Psychiatrists in Saint Augustine, FL

Photo of Dr. Kamal Albright, Psychiatrist in Saint Augustine, FL
Dr. Kamal Albright
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
I’m a psychiatrist who specializes in providing integrative care to foster inner discovery and facilitate tangible change for all of my patients. To me, this means utilizing evidence-based psychotherapeutic methods with medication management as appropriate for achieving personal goals and inner wellness. My integrative knowledge base ensures that each patient’s physical, mental, and spiritual factors are considered holistically in their healing journey. I strive to make sessions collaborative, effective, meaningful, and empowering, for all of my clients. I also supervise psychiatry physicians in training at Orange Park HCA Hospital.
I’m a psychiatrist who specializes in providing integrative care to foster inner discovery and facilitate tangible change for all of my patients. To me, this means utilizing evidence-based psychotherapeutic methods with medication management as appropriate for achieving personal goals and inner wellness. My integrative knowledge base ensures that each patient’s physical, mental, and spiritual factors are considered holistically in their healing journey. I strive to make sessions collaborative, effective, meaningful, and empowering, for all of my clients. I also supervise psychiatry physicians in training at Orange Park HCA Hospital.
(904) 747-9780 View (904) 747-9780
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Sabrina Caceres
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Serving the psychiatric needs of children, adolescents and adults in St. Augustine and surrounding areas. Dr. Caceres provides comprehensive treatment specializing in ADHD, Anxiety and Depression and a variety of psychiatric diagnosis. Her method is to utilize evidence based medicine tailored to you as an individual. The need for medications or other services is assessed through a detailed medical, psychiatric and social evaluation. Evaluation is then followed by a collaborative discussion of treatment options.
Serving the psychiatric needs of children, adolescents and adults in St. Augustine and surrounding areas. Dr. Caceres provides comprehensive treatment specializing in ADHD, Anxiety and Depression and a variety of psychiatric diagnosis. Her method is to utilize evidence based medicine tailored to you as an individual. The need for medications or other services is assessed through a detailed medical, psychiatric and social evaluation. Evaluation is then followed by a collaborative discussion of treatment options.
(904) 495-7252 View (904) 495-7252
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Saira Saqib
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Currently Tele-Medicine appointments with prompt appointments. Treatment for PTSD, Unipolar and Bipolar Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Bariatric Surgery Pre- Surgical Evaluations, Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluation, Couples Therapy, Substance Abuse and much more. Online groups to come soon. Call 904-296-3113
Currently Tele-Medicine appointments with prompt appointments. Treatment for PTSD, Unipolar and Bipolar Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Bariatric Surgery Pre- Surgical Evaluations, Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluation, Couples Therapy, Substance Abuse and much more. Online groups to come soon. Call 904-296-3113
(904) 490-6860 View (904) 490-6860
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Lindsey Burd
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32095  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Over 10 years experience providing patient-centered mental health care to ages 6 years to 65 years. I work with you to offer holistic treatment, meaning you are treated as more than a diagnosis. Your lifestyle, unique challenges, and strengths are always considered. I work with patients to offer collaborative and integrative mental health care, with your needs and goals as part of the treatment plan. I offer personalized psychiatric care from the comfort of your own home via telepsychiatry.
Now Accepting New Patients! Over 10 years experience providing patient-centered mental health care to ages 6 years to 65 years. I work with you to offer holistic treatment, meaning you are treated as more than a diagnosis. Your lifestyle, unique challenges, and strengths are always considered. I work with patients to offer collaborative and integrative mental health care, with your needs and goals as part of the treatment plan. I offer personalized psychiatric care from the comfort of your own home via telepsychiatry.
(904) 454-8458 View (904) 454-8458
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Florida Center for TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Now Offering Medication Management and therapy! We are specialists in depression and anxiety. Stop just existing and start living! Our cutting edge treatments can help. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine (Spravato) are safe, FDA cleared treatments used to treat depression and covered by insurance. Contact us to learn more information or visit our website www.floridacenterfortms.com. Providing TMS in STA since 2017. Let our board certified, nationally known psychiatrists and well trained psychiatric NP/PA find treatment options for you. Three convenient locations: St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and downtown Orlando.
Now Offering Medication Management and therapy! We are specialists in depression and anxiety. Stop just existing and start living! Our cutting edge treatments can help. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine (Spravato) are safe, FDA cleared treatments used to treat depression and covered by insurance. Contact us to learn more information or visit our website www.floridacenterfortms.com. Providing TMS in STA since 2017. Let our board certified, nationally known psychiatrists and well trained psychiatric NP/PA find treatment options for you. Three convenient locations: St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and downtown Orlando.
(904) 495-7103 View (904) 495-7103
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Summit Pediatric Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Now open New 2nd Office at Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, Fl. Accepting New Patients AND No Long Wait Time! Jorge A. Diaz, M.D is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist seeing ages 4 to 24. If you're worried about your child's mental health, Dr. Diaz can provide an empathetic evaluation and evidence-based treatment to alleviate and prevent any worsening on symptoms. "As a father myself I like to answer any important question a parent might have about their child's current condition and to provide the best support. I believe in an individual care plan tailored to each patient".
Now open New 2nd Office at Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, Fl. Accepting New Patients AND No Long Wait Time! Jorge A. Diaz, M.D is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist seeing ages 4 to 24. If you're worried about your child's mental health, Dr. Diaz can provide an empathetic evaluation and evidence-based treatment to alleviate and prevent any worsening on symptoms. "As a father myself I like to answer any important question a parent might have about their child's current condition and to provide the best support. I believe in an individual care plan tailored to each patient".
(904) 584-3933 View (904) 584-3933
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 221-5817 View (321) 221-5817
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Jacqueline Henschke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Dr. Henschke is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. Dr. Henschke attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a 1 year internship in pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital. She completed her psychiatry residency at George Washington University and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University.
Dr. Henschke is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. Dr. Henschke attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a 1 year internship in pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital. She completed her psychiatry residency at George Washington University and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University.
(904) 587-4909 View (904) 587-4909
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Seymour Behavioral Health Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32092
I can help in many ways; first by providing an in depth psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations including integrative therapies and medication management strategies. I also provide a specialized form of therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the evidence-based treatment for disorders of emotional dysregulation. I can help with anxiety disorders using the Mastery of Anxiety and Panic exposure strategies, which bring lifelong relief from these disorders. I'm also trained and adept at DBT-PE, the DBT informed evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I can help in many ways; first by providing an in depth psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations including integrative therapies and medication management strategies. I also provide a specialized form of therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the evidence-based treatment for disorders of emotional dysregulation. I can help with anxiety disorders using the Mastery of Anxiety and Panic exposure strategies, which bring lifelong relief from these disorders. I'm also trained and adept at DBT-PE, the DBT informed evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(904) 344-0435 View (904) 344-0435
Photo of Patricia Gilliano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Augustine, FL
Patricia Gilliano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been in healthcare for over 25 years as a clinical nurse and executive leader. I have worked with many clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, Post COVID issues, grief, suffering, or self-image issues.
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been in healthcare for over 25 years as a clinical nurse and executive leader. I have worked with many clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, Post COVID issues, grief, suffering, or self-image issues.
(904) 467-4694 View (904) 467-4694
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Florida Center for TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Florida Center for TMS is a specialized psychiatry clinic that specializes in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as well as other advanced psychiatric treatments. Dr. Luing and Dr. Broder are board certified psychiatrists offering this FDA approved treatment to patients in St Johns, Duval, Clay, Putnam, and Flagler counties. TMS is approved by the FDA for treatment resistant depression and is covered by all major insurance including Medicare for this indication. TMS is also used for off label indications including anxiety, OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, and cognitive enhancement for an affordable cash pay rate.
Florida Center for TMS is a specialized psychiatry clinic that specializes in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as well as other advanced psychiatric treatments. Dr. Luing and Dr. Broder are board certified psychiatrists offering this FDA approved treatment to patients in St Johns, Duval, Clay, Putnam, and Flagler counties. TMS is approved by the FDA for treatment resistant depression and is covered by all major insurance including Medicare for this indication. TMS is also used for off label indications including anxiety, OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, and cognitive enhancement for an affordable cash pay rate.
(833) 651-1990 View (833) 651-1990
Photo of Magnolia Behavioral Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Augustine, FL
Magnolia Behavioral Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
I like to spend time getting to know a client. Listening is important to me. My focus is to help ensure we can get you to be your best self through optimizing ways in your daily life to find solutions. I look at sleep, nutrition, and movement, then talk about stressors and goals. Together we can come up with a plan to best fit your needs and get you to where you want to go. I use a combination of holistic approaches, medicine, and lifestyle changes to complement what you feel most comfortable doing and then work to get you there.
I like to spend time getting to know a client. Listening is important to me. My focus is to help ensure we can get you to be your best self through optimizing ways in your daily life to find solutions. I look at sleep, nutrition, and movement, then talk about stressors and goals. Together we can come up with a plan to best fit your needs and get you to where you want to go. I use a combination of holistic approaches, medicine, and lifestyle changes to complement what you feel most comfortable doing and then work to get you there.
(904) 877-4216 View (904) 877-4216
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084  (Online Only)
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.
(904) 746-9571 View (904) 746-9571
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32095
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(321) 392-6887 View (321) 392-6887
Photo of Jeremy Mirabile, Psychiatrist in Saint Augustine, FL
Jeremy Mirabile
Psychiatrist, MD, APBM, ADM, FASAM
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32080
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
(904) 342-5965 View (904) 342-5965
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Riaz Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32080
We are a new psychiatric clinic committed to helping the St. Johns community. Located just out side Nocatee and twenty minutes from St. Augustine on Phillips Highway (US1). If you are looking for caring, compassionate and ethical psychiatrist who deals with counseling and medication management, we can provide the care you need on a schedule that fits yours--no need to miss work or school. Give us a call. 904-834-8042.
We are a new psychiatric clinic committed to helping the St. Johns community. Located just out side Nocatee and twenty minutes from St. Augustine on Phillips Highway (US1). If you are looking for caring, compassionate and ethical psychiatrist who deals with counseling and medication management, we can provide the care you need on a schedule that fits yours--no need to miss work or school. Give us a call. 904-834-8042.
(904) 834-8042 View (904) 834-8042
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Jacksonville Psychiatric Association, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32092
New Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL. Same day appointments are available. Dr. Imtiaz Rasul is specialized both in Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. We are located just across from The Avenues mall. We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care.
New Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL. Same day appointments are available. Dr. Imtiaz Rasul is specialized both in Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. We are located just across from The Avenues mall. We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care.
(904) 406-7043 View (904) 406-7043
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Saint Augustine, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32092
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.
(561) 468-3958 View (561) 468-3958
Photo of James Tully, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Augustine, FL
James Tully
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32092
Mr. Tully graduated from Jacksonville University with a Masters in Nursing and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He currently works full time at an outpatient office, treating adults with mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, thought disorders, abuse, trauma, and behavioral issues.
Mr. Tully graduated from Jacksonville University with a Masters in Nursing and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He currently works full time at an outpatient office, treating adults with mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, thought disorders, abuse, trauma, and behavioral issues.
(904) 932-1206 View (904) 932-1206
Photo of Hailey Lafferty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Augustine, FL
Hailey Lafferty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32080
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental well being. I understand that our physical health and mental health are connected and heavily based upon our life experiences and genetics. I know that stability and healing require hard work and I want to partner alongside clients with education and shared decision making to help them become the healthiest versions of themselves. I have completed perinatal mental health training and I recognize the difficulties adjusting to motherhood, seeking to be a support for those along this journey.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental well being. I understand that our physical health and mental health are connected and heavily based upon our life experiences and genetics. I know that stability and healing require hard work and I want to partner alongside clients with education and shared decision making to help them become the healthiest versions of themselves. I have completed perinatal mental health training and I recognize the difficulties adjusting to motherhood, seeking to be a support for those along this journey.
(904) 685-9871 View (904) 685-9871

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saint Augustine, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Saint Augustine, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
84% Optum
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Saint Augustine, FL see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saint Augustine?

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.