Psychiatrists in Lakewood Ranch, FL

Photo of Tariq Halim, Psychiatrist in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Tariq Halim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
(941) 236-5715 View (941) 236-5715
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Dr TMS Therapy Griffith Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Life can be difficult. Are you feeling down? Having trouble sleeping? Is it difficult to focus and complete tasks? Are you lonely? Do you feel like a failure? Are your racing thoughts keeping you up at night? Are you sick of the side effects your medications are giving you? Does your provider genuinely care about you and spend enough time with you? Does your Doctor's office pick up the phone or return your calls? Do you feel like you need expert guidance on your current situation? Are you curious if there is better care out there?
Life can be difficult. Are you feeling down? Having trouble sleeping? Is it difficult to focus and complete tasks? Are you lonely? Do you feel like a failure? Are your racing thoughts keeping you up at night? Are you sick of the side effects your medications are giving you? Does your provider genuinely care about you and spend enough time with you? Does your Doctor's office pick up the phone or return your calls? Do you feel like you need expert guidance on your current situation? Are you curious if there is better care out there?
(941) 205-7330 View (941) 205-7330
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Camella Granara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Hi! If you are on PsychologyToday.com, you are most likely going through some difficult stuff and life is not as you want it to be. I am sorry that you are struggling. But, I want you to know that with some good steps forward, solid guidance and support, things can get a whole let better. This can happen sooner than you think too! How long did it take to get you where you are? For most people it has been a really long time. You have had to work so hard to just keep on keeping on. Let's change that!
Hi! If you are on PsychologyToday.com, you are most likely going through some difficult stuff and life is not as you want it to be. I am sorry that you are struggling. But, I want you to know that with some good steps forward, solid guidance and support, things can get a whole let better. This can happen sooner than you think too! How long did it take to get you where you are? For most people it has been a really long time. You have had to work so hard to just keep on keeping on. Let's change that!
(941) 699-3203 View (941) 699-3203
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Marco Antonio Rabines
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202  (Online Only)
I believe that optimal psychiatric care begins by hearing a patient’s history and understanding their goals. There are no magic plills or magic cure for mental health care. I do really believe treating mental illness and optimizing patient well-being depends on formulating patients individually and tailoring treatment to meet their unique goals and needs and to set the expectations from the beggining. Psychological distress, whether it be experienced as depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, or emotional numbness, is often due to multiple environmental, social, and psychological factors.
I believe that optimal psychiatric care begins by hearing a patient’s history and understanding their goals. There are no magic plills or magic cure for mental health care. I do really believe treating mental illness and optimizing patient well-being depends on formulating patients individually and tailoring treatment to meet their unique goals and needs and to set the expectations from the beggining. Psychological distress, whether it be experienced as depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, or emotional numbness, is often due to multiple environmental, social, and psychological factors.
(941) 304-4310 View (941) 304-4310
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Dr. Walter Griffith & Dr. TMS Therapy
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
(941) 529-8800 View (941) 529-8800
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Nowpsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
I see children, teenagers and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I have a private practice and have next day openings. I can see patients virtually or in office. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. I am the consultant psychiatrist for an inpatient substance abuse program for teenagers with comorbid mental health issues. I am the psychiatric consultant for All Star Children's Foundation where I work with children that have experienced trauma.
I see children, teenagers and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I have a private practice and have next day openings. I can see patients virtually or in office. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. I am the consultant psychiatrist for an inpatient substance abuse program for teenagers with comorbid mental health issues. I am the psychiatric consultant for All Star Children's Foundation where I work with children that have experienced trauma.
(941) 909-3443 View (941) 909-3443
Photo of Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
34 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
(941) 999-3462 View (941) 999-3462
Photo of Adair Lynne Deicke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Adair Lynne Deicke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP,
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Adair is accepting new patients at this time. She is not a therapist. She is providing Video Conferencing appointments only at this time. Adair is Board certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A highly proficient and dedicated professional with a 20-year progressive history in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Possessing excellent diagnostic skills; she been has successful in treating a number of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Adair excels in fostering communication and promotion of health and wellness. Reviews Googlr, Adair Deicke APRN Healthgrades
Adair is accepting new patients at this time. She is not a therapist. She is providing Video Conferencing appointments only at this time. Adair is Board certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A highly proficient and dedicated professional with a 20-year progressive history in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Possessing excellent diagnostic skills; she been has successful in treating a number of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Adair excels in fostering communication and promotion of health and wellness. Reviews Googlr, Adair Deicke APRN Healthgrades
(727) 610-6349 View (727) 610-6349
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Eduardo La Rosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
Eduardo obtained his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from State college of Florida, Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Additionally, he is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health NursePractitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC. In addition to his extensive professional training, Eduardo also brings a unique cultural perspective. As a native of Peru, Eduardo brings unique insight to those who may feel as outsiders, or have experienced moving or adapting to a new environment. Eduardo speaks fluent English and Spanish, and can treat patients in both languages.
Eduardo obtained his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from State college of Florida, Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Additionally, he is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health NursePractitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC. In addition to his extensive professional training, Eduardo also brings a unique cultural perspective. As a native of Peru, Eduardo brings unique insight to those who may feel as outsiders, or have experienced moving or adapting to a new environment. Eduardo speaks fluent English and Spanish, and can treat patients in both languages.
(941) 698-6344 View (941) 698-6344
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Renee Novak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
(941) 231-6452 View (941) 231-6452
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Amanda McDonald
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
(941) 900-3733 View (941) 900-3733

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Photo of Michele Privette, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Michele Privette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34237
Michele Privette has over 25 years of experience in treating a variety of psychiatric diagnosis which includes: Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar disorders. Her experience ranges from inpatient/outpatient settings, as well as providing psychiatric consultation to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
Michele Privette has over 25 years of experience in treating a variety of psychiatric diagnosis which includes: Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar disorders. Her experience ranges from inpatient/outpatient settings, as well as providing psychiatric consultation to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
(941) 304-5902 View (941) 304-5902
Photo of Marilyn Legato, Psychiatric Nurse in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Marilyn Legato
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, C
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34210  (Online Only)
I have more than thirty-five years experience in providing psychotherapy for adults, couples and families who are experiencing difficulties including, but not limited to: anxiety, (including agoraphobia), depression, relationship conflict, or problems related to coping with general life difficulties. My master's degree in both Parent/Child and Psychiatric Nursing, and studies in cognitive-behavioral therapy,and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, enable me to provide an eclectic approach that best fits the person with whom I'm working. Please note: my practice is limited to virtual therapy with people who reside in NJ.
I have more than thirty-five years experience in providing psychotherapy for adults, couples and families who are experiencing difficulties including, but not limited to: anxiety, (including agoraphobia), depression, relationship conflict, or problems related to coping with general life difficulties. My master's degree in both Parent/Child and Psychiatric Nursing, and studies in cognitive-behavioral therapy,and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, enable me to provide an eclectic approach that best fits the person with whom I'm working. Please note: my practice is limited to virtual therapy with people who reside in NJ.
(941) 613-5808 View (941) 613-5808
Photo of Ugonna Duru, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Ugonna Duru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Bradenton, FL 34206  (Online Only)
Hi, I am a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner residing in Tampa Florida. I bring over 10 years of experience in health care and majority of them in Nursing. Throughout my career, I have worked in diverse specialties but I found my passion in the field of mental health and was inspired to further my learning and earned a Post Masters Certification as a PMHNP-BC.
Hi, I am a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner residing in Tampa Florida. I bring over 10 years of experience in health care and majority of them in Nursing. Throughout my career, I have worked in diverse specialties but I found my passion in the field of mental health and was inspired to further my learning and earned a Post Masters Certification as a PMHNP-BC.
(813) 370-1841 View (813) 370-1841
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34205  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Photo of Meshandra Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Meshandra Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Palmetto, FL 34221
I am here to help establish a rapport to better understand and help the patient to understand their mental illness, then help them understand the best treatment options to treat their disorder.
I am here to help establish a rapport to better understand and help the patient to understand their mental illness, then help them understand the best treatment options to treat their disorder.
(941) 336-6166 View (941) 336-6166
Photo of Carolyn Harkness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Carolyn Harkness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Hello, I'm Carolyn Are you finding it hard to cope with changes in your life? Have you been putting your mental health on a back burner? I founded my practice, UpLiftt Mental Wellness, because I am extremely passionate about improving mental wellness to achieve the best possible quality of life. I often see the correlation of neglecting mental health and the negative effects on ones self care and relationships with others. I have a diverse background in psychiatric mental health to treat acute and chronic concerns with a specialty with women's mental health.
Hello, I'm Carolyn Are you finding it hard to cope with changes in your life? Have you been putting your mental health on a back burner? I founded my practice, UpLiftt Mental Wellness, because I am extremely passionate about improving mental wellness to achieve the best possible quality of life. I often see the correlation of neglecting mental health and the negative effects on ones self care and relationships with others. I have a diverse background in psychiatric mental health to treat acute and chronic concerns with a specialty with women's mental health.
(607) 360-5993 View (607) 360-5993
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Sandra Hatfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers or possibly received harmful care. Patients find my compassionate and targeted approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, risks/benefits/alternatives, and 'think outside the box'. I seek the "Root Cause" of psychiatric problems via holistic methods, rather than prescribing powerful psychotropic medications unnecessarily for symptoms that might be caused by other underlying issues.
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers or possibly received harmful care. Patients find my compassionate and targeted approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, risks/benefits/alternatives, and 'think outside the box'. I seek the "Root Cause" of psychiatric problems via holistic methods, rather than prescribing powerful psychotropic medications unnecessarily for symptoms that might be caused by other underlying issues.
(941) 267-4699 View (941) 267-4699
Photo of Bethany Martin, Physician Assistant in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Bethany Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, MS
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Bethany is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bethany strives to help her patients reach their goals for their mental health by utilizing a holistic approach. She is attentive to each of her patient’s concerns and aims to communicate clear treatment plans and objectives to ensure these needs are met. She has a background in Molecular Medicine and has a passion for staying informed on the latest developments in psychiatric research and treatments. Bethany is currently seeing patients in-person at our Sarasota office or virtually via telepsychiatry.
Bethany is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bethany strives to help her patients reach their goals for their mental health by utilizing a holistic approach. She is attentive to each of her patient’s concerns and aims to communicate clear treatment plans and objectives to ensure these needs are met. She has a background in Molecular Medicine and has a passion for staying informed on the latest developments in psychiatric research and treatments. Bethany is currently seeing patients in-person at our Sarasota office or virtually via telepsychiatry.
(941) 900-3216 View (941) 900-3216
Photo of Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood Ranch, FL
Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bradenton, FL 34208
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
(407) 214-4581 View (407) 214-4581

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lakewood Ranch, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$130

Psychiatrists in Lakewood Ranch, FL who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% ADHD
64% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lakewood Ranch, FL see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakewood Ranch?

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.