Psychiatrists in Lake Mary, FL

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Caya Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
(407) 305-7451 View (407) 305-7451
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Trinity Psychiatric Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
(407) 324-0484 View (407) 324-0484
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 268-9087 View (352) 268-9087
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Healing Psychiatry Of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
(689) 232-3708 View (689) 232-3708

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Donna K Dempsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32779
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
(727) 312-1019 View (727) 312-1019
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Spark Wellness Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
Spark Wellness Group works to provide compassionate and personalized care for all of our patients. We conduct psychiatric evaluations and offer medication management services for children, adolescents, and adult patients.
Spark Wellness Group works to provide compassionate and personalized care for all of our patients. We conduct psychiatric evaluations and offer medication management services for children, adolescents, and adult patients.
(321) 450-8257 View (321) 450-8257
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Terry Biemer
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
After completing medical training at Yale medical school, I began my career in family medicine. Even at that time, I was interested in mental health and addiction. As a physician assistant, I can provide medical care, evaluations, med management including anti-craving medications. So much of our lives are affected by our state mind and a prescription is not always the answer. Sometimes it is the other resources to assist the patient. My objective is to work with the patient to achieve their goals for a healthy lifestyle. I get a wave of excitement when I watch people turn their lives around! Medicine is not a job, it's a passion!
After completing medical training at Yale medical school, I began my career in family medicine. Even at that time, I was interested in mental health and addiction. As a physician assistant, I can provide medical care, evaluations, med management including anti-craving medications. So much of our lives are affected by our state mind and a prescription is not always the answer. Sometimes it is the other resources to assist the patient. My objective is to work with the patient to achieve their goals for a healthy lifestyle. I get a wave of excitement when I watch people turn their lives around! Medicine is not a job, it's a passion!
(321) 241-9931 View (321) 241-9931
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oviedo, FL 32765  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(561) 823-6473 View (561) 823-6473
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Maria Nieves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Park, FL 32792
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
(407) 904-8861 View (407) 904-8861
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David Horvath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Springs, FL 32708  (Online Only)
Over the past 14 years, I’ve learned that many people could benefit by seeing a mental health specialist but don’t necessarily want or need to engage in a long-term commitment. Maybe they just need anxiety medication when they give a speech, take a test, or get on a plane. Maybe they’ve moved, or their doctor retired and need refills while they find a new provider. Or maybe they want a 2nd opinion about their current regimen, aren’t sure if they need therapy, or just want to run a problem by someone for advice. To adress these kinds of needs, I'm devoting my practice to people who need short-term solutions to short-term problems.
Over the past 14 years, I’ve learned that many people could benefit by seeing a mental health specialist but don’t necessarily want or need to engage in a long-term commitment. Maybe they just need anxiety medication when they give a speech, take a test, or get on a plane. Maybe they’ve moved, or their doctor retired and need refills while they find a new provider. Or maybe they want a 2nd opinion about their current regimen, aren’t sure if they need therapy, or just want to run a problem by someone for advice. To adress these kinds of needs, I'm devoting my practice to people who need short-term solutions to short-term problems.
(407) 972-0443 View (407) 972-0443
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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(908) 638-1374 View (908) 638-1374
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Jesus Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
(407) 573-7185 View (407) 573-7185
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Laura Casey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32779
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
(407) 842-8293 View (407) 842-8293
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Nelson Antonio Pichardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
(321) 221-5183 View (321) 221-5183
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Lotus Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Passionate and committed to improving clients quality of life.
Passionate and committed to improving clients quality of life.
(321) 385-8206 View (321) 385-8206
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Fernando Laracuente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
(954) 799-4651 View (954) 799-4651
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 329-8874 View (352) 329-8874
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Andrew Rucker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
(321) 483-8389 View (321) 483-8389

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lake Mary, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lake Mary, FL who prioritize treating:

80% Relationship Issues
80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Addiction
80% ADHD
80% Grief
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicare
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lake Mary, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake Mary?

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.