Psychiatrists in Oakland Park, FL

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Erika Regis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33309  (Online Only)
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
(786) 886-3279 View (786) 886-3279
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Adjuva Psychiatry--Dr. Ashton Thompson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33334
The goal of what we do at Adjuva Psychiatry is to improve the quality of life and increase emotional resilience. Each appointment is individualized because life is individualized. Lets get to the root of the problem
The goal of what we do at Adjuva Psychiatry is to improve the quality of life and increase emotional resilience. Each appointment is individualized because life is individualized. Lets get to the root of the problem
(754) 233-1885 View (754) 233-1885
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Michael P Vignogna, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33334
I am scheduling new patient appointments. My private practice is in east Wilton Manors and provides client focused care in a relaxing and welcoming environment. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience , helping people to succeed in living happier, healthier and full lives. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed my psychiatric residency at Brown University in Providence RI. I have been bringing my Scottish terrier, Stella to work for 9 years, and she brings a quiet and peaceful presence to the office.
I am scheduling new patient appointments. My private practice is in east Wilton Manors and provides client focused care in a relaxing and welcoming environment. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience , helping people to succeed in living happier, healthier and full lives. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed my psychiatric residency at Brown University in Providence RI. I have been bringing my Scottish terrier, Stella to work for 9 years, and she brings a quiet and peaceful presence to the office.
(954) 388-7820 View (954) 388-7820
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Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33334  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
(727) 761-9579 View (727) 761-9579
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Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33311  (Online Only)
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
(813) 696-3979 View (813) 696-3979

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Tonya Succio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (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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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(954) 710-9166 View (954) 710-9166
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Jennifer Maxine Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Welcome to my Practice! I am Nationally Board-Certified by ANCC and AANP in Psychiatry/Mental Health and Family/Primary Care. In my seven years of experience, I’ve truly seen lives transformed. I believe when it comes to mental health there is not a “one size fits all solution” and that looking at the patients whole picture- not just mentally and physically- but also what is going on in their lives and what they have been through is essential to helping them move toward a meaningful life. I appreciate the challenges my clients have faced and recognize their resilience, I want them to know that I am here for them and there is hope.
Welcome to my Practice! I am Nationally Board-Certified by ANCC and AANP in Psychiatry/Mental Health and Family/Primary Care. In my seven years of experience, I’ve truly seen lives transformed. I believe when it comes to mental health there is not a “one size fits all solution” and that looking at the patients whole picture- not just mentally and physically- but also what is going on in their lives and what they have been through is essential to helping them move toward a meaningful life. I appreciate the challenges my clients have faced and recognize their resilience, I want them to know that I am here for them and there is hope.
(561) 677-8438 View (561) 677-8438
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Brittany Barber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Brittany Barber is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Her goal is to provide excellent care to individuals suffering from mental illnesses that negatively impact their quality of life. Together, she works with patients to target the symptoms causing them distress and uses evidence-based practices to develop treatments plan that improves their quality of life. She provides medication management and supportive therapy to help patients navigate difficult life transitions. By helping patients identify the symptoms causing the most negative impact on their lives, her treatment plans are directed toward fixing symptoms.
Brittany Barber is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Her goal is to provide excellent care to individuals suffering from mental illnesses that negatively impact their quality of life. Together, she works with patients to target the symptoms causing them distress and uses evidence-based practices to develop treatments plan that improves their quality of life. She provides medication management and supportive therapy to help patients navigate difficult life transitions. By helping patients identify the symptoms causing the most negative impact on their lives, her treatment plans are directed toward fixing symptoms.
(813) 491-1873 View (813) 491-1873
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Journey Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
At Journey Health and Wellness, we understand that life is a journey filled with questions and uncertainties. Questions like, "Where am I going?" "Why am I going there?" "How did I get here?" "Where should I go?" "How do I get from here to there?" and "Why can’t I move forward?" are ones we all grapple with at various stages of our lives. It is our privilege to accompany you on your unique path as you explore, navigate, and embrace your personal journey.
At Journey Health and Wellness, we understand that life is a journey filled with questions and uncertainties. Questions like, "Where am I going?" "Why am I going there?" "How did I get here?" "Where should I go?" "How do I get from here to there?" and "Why can’t I move forward?" are ones we all grapple with at various stages of our lives. It is our privilege to accompany you on your unique path as you explore, navigate, and embrace your personal journey.
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Dr. Audrey La Noce
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
4 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
My ideal clients are those that are looking to take their treatment to the next level. I am an expert in medication management and believe that while medication can be a helpful tool, it works best when it is a part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a health and balanced diet, exercise, meditation, mindfulness, psychotherapy, stress management, and other wellness habits. This is our "whole person approach".
My ideal clients are those that are looking to take their treatment to the next level. I am an expert in medication management and believe that while medication can be a helpful tool, it works best when it is a part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a health and balanced diet, exercise, meditation, mindfulness, psychotherapy, stress management, and other wellness habits. This is our "whole person approach".
(754) 219-7384 View (754) 219-7384
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Anisha Gulati
Psychiatrist
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
(904) 977-6917 View (904) 977-6917
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Priti M Kothari
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
I've dedicated my practice to treating individuals with a wide range of psychiatric illness. My specialties in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults utilizes the application of the bio-psycho-social model. After completing training in Adult Psychiatry, I pursued a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. I am available to provide medication management. In addition, I have recently become the medical director for Dr Kahlil Shillingford's Bariatric Surgery Practice. My duties include providing clinical supervision to office and hospital staff and performing performance improvement studies.
I've dedicated my practice to treating individuals with a wide range of psychiatric illness. My specialties in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults utilizes the application of the bio-psycho-social model. After completing training in Adult Psychiatry, I pursued a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. I am available to provide medication management. In addition, I have recently become the medical director for Dr Kahlil Shillingford's Bariatric Surgery Practice. My duties include providing clinical supervision to office and hospital staff and performing performance improvement studies.
(561) 556-7430 View (561) 556-7430
Photo of Chris Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland Park, FL
Chris Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33303  (Online Only)
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and specializes in the medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. He 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 psychiatric facilities including Bellevue Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Department and Mount Sinai/St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is a California native and has lived in Miami for over 15 years.
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and specializes in the medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. He 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 psychiatric facilities including Bellevue Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Department and Mount Sinai/St. Luke-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is a California native and has lived in Miami for over 15 years.
(877) 990-0001 View (877) 990-0001
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Dr. Nicole Almeida-Scaff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Based in Fort Lauderdale (South Florida), Dr. Almeida-Scaff is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently sees patients (ages 6 to 50) in person or through telemedicine in Florida. She practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for many years prior to relocating to Florida and is able to provide care for patients in Georgia through telemedicine as well. Her areas of focus include treating adults, children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), depression and anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric care for her patients in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Based in Fort Lauderdale (South Florida), Dr. Almeida-Scaff is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently sees patients (ages 6 to 50) in person or through telemedicine in Florida. She practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for many years prior to relocating to Florida and is able to provide care for patients in Georgia through telemedicine as well. Her areas of focus include treating adults, children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), depression and anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric care for her patients in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
(954) 371-1108 View (954) 371-1108
Photo of Metamorphosis Psychcierge™, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland Park, FL
Metamorphosis Psychcierge™
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
(305) 680-5200 View (305) 680-5200
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DRT Behavioral Services, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH, LCSW, ARNP
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
We have a diverse group of clinical staff including men and women who speak English and Spanish. DRT's clinicians and therapists coordinate a care program to improve your mental health. We incorporate education, teaching, and therapy to facilitate the stabilization process and to address every client's needs. Programs are available that include family participation. We also provide services for Veterans, Educators, and Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs).
We have a diverse group of clinical staff including men and women who speak English and Spanish. DRT's clinicians and therapists coordinate a care program to improve your mental health. We incorporate education, teaching, and therapy to facilitate the stabilization process and to address every client's needs. Programs are available that include family participation. We also provide services for Veterans, Educators, and Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs).
(305) 981-1700 View (305) 981-1700
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Shannan Victorino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Everyone wants to be understood and reach their true potential. I intend on empowering patients to manage the full spectrum of emotions that a beautiful life has to offer. We facilitate your own inner healing intelligence by providing you with empowering resources because YOU know better than anyone else exactly what it is that you need to take the next step… and in this process you will evolve with a greater sense of purpose and fortitude. We will use the most common-sense, compassionate, evidence-based methods to help you achieve transformation toward your own personal evolution.
Everyone wants to be understood and reach their true potential. I intend on empowering patients to manage the full spectrum of emotions that a beautiful life has to offer. We facilitate your own inner healing intelligence by providing you with empowering resources because YOU know better than anyone else exactly what it is that you need to take the next step… and in this process you will evolve with a greater sense of purpose and fortitude. We will use the most common-sense, compassionate, evidence-based methods to help you achieve transformation toward your own personal evolution.
(954) 780-8492 View (954) 780-8492
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Ivy Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Borderline, bipolar, etc. My sessions are judgment-free and open-minded, and I allow my patients to speak their truth without any shame/judgment
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Borderline, bipolar, etc. My sessions are judgment-free and open-minded, and I allow my patients to speak their truth without any shame/judgment
(689) 407-8023 View (689) 407-8023

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Oakland Park, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Oakland Park, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
80% Stress
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

27 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Oakland Park, FL see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oakland Park?

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.