Psychiatrists in North Miami, FL

Ascend Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Miami, FL 33181
I’m an Psychiatrist with over 40 years experience in the Mental Health and Behavioral Health industry. I am Board Certified ABPN since 1985. I’m experience to diagnose and prescribe medication for patients with mental health issues. I have been working for Ascend Behavioral Health Services in Psychiatry since July of 2020. We specialize in Addiction/Substance Abuse, Medication Management to treat psychiatric issues like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Psychosis, etc. We treat Children, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Therapy.
I’m an Psychiatrist with over 40 years experience in the Mental Health and Behavioral Health industry. I am Board Certified ABPN since 1985. I’m experience to diagnose and prescribe medication for patients with mental health issues. I have been working for Ascend Behavioral Health Services in Psychiatry since July of 2020. We specialize in Addiction/Substance Abuse, Medication Management to treat psychiatric issues like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Psychosis, etc. We treat Children, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Therapy.
(305) 871-9360 View (305) 871-9360
Photo of Heritage Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Heritage Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Miami, FL 33181
Life is hard and it’s okay to not be okay. Mental health is Sonia’s passion. She’s here to help and see you thrive.
Life is hard and it’s okay to not be okay. Mental health is Sonia’s passion. She’s here to help and see you thrive.
(786) 705-2762 View (786) 705-2762
Photo of Martine N Pierre, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Martine N Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
North Miami, FL 33161
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I adhere to Jean Watson Theory of Caring which is built upon embracing, inspiring, trusting, loving, forgiving…Caring helps us to embrace the positive energy that flows from an integrated mind, body and spirit and is mutually rewarding to both patient and practitioner. Holistic caring (mind, body and spirit) is what we are all about as we study the environment of the patient.
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I adhere to Jean Watson Theory of Caring which is built upon embracing, inspiring, trusting, loving, forgiving…Caring helps us to embrace the positive energy that flows from an integrated mind, body and spirit and is mutually rewarding to both patient and practitioner. Holistic caring (mind, body and spirit) is what we are all about as we study the environment of the patient.
(954) 231-0929 View (954) 231-0929
Photo of Alicia Maria Ciliezar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Alicia Maria Ciliezar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Miami, FL 33181
My philosophy for practice is based on fundamental principles of unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and understanding. Each individual seeking mental health care presents unique life-long experiences and challenges. Therefore, their healing journey is equally unique and inherently valuable. Through a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to optimize your mental wellness while building an environment of trust, safety & acceptance. Obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2017 from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Florida International University. I speak English &Spanish.
My philosophy for practice is based on fundamental principles of unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and understanding. Each individual seeking mental health care presents unique life-long experiences and challenges. Therefore, their healing journey is equally unique and inherently valuable. Through a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to optimize your mental wellness while building an environment of trust, safety & acceptance. Obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2017 from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Florida International University. I speak English &Spanish.
(786) 442-5021 View (786) 442-5021
Photo of Heavenly Soul's Care LLC - Psychiatric Office, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Heavenly Soul's Care LLC - Psychiatric Office
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, APRN
Verified Verified
North Miami, FL 33161
One in five Americans suffers from a mental illness. Nearly 6 in 10 people with mental illness get no treatment or medication. Heavenly Soul’s Care is a patient-centered mental health office with psychiatric providers dedicated to serving the mental health needs of the residents of South Florida and beyond. Our team of well-trained, multilingual providers with years of experience in in-patient and outpatient psychiatric care, is committed to delivering the highest quality of care and exceptional services to each of our patients without prejudice. Our vision is to improve the quality of life for teens and adults with mental illness.
One in five Americans suffers from a mental illness. Nearly 6 in 10 people with mental illness get no treatment or medication. Heavenly Soul’s Care is a patient-centered mental health office with psychiatric providers dedicated to serving the mental health needs of the residents of South Florida and beyond. Our team of well-trained, multilingual providers with years of experience in in-patient and outpatient psychiatric care, is committed to delivering the highest quality of care and exceptional services to each of our patients without prejudice. Our vision is to improve the quality of life for teens and adults with mental illness.
(954) 637-0673 View (954) 637-0673

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Family Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
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
Photo of Dr. Mona Toussaint-Andre, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Dr. Mona Toussaint-Andre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33161  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Mona Toussaint-Andre, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With a Doctorate in Theology complementing my advanced nursing qualifications, I bring a unique blend of clinical insight and spiritual sensitivity to my practice. My dedication to healthcare has been the driving force behind my academic and professional journey. During my career, I have gained extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient psychiatric facilities, community, and correctional health. My approach to treatment is holistic, aimed at achieving optimum mental well-being for my patients.
I am Dr. Mona Toussaint-Andre, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. With a Doctorate in Theology complementing my advanced nursing qualifications, I bring a unique blend of clinical insight and spiritual sensitivity to my practice. My dedication to healthcare has been the driving force behind my academic and professional journey. During my career, I have gained extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient psychiatric facilities, community, and correctional health. My approach to treatment is holistic, aimed at achieving optimum mental well-being for my patients.
(754) 254-2572 View (754) 254-2572
Photo of Trinity Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Trinity Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, IMG
Verified Verified
North Miami Beach, FL 33169
Trinity Psychiatric services, through his practitioner, Christian Jean Baptiste, and the supporting staff want to accompany the patient in his search of his or her mental health care. A very dynamic team, good listening skills and will focus in your mental health needs. Trinity will help you reach your mental health goals.
Trinity Psychiatric services, through his practitioner, Christian Jean Baptiste, and the supporting staff want to accompany the patient in his search of his or her mental health care. A very dynamic team, good listening skills and will focus in your mental health needs. Trinity will help you reach your mental health goals.
(786) 833-6579 View (786) 833-6579
Photo of Mahogany Primary Care & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Mahogany Primary Care & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33168  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Mental Health is an important aspect of life today. Many are still facing the stigmas of seeking care for conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health problems. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to give patient-centered, individualized care to those seeking assistance with their mental health.
Mental Health is an important aspect of life today. Many are still facing the stigmas of seeking care for conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health problems. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to give patient-centered, individualized care to those seeking assistance with their mental health.
(954) 807-1530 View (954) 807-1530
Photo of Margaret Sweeney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Margaret Sweeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33162
Margaret Sweeney, MSN, PMHNP Margaret Sweeney is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from the University of Delaware and an MSN from Walden University. Margaret believes that the brain can be dysfunctional just as a kidney or liver can fail or not work properly, and there's no shame in any faulty organ. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys wellness activities such as weightlifting, cardio, and water sports.
Margaret Sweeney, MSN, PMHNP Margaret Sweeney is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from the University of Delaware and an MSN from Walden University. Margaret believes that the brain can be dysfunctional just as a kidney or liver can fail or not work properly, and there's no shame in any faulty organ. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys wellness activities such as weightlifting, cardio, and water sports.
(954) 204-0789 View (954) 204-0789
Photo of Remart Psychiatry Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Remart Psychiatry Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPA, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33161
Remart Psychiatry is committed to providing effective care that is accessible to all people. Our main goal is to improve access to and qualities of mental health medicine in order to promote highest quality care for our patients, our community, and reduce healthcare disparities in order to have a healthy community. Do not suffer alone or in silence as in Remart psychiatry we will be able to see you via telehealth/virtual or in person. For all of mental health needs such as Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Addiction, Substance abuse, Insomnia, PTSD, and Psychosis you can be seen at your own home or in person.
Remart Psychiatry is committed to providing effective care that is accessible to all people. Our main goal is to improve access to and qualities of mental health medicine in order to promote highest quality care for our patients, our community, and reduce healthcare disparities in order to have a healthy community. Do not suffer alone or in silence as in Remart psychiatry we will be able to see you via telehealth/virtual or in person. For all of mental health needs such as Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Addiction, Substance abuse, Insomnia, PTSD, and Psychosis you can be seen at your own home or in person.
(954) 360-8634 View (954) 360-8634
Photo of Rachel Clarke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Rachel Clarke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33168  (Online Only)
Rachel Clarke is a Caribbean born Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who practices in the state of Florida. She's been providing care to a variety of patients for over 15 years. She received her initial Nursing degree from Florida International University, and Masters degree from Walden University. Her passion is to provide compassionate and quality care for all patients across their lifespans.
Rachel Clarke is a Caribbean born Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who practices in the state of Florida. She's been providing care to a variety of patients for over 15 years. She received her initial Nursing degree from Florida International University, and Masters degree from Walden University. Her passion is to provide compassionate and quality care for all patients across their lifespans.
(786) 841-9993 View (786) 841-9993
Photo of Dinapoles Galvan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Dinapoles Galvan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
North Miami Beach, FL 33169  (Online Only)
Dr. Galvan is an English and Spanish speaking provider who services clients 5 years old and up dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
Dr. Galvan is an English and Spanish speaking provider who services clients 5 years old and up dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
(786) 504-7362 View (786) 504-7362
Photo of Svetlana Zak, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Svetlana Zak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33161  (Online Only)
I am happy you are looking for help! The most important part of getting better is to get started. Go and get it done! I have been practicing the art of psychiatric treatment for 17 years. I can help you feel better by getting on the right medication. Anxiety, depressed mood, mood swings and ADHD symptoms can be reduced by getting on the right medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I am also a licensed Cannabis provider in NY state.
I am happy you are looking for help! The most important part of getting better is to get started. Go and get it done! I have been practicing the art of psychiatric treatment for 17 years. I can help you feel better by getting on the right medication. Anxiety, depressed mood, mood swings and ADHD symptoms can be reduced by getting on the right medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I am also a licensed Cannabis provider in NY state.
(347) 218-9038 View (347) 218-9038
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in North Miami, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33138
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) 306-1071 View (321) 306-1071
Photo of Jacqueline Barrett, Psychiatrist in North Miami, FL
Jacqueline Barrett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33161
"I have been a Board certified psychiatrist for the past 17 years. I specialize in Jungian based psychotherapy to address issues such as depression and anxiety. Dreams are an integral part of the treatment process. I work collaboratively with my patients to achieve effective results."
"I have been a Board certified psychiatrist for the past 17 years. I specialize in Jungian based psychotherapy to address issues such as depression and anxiety. Dreams are an integral part of the treatment process. I work collaboratively with my patients to achieve effective results."
(786) 420-3702 View (786) 420-3702
Photo of Vickki-Ann Samuel, Psychiatrist in North Miami, FL
Vickki-Ann Samuel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33181
Obtaining optimal mental health is important for achieving and maintaining one's overall health and well-being. At Reflections of Mental Health restoring your peace of mind is our top priority. For many generations suffering from mental illness has been stigmatized. Due to this, we provide a serene non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable to share your ailments and begin the journey to finding infinite bliss. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with training in Forensic Psychiatry. I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, psychosis, dual diagnosis (mental illness along with substance abuse), and legal aspects of mental health.
Obtaining optimal mental health is important for achieving and maintaining one's overall health and well-being. At Reflections of Mental Health restoring your peace of mind is our top priority. For many generations suffering from mental illness has been stigmatized. Due to this, we provide a serene non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable to share your ailments and begin the journey to finding infinite bliss. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with training in Forensic Psychiatry. I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, psychosis, dual diagnosis (mental illness along with substance abuse), and legal aspects of mental health.
(305) 549-8100 View (305) 549-8100
Photo of Fred Moline, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Miami, FL
Fred Moline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33162  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in resilience, I have extensive experience in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis navigate their challenges. In addition to exploring alternative outlets for emotional expression and coping strategies, I am well-versed in the integration of medication treatment into comprehensive care plans. Collaborating with psychiatrists and other healthcare providers, I work closely with clients to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of medication interventions.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in resilience, I have extensive experience in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis navigate their challenges. In addition to exploring alternative outlets for emotional expression and coping strategies, I am well-versed in the integration of medication treatment into comprehensive care plans. Collaborating with psychiatrists and other healthcare providers, I work closely with clients to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of medication interventions.
(786) 661-3694 View (786) 661-3694
Photo of Smita Bhandari, Psychiatrist in North Miami, FL
Smita Bhandari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33138
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings offering expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My practice focus is highly personalized and evidence-based care in a professional environment of genuineness, acceptance and empathy. My goal is only one - to help you achieve your full potential. As a wellness and integrative psychiatrist, my care philosophy centers around understanding and treating the patient as a whole. Currently, I maintain a broad private practice conveniently located in Miami Beach. I offer same day, evening and weekend appointments.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings offering expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My practice focus is highly personalized and evidence-based care in a professional environment of genuineness, acceptance and empathy. My goal is only one - to help you achieve your full potential. As a wellness and integrative psychiatrist, my care philosophy centers around understanding and treating the patient as a whole. Currently, I maintain a broad private practice conveniently located in Miami Beach. I offer same day, evening and weekend appointments.
(305) 699-8084 View (305) 699-8084
Photo of Michelle Paley, Psychiatrist in North Miami, FL
Michelle Paley
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33138
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice on Miami Beach. I believe talking about thoughts and feelings within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can help us move and even grow through life's challenges with more freedom and flexibility. Recognizing and changing patterns or aspects of ourselves that we are not fully aware of can help with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, struggles with relationships or family, sexuality or body image concerns, or even just feeling "stuck," in certain areas when all else in life seems to be going "ok."
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice on Miami Beach. I believe talking about thoughts and feelings within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can help us move and even grow through life's challenges with more freedom and flexibility. Recognizing and changing patterns or aspects of ourselves that we are not fully aware of can help with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, struggles with relationships or family, sexuality or body image concerns, or even just feeling "stuck," in certain areas when all else in life seems to be going "ok."
(786) 420-6673 View (786) 420-6673

See more therapy options for North Miami

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Miami, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Miami, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Addiction
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Psychosis

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in North Miami, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Miami?

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.