Psychiatrists in Palm Harbor, FL

Photo of Kate Scanlan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Kate Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Kate Scanlan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience working with all ages in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Kate typically treats depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, anger management, insomnia, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. She takes pride in working with patients to create a plan of care together to ensure the patient is fully involved in their own care.
Kate Scanlan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience working with all ages in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Kate typically treats depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, anger management, insomnia, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. She takes pride in working with patients to create a plan of care together to ensure the patient is fully involved in their own care.
(727) 496-6983 View (727) 496-6983
Photo of Darren M. Rothschild, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Darren M. Rothschild
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
My approach is to understand and treat the whole person by recognizing their unique set of circumstances, conflicts, strengths, and background. I tailor treatment plans to each individual's unique presentation after careful evaluation of their biological, psychological, and social makeup. Such treatment plans integrate the latest evidence for the best treatments. Treatment recommendations might include psychotherapy, medications, and/or suggestions for lifestyle changes. I often serve as the psychotherapist for my clients but also enjoy serving as a psychiatric consultant to individuals engaged in psychotherapy elsewhere.
My approach is to understand and treat the whole person by recognizing their unique set of circumstances, conflicts, strengths, and background. I tailor treatment plans to each individual's unique presentation after careful evaluation of their biological, psychological, and social makeup. Such treatment plans integrate the latest evidence for the best treatments. Treatment recommendations might include psychotherapy, medications, and/or suggestions for lifestyle changes. I often serve as the psychotherapist for my clients but also enjoy serving as a psychiatric consultant to individuals engaged in psychotherapy elsewhere.
(727) 786-8000 View (727) 786-8000
Photo of Jeanne R Botz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Jeanne R Botz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
At Building New Horizons I specialize in adult psychiatric medication management (we do not offer therapy).
At Building New Horizons I specialize in adult psychiatric medication management (we do not offer therapy).
(727) 291-4383 x1 View (727) 291-4383 x1
Photo of Sharon Krieger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Sharon Krieger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS, BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Come in and "Build New Horizons" by "Creating a Better Brain" in person, or by a Virtual Visit now! My hope for all patients I see , is that I help you to “build new horizons” and at some point, no longer need my services, or need them minimally. So I approach an Individual broadly to examine any and all causes for symptoms, including looking at Medical Causes for Psychiatric Symptoms. If a Brainmap is indicated, that can be part of the Assessment along with DNA Testing. Then I use a wide array of Treatment Modalities such as Biofeedback, Medications, and Psychotherapy. Be sure to visit us at www.sharonkreiger.com as well.
Come in and "Build New Horizons" by "Creating a Better Brain" in person, or by a Virtual Visit now! My hope for all patients I see , is that I help you to “build new horizons” and at some point, no longer need my services, or need them minimally. So I approach an Individual broadly to examine any and all causes for symptoms, including looking at Medical Causes for Psychiatric Symptoms. If a Brainmap is indicated, that can be part of the Assessment along with DNA Testing. Then I use a wide array of Treatment Modalities such as Biofeedback, Medications, and Psychotherapy. Be sure to visit us at www.sharonkreiger.com as well.
(727) 677-5253 View (727) 677-5253
Photo of Lisa French, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Lisa French
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Lisa works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Lisa believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Lisa works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Lisa believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 761-4517 View (727) 761-4517
Photo of Risoldi Wellness Group/Just Psych, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Risoldi Wellness Group/Just Psych, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, A-APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
The 1st Psychiatric Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida. We do telehealth throughout Florida and in-person visits specializing in psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and talk therapy with spa features. In a world of so much uncertainty, it is important to have someone to talk to, gain insight, guidance or just to talk. Memberships available or ala carte for Salt Floats and Spa, Psychiatry, TMS and Therapy $125-$300 per session. Taking new patients!
The 1st Psychiatric Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida. We do telehealth throughout Florida and in-person visits specializing in psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and talk therapy with spa features. In a world of so much uncertainty, it is important to have someone to talk to, gain insight, guidance or just to talk. Memberships available or ala carte for Salt Floats and Spa, Psychiatry, TMS and Therapy $125-$300 per session. Taking new patients!
(727) 334-0384 View (727) 334-0384
Photo of Noel Patrick Hamilton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Noel Patrick Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
(813) 321-4386 View (813) 321-4386
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Ron Lopez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683  (Online Only)
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
(727) 231-6257 View (727) 231-6257
Photo of Melissa Aull, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Melissa Aull
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Melissa Aull, PMHNP Melissa Aull is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Petersburg College, a Master of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health, from the University of Cincinnati. Melissa believes in a treatment philosophy where clients can expect an open, honest atmosphere that promotes learning, understanding the client's history, and building a rapport for establishing a therapeutic relationship and developing strategies for improved mental health.
Melissa Aull, PMHNP Melissa Aull is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Petersburg College, a Master of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and a Post-Master's Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health, from the University of Cincinnati. Melissa believes in a treatment philosophy where clients can expect an open, honest atmosphere that promotes learning, understanding the client's history, and building a rapport for establishing a therapeutic relationship and developing strategies for improved mental health.
(727) 205-7284 View (727) 205-7284
Photo of Meshandra Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Meshandra Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
I am here to help establish a rapport to better understand and help the patient to understand their mental illness, then help them understand the best treatment options to treat their disorder.
I am here to help establish a rapport to better understand and help the patient to understand their mental illness, then help them understand the best treatment options to treat their disorder.
(941) 336-6166 View (941) 336-6166
Photo of Sidhu Psychiatric Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Sidhu Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
I believe everybody has a potential to thrive for exceptional mental health throughout their lifespan. My goal is to be capable to offer culturally competent and individualized support to my patients. My promise is to be able to provide compassionate, kind, and sincere care to those who are contending to sustain positive psychological wellbeing.
I believe everybody has a potential to thrive for exceptional mental health throughout their lifespan. My goal is to be capable to offer culturally competent and individualized support to my patients. My promise is to be able to provide compassionate, kind, and sincere care to those who are contending to sustain positive psychological wellbeing.
(727) 382-1383 View (727) 382-1383
Photo of Mariana Delgado, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Mariana Delgado
Psychiatrist, MD, BA
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Now Accepting New Patients. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Tired of battling with depression and anxiety? When you've tried to seek help in the past, have you felt that your concerns were not adequately addressed? Dr. Delgado maintains a cozy, warm and welcoming office in the quaint and tranquil City of Safety Harbor. She prides herself on giving her patients the gift of time. You will not feel rushed in her presence. During your session you will be given enough time to express your concerns and you will leave feeling heard, understood, and respected.
Now Accepting New Patients. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Tired of battling with depression and anxiety? When you've tried to seek help in the past, have you felt that your concerns were not adequately addressed? Dr. Delgado maintains a cozy, warm and welcoming office in the quaint and tranquil City of Safety Harbor. She prides herself on giving her patients the gift of time. You will not feel rushed in her presence. During your session you will be given enough time to express your concerns and you will leave feeling heard, understood, and respected.
(727) 233-5312 View (727) 233-5312
Photo of Dinar Sajan, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(727) 280-5917 View (727) 280-5917
Photo of Aundrea Guillaume-Sponsel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Aundrea Guillaume-Sponsel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
(727) 855-8394 View (727) 855-8394
Photo of Robert Nicholas Brady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Robert Nicholas Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
(941) 541-2963 View (941) 541-2963
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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) 329-8874 View (352) 329-8874
Photo of Rozalyn Oliver, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Rozalyn Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Rozalyn Oliver is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 20 years of bedside nursing experience. She began her nursing career in her teens, working as a nursing assistant. In 2006, she graduated from Walters State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, enabling her to work and grow as a registered nurse for many years. In 2021, she graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Her experience, which includes 11 years of travel nursing, has enabled her to work with a variety of populations with varying backgrounds and cultures.
Rozalyn Oliver is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with nearly 20 years of bedside nursing experience. She began her nursing career in her teens, working as a nursing assistant. In 2006, she graduated from Walters State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, enabling her to work and grow as a registered nurse for many years. In 2021, she graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Her experience, which includes 11 years of travel nursing, has enabled her to work with a variety of populations with varying backgrounds and cultures.
(423) 379-2659 View (423) 379-2659
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Palm Harbor, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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) 706-9368 View (352) 706-9368
Photo of Courtney Tibbetts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Courtney Tibbetts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34685  (Online Only)
Courtney Tibbetts, PMHNP- BC, helps patients explore their feelings, behaviors, and thoughts, with the goal of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of mental health problems. She treatments patient with a wide range of disorders including depression, ADHD, anxiety, personality disorder, and PTSD.
Courtney Tibbetts, PMHNP- BC, helps patients explore their feelings, behaviors, and thoughts, with the goal of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of mental health problems. She treatments patient with a wide range of disorders including depression, ADHD, anxiety, personality disorder, and PTSD.
(727) 591-7745 View (727) 591-7745
Photo of Travis Taylor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palm Harbor, FL
Travis Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, EMTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
(321) 405-1979 View (321) 405-1979

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Palm Harbor, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$249

Psychiatrists in Palm Harbor, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
95% ADHD
90% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Aetna
83% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Palm Harbor, FL see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palm Harbor?

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.