Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

Photo of Jeremy Mirabile, Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL
Jeremy Mirabile
Psychiatrist, MD, APBM, ADM, FASAM
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
(904) 516-9642 View (904) 516-9642
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Maryann Tasong Esapa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANNP, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
(904) 530-3164 View (904) 530-3164
Photo of Lyssa Brooks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(561) 823-5024 View (561) 823-5024
Photo of Jennifer Richie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Jennifer Richie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She completed her graduate studies at Georgetown University and undergraduate degree at Drexel University. Jennifer is currently working on completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Chamberlain University. Her background includes child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and addiction medicine.
Jennifer is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She completed her graduate studies at Georgetown University and undergraduate degree at Drexel University. Jennifer is currently working on completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Chamberlain University. Her background includes child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and addiction medicine.
(904) 373-4452 View (904) 373-4452
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The Court Doctor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
(904) 842-3355 View (904) 842-3355
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Mohammed Ansari
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Mohammed Ansari is an adult psychiatrist, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience in various practice settings and specializes in treating Adjustment disorder, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, insomnia and working through psychosocial stressors that his patients are experiencing.
Dr. Mohammed Ansari is an adult psychiatrist, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience in various practice settings and specializes in treating Adjustment disorder, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, insomnia and working through psychosocial stressors that his patients are experiencing.
(904) 780-6913 View (904) 780-6913
Photo of Rashan Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Rashan Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, CCM
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Complete Dimensions Behavioral Health promote the well-being of the individuals and families in Florida communities by providing accessible, quality mental health and substance abuse/addiction care for children, adolescent ,adults, veterans, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes trust, respect, confidentiality, and compassion. We are commited to quality mental health care that is provided in a collaborative effort with consumers overall health strategies array of medical services. We further committed to philosophy that we exist for the customer.
Complete Dimensions Behavioral Health promote the well-being of the individuals and families in Florida communities by providing accessible, quality mental health and substance abuse/addiction care for children, adolescent ,adults, veterans, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes trust, respect, confidentiality, and compassion. We are commited to quality mental health care that is provided in a collaborative effort with consumers overall health strategies array of medical services. We further committed to philosophy that we exist for the customer.
(904) 643-7292 View (904) 643-7292
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Shanique Ampiah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Dr. Ampiah is a Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who believes in the power of early intervention and its ability to change the trajectory of psychiatric illness. Dr. Ampiah provides comprehensive, compassionate care and works to align with her patients and their families to achieve the best overall outcome while employing a biopsychosocial model guided by empiric data. She also focuses on behavioral intervention foremost with medications only when indicated. She will work alongside your child's treatment team to ensure full collaboration.
Dr. Ampiah is a Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who believes in the power of early intervention and its ability to change the trajectory of psychiatric illness. Dr. Ampiah provides comprehensive, compassionate care and works to align with her patients and their families to achieve the best overall outcome while employing a biopsychosocial model guided by empiric data. She also focuses on behavioral intervention foremost with medications only when indicated. She will work alongside your child's treatment team to ensure full collaboration.
(904) 853-8094 View (904) 853-8094
Photo of Julouse Etienne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Julouse Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
Julouse Etienne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the state of Florida. She has experience working with individuals who have various mental health concerns including ADHD, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues. Julouse also provides spiritual support if the patient requires it.
Julouse Etienne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the state of Florida. She has experience working with individuals who have various mental health concerns including ADHD, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues. Julouse also provides spiritual support if the patient requires it.
(904) 867-4141 View (904) 867-4141
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Superior Health and Wellness Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
(904) 265-8816 View (904) 265-8816
Photo of Adrian Blotner, Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL
Adrian Blotner
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
(904) 720-4449 View (904) 720-4449
Photo of Sabera Saklayen, Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL
Sabera Saklayen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Sabera Saklayen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a diverse patient population in Long Island and New York City. She graduated residency from Stony Brook University Hospital where she served as chief resident, and proceeded to work as an outpatient attending in Manhattan upon graduation. Dr. Saklayen primarily focuses on medication management, however will often bring in integrative therapy approaches to each session based upon your needs within 30-min follow-up visits. She prefers to work in collaboration with you to determine the best and most feasible treatment while considering your safety.
Dr. Sabera Saklayen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a diverse patient population in Long Island and New York City. She graduated residency from Stony Brook University Hospital where she served as chief resident, and proceeded to work as an outpatient attending in Manhattan upon graduation. Dr. Saklayen primarily focuses on medication management, however will often bring in integrative therapy approaches to each session based upon your needs within 30-min follow-up visits. She prefers to work in collaboration with you to determine the best and most feasible treatment while considering your safety.
(904) 601-0999 View (904) 601-0999
Photo of Charles Maddix, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Charles Maddix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Meet Charles – a board-certified Family Psychiatric NP and a devoted former Navy Corpsman. With 20+ potent years of medical experience, Charles is an alumnus of Saint Louis University holding a Master’s in Nursing. He has championed different branches of medical sciences, including Oncology, ICU, and community mental health. Charles has marked his expertise in treating individuals across all ages, from 5 to adults. Applying a holistic approach, he addresses a diversity of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma, and more.
Meet Charles – a board-certified Family Psychiatric NP and a devoted former Navy Corpsman. With 20+ potent years of medical experience, Charles is an alumnus of Saint Louis University holding a Master’s in Nursing. He has championed different branches of medical sciences, including Oncology, ICU, and community mental health. Charles has marked his expertise in treating individuals across all ages, from 5 to adults. Applying a holistic approach, he addresses a diversity of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma, and more.
(904) 601-1573 View (904) 601-1573
Photo of Danielle Ruben, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Danielle Ruben
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Danielle Ruben is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a Jacksonville native who received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the Jacksonville University. As a PMHNP she has worked professionally in both Georgia and Florida, treating mental health patients in crisis within the emergency departments, patients on the medical units with mental health needs, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital patients. Danielle uses a holistic approach to treating her patients, utilizing medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions.
Danielle Ruben is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a Jacksonville native who received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the Jacksonville University. As a PMHNP she has worked professionally in both Georgia and Florida, treating mental health patients in crisis within the emergency departments, patients on the medical units with mental health needs, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital patients. Danielle uses a holistic approach to treating her patients, utilizing medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions.
(904) 692-7984 View (904) 692-7984
Photo of Michael A Coulter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Michael A Coulter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
(904) 977-2193 View (904) 977-2193
Photo of Rishell Tsujimoto-Ryzewski, Psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL
Rishell Tsujimoto-Ryzewski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She completed her residency with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a chief resident during her last year of training. Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski has treated patients with a wide variety of diagnoses both during her residency and after her training while working at a busy private practice clinic as well as for the Veteran’s Administration.
Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She completed her residency with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a chief resident during her last year of training. Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski has treated patients with a wide variety of diagnoses both during her residency and after her training while working at a busy private practice clinic as well as for the Veteran’s Administration.
(904) 774-2533 View (904) 774-2533
Photo of Alicia Allen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
(904) 842-2657 View (904) 842-2657
Photo of Stephanie Weingard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
(904) 549-6746 View (904) 549-6746
Photo of Douglas Terry Knapp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Douglas Terry Knapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Doug has spent the majority of his clinical experience studying and practicing a person centered approach with a concentration in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. He believes that providing evidence-based care to the family as a whole, is vital to the success of children and adolescents navigating mental health issues. Doug seeks to provide each patient and their family with the highest quality care using both psychotherapy and medication management to help guide the patient in their specific treatment plan. As a practitioner of pediatric psychiatry, Doug specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
Doug has spent the majority of his clinical experience studying and practicing a person centered approach with a concentration in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. He believes that providing evidence-based care to the family as a whole, is vital to the success of children and adolescents navigating mental health issues. Doug seeks to provide each patient and their family with the highest quality care using both psychotherapy and medication management to help guide the patient in their specific treatment plan. As a practitioner of pediatric psychiatry, Doug specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
(904) 785-8499 View (904) 785-8499
Photo of Carolyn A. McClinton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL
Carolyn A. McClinton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with patients across the lifespan. My goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through evidence based guidance while providing accessible, and quality mental health care to promote the well being of individuals and families. Treating patients with compassion and mutual respect not only provides the foundation for collaboration, but builds trust. Individualized care is based on their needs as a whole, while keeping in mind that mental health and well-being are just as important as our physical health in order to reach patient's full potential.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with patients across the lifespan. My goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through evidence based guidance while providing accessible, and quality mental health care to promote the well being of individuals and families. Treating patients with compassion and mutual respect not only provides the foundation for collaboration, but builds trust. Individualized care is based on their needs as a whole, while keeping in mind that mental health and well-being are just as important as our physical health in order to reach patient's full potential.
(904) 320-0712 View (904) 320-0712

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jacksonville?

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.