Psychiatrists in Holiday, FL

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Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Holiday, FL 34691
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
(904) 601-1960 View (904) 601-1960
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Aundrea Guillaume-Sponsel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Holiday, FL 34691
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
(727) 855-8394 View (727) 855-8394

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Pamela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 966-2797 View (727) 966-2797
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34653
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) 204-7972 View (321) 204-7972
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Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
(727) 755-9300 View (727) 755-9300
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Sara Christina Beal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Good, effective, and empathetic mental health care is difficult to find but is possible as I have shown with my practice over the last four years. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you have arrived at the right place. I specialize in care of anxiety and depression with or without correlation to ADHD diagnosis by creating a deeper understanding of symptoms and how to go about treating them. My personalized and caring approach caters to my patients and their individual needs with easy access to provider should issues arise. Let's start to make the positive changes in your life to get where you want to be.
Good, effective, and empathetic mental health care is difficult to find but is possible as I have shown with my practice over the last four years. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you have arrived at the right place. I specialize in care of anxiety and depression with or without correlation to ADHD diagnosis by creating a deeper understanding of symptoms and how to go about treating them. My personalized and caring approach caters to my patients and their individual needs with easy access to provider should issues arise. Let's start to make the positive changes in your life to get where you want to be.
(727) 594-0191 View (727) 594-0191
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Sarah Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Hello! I understand that seeking mental health support is a courageous step, and I am honored to be part of your journey toward wellness and healing. I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges. With years of specialized training and experience, I possess a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders and their impact on overall well-being.
Hello! I understand that seeking mental health support is a courageous step, and I am honored to be part of your journey toward wellness and healing. I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges. With years of specialized training and experience, I possess a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders and their impact on overall well-being.
(727) 353-6784 View (727) 353-6784
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Robert Nicholas Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
(941) 541-2963 View (941) 541-2963
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Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
(727) 235-7965 View (727) 235-7965
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668
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.
(561) 468-3958 View (561) 468-3958
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A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34652  (Online Only)
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
(863) 457-3695 View (863) 457-3695
Photo of Robin Belcher, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robin Belcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
(904) 785-8252 View (904) 785-8252
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Travis Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, EMTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Trinity, FL 34655
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
(321) 405-1979 View (321) 405-1979
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Janique Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC) specializing in medication management, I am dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve optimal mental health. With expertise in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more, my approach centers on understanding your unique needs and collaborating with you to develop an effective medication plan. While I focus solely on medication management, I work closely with your therapists and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated treatment approach.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC) specializing in medication management, I am dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve optimal mental health. With expertise in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more, my approach centers on understanding your unique needs and collaborating with you to develop an effective medication plan. While I focus solely on medication management, I work closely with your therapists and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated treatment approach.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Beacon Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Trinity, FL 34655
Living with mental illness is just as, if not more, challenging than living with a physical illness. We understand that just because an illness can’t be seen, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. We are empathetic to the suffering and struggles that patients with mental illness experience as even we have multiple family members who have ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and/or PTSD. Advocating for the proper mental health treatment of our family members and patients is a priority for us as we have witnessed the profound effect successful psychiatric treatment can have on improving one’s quality of life.
Living with mental illness is just as, if not more, challenging than living with a physical illness. We understand that just because an illness can’t be seen, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. We are empathetic to the suffering and struggles that patients with mental illness experience as even we have multiple family members who have ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and/or PTSD. Advocating for the proper mental health treatment of our family members and patients is a priority for us as we have witnessed the profound effect successful psychiatric treatment can have on improving one’s quality of life.
(727) 910-2395 View (727) 910-2395
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Hattie Runzheimer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
Dr. Hattie Runzheimer is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board certified adult and gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, critical care registered nurse, and clinical facility at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Hattie is passionate about both spectrums of healthcare involving physical and mental illnesses. She still works in intensive care units throughout south Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As a dedicated clinical faculty member at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Hattie teaches undergraduate BSN and graduate PMHNP students.
Dr. Hattie Runzheimer is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board certified adult and gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, critical care registered nurse, and clinical facility at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Hattie is passionate about both spectrums of healthcare involving physical and mental illnesses. She still works in intensive care units throughout south Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As a dedicated clinical faculty member at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Hattie teaches undergraduate BSN and graduate PMHNP students.
(786) 565-6776 View (786) 565-6776
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Lisa Ramos-Archbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Trinity, FL 34655
Hello! Reaching out for help is often scary and it does not have to be. Gaining control of our behavioral health is just as important as our physical health; and finding the right provider can be daunting. I have over a decade of experience and the best part about my job is when clients experience improved well being and can navigate challenges. I offer medication management and/or supportive therapy in a non judgmental and safe environment; allowing you to communicate whatever fears or concerns you may have.
Hello! Reaching out for help is often scary and it does not have to be. Gaining control of our behavioral health is just as important as our physical health; and finding the right provider can be daunting. I have over a decade of experience and the best part about my job is when clients experience improved well being and can navigate challenges. I offer medication management and/or supportive therapy in a non judgmental and safe environment; allowing you to communicate whatever fears or concerns you may have.
(727) 334-2686 View (727) 334-2686
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
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.
(727) 955-3138 View (727) 955-3138
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Florida Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Odessa, FL 33556
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
(813) 491-1003 View (813) 491-1003
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Jennifer Cochran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New Port Richey, FL 34652
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to making a difference in my patients lives! I evaluate and screen for various mental health conditions and help to determine if medication is the right route for treatment. I then monitor and adjust those medications in a safe manner. My passion is helping patients achieve balance in their daily life by learning what works for them to decrease their mental health symptoms. I want to help you achieve stability and help you grow. I provide a safe space, am LGBTQA+ friendly, and provide care in a non-judgmental manner either in person or virtually.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to making a difference in my patients lives! I evaluate and screen for various mental health conditions and help to determine if medication is the right route for treatment. I then monitor and adjust those medications in a safe manner. My passion is helping patients achieve balance in their daily life by learning what works for them to decrease their mental health symptoms. I want to help you achieve stability and help you grow. I provide a safe space, am LGBTQA+ friendly, and provide care in a non-judgmental manner either in person or virtually.
(727) 610-8533 View (727) 610-8533

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Holiday, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Holiday, FL who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Holiday, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Holiday?

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.