Psychiatrists in Niceville, FL

Photo of Dr. Leigh Powers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Dr. Leigh Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Niceville, FL 32578
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
(850) 797-2598 View (850) 797-2598
Photo of Andrea Lloyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Andrea Lloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Niceville, FL 32578
Are you looking for psychiatric care, a medication evaluation, or medication management for anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, or other issues? I am accepting new patients and congratulate you on taking steps toward your mental well-being! I offer comprehensive, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care working with you to meet your goals and find relief. I have been in the nursing world for almost 30 years, have been practicing psychiatric medicine for over a decade, and look forward to being a part of your medical care team.
Are you looking for psychiatric care, a medication evaluation, or medication management for anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, or other issues? I am accepting new patients and congratulate you on taking steps toward your mental well-being! I offer comprehensive, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care working with you to meet your goals and find relief. I have been in the nursing world for almost 30 years, have been practicing psychiatric medicine for over a decade, and look forward to being a part of your medical care team.
(850) 389-8489 View (850) 389-8489
Photo of Rachael Patterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Rachael Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Niceville, FL 32578  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Rachael is board certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner through ANCC. As a veteran herself, Rachael loves to work with the military and has extensive experience treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other general mental health conditions. Rachael is passionate about ensuring individualized care, such as incorporating holistic treatment when desired. She is currently seeing patients virtually who are located in Florida, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Washington, and Utah. Multiple insurances and cash pay accepted!
Rachael is board certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner through ANCC. As a veteran herself, Rachael loves to work with the military and has extensive experience treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other general mental health conditions. Rachael is passionate about ensuring individualized care, such as incorporating holistic treatment when desired. She is currently seeing patients virtually who are located in Florida, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Washington, and Utah. Multiple insurances and cash pay accepted!
(850) 719-7647 View (850) 719-7647
Photo of Kelli Elizabeth Pruitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Kelli Elizabeth Pruitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niceville, FL 32578  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
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Photo of Melissa Richmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Melissa Richmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Destin, FL 32541
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
(850) 220-0185 View (850) 220-0185
Photo of Affordable Psychiatry Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Affordable Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Destin, FL 32541  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
(321) 353-6689 View (321) 353-6689
Photo of Emilia Banse, Psychiatric Nurse in Niceville, FL
Emilia Banse
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, postMSN, PMHNPBC, EMHSA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Destin, FL 32541
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
(850) 608-4148 View (850) 608-4148
Photo of Angela Doughty Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Angela Doughty Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP, CMHIP, ADHDCSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Destin, FL 32540
I am certified and trained to treat and manage medical and psychiatric conditions. I focus on prevention, wellness (women's and men's healthcare) , and treat and manage chronic illnesses. I am a certified ADHD Clinical Services Professional and certified as a Mental Health Integrative Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced in treating psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD/ADD, sleep disorders, and substance abuse to include suboxone therapy. We also offer IV nutrition therapy and somatic psychotherapy/energy healing.
I am certified and trained to treat and manage medical and psychiatric conditions. I focus on prevention, wellness (women's and men's healthcare) , and treat and manage chronic illnesses. I am a certified ADHD Clinical Services Professional and certified as a Mental Health Integrative Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced in treating psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD/ADD, sleep disorders, and substance abuse to include suboxone therapy. We also offer IV nutrition therapy and somatic psychotherapy/energy healing.
(850) 367-1579 View (850) 367-1579
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Nicole Calleiro Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Destin, FL 32541
A compliant patient is my ideal patient. It does not matter what the patient's issues, needs, or goals are; if they do not intend to put in the work, then poorer outcomes for these patients can be expected. I have found that patients are more compliant with medications if they participated in treatment planning and agreed to their treatment. I come up with possible treatment plans and I have the patient choose the one they are most comfortable with. My patient outcomes are impeccable using this approach and my patients love the amount of time spent during their appointments.
A compliant patient is my ideal patient. It does not matter what the patient's issues, needs, or goals are; if they do not intend to put in the work, then poorer outcomes for these patients can be expected. I have found that patients are more compliant with medications if they participated in treatment planning and agreed to their treatment. I come up with possible treatment plans and I have the patient choose the one they are most comfortable with. My patient outcomes are impeccable using this approach and my patients love the amount of time spent during their appointments.
(850) 930-1576 View (850) 930-1576
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Therese J Calabrese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Destin, FL 32541  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
Accepting new patients via tele-psychiatry, a virtual practice, I provide psychiatric/mental health management with a holistic approach. Specializing in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. Treatment is provided in a judgement free atmosphere from the initial evaluation, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy working in a partnership, establishing goals and providing the tools for you to achieve them. Through telehealth I am able to see patients in New York, Colorado and FLorida.
(850) 601-8614 View (850) 601-8614

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Lorraine Black, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Lorraine Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mary Esther, FL 32569  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt like your mental health needs more attention, support, or understanding than it's currently receiving?
Have you ever felt like your mental health needs more attention, support, or understanding than it's currently receiving?
(727) 594-8875 View (727) 594-8875
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Kimberly Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, NP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(850) 713-8735 View (850) 713-8735
Photo of Michelle Mottern, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Michelle Mottern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
(727) 855-6706 View (727) 855-6706
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Niceville, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cantonment, FL 32533
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.
(850) 290-0402 View (850) 290-0402
Photo of MindRest Psychiatry and Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
MindRest Psychiatry and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
(850) 290-0889 View (850) 290-0889
Photo of Lyssa Brooks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(850) 888-3547 View (850) 888-3547
Photo of Kayla Roberts, PMHNP, Green Wave Family Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Kayla Roberts, PMHNP, Green Wave Family Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
(850) 215-5657 View (850) 215-5657
Photo of Dr. Elizabeth Ault, Psychiatrist in Niceville, FL
Dr. Elizabeth Ault
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547  (Online Only)
I specialize in guiding young and middle-aged adults through difficult life transitions. Facing new academic or work demands, becoming a parent, or navigating relationship dynamics can present many challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma related symptoms, insomnia, or a variety of other mental health symptoms, I want to guide you through these difficult times by building a supportive, non-judgmental relationship through which to collaborate to discover your ideal self. Psychiatry should not be one-size fits all. It is a dynamic art that takes time, attention to detail, and passion.
I specialize in guiding young and middle-aged adults through difficult life transitions. Facing new academic or work demands, becoming a parent, or navigating relationship dynamics can present many challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma related symptoms, insomnia, or a variety of other mental health symptoms, I want to guide you through these difficult times by building a supportive, non-judgmental relationship through which to collaborate to discover your ideal self. Psychiatry should not be one-size fits all. It is a dynamic art that takes time, attention to detail, and passion.
(865) 351-0119 View (865) 351-0119
Photo of Kelli E. Pruitt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Niceville, FL
Kelli E. Pruitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crestview, FL 32539  (Online Only)
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
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Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Niceville, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514  (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) 248-5598 View (321) 248-5598

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Niceville, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Niceville, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% TRICARE
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Niceville, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Niceville?

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.