Psychiatrists in Manatee County, FL

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Photo of Mark Sylvester, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Mark Sylvester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bradenton, FL 34202
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
(941) 840-5226 View (941) 840-5226
Photo of Marina Nesterenko, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Marina Nesterenko
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34209
I accept insurances from NY, NJ, VA, and FL. I am Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program in SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. I see clients of all ages from 5 years old to 95 years old in person and by tele. I specialized in ADHD, autism, anger management, mood swings, mood disorder and all types of anxiety.
I accept insurances from NY, NJ, VA, and FL. I am Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program in SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. I see clients of all ages from 5 years old to 95 years old in person and by tele. I specialized in ADHD, autism, anger management, mood swings, mood disorder and all types of anxiety.
(941) 795-5922 View (941) 795-5922
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Dr TMS Therapy Griffith Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Martin J. DeSantis, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Martin J. DeSantis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202
Dr. DeSantis is a board certified psychiatrist in both general and geriatric psychiatry. He is originally from Reading, PA. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) in 2006. His medical internship was at Memorial Hospital in York, PA in 2006-07. His psychiatric residency was from 2007-10 at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, NJ). His geriatric fellowship was in 2010-11 at Rowan University’s New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (Stratford, NJ).
Dr. DeSantis is a board certified psychiatrist in both general and geriatric psychiatry. He is originally from Reading, PA. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) in 2006. His medical internship was at Memorial Hospital in York, PA in 2006-07. His psychiatric residency was from 2007-10 at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, NJ). His geriatric fellowship was in 2010-11 at Rowan University’s New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (Stratford, NJ).
(941) 260-0804 View (941) 260-0804
Photo of Bethany Martin, Physician Assistant in Manatee County, 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 Ciara O'connor, Physician Assistant in Manatee County, FL
Ciara O'connor
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34243
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant specializing in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I treat patients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. I take the time to get to know each of my patients and make sure they feel safe and comfortable in my office. I work as a team with my patients and their loved ones to achieve their treatment goals. I am dedicated to finding the treatment that will improve my patients quality of life. My goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic, supportive care with the fewest medications.
I am a board-certified Physician Assistant specializing in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I treat patients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. I take the time to get to know each of my patients and make sure they feel safe and comfortable in my office. I work as a team with my patients and their loved ones to achieve their treatment goals. I am dedicated to finding the treatment that will improve my patients quality of life. My goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic, supportive care with the fewest medications.
(941) 413-0834 View (941) 413-0834
Photo of Dinar Sajan, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34209  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(941) 699-2911 View (941) 699-2911
Photo of New Path Wellness Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, FL
New Path Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmetto, FL 34221
Our provider here at New Path Wellness Center is an empathic provider who is truly passionate about decreasing the generational stigma attached to mental health. She believes every individual is unique, which is why she takes a comprehensive approach to treatment by treating the body as a whole, addressing psychiatric, medical, as well as social contributing factors. She finds great joy in helping her clients reach their highest potential by making them productive in society through the absence of illicit drug, high risk behaviors, improved mental health and coping skills.
Our provider here at New Path Wellness Center is an empathic provider who is truly passionate about decreasing the generational stigma attached to mental health. She believes every individual is unique, which is why she takes a comprehensive approach to treatment by treating the body as a whole, addressing psychiatric, medical, as well as social contributing factors. She finds great joy in helping her clients reach their highest potential by making them productive in society through the absence of illicit drug, high risk behaviors, improved mental health and coping skills.
(941) 541-1323 View (941) 541-1323
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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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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34208  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(904) 395-4980 View (904) 395-4980
Photo of Sandra Hatfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, FL
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 Lilyana Dobreva, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, FL
Lilyana Dobreva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202
Lilyana Dobreva is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. She is passionate about providing integrative psychiatric care by addressing environmental toxins, thyroid health, micronutrients, and inflammation. She is offering sensitive testing and medical grade supplements to correct imbalances. Lilyana screens for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and other mental health disorders, and treats with mindfulness of patient' preferences.
Lilyana Dobreva is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. She is passionate about providing integrative psychiatric care by addressing environmental toxins, thyroid health, micronutrients, and inflammation. She is offering sensitive testing and medical grade supplements to correct imbalances. Lilyana screens for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and other mental health disorders, and treats with mindfulness of patient' preferences.
(941) 336-6409 View (941) 336-6409
Photo of Camella Granara, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, FL
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
Photo of Marilyn Legato, Psychiatric Nurse in Manatee County, 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 Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
34 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34243
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 Rachel Morgan Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, FL
Rachel Morgan Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
(941) 231-7275 View (941) 231-7275
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Health Evolutions
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA
Verified Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Experienced Provider- Appointments Available. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or feeling irritable I can help you. You can overcome poor energy and poor concentration. I have years of experience with prescribing medications for these issues. If you are looking for a provider that will LISTEN and give you TIME you can count on me. It is a privilege to be able to work for those who are hurting emotionally and I have confidence that I can help you to feel better. You can reach your potential and find more meaning in your job, education or in your relationships. Don't hesitate to reach out to me today.
Experienced Provider- Appointments Available. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or feeling irritable I can help you. You can overcome poor energy and poor concentration. I have years of experience with prescribing medications for these issues. If you are looking for a provider that will LISTEN and give you TIME you can count on me. It is a privilege to be able to work for those who are hurting emotionally and I have confidence that I can help you to feel better. You can reach your potential and find more meaning in your job, education or in your relationships. Don't hesitate to reach out to me today.
(941) 269-3218 View (941) 269-3218
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Integrative Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Parrish, FL 34219
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
(941) 336-6898 View (941) 336-6898
Photo of Carolyn Harkness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Manatee County, 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
Photo of Nowpsych, Psychiatrist in Manatee County, FL
Nowpsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Manatee County, FL

30+

Average cost per session

$155

Psychiatrists in Manatee County, FL who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Manatee County, FL see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Manatee County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.