Psychiatrists in Wilton Manors, FL

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Michael P Vignogna, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Waitlist for new clients
My private practice is in east Wilton Manors and provides client focused care in a relaxing and welcoming environment. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience , helping people to succeed in living happier, healthier and full lives. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed my psychiatric residency at Brown University in Providence RI. I have been bringing my Scottish terrier, Stella to work for 9 years, and she brings a quiet and peaceful presence to the office.
My private practice is in east Wilton Manors and provides client focused care in a relaxing and welcoming environment. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience , helping people to succeed in living happier, healthier and full lives. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed my psychiatric residency at Brown University in Providence RI. I have been bringing my Scottish terrier, Stella to work for 9 years, and she brings a quiet and peaceful presence to the office.
(954) 388-7820 View (954) 388-7820
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TMS Provider Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
At TMS Provider Services of America, we take the time to get to know our patients, discussing their motivations and goals. Our doctors offer medication management and individual psychotherapy but focus more on TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) as the treatment of choice for Mental Health issues. Our administration, and staff have years of experience and understand the uniqueness the individual with mental health challenges. Our staff are compassionate and attentive, and our practices feature a warm & welcoming environment. ... we strive to make our patients comfortable & experience a professional yet family like environment.
At TMS Provider Services of America, we take the time to get to know our patients, discussing their motivations and goals. Our doctors offer medication management and individual psychotherapy but focus more on TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) as the treatment of choice for Mental Health issues. Our administration, and staff have years of experience and understand the uniqueness the individual with mental health challenges. Our staff are compassionate and attentive, and our practices feature a warm & welcoming environment. ... we strive to make our patients comfortable & experience a professional yet family like environment.
(407) 269-8480 View (407) 269-8480
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Kaleidoscope Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wilton Manors, FL 33305  (Online Only)
Dr. Appling graduated from Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2013 with his Associate's Degree in Nursing Science. He received his Bachelor of Nursing Science from Kaplan University in 2016 with honors, and in 2019 received his MSN from the University of South Alabama. He recently completed his Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the same institution, with honors in the fall of 2021. Kaleidoscope Health treats individuals 18 years and older in the states of Florida and Georgia through tele-health technologies.
Dr. Appling graduated from Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2013 with his Associate's Degree in Nursing Science. He received his Bachelor of Nursing Science from Kaplan University in 2016 with honors, and in 2019 received his MSN from the University of South Alabama. He recently completed his Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the same institution, with honors in the fall of 2021. Kaleidoscope Health treats individuals 18 years and older in the states of Florida and Georgia through tele-health technologies.
(561) 468-3132 View (561) 468-3132

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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(772) 732-2943 View (772) 732-2943
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Troy Kilpatrick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been a PMHNP for about 1 1/2 years. I have 34 years of prior nursing experience including 20 years in correctional nursing, 7 years in hospital, 10 years in home health, and 2 years in skilled nursing facilities. Since becoming a PMHNP I have worked in the correctional field serving clients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
Hi! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Florida. I have been a PMHNP for about 1 1/2 years. I have 34 years of prior nursing experience including 20 years in correctional nursing, 7 years in hospital, 10 years in home health, and 2 years in skilled nursing facilities. Since becoming a PMHNP I have worked in the correctional field serving clients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
(305) 876-6164 View (305) 876-6164
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Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33334
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
(727) 761-9579 View (727) 761-9579
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Natalee Mullings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
At Diamond Psychiatry we are passionate about building trusting relationships that fit your individual needs. Our mission is to partner with you for happiness, health and emotional well-being.
At Diamond Psychiatry we are passionate about building trusting relationships that fit your individual needs. Our mission is to partner with you for happiness, health and emotional well-being.
(954) 289-9055 View (954) 289-9055
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Total Mental Wellness - Aventura
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
Our team of expert psychiatrists utilize a whole person approach, which encompasses medication management along side with helping the patient to understand the factors that can be affecting their mental health. Total Mental Wellness is dedicated to empowering people move forward with their life in a meaningful way. We provide the highest level of care in a patient-centered environment that emphasizes outstanding customer service.
(954) 231-4495 View (954) 231-4495
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Rose Lunide Calixte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
At AllDaywithDrRose, our mission is clear and unwavering: we are dedicated to providing compassionate, accessible, and effective mental health care to individuals of all ages who are grappling with mental health disorders. We understand the profound impact that conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can have on people's lives, and we're here to offer the support and solutions needed to foster well-being and resilience.
At AllDaywithDrRose, our mission is clear and unwavering: we are dedicated to providing compassionate, accessible, and effective mental health care to individuals of all ages who are grappling with mental health disorders. We understand the profound impact that conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can have on people's lives, and we're here to offer the support and solutions needed to foster well-being and resilience.
(561) 823-2790 View (561) 823-2790
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Jermilla Augustin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308  (Online Only)
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
Jermilla Augustin is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives. She specializes in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a mental health nurse for over 10 years in various acute settings treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.
(954) 932-5745 View (954) 932-5745
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Reginald Sincere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Don’t walk alone, Mental Health care should be just as essential as physical health care. It is a healthy balance of both that allows us to be at our best. I am here to help foster your self-healing. Have you been feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts or emotions? Have you been questioning the road you're on or wondering if you're still in the driver's seat? Are you noticing a difference in your work performance or interactions with others? Have you had trouble sleeping or have you felt unable to get out of bed in the morning? None of us are immune to psychiatric disorders.
Don’t walk alone, Mental Health care should be just as essential as physical health care. It is a healthy balance of both that allows us to be at our best. I am here to help foster your self-healing. Have you been feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts or emotions? Have you been questioning the road you're on or wondering if you're still in the driver's seat? Are you noticing a difference in your work performance or interactions with others? Have you had trouble sleeping or have you felt unable to get out of bed in the morning? None of us are immune to psychiatric disorders.
(954) 951-4890 View (954) 951-4890
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Patricia Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in FL and GA. My practice provides medication management and therapy, providing holistic mental health care to our clients.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in FL and GA. My practice provides medication management and therapy, providing holistic mental health care to our clients.
(954) 799-4309 View (954) 799-4309
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Robin Belcher-Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311  (Online Only)
Robin Belcher-Howard is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming and Washington. Robin received her Master's degree in Nursing from Albany State University and Post Master’s in Psych Mental Health from Valdosta State University. She is committed to providing excellent care to patients of all ages 6 and up by being a patient advocate offering skills in medication administration and care implementation.
Robin Belcher-Howard is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming and Washington. Robin received her Master's degree in Nursing from Albany State University and Post Master’s in Psych Mental Health from Valdosta State University. She is committed to providing excellent care to patients of all ages 6 and up by being a patient advocate offering skills in medication administration and care implementation.
(321) 340-6896 View (321) 340-6896
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Martina J Nankivell
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Initial visits: $150. Follow up visits: $99. We also accept Cigna/Evernorth, Tricare, and Medicare. Appointment times: Mon-Sat 7AM-7PM ET. Book your first visit now at forallmentalhealth.com. See a psychiatric board certified PA within the next 3 days to help get you back to thriving and living your best life now! Martina, at For All Mental Health (FAMh), prescribes medication for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, grief, alcohol use disorder and more. Join the FAMh today!
Initial visits: $150. Follow up visits: $99. We also accept Cigna/Evernorth, Tricare, and Medicare. Appointment times: Mon-Sat 7AM-7PM ET. Book your first visit now at forallmentalhealth.com. See a psychiatric board certified PA within the next 3 days to help get you back to thriving and living your best life now! Martina, at For All Mental Health (FAMh), prescribes medication for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, grief, alcohol use disorder and more. Join the FAMh today!
(786) 743-5386 View (786) 743-5386
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Michelle Sanay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? Are you struggling with the problems you have to face regularly? I apply a client-centered holistic approach by following the FDA approved treatment and guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed together with you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall wellbeing and functioning.
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? Are you struggling with the problems you have to face regularly? I apply a client-centered holistic approach by following the FDA approved treatment and guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed together with you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall wellbeing and functioning.
(954) 833-6274 View (954) 833-6274
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Robert Tang Bau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep commitment to promoting mental wellness and transforming lives. With seven years of experience in the field of nursing aboard and overseas as a U.S. Air Force Veteran. I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric care and therapeutic interventions for individuals across the lifespan. My approach to mental health care is rooted in creating a safe and non-judgmental environment, where you can openly discuss your concerns and collaboratively work towards achieving your personal goals through evidence-based practices.
Welcome! I'm a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep commitment to promoting mental wellness and transforming lives. With seven years of experience in the field of nursing aboard and overseas as a U.S. Air Force Veteran. I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric care and therapeutic interventions for individuals across the lifespan. My approach to mental health care is rooted in creating a safe and non-judgmental environment, where you can openly discuss your concerns and collaboratively work towards achieving your personal goals through evidence-based practices.
(786) 882-3194 View (786) 882-3194
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Kerobin Lapawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Kerobin Lapawon, MSN, APRN, BC, has 14 years of experience as a registered nurse, initially in the medical-surgical department (in Jordan) to the emergency unit (in Saudi Arabia), Home health Nursing (in Canada), and finally found her passion in mental health through her valuable clinical experience while working as a psychiatric nurse at the Intensive Mental Health Unit at Maine State Prison (in the U.S.) in 2019. Kerobin earned her BSN from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines in 2008.
Kerobin Lapawon, MSN, APRN, BC, has 14 years of experience as a registered nurse, initially in the medical-surgical department (in Jordan) to the emergency unit (in Saudi Arabia), Home health Nursing (in Canada), and finally found her passion in mental health through her valuable clinical experience while working as a psychiatric nurse at the Intensive Mental Health Unit at Maine State Prison (in the U.S.) in 2019. Kerobin earned her BSN from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines in 2008.
(786) 321-9759 View (786) 321-9759
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Metamorphosis Psychcierge™
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
South Florida's ONLY psychiatric practice that Comes To YOU. Hello my name is Dr. Jasmine Moore, I am a board-certified concierge psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with a specialty in high-functioning mental disorders. I work with high-functioning individuals, professionals, and high achievers whose mental illness is often undetected by others. As a professional woman that wears many hats, I understand how busy schedules leave little time for self care. Which is why my office is where ever my clients need me.
(305) 680-5200 View (305) 680-5200
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Disambiguation Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients. Operating remotely as a general psychiatrist. New clients in FL and NY are seen within days of inquiring, via telepsychiatry. Our practice suits high-functioning individuals with busy lives. Focus areas include: anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, and depression. Forensic psychiatry services, disability evaluations, power of attorney/capacity evaluations, etc., are also available to attorneys, agencies, and other professionals.
Now accepting new patients. Operating remotely as a general psychiatrist. New clients in FL and NY are seen within days of inquiring, via telepsychiatry. Our practice suits high-functioning individuals with busy lives. Focus areas include: anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, and depression. Forensic psychiatry services, disability evaluations, power of attorney/capacity evaluations, etc., are also available to attorneys, agencies, and other professionals.
(561) 461-2493 View (561) 461-2493
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Total Health Solutions, Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FAARM, ABAAHP, LMFT
Verified Verified
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308  (Online Only)
Receive psychiatric services from the comfort of YOUR couch!! Why do insurance companies always have to know your business? For those people not wishing to utilize insurance, we do accept fee for service. We are also accepting some insurances at this time. Totally private and HIPAA compliant video sessions available. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, social anxiety or other psychiatric issues, I am here for you! I have over 30 yrs experience in the psychiatric arena. Give me a call! Pay Pal, Venmo, credit cards accepted. You may review my credentials- www.totalhealthsolutions.org and review my background in About Us.
Receive psychiatric services from the comfort of YOUR couch!! Why do insurance companies always have to know your business? For those people not wishing to utilize insurance, we do accept fee for service. We are also accepting some insurances at this time. Totally private and HIPAA compliant video sessions available. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, social anxiety or other psychiatric issues, I am here for you! I have over 30 yrs experience in the psychiatric arena. Give me a call! Pay Pal, Venmo, credit cards accepted. You may review my credentials- www.totalhealthsolutions.org and review my background in About Us.
(754) 704-1811 View (754) 704-1811

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Number of Psychiatrists in Wilton Manors, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wilton Manors, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Substance Use

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Wilton Manors, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wilton Manors?

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.