Psychiatrists in Miami-dade County, FL

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Affiliated Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33156  (Online Only)
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
(910) 939-0724 View (910) 939-0724
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MiamiPsych Concierge-Virtual Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33132  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
(786) 420-4833 View (786) 420-4833
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Psychiatric Equilibrium, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
Psychiatric Equilibrium is a safe space dedicated to care for mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, focusing on helping the patient feel improved health every day.
Psychiatric Equilibrium is a safe space dedicated to care for mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, focusing on helping the patient feel improved health every day.
(305) 602-4874 View (305) 602-4874
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Chris Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33127  (Online Only)
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and specializes in diagnostic evaluation and medication management for patients of all ages. Chris completed his graduate training in psychiatry at New York University and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California and Miami Dade College. Chris Lee has trained at some of the nation's top mental health facilities including Bellevue Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Department and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is a California native but has called Miami home for 17 years.
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and specializes in diagnostic evaluation and medication management for patients of all ages. Chris completed his graduate training in psychiatry at New York University and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California and Miami Dade College. Chris Lee has trained at some of the nation's top mental health facilities including Bellevue Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Department and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is a California native but has called Miami home for 17 years.
(877) 990-0001 View (877) 990-0001
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Linda Collado MD PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33155
Dr. Collado graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Collado is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital where she teaches and supervises medical students and psychiatrists in training. Dr. Collado is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Medical Association.
Dr. Collado graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Collado is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital where she teaches and supervises medical students and psychiatrists in training. Dr. Collado is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Medical Association.
(786) 882-1025 View (786) 882-1025
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Mind Evolve, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surfside, FL 33154
Doctoral prepared board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive authority, licenses in CA, FL, and NY practicing client-centered therapy. It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, and what experiences have been deeply buried. With 26 years in the health care setting, and mental health care experience across the lifespan, I am here to partner with you in your therapeutic journey to well-being.
Doctoral prepared board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive authority, licenses in CA, FL, and NY practicing client-centered therapy. It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, and what experiences have been deeply buried. With 26 years in the health care setting, and mental health care experience across the lifespan, I am here to partner with you in your therapeutic journey to well-being.
(786) 876-8813 View (786) 876-8813
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Jonteria Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CCRN
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33160  (Online Only)
In my practice, I specialize in understanding the unique challenges individuals face in managing their mental health.With a background in providing psychoeducation to underserved communities, I am committed to creating a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive outcomes.
In my practice, I specialize in understanding the unique challenges individuals face in managing their mental health.With a background in providing psychoeducation to underserved communities, I am committed to creating a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their concerns and work towards positive outcomes.
(786) 627-6449 View (786) 627-6449
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Family Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33162
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
(305) 547-8548 View (305) 547-8548
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Harold R. Jordan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
As a compassionate and experienced psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
(786) 600-3025 View (786) 600-3025
Community Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doral, FL 33126
Community Behavioral Health (CBH) was created by a group of mental Health providers to provide outpatient mental health services in Florida We believe in practicing integrative and holistic psychiatry with all our patients. This is an approach that looks at all aspects of your life including: mental, physical, and spiritual health.All new patients start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that includes pharmacogenetic testing to make sure that their treatment plan and medication recommendations are tailored according to their specific patient needs. Our plans include medication management and Therapy services
Community Behavioral Health (CBH) was created by a group of mental Health providers to provide outpatient mental health services in Florida We believe in practicing integrative and holistic psychiatry with all our patients. This is an approach that looks at all aspects of your life including: mental, physical, and spiritual health.All new patients start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that includes pharmacogenetic testing to make sure that their treatment plan and medication recommendations are tailored according to their specific patient needs. Our plans include medication management and Therapy services
(305) 493-8759 View (305) 493-8759
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I Jack Abramson
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Aventura, FL 33180
Individualized treatment rooted in evidence-based medical techniques. Committed to providing the highest quality care for patients, I offer personalized attention in a respectful, courteous environment. By combining my Harvard medical training with an array of psychodynamic and psychotherapeutic modalities, patients explore their conditions with attention to their biological, psychological, and social needs.
Individualized treatment rooted in evidence-based medical techniques. Committed to providing the highest quality care for patients, I offer personalized attention in a respectful, courteous environment. By combining my Harvard medical training with an array of psychodynamic and psychotherapeutic modalities, patients explore their conditions with attention to their biological, psychological, and social needs.
(786) 705-8378 View (786) 705-8378
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Kelly Lidz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 10 years of practice as an RN and NP. I received my bachelor's and master of science in nursing from Columbia University. I have experience working in medication management; psychodynamic therapy (individual, family/couples, and group); cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; psychiatric, psychotic, and personality disorders; PTSD; ADHD. I specialize in young adults and adult population.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 10 years of practice as an RN and NP. I received my bachelor's and master of science in nursing from Columbia University. I have experience working in medication management; psychodynamic therapy (individual, family/couples, and group); cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; psychiatric, psychotic, and personality disorders; PTSD; ADHD. I specialize in young adults and adult population.
(646) 736-4127 View (646) 736-4127
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Happy Minds Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Doral, FL 33166
Happy Minds Wellness Center is an Outpatient/Telemedicine psychiatric clinic offering expert consultation, evaluation & treatment to clients with mental health disorders. Our Board-Certified psychiatric clinicians are dedicated to providing optimal individualized, one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on each client’s unique mental health care needs and intervene them with treatment options customized to their specific goals. At Happy Minds we specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, & many more. Our vision at Happy Minds is to provide you with the tools need to be happy, balanced, and to live life to the fullest.
Happy Minds Wellness Center is an Outpatient/Telemedicine psychiatric clinic offering expert consultation, evaluation & treatment to clients with mental health disorders. Our Board-Certified psychiatric clinicians are dedicated to providing optimal individualized, one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on each client’s unique mental health care needs and intervene them with treatment options customized to their specific goals. At Happy Minds we specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, & many more. Our vision at Happy Minds is to provide you with the tools need to be happy, balanced, and to live life to the fullest.
(786) 244-7637 View (786) 244-7637
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Lidia Bravo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Homestead, FL 33032  (Online Only)
I’m a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who delights in working with a diverse clientele, addressing an array of conditions. My focus is on comprehending each patient holistically to deliver personalized care. Fluent in both English and Spanish, I forge meaningful connections across cultural divides. Active listening is one of my key strengths, and I favor a collaborative patient-provider dynamic. I utilize evidence -based care in psychiatry to provide the best care possible so that each individual can attain their goal with medication management and or psychotherapy with each session.
I’m a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who delights in working with a diverse clientele, addressing an array of conditions. My focus is on comprehending each patient holistically to deliver personalized care. Fluent in both English and Spanish, I forge meaningful connections across cultural divides. Active listening is one of my key strengths, and I favor a collaborative patient-provider dynamic. I utilize evidence -based care in psychiatry to provide the best care possible so that each individual can attain their goal with medication management and or psychotherapy with each session.
(786) 983-5216 View (786) 983-5216
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Soniya Marwaha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33132  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety, and trauma can cast a dark shadow over your life, affecting your relationships, work, and overall happiness. I specialize in evidence-based psychiatric treatments that help people overcome life's challenges and emerge with resilience. Medication can be a crucial component of mental health treatment, and I am experienced in prescribing and managing psychiatric medications through convenient Telepsychiatry services. As part of my holistic, patient-centered approach to care, we'll explore your history, lifestyle factors, goals, and support networks to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.
Depression, anxiety, and trauma can cast a dark shadow over your life, affecting your relationships, work, and overall happiness. I specialize in evidence-based psychiatric treatments that help people overcome life's challenges and emerge with resilience. Medication can be a crucial component of mental health treatment, and I am experienced in prescribing and managing psychiatric medications through convenient Telepsychiatry services. As part of my holistic, patient-centered approach to care, we'll explore your history, lifestyle factors, goals, and support networks to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.
(786) 886-2039 View (786) 886-2039
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Martha Bravo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33183  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a genuine passion for helping others achieve wellness. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner I serve as a resource in helping you reach your healthcare goals. I attained my doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of North Florida. I provide virtual evaluation from the comfort of your home via telehealth. We offer flexible scheduling to facilitate your care.
I have a genuine passion for helping others achieve wellness. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner I serve as a resource in helping you reach your healthcare goals. I attained my doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of North Florida. I provide virtual evaluation from the comfort of your home via telehealth. We offer flexible scheduling to facilitate your care.
(786) 485-1291 View (786) 485-1291
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 218-5950 View (321) 218-5950
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami Gardens, FL 33055  (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.
(321) 306-0406 View (321) 306-0406
Photo of Tonya Succio, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Miami-dade County, FL
Tonya Succio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
Hello! Have you been struggling and not sure if anything can help? I am here to tell you that you do NOT have to continue to struggle alone! I am here to help you meet your goals for your mental health. I am dual board certified in family practice and psych and mental health as a nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse since 2003, an FNP since 2017, and a psych-certified NP since 2022. I believe in us working as a team to help you get through this difficult journey. I can relate to you on a personal level as I too have struggled with depression and anxiety. Together we can help improve your life and mental health.
Hello! Have you been struggling and not sure if anything can help? I am here to tell you that you do NOT have to continue to struggle alone! I am here to help you meet your goals for your mental health. I am dual board certified in family practice and psych and mental health as a nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse since 2003, an FNP since 2017, and a psych-certified NP since 2022. I believe in us working as a team to help you get through this difficult journey. I can relate to you on a personal level as I too have struggled with depression and anxiety. Together we can help improve your life and mental health.
(786) 936-2841 View (786) 936-2841

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Number of Psychiatrists in Miami-dade County, FL

500+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Miami-dade County, FL who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Miami-dade County, FL see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Miami-dade 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.