Psychiatrists in Atlanta, GA

Photo of D. Diane Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Atlanta, GA
D. Diane Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Not accepting new clients
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
(470) 888-7057 View (470) 888-7057
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Dr. Debbie Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
(470) 517-3858 View (470) 517-3858
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Sharat Vallurupalli
Psychiatrist, MD, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
Whether you are a parent concerned about your child who is struggling, or an adult working on their own challenges, I am here to provided a safe space to explore these issues with you and find the solutions that work for you. I have worked across a wide variety of clinical settings, age groups, and cultures and I have extensive training in the fields of psychiatry and trauma. I am available for diagnostic consultations and psychotherapy. I do not accept insurance at this time. I can be flexible. Please click on the link to my website to see my fees.
Whether you are a parent concerned about your child who is struggling, or an adult working on their own challenges, I am here to provided a safe space to explore these issues with you and find the solutions that work for you. I have worked across a wide variety of clinical settings, age groups, and cultures and I have extensive training in the fields of psychiatry and trauma. I am available for diagnostic consultations and psychotherapy. I do not accept insurance at this time. I can be flexible. Please click on the link to my website to see my fees.
(678) 209-0214 View (678) 209-0214
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Ireta Favors
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
(470) 683-6925 View (470) 683-6925
Photo of Helaina Jaffe, Psychiatrist in Atlanta, GA
Helaina Jaffe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
In caring for her patients, Dr. Jaffe values personal dignity, growth, and relationships. Dr. Jaffe's professional focus is skillfully integrating principles of psychotherapy with medication management. She takes a holistic approach to understanding each person, considering biological, psychological, and social health factors. She strives to collaborate with patients to help realize their most important valued goals. Her special interests include: women's mental health, treatment resistant depression (TRD), psychodynamic psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
In caring for her patients, Dr. Jaffe values personal dignity, growth, and relationships. Dr. Jaffe's professional focus is skillfully integrating principles of psychotherapy with medication management. She takes a holistic approach to understanding each person, considering biological, psychological, and social health factors. She strives to collaborate with patients to help realize their most important valued goals. Her special interests include: women's mental health, treatment resistant depression (TRD), psychodynamic psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
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Shakera Kathleen Snelling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30308
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
(470) 828-2273 View (470) 828-2273
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MacKenzie Kirchner
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. My patients often have a goal of treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Sometimes my patients want to just learn more about themselves, and why they feel the way that they feel. I love working with patients who would like to explore holistic options in addition to medications to optimize their mental health. Holistic treatments can be anything from exercise, to learning habit stacking, to sleep hygiene. So many factors that contribute to our mental wellbeing - treating my patients with attention to these details optimizes outcomes.
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. My patients often have a goal of treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Sometimes my patients want to just learn more about themselves, and why they feel the way that they feel. I love working with patients who would like to explore holistic options in addition to medications to optimize their mental health. Holistic treatments can be anything from exercise, to learning habit stacking, to sleep hygiene. So many factors that contribute to our mental wellbeing - treating my patients with attention to these details optimizes outcomes.
(919) 373-3914 View (919) 373-3914
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Anna Elizabeth Hurlebaus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30326
Many people seeking psychiatric treatment can benefit from medication therapy. Managing medications by yourself can be complex and confusing. I can assess your medication needs, educate you about the medications and monitor your progress. This will further your progress toward good health. Clients are treated as individuals with unique needs, and I prescribe the best medications available. You can reach your goals while working together.
Many people seeking psychiatric treatment can benefit from medication therapy. Managing medications by yourself can be complex and confusing. I can assess your medication needs, educate you about the medications and monitor your progress. This will further your progress toward good health. Clients are treated as individuals with unique needs, and I prescribe the best medications available. You can reach your goals while working together.
(470) 466-8343 View (470) 466-8343
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Dr. Monifa Seawell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30307  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
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Dr. Randy Tyler Warner
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30363
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
(404) 383-5978 View (404) 383-5978
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David Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
Hello, everyone; my name is David Balogun. I’m a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in caring for mental health patients across the lifespan: Children, adults, and the elderly. I’m licensed in Georgia and Iowa and accept clients from both states. I treat all cases of mental health disorders, but I don’t prescribe narcotics or controlled substances.
Hello, everyone; my name is David Balogun. I’m a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in caring for mental health patients across the lifespan: Children, adults, and the elderly. I’m licensed in Georgia and Iowa and accept clients from both states. I treat all cases of mental health disorders, but I don’t prescribe narcotics or controlled substances.
(770) 407-6290 View (770) 407-6290
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Kim Dobson-Callahan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
I am a physician with over 25 years of clinical experience working with patients and supervising trainees at a number of medical schools and universities. I am board certified in the treatment of children, adolescents, and general psychiatry, treating patients aged 2 - 65 years. I offer psychiatric assessment and management of psychotropic medications. However, medication in my practice is only a part of comprehensive mental health care. In my care of children and adolescents, I prioritize a partnership between myself, the child and parents. I value communication with therapeutic providers, teachers and physicians.
I am a physician with over 25 years of clinical experience working with patients and supervising trainees at a number of medical schools and universities. I am board certified in the treatment of children, adolescents, and general psychiatry, treating patients aged 2 - 65 years. I offer psychiatric assessment and management of psychotropic medications. However, medication in my practice is only a part of comprehensive mental health care. In my care of children and adolescents, I prioritize a partnership between myself, the child and parents. I value communication with therapeutic providers, teachers and physicians.
(678) 262-2399 View (678) 262-2399
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Korinne Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Korinne Edwards is a psych-mental health nurse practitioner, who has been practicing with Lifestance since 2019. She graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Nursing degree and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Korinne believes that holistic health care is the key to mental wellness. She wants her patients to feel comfortable knowing that they have a provider who wants them to become their best selves. Her main areas of focus include treating postpartum depression, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
Korinne Edwards is a psych-mental health nurse practitioner, who has been practicing with Lifestance since 2019. She graduated from Columbia University with her Master of Nursing degree and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Korinne believes that holistic health care is the key to mental wellness. She wants her patients to feel comfortable knowing that they have a provider who wants them to become their best selves. Her main areas of focus include treating postpartum depression, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
(678) 855-8192 View (678) 855-8192
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Triumph in Wellness, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
Please visit www.triumphinwellness.com to schedule a consultation with a psychiatrist.
Please visit www.triumphinwellness.com to schedule a consultation with a psychiatrist.
(770) 766-7628 View (770) 766-7628
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Amber Dale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30307
I am a board-certified mental health care professional dedicated to providing individualized care to all people across the lifespan. My professional role as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner involves caring for society's most vulnerable citizens. I have experience with patients in all settings. With roots in New York and a current residence in Georgia, my vision is to make mental health care more accessible and accessible to everyone.
I am a board-certified mental health care professional dedicated to providing individualized care to all people across the lifespan. My professional role as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner involves caring for society's most vulnerable citizens. I have experience with patients in all settings. With roots in New York and a current residence in Georgia, my vision is to make mental health care more accessible and accessible to everyone.
(706) 909-3950 View (706) 909-3950
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Chidiebere Osondu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30317
My name is Chidiebere Osondu. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years' experience in both medical and mental healthcare. He has experience treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including crisis stabilization centers. Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgmental environment. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
My name is Chidiebere Osondu. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years' experience in both medical and mental healthcare. He has experience treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including crisis stabilization centers. Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgmental environment. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
(470) 660-3501 View (470) 660-3501
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Cody M. Browning
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Considered to have an empathetic and calming approach by his patients, Dr. Browning believes in meeting each individual on their terms. Fostering a genuine connection and encouraging a curious mind can help to reveal common patterns of interpersonal interactions, thoughts, and behaviors through a psychodynamic and supportive approach. No one person is the same, and Dr. Browning believes in fusing the biological, psychological, and psychosocial aspects of each individual's experience to create a plan to move forward and begin the journey toward feeling better.
Considered to have an empathetic and calming approach by his patients, Dr. Browning believes in meeting each individual on their terms. Fostering a genuine connection and encouraging a curious mind can help to reveal common patterns of interpersonal interactions, thoughts, and behaviors through a psychodynamic and supportive approach. No one person is the same, and Dr. Browning believes in fusing the biological, psychological, and psychosocial aspects of each individual's experience to create a plan to move forward and begin the journey toward feeling better.
(470) 309-0721 View (470) 309-0721
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Hardi Calvert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Hardie Tatman is a Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing with LifeStance since 2014. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in psychology and completed her BSN (magna cum laude) and MSN (magna cum laude) at Emory University. In college, Hardie was involved in honor council, student government and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Omicron Delta Kappa the National Leadership Honor Society. Hardie believes in a patient-centered approach to care, recognizing that people have different needs and goals in their treatment plan.
Hardie Tatman is a Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing with LifeStance since 2014. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in psychology and completed her BSN (magna cum laude) and MSN (magna cum laude) at Emory University. In college, Hardie was involved in honor council, student government and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Omicron Delta Kappa the National Leadership Honor Society. Hardie believes in a patient-centered approach to care, recognizing that people have different needs and goals in their treatment plan.
(678) 846-3932 View (678) 846-3932
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LaRue Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
Khalilah LaRue is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Across the Lifespan). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP-BC also completed her psychiatric residency training program at OSU Medical Center (OSU Harding Hospital), Southeast Mental Healthcare Center, and OhioHealth. She remains active with Ohio State, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as well as resident physicians assistants. She a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
Khalilah LaRue is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Across the Lifespan). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP-BC also completed her psychiatric residency training program at OSU Medical Center (OSU Harding Hospital), Southeast Mental Healthcare Center, and OhioHealth. She remains active with Ohio State, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as well as resident physicians assistants. She a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
(470) 798-1215 View (470) 798-1215
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Chelsea Owen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience with the clinical treatment of psychiatric/mental health patients, offering an individualized approach to management and treatment. Additionally, I have over a decade of experience as a registered nurse working in acute care hospital facilities.
I have extensive experience with the clinical treatment of psychiatric/mental health patients, offering an individualized approach to management and treatment. Additionally, I have over a decade of experience as a registered nurse working in acute care hospital facilities.
(470) 613-6274 View (470) 613-6274

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Atlanta, GA

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Atlanta, GA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
79% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Atlanta, GA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Atlanta?

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.