Psychiatrists in Seminole County, FL

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Trinity Psychiatric Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
(407) 324-0484 View (407) 324-0484
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Anita Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
(321) 248-5311 View (321) 248-5311
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Renew Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oviedo, FL 32765
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
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Jesus Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
(407) 573-7185 View (407) 573-7185
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Caya Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
(407) 305-7451 View (407) 305-7451
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Maria Nieves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
(407) 904-8861 View (407) 904-8861
Shar Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
My ideal client is a courageous young individual navigating the complexities of substance use challenges. They may be struggling with feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, or difficulty managing stressors in their lives. Their needs are multifaceted, encompassing not only the physical aspects of addiction but also the emotional and psychological toll it takes. My ideal client is motivated for change, seeking a path towards healing and reclaiming control over their life. They aspire to break free from the grip of substance use, to rediscover their strengths, passions, and dreams.
My ideal client is a courageous young individual navigating the complexities of substance use challenges. They may be struggling with feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, or difficulty managing stressors in their lives. Their needs are multifaceted, encompassing not only the physical aspects of addiction but also the emotional and psychological toll it takes. My ideal client is motivated for change, seeking a path towards healing and reclaiming control over their life. They aspire to break free from the grip of substance use, to rediscover their strengths, passions, and dreams.
(321) 379-5711 View (321) 379-5711
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Orange Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My mission is to serve children, teenagers, and adults by providing experienced, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care that helps my patients achieve maximum wellbeing. My intention is to awaken the hope and belief in my patients that they can achieve improved mental health that leads to a more fulfilling life. I am continuously humbled by my patients' courage in facing their problems and asking for help. I am committed to being worthy of the trust and confidence my patients place in me.
My mission is to serve children, teenagers, and adults by providing experienced, compassionate, individualized psychiatric care that helps my patients achieve maximum wellbeing. My intention is to awaken the hope and belief in my patients that they can achieve improved mental health that leads to a more fulfilling life. I am continuously humbled by my patients' courage in facing their problems and asking for help. I am committed to being worthy of the trust and confidence my patients place in me.
(407) 675-3220 View (407) 675-3220
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Denise Barnard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Dr Denise Barnard is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has been successfully practicing in the Central Florida Area for over 30 years, proudly serving patients from the ages of 4 years old to 60. Dr Barnard graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She believes in a team treatment approach with focus on illnesses such as ADD, ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety, just to name a few. On her spare time Denise Barnard enjoys travelling, gardening and volunteering.
Dr Denise Barnard is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has been successfully practicing in the Central Florida Area for over 30 years, proudly serving patients from the ages of 4 years old to 60. Dr Barnard graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She believes in a team treatment approach with focus on illnesses such as ADD, ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety, just to name a few. On her spare time Denise Barnard enjoys travelling, gardening and volunteering.
(386) 766-7231 View (386) 766-7231
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Psych Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
We are Psych Health Solutions based here in Orlando. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care tailored to each patient. You won’t find more effective, compassionate mental health services anywhere in the city! Psych Health Solutions specializes in the treatment of a number of mental illnesses. Some of the conditions we treat include ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. If you are struggling with any one of these conditions, please reach out. We will ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.
We are Psych Health Solutions based here in Orlando. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care tailored to each patient. You won’t find more effective, compassionate mental health services anywhere in the city! Psych Health Solutions specializes in the treatment of a number of mental illnesses. Some of the conditions we treat include ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. If you are struggling with any one of these conditions, please reach out. We will ensure that you receive the highest quality of care.
(321) 430-6709 View (321) 430-6709
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Wendy Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Wendy Butler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of South Alabama with a Master's in Nursing practice. Wendy believes in team Approach: a model where patient needs are addressed through multiple care settings. Her main areas of focus include but not limited to depression, anxiety and ADHD. In her spare time, Wendy Butler enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
Wendy Butler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of South Alabama with a Master's in Nursing practice. Wendy believes in team Approach: a model where patient needs are addressed through multiple care settings. Her main areas of focus include but not limited to depression, anxiety and ADHD. In her spare time, Wendy Butler enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
(386) 766-7348 View (386) 766-7348
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Ruby Odamtten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Casselberry, FL 32707
Ruby is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to across the lifespan. Ruby possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build a trusting relationship with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Ruby’s role is multifaceted, providing mentorship integrated with supportive therapy to her clients.
Ruby is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to across the lifespan. Ruby possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build a trusting relationship with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Ruby’s role is multifaceted, providing mentorship integrated with supportive therapy to her clients.
(407) 993-6917 View (407) 993-6917
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Andrew Rucker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
(321) 483-8389 View (321) 483-8389
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Healing Psychiatry Of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
(689) 232-3708 View (689) 232-3708
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Juliet Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
(561) 944-2758 View (561) 944-2758
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Complexity Care Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Casselberry, FL 32707  (Online Only)
My journey to becoming a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) took a nontraditional route. Initially leaving school to work in construction, I later earned my GED, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in people’s lives. This realization led me to pursue and obtain my degree from Vanderbilt University, marking the beginning of my career in mental health.
My journey to becoming a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) took a nontraditional route. Initially leaving school to work in construction, I later earned my GED, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in people’s lives. This realization led me to pursue and obtain my degree from Vanderbilt University, marking the beginning of my career in mental health.
(321) 342-1281 View (321) 342-1281
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Vital Minds Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Springs, FL 32708  (Online Only)
Teliya Zyambo is the Founder of Vital Minds Psychiatry, aiming to provide her patients' mental peace and cognitive care services. Teliya Zyambo is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Serving ages across the lifespan).
Teliya Zyambo is the Founder of Vital Minds Psychiatry, aiming to provide her patients' mental peace and cognitive care services. Teliya Zyambo is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Serving ages across the lifespan).
(407) 565-7174 View (407) 565-7174
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Nelson Antonio Pichardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
(321) 221-5183 View (321) 221-5183
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Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
(407) 974-4279 View (407) 974-4279

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Number of Psychiatrists in Seminole County, FL

50+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Seminole County, FL who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% ADHD
80% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Seminole County, FL see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Seminole County?

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.