Psychiatrists in Sorrento, FL

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Wendy Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sorrento, FL 32776
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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Denise Barnard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sorrento, FL 32776
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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Natasha Vernon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757
She has over 10 years of nursing experience in various specialties within the medical field. Throughout her career, she has treated a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. She is truly passionate about providing care for people suffering with mental illness.
She has over 10 years of nursing experience in various specialties within the medical field. Throughout her career, she has treated a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. She is truly passionate about providing care for people suffering with mental illness.
(352) 758-3624 View (352) 758-3624
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Psych Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eustis, FL 32726
Meet Yvonka Williams! She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions. She specializes in depression, anxiety, weight management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. She can help you find the right medication that works for YOU! She provides medication management, emotional support, and interpersonal therapy. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care.
Meet Yvonka Williams! She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions. She specializes in depression, anxiety, weight management, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. She can help you find the right medication that works for YOU! She provides medication management, emotional support, and interpersonal therapy. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care.
(407) 305-3418 View (407) 305-3418
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Alina Health Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
(352) 602-7924 View (352) 602-7924
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Victoria Jacoby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
I specialize in helping clients from all walks of life with their mental health journey. From anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, controlled schizophrenia to weight loss, workplace burnout, and emotional support; you can always find a safe space here. I focus on self care and self love as the biggest focus because if you can’t love yourself, how can you continue to fill others from an empty cup? We often forget in our busy life that we need to stop and make time for ourselves. My goal is to help every client live life to the best of their ability. I believe that medications are a tool in mental wellness not a requirement.
(352) 605-8003 View (352) 605-8003
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Alina Community Center at Mount Dora LlC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
(352) 290-8718 View (352) 290-8718
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Keisha Gordon-Primus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eustis, FL 32726  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a dual board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) serving adults who are struggling with mental anguish. I see clients 18 years of age and older for psychotropic medication management and brief interpersonal therapy. I do not believe in prescribing or treating in a "one size fits all" fashion. I value input and feedback from my patients, educating them on the intricacies of the mental health system and advocating for their recovery from a patient-centered approach. I am comfortable working with patients from all backgrounds.
Hello, I am a dual board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) serving adults who are struggling with mental anguish. I see clients 18 years of age and older for psychotropic medication management and brief interpersonal therapy. I do not believe in prescribing or treating in a "one size fits all" fashion. I value input and feedback from my patients, educating them on the intricacies of the mental health system and advocating for their recovery from a patient-centered approach. I am comfortable working with patients from all backgrounds.
(352) 747-9141 View (352) 747-9141
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Kris Haukoos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
50 Endorsed
Mount Dora, FL 32757  (Online Only)
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
(352) 660-7681 View (352) 660-7681
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Daniel Santos Frutos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Apopka, FL 32712  (Online Only)
Accepting new Patients! If you are seeking a mental health professional extensively trained in the treatment of depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, Bipolar disorders and need to begin or continue care, look no further. Hola! Si está buscando un profesional de la salud mental ampliamente capacitado en el tratamiento de la depresión, el duelo, la ansiedad, el ADHD, los trastornos alimentarios, los trastornos bipolares y necesita comenzar o continuar con la atención, no busque más.
Accepting new Patients! If you are seeking a mental health professional extensively trained in the treatment of depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, Bipolar disorders and need to begin or continue care, look no further. Hola! Si está buscando un profesional de la salud mental ampliamente capacitado en el tratamiento de la depresión, el duelo, la ansiedad, el ADHD, los trastornos alimentarios, los trastornos bipolares y necesita comenzar o continuar con la atención, no busque más.
(321) 410-5340 View (321) 410-5340
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Estherline Exume-Noel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32712  (Online Only)
Fluent in both English and Haitian Creole, Ms. Exume-Noel's linguistic skills enhance her ability to serve a diverse patient population with empathy and understanding. Her many years in nursing have seen her excel in critical care, telemetry, family practice, internal medicine, psychiatric mental health, and nursing education.
Fluent in both English and Haitian Creole, Ms. Exume-Noel's linguistic skills enhance her ability to serve a diverse patient population with empathy and understanding. Her many years in nursing have seen her excel in critical care, telemetry, family practice, internal medicine, psychiatric mental health, and nursing education.
(407) 250-9161 View (407) 250-9161
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Psych Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32712
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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Rolande J Bellegarde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32712  (Online Only)
My ideal client faces significant mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and trauma/PTSD. They require comprehensive mental health care, including accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, medication management, therapeutic support, holistic care, and regular monitoring. Their goals are to relieve symptoms, improve daily functioning, achieve emotional stability, enhance their quality of life, and maintain long-term wellness. They seek empathy, understanding, empowerment, trustworthy care, confidentiality, and holistic healing.
My ideal client faces significant mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and trauma/PTSD. They require comprehensive mental health care, including accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, medication management, therapeutic support, holistic care, and regular monitoring. Their goals are to relieve symptoms, improve daily functioning, achieve emotional stability, enhance their quality of life, and maintain long-term wellness. They seek empathy, understanding, empowerment, trustworthy care, confidentiality, and holistic healing.
(561) 940-4583 View (561) 940-4583
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Shahenaz Jivani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Apopka, FL 32703
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
(407) 584-3273 View (407) 584-3273
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Anita Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32712
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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Kevin Buford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Apopka, FL 32703
Dr. Buford enjoys helping people to live life as their authentic selves and move past mental road blocks so that they can live their best lives. He is a staunch advocate for holistic psychological, emotional, social and physical wellness beyond just medication management. Motivational interviewing, CBT, and supportive therapy are provided as needed. Dr. Buford looks forward to partnering with you or a loved one to navigate the current difficulties for a more optimal tomorrow.
Dr. Buford enjoys helping people to live life as their authentic selves and move past mental road blocks so that they can live their best lives. He is a staunch advocate for holistic psychological, emotional, social and physical wellness beyond just medication management. Motivational interviewing, CBT, and supportive therapy are provided as needed. Dr. Buford looks forward to partnering with you or a loved one to navigate the current difficulties for a more optimal tomorrow.
(321) 415-8933 View (321) 415-8933
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Laura Casey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wekiva Springs, FL 32779
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
(407) 842-8293 View (407) 842-8293
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Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Apopka, FL 32703  (Online Only)
Dr. Gomez treats clients ages 15 & up. Sessions may be face to face or virtual (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Dr. Gomez treats clients ages 15 & up. Sessions may be face to face or virtual (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(407) 258-1094 View (407) 258-1094
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Marie C. Joassaint
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32712  (Online Only)
Our ideal clients are patients who are seeking comprehensive care for their psychiatric disorder and are open to a patient-centered and holistic approach to their treatment. They want to achieve optimal mental health and are willing to put in the work to achieve their goals. They are looking for a provider who is dedicated to providing high-quality psychiatric treatment and medication management, and who can guide them towards recovery and an improved quality of life. Our ideal clients understands that seeking help is an act of courage and are looking for a provider who can support them with empathy and empowerment.
Our ideal clients are patients who are seeking comprehensive care for their psychiatric disorder and are open to a patient-centered and holistic approach to their treatment. They want to achieve optimal mental health and are willing to put in the work to achieve their goals. They are looking for a provider who is dedicated to providing high-quality psychiatric treatment and medication management, and who can guide them towards recovery and an improved quality of life. Our ideal clients understands that seeking help is an act of courage and are looking for a provider who can support them with empathy and empowerment.
(321) 635-0693 View (321) 635-0693
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Laurie Stiger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Apopka, FL 32703  (Online Only)
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Sorrento, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Sorrento, FL who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Sorrento, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sorrento?

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.