Psychiatrists in Sarasota, FL

Photo of Dinar Sajan, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34238  (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.
(941) 267-4152 View (941) 267-4152
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Renee Novak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34237
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
(941) 231-6452 View (941) 231-6452
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Scott Eader
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Dr. Eader is a board certified psychiatrist who provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults. Dr. Eader 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 SARASOTA OFFICE.
Dr. Eader is a board certified psychiatrist who provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults. Dr. Eader 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 SARASOTA OFFICE.
(941) 202-5469 View (941) 202-5469
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Catherine Barton
Physician Assistant, PA-C, Psych
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34239
I have expertise in treating: depression, anxiety, childhood issues, teen/adolescent mental health, post-partum depression, family issues, sleep issues, ADHD, and treatment-resistant mental health concerns. At our office, NowPsych, we have a team approach and work closely with Dr. Sean Paul, MD to create treatment plans that are effective, personalized and safe for each client. We truly tailor each visit to the needs of the client and their family/child.
I have expertise in treating: depression, anxiety, childhood issues, teen/adolescent mental health, post-partum depression, family issues, sleep issues, ADHD, and treatment-resistant mental health concerns. At our office, NowPsych, we have a team approach and work closely with Dr. Sean Paul, MD to create treatment plans that are effective, personalized and safe for each client. We truly tailor each visit to the needs of the client and their family/child.
(941) 265-2716 View (941) 265-2716
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Sayers R. Brenner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34239  (Online Only)
Unlike most psychiatrists, I practice as a concierge psychotherapist, using light medication, when needed. I utilize cognitive, existential, and paradoxical methods to assist patients of all types to manage their issues in balanced, profound, serene, and insightful manners. The goals are to develop enhanced inner and interpersonal strengths, skills, and perspectives. These enable a more astute navigation of the ever-changing and enigmatic terrains of life. After all, life comes only in packages of dilemma and compromise, … and there’s always a cost.
Unlike most psychiatrists, I practice as a concierge psychotherapist, using light medication, when needed. I utilize cognitive, existential, and paradoxical methods to assist patients of all types to manage their issues in balanced, profound, serene, and insightful manners. The goals are to develop enhanced inner and interpersonal strengths, skills, and perspectives. These enable a more astute navigation of the ever-changing and enigmatic terrains of life. After all, life comes only in packages of dilemma and compromise, … and there’s always a cost.
(941) 347-9234 View (941) 347-9234
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Jenny Kosman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
I am a board certified psychiatrist, in private practice, who treats adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I specialize in management of mood/ anxiety disorders, PTSD/ trauma, postpartum depression/psychosis, dementia, and helping people through stress associated with life transitions and complicated medical illnesses. I am a believer in building strong, trusting, and supportive relationships by blending conservative medication management with psychotherapy. I create a personalized approach and treatment plan by devoting sufficient time to learn about each person, his/her emotional/ physical conditions, and life situations. I strive to make the journey to healing as smooth and comfortable as possible.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, in private practice, who treats adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I specialize in management of mood/ anxiety disorders, PTSD/ trauma, postpartum depression/psychosis, dementia, and helping people through stress associated with life transitions and complicated medical illnesses. I am a believer in building strong, trusting, and supportive relationships by blending conservative medication management with psychotherapy. I create a personalized approach and treatment plan by devoting sufficient time to learn about each person, his/her emotional/ physical conditions, and life situations. I strive to make the journey to healing as smooth and comfortable as possible.
(941) 888-3032 View (941) 888-3032
Carol T Sanden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, CS, BC
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I am an adult mental health nurse practitioner with years experience in Sarasota and surrounding areas. I see adults age 18yrs and up for diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, for therapy and medication management. My expertise is in adult ADD, mood disorders, stress management, helping each person find their 'truths' and assist them to set and reach goals to be their personal 'best'. I have worked for years in addiction treatment, codependency, and 'ACOA' issues, as well as PTSD, gender related issues and anxiety in its many presentations.I am on many insurance panels including Medicare, BC/BS, Aetna, United and others
I am an adult mental health nurse practitioner with years experience in Sarasota and surrounding areas. I see adults age 18yrs and up for diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, for therapy and medication management. My expertise is in adult ADD, mood disorders, stress management, helping each person find their 'truths' and assist them to set and reach goals to be their personal 'best'. I have worked for years in addiction treatment, codependency, and 'ACOA' issues, as well as PTSD, gender related issues and anxiety in its many presentations.I am on many insurance panels including Medicare, BC/BS, Aetna, United and others
(941) 999-2598 View (941) 999-2598
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Tracey Rzepka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34239
We have appointments available within one week in person as well as online Tuesday-Friday. Tracey Rzepka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing management of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. She has a background in general medicine and offers holistic care addressing the body, mind and spirit providing personal, compassionate care. Her visits are longer than most psychiatrists providing more time for counseling and support.
We have appointments available within one week in person as well as online Tuesday-Friday. Tracey Rzepka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing management of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. She has a background in general medicine and offers holistic care addressing the body, mind and spirit providing personal, compassionate care. Her visits are longer than most psychiatrists providing more time for counseling and support.
(941) 202-6352 View (941) 202-6352
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Ramona Young
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34240
Dr. Ramona Young is a Psychiatrist in Florida by way of Kentucky and Minnesota. Is time your worst enemy? Are you drowning with so much responsibility but committed to not letting anyone down? Has alcohol or substances become your only escape? Dr. Young has time for you and can help you breathe peacefully again. Having served eight years in the military, Dr. Young is intimately familiar with a strong, disciplined drive. At the same time, this dedicated service also taught her the immense value in partnership and what can be accomplished when people band together.
Dr. Ramona Young is a Psychiatrist in Florida by way of Kentucky and Minnesota. Is time your worst enemy? Are you drowning with so much responsibility but committed to not letting anyone down? Has alcohol or substances become your only escape? Dr. Young has time for you and can help you breathe peacefully again. Having served eight years in the military, Dr. Young is intimately familiar with a strong, disciplined drive. At the same time, this dedicated service also taught her the immense value in partnership and what can be accomplished when people band together.
(941) 909-3064 View (941) 909-3064
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Kinshuk Bose
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Dr. Bose is a Board Certified Child, Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS). He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of South Florida. His practice interests include, but are not limited to, ADHD and other impulse control or behavioral disorders; Autism and other developmental disorders; depression; Bipolar Disorder; Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; substance use disorders, etc. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR SARASOTA OFFICE.
Dr. Bose is a Board Certified Child, Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS). He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of South Florida. His practice interests include, but are not limited to, ADHD and other impulse control or behavioral disorders; Autism and other developmental disorders; depression; Bipolar Disorder; Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; substance use disorders, etc. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR SARASOTA OFFICE.
(941) 909-3310 View (941) 909-3310
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Harpreet Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34240
Harpreet Kang is a board certified and licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Florida with over 5 years of experience in psychiatric mental health. She completed her education at Virginia Commonwealth University before pursuing further education. She is currently working on her doctorate at The University of South Alabama. Harpreet envisions to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in managing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and other mood disorders.
Harpreet Kang is a board certified and licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Florida with over 5 years of experience in psychiatric mental health. She completed her education at Virginia Commonwealth University before pursuing further education. She is currently working on her doctorate at The University of South Alabama. Harpreet envisions to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in managing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and other mood disorders.
(571) 570-3848 View (571) 570-3848
Photo of Christina M De Guia, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Christina M De Guia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
Finding a psychiatrist can be a daunting task for yourself or for your child. Fortunately, as a Board Certified Child/Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist, I have the skills to help you feel at ease. I have appointment times available within the week that you call. My desire is to do a thorough evaluation and to not make you feel rushed. I have experience treating and managing a range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in children. I also have worked with adolescents with substance abuse disorders, and women with mood disorders related to pregnancy.
Finding a psychiatrist can be a daunting task for yourself or for your child. Fortunately, as a Board Certified Child/Adolescent & Adult psychiatrist, I have the skills to help you feel at ease. I have appointment times available within the week that you call. My desire is to do a thorough evaluation and to not make you feel rushed. I have experience treating and managing a range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in children. I also have worked with adolescents with substance abuse disorders, and women with mood disorders related to pregnancy.
(941) 621-2988 View (941) 621-2988
Photo of Jordana Hollen, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Jordana Hollen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34233
Dr. Jordana Hollen is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and she specializes in providing outpatient Psychiatric care for adults. Dr. Hollen has experience treating a variety of mental health concerns with a special focus on Mood and Anxiety disorders, as well as a particular interest in Women’s Health. She treats a range of conditions including Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD.
Dr. Jordana Hollen is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and she specializes in providing outpatient Psychiatric care for adults. Dr. Hollen has experience treating a variety of mental health concerns with a special focus on Mood and Anxiety disorders, as well as a particular interest in Women’s Health. She treats a range of conditions including Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD.
(833) 755-0729 View (833) 755-0729
Photo of Rachel Morgan Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarasota, FL
Rachel Morgan Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
(941) 231-7275 View (941) 231-7275
Photo of Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
33 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34243
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
(941) 999-3462 View (941) 999-3462
Photo of Jonathan Yoder, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarasota, FL
Jonathan Yoder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34232  (Online Only)
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
(941) 214-4827 View (941) 214-4827
Photo of Sean Paul, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Sean Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
18 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34239
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
I see children, teens and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I can see patients virtually (for patients anywhere in Colorado or Florida) or in my office in Sarasota Florida. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. Search google for my practice to see my practice information and website: NowPsych Sean Paul, MD
(941) 405-3020 View (941) 405-3020
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Marnin Fischbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34240  (Online Only)
I have had the privilege to treat patients for 49 years. I've learned that investing in a warm and authentic doctor-patient relationship lays the groundwork for lasting healing. Yours will be personal and personable care. My practice is devoted to providing medication management and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults aged 18-65.
I have had the privilege to treat patients for 49 years. I've learned that investing in a warm and authentic doctor-patient relationship lays the groundwork for lasting healing. Yours will be personal and personable care. My practice is devoted to providing medication management and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults aged 18-65.
(941) 666-7536 View (941) 666-7536
Photo of Christina Burge, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sarasota, FL
Christina Burge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
I am board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience evaluating and treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions over the lifespan with a focus in adolescence through adulthood, including perinatal and postpartum mood concerns. My treatment focus is on psychopharmacological interventions while employing a comprehensive approach to mental health with the guidance of an individual’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes.
I am board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience evaluating and treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions over the lifespan with a focus in adolescence through adulthood, including perinatal and postpartum mood concerns. My treatment focus is on psychopharmacological interventions while employing a comprehensive approach to mental health with the guidance of an individual’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes.
(941) 213-1089 View (941) 213-1089
Photo of Barbara Por Srur, Psychiatrist in Sarasota, FL
Barbara Por Srur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34239
With a dedicated commitment spanning 35 years in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, my unwavering mission is to deliver superlative care to children, adults, and seniors. Guided by the principle of judicious medication use, I advocate for the minimal necessary dosage, ensuring treatment aligns precisely with clinical needs. My overarching objective is to facilitate the return to and sustained maintenance of each individual's optimal level of functioning. Emphasizing a holistic approach, I integrate medications with therapy, fostering the potential for supervised tapering or discontinuation when feasible.
With a dedicated commitment spanning 35 years in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, my unwavering mission is to deliver superlative care to children, adults, and seniors. Guided by the principle of judicious medication use, I advocate for the minimal necessary dosage, ensuring treatment aligns precisely with clinical needs. My overarching objective is to facilitate the return to and sustained maintenance of each individual's optimal level of functioning. Emphasizing a holistic approach, I integrate medications with therapy, fostering the potential for supervised tapering or discontinuation when feasible.
(941) 357-4904 View (941) 357-4904

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sarasota, FL

40+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Sarasota, FL who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
78% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Sarasota, FL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
24% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sarasota?

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.