Psychiatrists in Palatka, FL

Photo of Rhonda Richardson - Sunshine Psychiatric Care, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sunshine Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palatka, FL 32177  (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
Photo of Mohammad Farooque, MD, PhD, ABPN, Psychiatrist
Mohammad Farooque
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Palatka, FL 32177
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist Medical Director of Craft Behavioral Health LLC and Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We treat Patients in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Most insurances accepted as well as cash patients. Treating all Psychiatric conditions and addiction. We accept Children, Adolescents, Adults and Senior Adults. If you are new patient you can click on "website" icon at top left corner. It will take you to appointment site. We also offer Medical Marijuana Treatment for eligible patients as well.
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist Medical Director of Craft Behavioral Health LLC and Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We treat Patients in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Most insurances accepted as well as cash patients. Treating all Psychiatric conditions and addiction. We accept Children, Adolescents, Adults and Senior Adults. If you are new patient you can click on "website" icon at top left corner. It will take you to appointment site. We also offer Medical Marijuana Treatment for eligible patients as well.
(904) 342-6037 View (904) 342-6037
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HavenNexus Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Palatka, FL 32177
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
Photo of Alicia Allen, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palatka, FL 32177  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
(904) 842-2657 View (904) 842-2657

Online Psychiatrists

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Curatif Behavioral Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32804  (Online Only)
Welcome to Curatif Behavioral Health, where your journey to emotional wealth begins. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan. Our practice treats adults who suffer with many disorders, including mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Other disorders we treat include pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD. At Curatif, we work with you so you gain a better understanding of your disorder, along with understanding options for treatment either through medication or psychotherapy.
Welcome to Curatif Behavioral Health, where your journey to emotional wealth begins. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan. Our practice treats adults who suffer with many disorders, including mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Other disorders we treat include pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD. At Curatif, we work with you so you gain a better understanding of your disorder, along with understanding options for treatment either through medication or psychotherapy.
(321) 455-8127 View (321) 455-8127
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Alexandra Hamlyn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Alexandra Hamlyn is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She then went on to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital. During this time, she also taught a course titled Love Actually at NYU School of Arts and Science.
Dr. Alexandra Hamlyn is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She then went on to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital. During this time, she also taught a course titled Love Actually at NYU School of Arts and Science.
(646) 736-4427 View (646) 736-4427
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Judeline Docteur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Hi, I'm Judeline Docteur, a psychiatric provider in Florida. Book with me now by clicking on my website. Many of my clients come to me feeling hopeless, emotionally overwhelmed, and misunderstood. I firmly believe that mental health is as critical as physical health. It influences all aspects of our day-to-day lives and our relationships. I specialize in assisting those who are dealing with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD. Often misunderstood by society, these conditions can be incredibly isolating for the individuals experiencing them.
Hi, I'm Judeline Docteur, a psychiatric provider in Florida. Book with me now by clicking on my website. Many of my clients come to me feeling hopeless, emotionally overwhelmed, and misunderstood. I firmly believe that mental health is as critical as physical health. It influences all aspects of our day-to-day lives and our relationships. I specialize in assisting those who are dealing with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD. Often misunderstood by society, these conditions can be incredibly isolating for the individuals experiencing them.
(321) 381-4795 x100 View (321) 381-4795 x100
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 203-5484 View (321) 203-5484
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Thayanne Delima-Tokarz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
(321) 300-2108 View (321) 300-2108
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Wesley Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32803
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
(689) 300-4011 View (689) 300-4011
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Angela Davenport
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
(904) 204-2495 View (904) 204-2495
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 268-9087 View (352) 268-9087
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Trinity Psychiatric Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
(407) 324-0484 View (407) 324-0484
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(561) 269-0783 View (561) 269-0783
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Elliott Richelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Dr. Richelson is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in clinical and basic neuropsychopharmacology. He provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults, with a focus on patients with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders. Dr. Richelson is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team, a private interdisciplinary behavioral health practice that offers a broad range individualized and empirically-based psychiatric, evaluation, and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE BEACH OFFICE.
Dr. Richelson is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in clinical and basic neuropsychopharmacology. He provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults, with a focus on patients with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders. Dr. Richelson is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team, a private interdisciplinary behavioral health practice that offers a broad range individualized and empirically-based psychiatric, evaluation, and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE BEACH OFFICE.
(904) 293-1585 View (904) 293-1585
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EPCS Telehealth | Morgan Nesmith MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winter Park, FL 32789  (Online Only)
Our practice specializes in online care for ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, and Depression. We offer psychiatric and therapy services across the state of FLORIDA, Monday - Saturday. Availabilities as soon as next week!
Our practice specializes in online care for ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, and Depression. We offer psychiatric and therapy services across the state of FLORIDA, Monday - Saturday. Availabilities as soon as next week!
(813) 548-6676 View (813) 548-6676
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Ashley Chatigny
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32206  (Online Only)
My name is Ashley Chatigny, DO and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to children and adults.I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include PTSD, mood disorders, and ADHD.
My name is Ashley Chatigny, DO and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to children and adults.I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include PTSD, mood disorders, and ADHD.
(904) 650-4341 View (904) 650-4341
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Psych by Tammy/Healthy Mindz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kissimmee, FL 34758  (Online Only)
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
(954) 800-2212 View (954) 800-2212
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32832
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.
(321) 415-3156 View (321) 415-3156
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D'Arthana Lorenzo Burrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Springs, FL 32708  (Online Only)
I enjoy collaborating with patients who are dealing with challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and men's health issues. My ideal patient has a strong desire to make positive lifestyle changes even if they lack the motivation to do so. That patient would be ok with me pushing them towards their goals but also comfortable with sharing with me the pace at which they are comfortable being pushed. My ideal patient understands the significance of a holistic approach to their wellness or is willing to learn, and believes that recovery is possible.
I enjoy collaborating with patients who are dealing with challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and men's health issues. My ideal patient has a strong desire to make positive lifestyle changes even if they lack the motivation to do so. That patient would be ok with me pushing them towards their goals but also comfortable with sharing with me the pace at which they are comfortable being pushed. My ideal patient understands the significance of a holistic approach to their wellness or is willing to learn, and believes that recovery is possible.
(321) 677-5188 View (321) 677-5188

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palatka, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palatka, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Palatka, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palatka?

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.