Psychiatrists in Barrow County, GA

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Photo of undefined - Visionary Behavioral Health Services, LLC, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Visionary Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winder, GA 30680
It is my pleasure and divine intervention to work with individuals in the community that have dealt with disparities in care for treatment of mental health disorders, substance abuse treatment, and struggles with addiction. I want to revolutionize the way mental health care is delivered, and provide each individual with an exceptional experience. I am a licensed prescriber in the State of Georgia, some of the conditions I treat are, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD. Currently offering, initiation of medication therapy, medication management, MAT, and Psychotherapy.
It is my pleasure and divine intervention to work with individuals in the community that have dealt with disparities in care for treatment of mental health disorders, substance abuse treatment, and struggles with addiction. I want to revolutionize the way mental health care is delivered, and provide each individual with an exceptional experience. I am a licensed prescriber in the State of Georgia, some of the conditions I treat are, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD. Currently offering, initiation of medication therapy, medication management, MAT, and Psychotherapy.
(404) 482-1944 View (404) 482-1944
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Ivydale Wellness center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winder, GA 30680
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
(470) 318-3874 View (470) 318-3874
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Hope & Faith Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winder, GA 30680  (Online Only)
The ultimate goal of patients with mental illness and substance abuse is to achieve the optimal level of their functionality. My practice aims at helping patients achieve their goals by promoting comprehensive care focusing on the whole person at all ages and stages of life. Providing a caring and compassionate care is paramount to our practice. I am a Licensed Psychiatrist with over 20 years experience & the Medical Director of Hope & Faith Wellness Clinic. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University & my Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN.
The ultimate goal of patients with mental illness and substance abuse is to achieve the optimal level of their functionality. My practice aims at helping patients achieve their goals by promoting comprehensive care focusing on the whole person at all ages and stages of life. Providing a caring and compassionate care is paramount to our practice. I am a Licensed Psychiatrist with over 20 years experience & the Medical Director of Hope & Faith Wellness Clinic. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University & my Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN.
(470) 285-8905 View (470) 285-8905
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Cinandra Sweatman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Auburn, GA 30011  (Online Only)
Cinandra is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in a variety of disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorder, and behavioral disturbance. Cinandra's primary goal is to establish relationships with her patients that are both empowering as well as educational. Cinandra treats both adolescents as well as adults, covering the various issues experienced across the lifespan. Her role as a PMHNP is a multifaceted one, in which Cinandra works as an advocate, educator, and collaborator.
Cinandra is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in a variety of disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorder, and behavioral disturbance. Cinandra's primary goal is to establish relationships with her patients that are both empowering as well as educational. Cinandra treats both adolescents as well as adults, covering the various issues experienced across the lifespan. Her role as a PMHNP is a multifaceted one, in which Cinandra works as an advocate, educator, and collaborator.
(470) 745-7016 View (470) 745-7016
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Sylvie Shiwiri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winder, GA 30680
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
(470) 660-3107 View (470) 660-3107

Online Psychiatrists

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Maima Fortune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from The University of Rhode Island in 2010, then went on to get my Master’s in Nursing from Drexel University, graduating as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. I have worked in variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as telemedicine. For 4 years, I have care for and provided psychotropic medication management to children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, nursing home and state psychiatric facilities.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from The University of Rhode Island in 2010, then went on to get my Master’s in Nursing from Drexel University, graduating as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. I have worked in variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as telemedicine. For 4 years, I have care for and provided psychotropic medication management to children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, nursing home and state psychiatric facilities.
(470) 688-9393 View (470) 688-9393
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Mercy Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stonecrest, GA 30038  (Online Only)
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
(678) 679-1165 View (678) 679-1165
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Apex Family Healthcare Services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
(678) 782-7272 View (678) 782-7272
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Stephanie Williams
Psychiatric Nurse, NP-BC, MSN-RN, MBA-HA
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Stephanie started her nursing career in 2005 as a nurse extern on a med-surg unit at Medical Center Navient Health. Over the years she has been provided opportunities to gain knowledge and skill in several areas of nursing such as: labor and delivery, women's services, stroke/neuro, case management, and utilization reviews. She obtained her mental health experience providing treatment with community service board outpatient practices.
Stephanie started her nursing career in 2005 as a nurse extern on a med-surg unit at Medical Center Navient Health. Over the years she has been provided opportunities to gain knowledge and skill in several areas of nursing such as: labor and delivery, women's services, stroke/neuro, case management, and utilization reviews. She obtained her mental health experience providing treatment with community service board outpatient practices.
(478) 242-6182 View (478) 242-6182
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Michael S Conley, MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
(678) 252-6007 View (678) 252-6007
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Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
(404) 383-8756 View (404) 383-8756
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David Klein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dr. Klein is a proponent of the biological-psychological-social model to well-being and provides adult patients with comprehensive psychiatric care including general consultations, initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Treatment is available for issues including, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and psychiatric issues due to medical conditions. In Dr. Klein's spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and playing video games. Originally from the mid-west, he relocated to escape the winter weather.
Dr. Klein is a proponent of the biological-psychological-social model to well-being and provides adult patients with comprehensive psychiatric care including general consultations, initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Treatment is available for issues including, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and psychiatric issues due to medical conditions. In Dr. Klein's spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and playing video games. Originally from the mid-west, he relocated to escape the winter weather.
(470) 745-1596 View (470) 745-1596
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Kimberly Drummond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder.
(470) 280-2936 View (470) 280-2936
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Julie Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Buford, GA 30519  (Online Only)
Our mental health is impacted by our genetics, stressors in our environments, and our physical health, and when our minds are not healthy, our physical health and relationships with others suffer.
Our mental health is impacted by our genetics, stressors in our environments, and our physical health, and when our minds are not healthy, our physical health and relationships with others suffer.
(470) 518-5617 View (470) 518-5617
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Linda Octavien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
(470) 315-9161 View (470) 315-9161
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Teresa Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton, GA 30009
Teresa is a seasoned, consummate mental health professional who has dedicated her entire 40 year career to the care and treatment of mental health patients. She sees each encounter as sacred and seeks to honor the sacred stories of those entrusted to her care. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain a Master of Nursing in Gerontology/Mental Health. At 44, she entered the University of North Georgia to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner post Master's certificate.
Teresa is a seasoned, consummate mental health professional who has dedicated her entire 40 year career to the care and treatment of mental health patients. She sees each encounter as sacred and seeks to honor the sacred stories of those entrusted to her care. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain a Master of Nursing in Gerontology/Mental Health. At 44, she entered the University of North Georgia to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner post Master's certificate.
(678) 869-1159 View (678) 869-1159
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Ebele Compean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Dr. Compean is proud to be a part of patient's journey. She is privileged to be one of the few (or in some cases the only person) in their life to see the real person. There are many things medications itself cannot fix such as the the doctor, psychiatrist really listening to you and being an advocate for your mental wellness. Dr. Compean loves spending time with her husband and their two beautiful dogs as well as cooking authentic Nigerian cuisine.
Dr. Compean is proud to be a part of patient's journey. She is privileged to be one of the few (or in some cases the only person) in their life to see the real person. There are many things medications itself cannot fix such as the the doctor, psychiatrist really listening to you and being an advocate for your mental wellness. Dr. Compean loves spending time with her husband and their two beautiful dogs as well as cooking authentic Nigerian cuisine.
(470) 517-3504 View (470) 517-3504
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Avant Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marietta, GA 30068
At Avant Interventional Psychiatry we have a passion for clear minds and better lives. Our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and medical assistant staff are here to serve all of your psychiatric needs. We see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients who are dealing with any psychiatric conditions or behavioral disorders.
At Avant Interventional Psychiatry we have a passion for clear minds and better lives. Our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and medical assistant staff are here to serve all of your psychiatric needs. We see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients who are dealing with any psychiatric conditions or behavioral disorders.
(678) 580-6836 View (678) 580-6836
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Apex Integrative Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013  (Online Only)
At Apex Integrative Health our goal is to empower individuals to achieve balance and inner peace. We are board certified psychiatric nurse practitioners with over 20 years of health care experience. Our treatment approach is integrative, blending medication management, nutrition counseling, psychotherapy, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's needs. We believe in treating the whole person, addressing underlying issues and promoting long-term healing and resilience.
At Apex Integrative Health our goal is to empower individuals to achieve balance and inner peace. We are board certified psychiatric nurse practitioners with over 20 years of health care experience. Our treatment approach is integrative, blending medication management, nutrition counseling, psychotherapy, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's needs. We believe in treating the whole person, addressing underlying issues and promoting long-term healing and resilience.
(470) 329-1697 View (470) 329-1697
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Chinara Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, - BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
(770) 802-2570 View (770) 802-2570

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Number of Psychiatrists in Barrow County, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Barrow County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Barrow County, GA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Barrow County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.