDA, Monday - Saturday. Availabilities as soon as next week!
(813) 548-6676 View (813) 548-6676
Photo of Celeste Boyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Celeste Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lorida, FL 33857
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
(321) 386-2658 View (321) 386-2658
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SSM Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PPCNPBC, FMG
Verified Verified
Sebring, FL 33870  (Online Only)
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
(786) 244-6598 View (786) 244-6598

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Renu Velisetty
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winter Park, FL 32789
Renu Velisetty, M.D. is double board-certified in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. She created her clinic, Lotus Integrative Psychiatry, to transform the way mental health is viewed and treated. Dr. Velisetty combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine such as mind-body skills, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and other alternative treatments. She uses evidence-based medicine to treat a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, OCD, autism, and more.
Renu Velisetty, M.D. is double board-certified in Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. She created her clinic, Lotus Integrative Psychiatry, to transform the way mental health is viewed and treated. Dr. Velisetty combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine such as mind-body skills, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and other alternative treatments. She uses evidence-based medicine to treat a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, OCD, autism, and more.
(321) 730-2768 View (321) 730-2768
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Camille Turner-Snagg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511
For the past 14 years, I have worked in settings where my therapeutic communication skills impacted client wellbeing. While starting my career as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, I began to see value in growing my skills with each client I encountered. I have a knack for identifying with others and a passion for mental health.
For the past 14 years, I have worked in settings where my therapeutic communication skills impacted client wellbeing. While starting my career as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, I began to see value in growing my skills with each client I encountered. I have a knack for identifying with others and a passion for mental health.
(813) 722-1532 View (813) 722-1532
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Segundo Imbert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ocoee, FL 34761
Dr. Segundo Imbert is board-certified in neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Imbert helps adolescents and adults with anxiety and depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum conditions, and psychosomatic illnesses. He also helps patients with adjustment, bipolar, conductive, impulse control, psychotic spectrum, and sleep disorders. Dr. Imbert can complete same-day initial evaluations, FAA flight clearance evaluations, and bariatric surgery evaluations.
Dr. Segundo Imbert is board-certified in neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Imbert helps adolescents and adults with anxiety and depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum conditions, and psychosomatic illnesses. He also helps patients with adjustment, bipolar, conductive, impulse control, psychotic spectrum, and sleep disorders. Dr. Imbert can complete same-day initial evaluations, FAA flight clearance evaluations, and bariatric surgery evaluations.
(855) 937-4385 View (855) 937-4385
Photo of Marina Nesterenko, Psychiatrist in Highlands County, FL
Marina Nesterenko
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34209
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Adult Psychiatrist NJ, NY, VA, FL ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to the USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program at SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, mood disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and PTSD.
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Adult Psychiatrist NJ, NY, VA, FL ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to the USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program at SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, mood disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and PTSD.
(941) 795-5922 View (941) 795-5922
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(813) 535-4324 View (813) 535-4324
Photo of Vital Minds Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Vital Minds Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Springs, FL 32708  (Online Only)
Teliya Zyambo is the Founder of Vital Minds Psychiatry, aiming to provide her patients' mental peace and cognitive care services. Teliya Zyambo is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Serving ages across the lifespan).
Teliya Zyambo is the Founder of Vital Minds Psychiatry, aiming to provide her patients' mental peace and cognitive care services. Teliya Zyambo is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Serving ages across the lifespan).
(407) 565-7174 View (407) 565-7174
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33606
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (813) 491-1956 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, Humana and United Healthcare. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (813) 491-1956 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(813) 491-1956 View (813) 491-1956
Photo of Naoko Hurvitz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Naoko Hurvitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618  (Online Only)
Naoko Hurvitz is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Naoko likes to formulate individualized treatment plans with each patient. She asks each patient for their respective treatment goals and motivations, and based on the responses given she creates the plan for treatment together with the patient. Naoko is passionate about implementing a healthy lifestyle. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 sons.
Naoko Hurvitz is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Naoko likes to formulate individualized treatment plans with each patient. She asks each patient for their respective treatment goals and motivations, and based on the responses given she creates the plan for treatment together with the patient. Naoko is passionate about implementing a healthy lifestyle. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 sons.
(813) 510-6282 View (813) 510-6282
Photo of Mercedes Garcia, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Mercedes Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32801  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Mercedes. Garcia, Depression and anxiety are coming together. There is hope when your brain says there isn't (John Green ). We can work together to empower your positive thoughts. I like to combine medication management and psychotherapy. A mental health disorder does not define you.
Hi, my name is Mercedes. Garcia, Depression and anxiety are coming together. There is hope when your brain says there isn't (John Green ). We can work together to empower your positive thoughts. I like to combine medication management and psychotherapy. A mental health disorder does not define you.
(786) 841-8375 View (786) 841-8375
Photo of Norma Goodrich, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Highlands County, FL
Norma Goodrich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I am a Board-Certified, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), with a specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health Care. I am bilingual and dedicated to caring for individuals of all ages struggling with mental health challenges. I specialize in providing compassionate care and support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in the field of psychiatric nursing has been fueled by my compassion and a deep desire to help those in need. Throughout my career, I have specialized in addressing a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, ADHD, Depression, Abuse, Anxiety, and sleep disorders.
I am a Board-Certified, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), with a specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health Care. I am bilingual and dedicated to caring for individuals of all ages struggling with mental health challenges. I specialize in providing compassionate care and support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in the field of psychiatric nursing has been fueled by my compassion and a deep desire to help those in need. Throughout my career, I have specialized in addressing a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, ADHD, Depression, Abuse, Anxiety, and sleep disorders.
(863) 592-8334 View (863) 592-8334
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Faryal Mallick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618
As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I treat patients of all ages, with a particular emphasis on individuals ages 5-60. I have extensive experience in treating patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. I utilize psychotherapy in combination with medication to provide a holistic treatment to my patients. I have received training in a variety of psychotherapy modalities, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Visit us: www.faryalmallickmd.com
As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I treat patients of all ages, with a particular emphasis on individuals ages 5-60. I have extensive experience in treating patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. I utilize psychotherapy in combination with medication to provide a holistic treatment to my patients. I have received training in a variety of psychotherapy modalities, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Therapy, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Visit us: www.faryalmallickmd.com
(813) 568-9873 View (813) 568-9873
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Marco Antonio Rabines
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202  (Online Only)
I believe that optimal psychiatric care begins by hearing a patient’s history and understanding their goals. There are no magic plills or magic cure for mental health care. I do really believe treating mental illness and optimizing patient well-being depends on formulating patients individually and tailoring treatment to meet their unique goals and needs and to set the expectations from the beggining. Psychological distress, whether it be experienced as depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, or emotional numbness, is often due to multiple environmental, social, and psychological factors.
I believe that optimal psychiatric care begins by hearing a patient’s history and understanding their goals. There are no magic plills or magic cure for mental health care. I do really believe treating mental illness and optimizing patient well-being depends on formulating patients individually and tailoring treatment to meet their unique goals and needs and to set the expectations from the beggining. Psychological distress, whether it be experienced as depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, or emotional numbness, is often due to multiple environmental, social, and psychological factors.
(941) 304-4310 View (941) 304-4310

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Number of Psychiatrists in Highlands County, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Highlands County, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Medication Management
75% Other

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Highlands County, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Highlands County?

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.