Psychiatrists in Tallahassee, FL

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Heather R Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32311
I am dedicated to working with people to overcome life's challenges. I value each person's perspective and focus on treating each person individually to meet their needs in a collaborative way.
I am dedicated to working with people to overcome life's challenges. I value each person's perspective and focus on treating each person individually to meet their needs in a collaborative way.
(850) 409-4355 View (850) 409-4355
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Mary Kathryn Parham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32313  (Online Only)
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
(850) 750-8768 View (850) 750-8768
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Lifespan Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308
I have a vast array of knowledge and experience that lends to my ability to treat many conditions. I can prescribe medications to manage Eating Disorders, PTSD, complicated grief, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and insomnia.
I have a vast array of knowledge and experience that lends to my ability to treat many conditions. I can prescribe medications to manage Eating Disorders, PTSD, complicated grief, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and insomnia.
(850) 735-7483 View (850) 735-7483
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Dr. Ronica Mukerjee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32301  (Online Only)
Ronica Mukerjee (they/she) is a psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner as well as acupuncturist and herbalist. They are an assistant professor at Columbia University. Dr. Mukerjee is passionate about racial, economic, and healthcare justice. They focus on trauma-informed care for LGBTQIA folks, refugees, migrant communities, people with substance use disorders, and people living with HIV. She is the creator and former coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Health Justice concentration at Yale School of Nursing.
Ronica Mukerjee (they/she) is a psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner as well as acupuncturist and herbalist. They are an assistant professor at Columbia University. Dr. Mukerjee is passionate about racial, economic, and healthcare justice. They focus on trauma-informed care for LGBTQIA folks, refugees, migrant communities, people with substance use disorders, and people living with HIV. She is the creator and former coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Health Justice concentration at Yale School of Nursing.
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(850) 790-9754 View (850) 790-9754
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Thea Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308
I want to be part of the light shinning in on those with mental health struggles. Are you looking for a new psychiatry provider? Unsure about starting medication? Recently received a psychological test, and unsure where to go next? Schedule an appointment so we can have a conversation. I offer tele-psych medication services in Pensacola, and surrounding areas, and tele-psych and in person in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. I am located in Eastern Standard Time. (Please be mindful when making appointments. Appointments are made in the provider's time zone)
I want to be part of the light shinning in on those with mental health struggles. Are you looking for a new psychiatry provider? Unsure about starting medication? Recently received a psychological test, and unsure where to go next? Schedule an appointment so we can have a conversation. I offer tele-psych medication services in Pensacola, and surrounding areas, and tele-psych and in person in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. I am located in Eastern Standard Time. (Please be mindful when making appointments. Appointments are made in the provider's time zone)
(850) 801-8962 View (850) 801-8962
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Shaquitia Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32303  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Shaquitia, owner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Hopeful Harmony Mental Health LLC. Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years, my commitment is to use my wealth of experience to nurture the mental and physical health of those navigating mental health challenges throughout the diverse communities across the state of Florida.
Hello, I’m Shaquitia, owner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Hopeful Harmony Mental Health LLC. Devoted to your mental well-being, I bring over two decades of clinical experience. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a particular focus on mental healthcare for the past six years, my commitment is to use my wealth of experience to nurture the mental and physical health of those navigating mental health challenges throughout the diverse communities across the state of Florida.
(850) 493-7378 View (850) 493-7378
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Today Telemedicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(850) 789-4302 View (850) 789-4302
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Daniel B Wright DNP LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MSA
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32301  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board certified, doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner licensed in Georgia and Florida. I've been in practice over 13 years, working with patients struggling to manage disorders involving addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My practice focus is on adults; however, I will see adolescents on a case by case basis. I am a Christian provider with a holistic perspective. While I respect all spiritual backgrounds, my faith provides context to my worldview, and thus my clinical practice. My practice is located in Tallahassee Fla. and Moultrie. Ga
Hello! I am a board certified, doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner licensed in Georgia and Florida. I've been in practice over 13 years, working with patients struggling to manage disorders involving addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My practice focus is on adults; however, I will see adolescents on a case by case basis. I am a Christian provider with a holistic perspective. While I respect all spiritual backgrounds, my faith provides context to my worldview, and thus my clinical practice. My practice is located in Tallahassee Fla. and Moultrie. Ga
(850) 331-0104 View (850) 331-0104
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Brandi Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32303
I am the founder of Stay Healthy! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I am enthusiastic to utilize my experience, skills and knowledge to establish an enduring and trusting relationship with clients and significantly make a difference in the lives of others. As a dual certified nurse practitioner I understand the complexity of mental health, wellness, health promotion, and the effects of stress and chronic illness. My goal is for you to stay healthy to meet your individual needs and goals. Access to quality healthcare is what inspired me to establish my practice
I am the founder of Stay Healthy! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I am enthusiastic to utilize my experience, skills and knowledge to establish an enduring and trusting relationship with clients and significantly make a difference in the lives of others. As a dual certified nurse practitioner I understand the complexity of mental health, wellness, health promotion, and the effects of stress and chronic illness. My goal is for you to stay healthy to meet your individual needs and goals. Access to quality healthcare is what inspired me to establish my practice
(866) 208-4378 View (866) 208-4378
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(850) 695-8544 View (850) 695-8544
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Anzola Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308  (Online Only)
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
(850) 378-3231 View (850) 378-3231
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Tallahassee, FL
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
I have extensive experience in treating those with complex disorders, especially individuals with bipolar disorder, OCD, and psychotic disorders, as well as eating disorders, gender and sexual issues, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disorders, and perhaps my favorite condition to treat, ADHD.
I have extensive experience in treating those with complex disorders, especially individuals with bipolar disorder, OCD, and psychotic disorders, as well as eating disorders, gender and sexual issues, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disorders, and perhaps my favorite condition to treat, ADHD.
(850) 812-4646 View (850) 812-4646
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Emani Cheng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32312
So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression.
So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression.
(850) 409-8168 View (850) 409-8168
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Ability Plus Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312  (Online Only)
Visit us at https://www.abilityplusmentalhealthllc.com/**Dr. Anne Ananga is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health and family nurse practitioner working for Ability Plus Mental Health LLC in Tallahassee Florida. She completed her doctorate and master’s degree from The University of Alabama Birmingham. We provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, and emotional health. Get the help you need; we work collaboratively with you as a patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
Visit us at https://www.abilityplusmentalhealthllc.com/**Dr. Anne Ananga is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health and family nurse practitioner working for Ability Plus Mental Health LLC in Tallahassee Florida. She completed her doctorate and master’s degree from The University of Alabama Birmingham. We provide individualized psychiatric medication management while incorporating aspects of physical wellbeing, lifestyle choices, and emotional health. Get the help you need; we work collaboratively with you as a patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
(850) 750-9441 View (850) 750-9441
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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(850) 888-3547 View (850) 888-3547
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Healthy Self Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32308  (Online Only)
I am the founder of Healthy Self Mental Wellness. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. I have over 11 years of experience in the mental health setting. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Florida State University, a Masters of Science in Nursing, psychiatric nurse practitioner specialization, from The University of South Alabama, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of South Alabama.
I am the founder of Healthy Self Mental Wellness. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. I have over 11 years of experience in the mental health setting. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Florida State University, a Masters of Science in Nursing, psychiatric nurse practitioner specialization, from The University of South Alabama, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of South Alabama.
(850) 813-0663 View (850) 813-0663
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(850) 816-3285 View (850) 816-3285
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Psychiatry 360
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32306  (Online Only)
Online new client & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
Online new client & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
(850) 613-1636 View (850) 613-1636
Photo of Kathryn Werner, Physician Assistant in Tallahassee, FL
Kathryn Werner
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32304  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety or insomnia overwhelm are impacting your life, and you’re ready to get some help. You feel like meds might be an important piece of the puzzle, but traditional psychiatry doesn’t quite feel right. You’re not sure exactly what you need, but it’s definitely not inconvenient appointments, phone tag, or a provider who focuses on meds more than on you. You’re looking for a partner in your mental wellness and a process that feels good.
Depression, anxiety or insomnia overwhelm are impacting your life, and you’re ready to get some help. You feel like meds might be an important piece of the puzzle, but traditional psychiatry doesn’t quite feel right. You’re not sure exactly what you need, but it’s definitely not inconvenient appointments, phone tag, or a provider who focuses on meds more than on you. You’re looking for a partner in your mental wellness and a process that feels good.
(850) 446-4795 View (850) 446-4795

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tallahassee, FL

40+

Average cost per session

$172

Psychiatrists in Tallahassee, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
98% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
81% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
85% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Tallahassee, FL see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
14% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tallahassee?

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.