Psychiatrists in Plantation, FL

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Marvalee Allison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plantation, FL 33324  (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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Leonie Sistrat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plantation, FL 33324  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my priority is patient safety and to restore a sense of functionality back into the lives of my patients. Many people deal with daily challenges that may become overwhelming and may impact several areas of our lives. Together we will devise a treatment plan based on your individual needs that will restore you back to good mental health.
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my priority is patient safety and to restore a sense of functionality back into the lives of my patients. Many people deal with daily challenges that may become overwhelming and may impact several areas of our lives. Together we will devise a treatment plan based on your individual needs that will restore you back to good mental health.
(954) 758-7495 View (954) 758-7495
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Monarch Mental Health & Wellness Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
When an individual is exposed to trauma or any significant life events, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Our greatest passion is working with individuals who have been impacted by these events and helping them to rebuild their ideal self-image. We find great pride in helping individuals to achieve healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthening their interpersonal relationships. There's no single approach in helping individuals achieve their optimal mental aptitude. We're always patient, provide a non-judgmental environment with clinicians that listen to your concerns and strive to give optimal service to all.
When an individual is exposed to trauma or any significant life events, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Our greatest passion is working with individuals who have been impacted by these events and helping them to rebuild their ideal self-image. We find great pride in helping individuals to achieve healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthening their interpersonal relationships. There's no single approach in helping individuals achieve their optimal mental aptitude. We're always patient, provide a non-judgmental environment with clinicians that listen to your concerns and strive to give optimal service to all.
(754) 704-5338 View (754) 704-5338
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Jardin Deden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33323
Together, we shall aid the sheep's commander in navigating more effectively. A sound mind benefits the physical, mental, and social aspects of the entire being. Jardin Deden is an experienced provider who comprehends how to respond swiftly to the agonizing needs of those who are psychologically unbalanced, such as those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADH, and others. Managing comorbidities constitutes our area of expertise. We utilized evidence-based practice to assist the patient in comprehending the reasoning behind the daily chemical imbalance challenge.
Together, we shall aid the sheep's commander in navigating more effectively. A sound mind benefits the physical, mental, and social aspects of the entire being. Jardin Deden is an experienced provider who comprehends how to respond swiftly to the agonizing needs of those who are psychologically unbalanced, such as those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADH, and others. Managing comorbidities constitutes our area of expertise. We utilized evidence-based practice to assist the patient in comprehending the reasoning behind the daily chemical imbalance challenge.
(954) 787-1499 View (954) 787-1499
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Alicia Maria Ciliezar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
My philosophy for practice is based on fundamental principles of unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and understanding. Each individual seeking mental health care presents unique life-long experiences and challenges. Therefore, their healing journey is equally unique and inherently valuable. Through a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to optimize your mental wellness while building an environment of trust, safety & acceptance. Obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2017 from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Florida International University. I speak English &Spanish.
My philosophy for practice is based on fundamental principles of unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and understanding. Each individual seeking mental health care presents unique life-long experiences and challenges. Therefore, their healing journey is equally unique and inherently valuable. Through a therapeutic relationship, my goal is to optimize your mental wellness while building an environment of trust, safety & acceptance. Obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2017 from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Nursing Degree from Florida International University. I speak English &Spanish.
(786) 442-5021 View (786) 442-5021
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Dr. Nina Edelman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in direct patient care. As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, I have the highest level of education in my field. I have strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and patient values. I believe in treating the person as a whole and am passionate about helping my patients achieve optimal mental and physical health.
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in direct patient care. As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, I have the highest level of education in my field. I have strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and patient values. I believe in treating the person as a whole and am passionate about helping my patients achieve optimal mental and physical health.
(786) 661-3046 View (786) 661-3046
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Janique Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plantation, FL 33324  (Online Only)
Is it difficult finding a provider that you are able to build a connection with or are you having bad experiences with providers who are unreliable? Being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I know that those relationships you build are so important. I will work very closely with you to build an individualize treatment approach, that will help you to create a balance in your life. I have extensive experience in medication management for many mental health concerns. I am here to advocate, guide, educate, support, mentor and empower you every step of the way so that you can accomplish all your goals.
Is it difficult finding a provider that you are able to build a connection with or are you having bad experiences with providers who are unreliable? Being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I know that those relationships you build are so important. I will work very closely with you to build an individualize treatment approach, that will help you to create a balance in your life. I have extensive experience in medication management for many mental health concerns. I am here to advocate, guide, educate, support, mentor and empower you every step of the way so that you can accomplish all your goals.
(954) 519-4302 View (954) 519-4302
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David Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
David Gavin, MD, MS attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for medical school, residency, and graduate school. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed reports on addiction disorders and schizophrenia and received VA and NIH funding. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients and training residents to treat patients with various psychiatric disorders. In addition, he has received numerous awards, including UIC Departmental Faculty of the Year, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, and APIRE/AstraZeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry Award.
David Gavin, MD, MS attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for medical school, residency, and graduate school. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed reports on addiction disorders and schizophrenia and received VA and NIH funding. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients and training residents to treat patients with various psychiatric disorders. In addition, he has received numerous awards, including UIC Departmental Faculty of the Year, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, and APIRE/AstraZeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry Award.
(954) 799-5763 View (954) 799-5763
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Philippe Carrie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324  (Online Only)
Dr. Carrie is an experienced, board-certified psychiatrist who aims to provide the best form of care for clients looking for medication intervention. He is part of a boutique division of Plantation Counseling and Wellness. You can find out more about him, scheduling, services, etc. at plantationpsychiatrist.com. The practice in Plantation, FL has been operating for over 15 years and because a portion of patients benefits from medication, Dr. Carrie was added to the team! Dr. Carrie can see patients throughout the state of Florida and offer convenient telehealth video visits.
Dr. Carrie is an experienced, board-certified psychiatrist who aims to provide the best form of care for clients looking for medication intervention. He is part of a boutique division of Plantation Counseling and Wellness. You can find out more about him, scheduling, services, etc. at plantationpsychiatrist.com. The practice in Plantation, FL has been operating for over 15 years and because a portion of patients benefits from medication, Dr. Carrie was added to the team! Dr. Carrie can see patients throughout the state of Florida and offer convenient telehealth video visits.
(954) 388-9438 View (954) 388-9438
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Altia Landis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Plantation, FL 33324
Have you been experiencing persistent sadness, difficulties in concentrating and remembering things, and a loss of interest in activities that once brought you joy? Have your sleep patterns become disrupted, making it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep? You might also find yourself grappling with racing thoughts, changes in appetite, and heightened irritability. Has all of this led you to withdraw from social interactions and struggle with connecting with others? It's important to understand that these feelings and experiences are common in depression, and seeking help is a crucial step towards finding relief and support.
Have you been experiencing persistent sadness, difficulties in concentrating and remembering things, and a loss of interest in activities that once brought you joy? Have your sleep patterns become disrupted, making it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep? You might also find yourself grappling with racing thoughts, changes in appetite, and heightened irritability. Has all of this led you to withdraw from social interactions and struggle with connecting with others? It's important to understand that these feelings and experiences are common in depression, and seeking help is a crucial step towards finding relief and support.
(754) 704-8989 View (754) 704-8989
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Michelle Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
(754) 203-4386 View (754) 203-4386
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Alicia M Ciliezar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
I believe in psychiatric care that is humane and patient-centered. Together we work on a treatment plan that works for you and your goals! Understandably, opening to a stranger about past- trauma and current struggles is not easy…Therefore, my approach to psychiatric care is based on principles of humanistic care, unconditional acceptance and safety. Let’s begin your healing journey today.
I believe in psychiatric care that is humane and patient-centered. Together we work on a treatment plan that works for you and your goals! Understandably, opening to a stranger about past- trauma and current struggles is not easy…Therefore, my approach to psychiatric care is based on principles of humanistic care, unconditional acceptance and safety. Let’s begin your healing journey today.
(954) 287-1959 View (954) 287-1959
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Healed Minds Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33317
The ideal client in my practice is looking to establish psychiatric services or switch psychiatric providers. Although I provide medication management, I will also almost always recommend therapy with medications.
The ideal client in my practice is looking to establish psychiatric services or switch psychiatric providers. Although I provide medication management, I will also almost always recommend therapy with medications.
(954) 440-7809 View (954) 440-7809
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Adma Romans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324  (Online Only)
Dr. Wilson-Romans is Board - Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
Dr. Wilson-Romans is Board - Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama with certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
(786) 705-2207 View (786) 705-2207
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Plantation Psychiatry - Child, Teen & Adult
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plantation, FL 33317
I'm Dr. Philippe Carrie, MD, Lead Psychiatrist at Plantation Counseling & Wellness / Plantation Psychiatry. I'm extending a heartfelt invitation for you to connect with us. As you embark on this journey, I encourage you to explore the essence of our mental health practice by visiting www.PlantationPsychiatrist.com and www.LifeCounselor.net, where our devoted team awaits, eager to connect with you on a personal level to help you find the very best solutions to your mental health, emotional wellness, and relationship concerns.
I'm Dr. Philippe Carrie, MD, Lead Psychiatrist at Plantation Counseling & Wellness / Plantation Psychiatry. I'm extending a heartfelt invitation for you to connect with us. As you embark on this journey, I encourage you to explore the essence of our mental health practice by visiting www.PlantationPsychiatrist.com and www.LifeCounselor.net, where our devoted team awaits, eager to connect with you on a personal level to help you find the very best solutions to your mental health, emotional wellness, and relationship concerns.
(954) 953-0790 View (954) 953-0790
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Kathy Monroy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33324
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. I know it can be difficult to find yourself struggling with your emotions which in turn create disharmony, inhibition or unhappiness. These difficulties can feel overwhelming and affect every aspect of life from relationships to your work and daily activities. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we react the way we do and how to achieve a change in a deep and long lasting way.
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. I know it can be difficult to find yourself struggling with your emotions which in turn create disharmony, inhibition or unhappiness. These difficulties can feel overwhelming and affect every aspect of life from relationships to your work and daily activities. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why we react the way we do and how to achieve a change in a deep and long lasting way.
(954) 329-0817 View (954) 329-0817
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Caryn B Schorr
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33317
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. I treat adults who despite their innate capabilities are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, academics or career. Together our work focuses on identifying and dealing with those issues which are outside of awareness and are interfering with the freedom to succeed. Seeking therapy is often a difficult decision, but it can be one of the most important emotional investments you make.
(754) 704-4431 View (754) 704-4431
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Ruth Milstein
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, ARNP-BC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33323
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a degree in Mental Health Counseling. Licensed Fl & OR. I see all ages in the privacy of my office and by Video. I take a holistic approach to care and provide clients with unconditional positive regard. I am licensed to prescribe medications as well as provide psychotherapy or work in conjunction with your psychotherapist. Inpatient and outpatient experience. Experience with eating disorders, alcohol/ drug addiction, woman's issues, severe mental illness, and postpartum depression along with generalized anxiety, depression and ADHD.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a degree in Mental Health Counseling. Licensed Fl & OR. I see all ages in the privacy of my office and by Video. I take a holistic approach to care and provide clients with unconditional positive regard. I am licensed to prescribe medications as well as provide psychotherapy or work in conjunction with your psychotherapist. Inpatient and outpatient experience. Experience with eating disorders, alcohol/ drug addiction, woman's issues, severe mental illness, and postpartum depression along with generalized anxiety, depression and ADHD.
(954) 883-9141 View (954) 883-9141
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33311
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(754) 529-4355 View (754) 529-4355
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Dr. Barbara Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33322
Dr. Barrett believes that health is wealth, and that total health is achieved when mental health is also prioritized. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorally educated therapist. She provides mental health evaluations, therapy, medication management, and other client-specific treatment interventions and recommendations for clients across the life span for clients seeking relief from emotional and behavioral challenge. 
Dr. Barrett believes that health is wealth, and that total health is achieved when mental health is also prioritized. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorally educated therapist. She provides mental health evaluations, therapy, medication management, and other client-specific treatment interventions and recommendations for clients across the life span for clients seeking relief from emotional and behavioral challenge. 
(954) 231-0732 View (954) 231-0732

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Number of Psychiatrists in Plantation, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Plantation, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
74% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Coping Skills
52% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Plantation, FL see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Plantation?

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.