Psychiatrists in Okaloosa County, FL

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Photo of Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mary Esther, FL 32569
Waitlist for new clients
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time.
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time.
(850) 204-9390 View (850) 204-9390
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Okaloosa County, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547  (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.
(850) 290-0293 View (850) 290-0293
Photo of Andrea Lloyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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 Cassia Schmid, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
Cassia Schmid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mary Esther, FL 32569
My ideal client is someone that is seeking a provider that listens and care about them. Someone that knows that a pill doesn't solve all their problems, and is willing to put in the work on their relationships, diet, and physical activity to achieve their mental health goals.
My ideal client is someone that is seeking a provider that listens and care about them. Someone that knows that a pill doesn't solve all their problems, and is willing to put in the work on their relationships, diet, and physical activity to achieve their mental health goals.
(850) 990-0944 View (850) 990-0944
Photo of Kristen Peterman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
Kristen Peterman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kristen Peterman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Texas-Arlington and graduated with her master’s degree from Wilkes University.
Kristen Peterman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Texas-Arlington and graduated with her master’s degree from Wilkes University.
(850) 203-5820 View (850) 203-5820
Photo of Dr. Leigh Powers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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 Rachael Patterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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 Tara Kidd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
Tara Kidd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tara Kidd is a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides care to patients struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and other behavioral and mood disorders. She is a member of the American Nurse Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Tara Kidd is a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides care to patients struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and other behavioral and mood disorders. She is a member of the American Nurse Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and International Association of Forensic Nurses.
(850) 613-1651 View (850) 613-1651
Photo of JourneyPure Behavioral Health Counseling, Psychiatrist in Okaloosa County, FL
JourneyPure Behavioral Health Counseling
Psychiatrist, Alcohol, & Drugs
Verified Verified
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
(850) 779-9233 View (850) 779-9233
Photo of Lorraine Black, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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
Photo of Summer Sievert, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
Summer Sievert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crestview, FL 32536  (Online Only)
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
(386) 227-6050 View (386) 227-6050
Photo of Melissa Richmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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 Dr. Elizabeth Ault, Psychiatrist in Okaloosa County, 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 Therese J Calabrese, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
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
Photo of Angela Doughty Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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
Photo of Orion Behavioral Health Network, Psychiatrist in Okaloosa County, FL
Orion Behavioral Health Network
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544  (Online Only)
Northwest Florida, Central Florida and South Florida: we are here for you via virtual house call. Our services include a thorough evaluation which will include an initial diagnostic impression via virtual medicine. Our office will provide you with patient education and our reccomendations for additions to your current treatment plan, and may serve as a complement to the current treatment team. We are a multidisciplinary team and utilize multiple modalities for patient care with virtual medicine. Orion Behavioral Health Network provides comprehensive behavioral assessment from a care team.
Northwest Florida, Central Florida and South Florida: we are here for you via virtual house call. Our services include a thorough evaluation which will include an initial diagnostic impression via virtual medicine. Our office will provide you with patient education and our reccomendations for additions to your current treatment plan, and may serve as a complement to the current treatment team. We are a multidisciplinary team and utilize multiple modalities for patient care with virtual medicine. Orion Behavioral Health Network provides comprehensive behavioral assessment from a care team.
(727) 308-6753 View (727) 308-6753
Photo of Dr. Randy Neil, Psychiatrist in Okaloosa County, FL
Dr. Randy Neil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Board Certified provider accepting Tricare, Florida Blue, Cigna Insurance patients. As a Medical Doctor (MD), my goal is working with individuals and helping them 'moving forward'. We are often limited by by own beliefs and sometimes achieve only a fraction of what we are capable because of the "old story" we tell ourselves. When it come to medications, I will ask "what is your long term goal" and work from there... Let's have the tough conversation on front end - This is NOT a practice prescribing benzodiazepines long term. If you feel it might be a good fit, then you can go to website and fill out patient intake form.
Board Certified provider accepting Tricare, Florida Blue, Cigna Insurance patients. As a Medical Doctor (MD), my goal is working with individuals and helping them 'moving forward'. We are often limited by by own beliefs and sometimes achieve only a fraction of what we are capable because of the "old story" we tell ourselves. When it come to medications, I will ask "what is your long term goal" and work from there... Let's have the tough conversation on front end - This is NOT a practice prescribing benzodiazepines long term. If you feel it might be a good fit, then you can go to website and fill out patient intake form.
(850) 752-1040 View (850) 752-1040
Photo of Nicole Calleiro Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
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
Photo of A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, FL
A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
My journey into the world of mental health care began with a deep desire to understand the complexities of the human mind and support those who face challenges in their daily lives. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I've dedicated my career to fostering compassion, resilience, and growth in each of my patients. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to navigate the sometimes tumultuous landscape of mental health, walk alongside them as they discover their inner strength and potential.
My journey into the world of mental health care began with a deep desire to understand the complexities of the human mind and support those who face challenges in their daily lives. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I've dedicated my career to fostering compassion, resilience, and growth in each of my patients. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to navigate the sometimes tumultuous landscape of mental health, walk alongside them as they discover their inner strength and potential.
(863) 265-5990 View (863) 265-5990
Photo of Affordable Psychiatry Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Okaloosa County, 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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Okaloosa County, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Psychiatrists in Okaloosa County, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Medication Management
76% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Okaloosa County, FL see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Okaloosa County?

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

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

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

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

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

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

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

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

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

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

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

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

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

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

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