Psychiatrists in Ormond Beach, FL

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Florida Counseling Network
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, CAP, CGAC, CET, SAP
Verified Verified
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Florida Counseling Network, LLC (FCN) is a rapidly growing agency providing a service delivery system in which behavioral health care is coordinated with medical care. We offer a wide array of on-site services, including evaluation and medication management, individual counseling, group counseling, and case-management. We also provide linkage to on-site cardiology, nephrology, and dental services.
Florida Counseling Network, LLC (FCN) is a rapidly growing agency providing a service delivery system in which behavioral health care is coordinated with medical care. We offer a wide array of on-site services, including evaluation and medication management, individual counseling, group counseling, and case-management. We also provide linkage to on-site cardiology, nephrology, and dental services.
(386) 222-6678 View (386) 222-6678
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Tarek Aly
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Ormond Beach, FL 32174  (Online Only)
I believe medicine and mental health can be both evidence-based and practical. It’s easy to look around and get frustrated with the “medicine first” mentality- a quick fix to treating the complexities of psychiatric diagnoses. I take a conservative but evidence- based approach to medication management with the belief that the path to better mental health and functioning is a mosaic- a multidisciplinary approach including lifestyle changes, therapy, and pharmacological management when appropriate. Please visit mosaicpsychiatry.com for more info -
I believe medicine and mental health can be both evidence-based and practical. It’s easy to look around and get frustrated with the “medicine first” mentality- a quick fix to treating the complexities of psychiatric diagnoses. I take a conservative but evidence- based approach to medication management with the belief that the path to better mental health and functioning is a mosaic- a multidisciplinary approach including lifestyle changes, therapy, and pharmacological management when appropriate. Please visit mosaicpsychiatry.com for more info -
(407) 906-3755 View (407) 906-3755
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Marcia Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Ormond Beach, FL 32176  (Online Only)
Looking to get crystal clear about your symptoms & how they're affecting your life? I support ambitious adults with ADHD or other mental health conditions, who are frustrated with feeling stuck & scattered in their professional & personal lives. I've worked with 100s of clients who show up hating themselves because their brain keeps getting in the way of their ambitions, and they end up feeling like a failure. After working with me, my clients are able to replace self-doubt and stress, with enhanced focus and confidence, empowering them to pursue and accomplish their life goals and make the impact they've always wanted to make.
Looking to get crystal clear about your symptoms & how they're affecting your life? I support ambitious adults with ADHD or other mental health conditions, who are frustrated with feeling stuck & scattered in their professional & personal lives. I've worked with 100s of clients who show up hating themselves because their brain keeps getting in the way of their ambitions, and they end up feeling like a failure. After working with me, my clients are able to replace self-doubt and stress, with enhanced focus and confidence, empowering them to pursue and accomplish their life goals and make the impact they've always wanted to make.
(386) 433-8449 View (386) 433-8449
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HavenNexus Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ormond Beach, FL 32175
At HavenNexus Family Psychiatry, we utilize an integrative and personalized approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients across the lifespan with medication management, starting from age 6 to adulthood. Each patient's treatment plan is individualized as there is no one size fits all. We are open 7 days a week to accommodate patient's needs and motivate patients to play an active role in their journey towards mental wellness.
At HavenNexus Family Psychiatry, we utilize an integrative and personalized approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients across the lifespan with medication management, starting from age 6 to adulthood. Each patient's treatment plan is individualized as there is no one size fits all. We are open 7 days a week to accommodate patient's needs and motivate patients to play an active role in their journey towards mental wellness.
(386) 465-3454 View (386) 465-3454
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Sunshine Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ormond Beach, FL 32174  (Online Only)
My name is Rhonda, I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing individualized care through a holistic and person-centered approach. I believe each person is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness by formulating a treatment plan that best fits the individual. I pride myself in providing my patients with a treatment approach that is warm and compassionate, with a goal of delivering individualized, holistic, and evidence-based psychiatric care for clients in Florida who are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, down, or with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD.
My name is Rhonda, I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing individualized care through a holistic and person-centered approach. I believe each person is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness by formulating a treatment plan that best fits the individual. I pride myself in providing my patients with a treatment approach that is warm and compassionate, with a goal of delivering individualized, holistic, and evidence-based psychiatric care for clients in Florida who are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, down, or with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD.
(386) 230-9534 View (386) 230-9534
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Dr. Jared T. Ritter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
My patients start with a goal for their brain health. This is one of the most important steps in getting a bearing and discovering the best path forward. How is your brain? What's it doing well? What could be improved? Is there anything that you would like to change in terms of how you think, feel, or behave? After completing a new patient evaluation, we will work together to develop a plan of care that is based upon your brain health goal. The brain is complex, and finding a solution to improve its functioning and your quality of life is a journey you don't have to go at alone.
My patients start with a goal for their brain health. This is one of the most important steps in getting a bearing and discovering the best path forward. How is your brain? What's it doing well? What could be improved? Is there anything that you would like to change in terms of how you think, feel, or behave? After completing a new patient evaluation, we will work together to develop a plan of care that is based upon your brain health goal. The brain is complex, and finding a solution to improve its functioning and your quality of life is a journey you don't have to go at alone.
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Insight Psychiatric Services PA
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ormond Beach, FL 32176  (Online Only)
Insight Psychiatric Services, PA, offers high-quality mental health care that patients can rely on. Experienced board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Kevin Joseph, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides time-limited therapy and medication management virtually throughout the state of Florida.
Insight Psychiatric Services, PA, offers high-quality mental health care that patients can rely on. Experienced board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Kevin Joseph, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides time-limited therapy and medication management virtually throughout the state of Florida.
(954) 466-3354 View (954) 466-3354

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Brandi Starks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CLC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Are you a woman that typically has it all together, but recently you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joys of life have been wiped out by anxiety and depression. Maybe you are a mother who is struggling to manage your new normal and you feel disconnected from your baby and family? Possibly you have trauma surrounding your birth experience. Perhaps you’re a father who can’t seem to control your mood swings, and you’ve found yourself constantly on “edge”. Maybe a parent struggling and seeking help for a child that has ADHD and behavioral issues.
Are you a woman that typically has it all together, but recently you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joys of life have been wiped out by anxiety and depression. Maybe you are a mother who is struggling to manage your new normal and you feel disconnected from your baby and family? Possibly you have trauma surrounding your birth experience. Perhaps you’re a father who can’t seem to control your mood swings, and you’ve found yourself constantly on “edge”. Maybe a parent struggling and seeking help for a child that has ADHD and behavioral issues.
(346) 584-3299 View (346) 584-3299
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Cindy S Wright
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114  (Online Only)
Dr. Wright has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. Her patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that she provides each of her patients. Dr. Wright has had many years of experience working in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and treats the whole person and not just the symptoms. She believes that patients should have a role in their treatment plan. NOW SCHEDULING VIDEO CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Dr. Wright has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. Her patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that she provides each of her patients. Dr. Wright has had many years of experience working in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and treats the whole person and not just the symptoms. She believes that patients should have a role in their treatment plan. NOW SCHEDULING VIDEO CONFERENCE SESSIONS
(904) 490-6506 View (904) 490-6506
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Marvalee Allison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Daytona Beach, FL 32114  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.I have worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse centers, Long Term Care, and outpatient psychiatric centers. My experiences include but are not limited to Women's Health psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideations, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, substance abuse, PTSD , Dementia with behavioral disturbances, TBI, and ADHD.
Hello, my name is Marvalee Allison. I am Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I provide tele-psychiatry services for patients 18 years old and above.I have worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance abuse centers, Long Term Care, and outpatient psychiatric centers. My experiences include but are not limited to Women's Health psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideations, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, substance abuse, PTSD , Dementia with behavioral disturbances, TBI, and ADHD.
(954) 519-7385 View (954) 519-7385
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Yadira Nogueras Rosado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32117  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
(904) 977-2771 View (904) 977-2771
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Safir Azam Md Telpsychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32115  (Online Only)
In my care will mean you have direct access to me 24/7 (except when I am asleep). I beleive in seamless communication and excellence in providing treatment . I completed my Residency trainings at Royal London Hospital UK , SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn NY , and a fellowship year at UF. Please make sure you are choosing the best educated doctor for your care bc Psychiatry Physicians have the most extensive training to treat Anxiety, ADHD depressed. Mood , PMS, Bipolar, Sleep issues &most Psychiatric conditions. I believe in the Science of medications and the Arts of Psychotherapy. I believe in enhancing the productivity.
In my care will mean you have direct access to me 24/7 (except when I am asleep). I beleive in seamless communication and excellence in providing treatment . I completed my Residency trainings at Royal London Hospital UK , SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn NY , and a fellowship year at UF. Please make sure you are choosing the best educated doctor for your care bc Psychiatry Physicians have the most extensive training to treat Anxiety, ADHD depressed. Mood , PMS, Bipolar, Sleep issues &most Psychiatric conditions. I believe in the Science of medications and the Arts of Psychotherapy. I believe in enhancing the productivity.
(941) 676-9725 View (941) 676-9725
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable personalized services to everyone. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Medicare and insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable personalized services to everyone. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Medicare and insurances
(833) 653-5203 View (833) 653-5203
Junaid Hashim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
I am a board certified psychiatrist with many years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient practice settings. I have completed a fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry and also have experience in consultations and ongoing continuum care. I offer telepsychiatry appointments and am experienced in a variety of mental health conditions.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with many years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient practice settings. I have completed a fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry and also have experience in consultations and ongoing continuum care. I offer telepsychiatry appointments and am experienced in a variety of mental health conditions.
(716) 412-2110 View (716) 412-2110
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Heather Brathwaite
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric ARNP at One-Stop Psychiatric Clinic, Dr. Heather Brathwaite has the expertise and experience of treating patients for more than 20 years. She brings a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients. Her clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for outpatients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illnesses and co-occurring disorders.
As a Psychiatric ARNP at One-Stop Psychiatric Clinic, Dr. Heather Brathwaite has the expertise and experience of treating patients for more than 20 years. She brings a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients. Her clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for outpatients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illnesses and co-occurring disorders.
(954) 289-5078 View (954) 289-5078
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Riaz Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Dr. Riaz Rahman is a Board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and has a combined 24 years of experience practicing in both fields. Taking care of all ages and all spheres of mental illness including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, gender identity disorders etc. Dr. Rahman graduated from Dow medical university with honors, where he received his medical degree. after completing his two residencies, he served in directorship roles at various institutions, hospitals, and long term care facilities.
Dr. Riaz Rahman is a Board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and has a combined 24 years of experience practicing in both fields. Taking care of all ages and all spheres of mental illness including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, gender identity disorders etc. Dr. Rahman graduated from Dow medical university with honors, where he received his medical degree. after completing his two residencies, he served in directorship roles at various institutions, hospitals, and long term care facilities.
(321) 445-1725 View (321) 445-1725
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach, FL 32114  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Kim Kroeger-Bushell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118
This is where hope and resilience meets HEALING. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. I implement a blend of integrative and holistic approaches to find the best treatment for a brighter future. Services I provide are: Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, monitoring of treatment progress, psychoeducation on medications and their effects, consultations with therapists.
This is where hope and resilience meets HEALING. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. I implement a blend of integrative and holistic approaches to find the best treatment for a brighter future. Services I provide are: Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, monitoring of treatment progress, psychoeducation on medications and their effects, consultations with therapists.
(386) 223-1877 View (386) 223-1877
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Vivid Minds Mental Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Daytona Beach, FL 32117  (Online Only)
Vivid Minds Mental Care was founded to provide comprehensive, individualized, modern and convenient mental health care. We believe that accessibility is key to effective care and long-lasting positive outcomes; therefore, providing telepsychiatry/telehealth services with a warm touch. We pride ourselves in prioritizing our patients' time and providing comfort and privacy when our patients need it most. We stride to instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that encourages patients to embrace psychiatric care and achieve treatment outcomes through patient-provider partnerships.
Vivid Minds Mental Care was founded to provide comprehensive, individualized, modern and convenient mental health care. We believe that accessibility is key to effective care and long-lasting positive outcomes; therefore, providing telepsychiatry/telehealth services with a warm touch. We pride ourselves in prioritizing our patients' time and providing comfort and privacy when our patients need it most. We stride to instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that encourages patients to embrace psychiatric care and achieve treatment outcomes through patient-provider partnerships.
(407) 809-1098 View (407) 809-1098
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Evencare Psychiatric and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
How would you feel if your constant mood swings and anxiety suddenly disappear? Are you finding it difficult to maintain relationship because of unstable mood. How would you love to finally be able to focus and get task done? Dr Abi Somorin is accepting new patients. He is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric provider with wide experience both inpatient and outpatient treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, Dr 'Abi' got his doctorate from the Florida State University and he has more than a decade experience in psychiatry.
How would you feel if your constant mood swings and anxiety suddenly disappear? Are you finding it difficult to maintain relationship because of unstable mood. How would you love to finally be able to focus and get task done? Dr Abi Somorin is accepting new patients. He is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric provider with wide experience both inpatient and outpatient treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, Dr 'Abi' got his doctorate from the Florida State University and he has more than a decade experience in psychiatry.
(386) 854-4406 View (386) 854-4406

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ormond Beach, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ormond Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Medication Management
43% Child

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Ormond Beach, FL see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ormond Beach?

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.