Psychiatrists in College Park, GA

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Sherri Simpson Broadwater
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30337
As a double board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I provide clinical care in Georgia and will be providing tele-psychiatry in Texas. My mantra is MENTAL HEALTH which, for many, is achieved through forgiveness, healthy living, psychotherapy, spirituality, and pharmacotherapy as needed. I enjoy working with individuals and families whom are open to the often very emotional, slow and complicated therapeutic work required for change, recovery and healing. I recognize the healing power of Jesus, creativity, and healthy living; my therapeutic approach incorporates the interface of the mind, brain and spirit.
As a double board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I provide clinical care in Georgia and will be providing tele-psychiatry in Texas. My mantra is MENTAL HEALTH which, for many, is achieved through forgiveness, healthy living, psychotherapy, spirituality, and pharmacotherapy as needed. I enjoy working with individuals and families whom are open to the often very emotional, slow and complicated therapeutic work required for change, recovery and healing. I recognize the healing power of Jesus, creativity, and healthy living; my therapeutic approach incorporates the interface of the mind, brain and spirit.
(470) 748-9081 View (470) 748-9081
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Healing Mind and Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
(404) 905-3676 View (404) 905-3676
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Nak Union Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Dr. Ranjan Avasthi, is a double board certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist. He is currently the medical director for the Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services Clinic as well as the lead psychiatrist for the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System Partial Hospital Program, that specializes in substance abuse and recovery. Dr. Avasthi completed his Psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, a part of Augusta University. He stayed on to work as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Ranjan Avasthi, is a double board certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist. He is currently the medical director for the Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services Clinic as well as the lead psychiatrist for the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System Partial Hospital Program, that specializes in substance abuse and recovery. Dr. Avasthi completed his Psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, a part of Augusta University. He stayed on to work as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Morehouse School of Medicine.
(678) 582-2526 View (678) 582-2526
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The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
(470) 802-4515 View (470) 802-4515
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Gilda Moss-Traore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
(470) 287-0878 View (470) 287-0878

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Dr. Eddie Beal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30344
My ideal client is someone who is ready to take control of their mental health and make positive changes in their life. They may be struggling with symptoms that interfere with their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. My goal is to empower them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life by providing compassionate and effective care.
My ideal client is someone who is ready to take control of their mental health and make positive changes in their life. They may be struggling with symptoms that interfere with their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. My goal is to empower them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life by providing compassionate and effective care.
(678) 729-9143 View (678) 729-9143
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Korinne Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318
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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Lois Macdonnell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30301  (Online Only)
Dr. Macdonnell is a double-boarded psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Macdonnell focuses on treating individuals with medication management. Supportive and interpersonal therapy is incorporated as needed. When additional therapy or longer sessions are necessary to enhance the individual’s treatment she invites a therapist to become a member of your care team.
Dr. Macdonnell is a double-boarded psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Macdonnell focuses on treating individuals with medication management. Supportive and interpersonal therapy is incorporated as needed. When additional therapy or longer sessions are necessary to enhance the individual’s treatment she invites a therapist to become a member of your care team.
(678) 946-2884 View (678) 946-2884
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Michelle Dade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318
I have over 12 years of adult nursing experience. I have spent the last 10 years in an adult medical ICU treating the oncology population. My focus is communication and active listening to understand their concern. Educating patients on their diagnosis with individualized treatment plans provide better outcomes.
I have over 12 years of adult nursing experience. I have spent the last 10 years in an adult medical ICU treating the oncology population. My focus is communication and active listening to understand their concern. Educating patients on their diagnosis with individualized treatment plans provide better outcomes.
(770) 501-7937 View (770) 501-7937
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JS Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Our experienced psychiatric professionals work closely with you to find the most effective medication plan. Regular follow-ups, whether in person or via telehealth, ensure your treatment is continuously optimized for your well-being. For those requiring injectable medications, we provide a safe and comfortable setting for administration. Our licensed therapists offer individual and family therapy sessions. We address a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Our therapeutic approaches are evidence-based. Call Today!
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Our experienced psychiatric professionals work closely with you to find the most effective medication plan. Regular follow-ups, whether in person or via telehealth, ensure your treatment is continuously optimized for your well-being. For those requiring injectable medications, we provide a safe and comfortable setting for administration. Our licensed therapists offer individual and family therapy sessions. We address a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Our therapeutic approaches are evidence-based. Call Today!
(678) 929-2589 View (678) 929-2589
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Tam Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30327
Tam Pham is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. He graduated from the UAB Master's School of Nursing. Tam offers his clients medication management. Outside of work, Tam enjoys playing volleyball and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. He is an active member of HVA (Hotlanta Volleyball Association) the GA chapter of NAGVA (North American Gay Volleyball Association).
Tam Pham is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. He graduated from the UAB Master's School of Nursing. Tam offers his clients medication management. Outside of work, Tam enjoys playing volleyball and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. He is an active member of HVA (Hotlanta Volleyball Association) the GA chapter of NAGVA (North American Gay Volleyball Association).
(404) 795-4462 View (404) 795-4462
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Georgia Healthy Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30304
At Georgia Healthy Minds, we recognize that sometimes, having mental illness can be a consuming and overwhelming challenge, which requires a lot of courage and strength. Our goal is to promote the improved mental well-being of our clients and their families, by providing comprehensive, compassionate, supportive care and high-quality treatment, that is non-judgmental and patient-centered. Together, we will create a plan that is personalized, that will help you achieve your goals.
At Georgia Healthy Minds, we recognize that sometimes, having mental illness can be a consuming and overwhelming challenge, which requires a lot of courage and strength. Our goal is to promote the improved mental well-being of our clients and their families, by providing comprehensive, compassionate, supportive care and high-quality treatment, that is non-judgmental and patient-centered. Together, we will create a plan that is personalized, that will help you achieve your goals.
(678) 506-7665 View (678) 506-7665
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Oluwafunmilola Sulaimon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30310
Lola Sulaimon is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 12+ years of psychiatric experience. She manages a wide range of mental health concerns. She is skilled in medication management and utilizes aspects of psychodynamics, CBT, and stabilization while building a rapport, forming individualized treatment plans, and managing care. I aim to create a supportive and empathetic environment. I listen actively, validate their feelings, and provide information or guidance based on their needs. My approach is nonjudgmental and focused on collaboration.
Lola Sulaimon is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 12+ years of psychiatric experience. She manages a wide range of mental health concerns. She is skilled in medication management and utilizes aspects of psychodynamics, CBT, and stabilization while building a rapport, forming individualized treatment plans, and managing care. I aim to create a supportive and empathetic environment. I listen actively, validate their feelings, and provide information or guidance based on their needs. My approach is nonjudgmental and focused on collaboration.
(470) 517-7804 View (470) 517-7804
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Ralph Ogwotu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, GA 30214  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a spectrum of psychiatric conditions. The entire focus of my practice is to provide that little extra-extra effort, extra diligence, extra commitment, extra courage, and extra creativity.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner. I have experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with a spectrum of psychiatric conditions. The entire focus of my practice is to provide that little extra-extra effort, extra diligence, extra commitment, extra courage, and extra creativity.
(678) 582-2523 View (678) 582-2523
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Hardi Calvert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318
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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Dr. Ezinne Kanu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30302  (Online Only)
Hello! I am happy to be in this wonderful and ever-expanding field of medicine. I am captivated by the exploration of the mental and behavioral factors that contribute to one’s unique makeup. I love this personal approach to medicine, and I hope to bring my love of this field to help as many people as I can.
Hello! I am happy to be in this wonderful and ever-expanding field of medicine. I am captivated by the exploration of the mental and behavioral factors that contribute to one’s unique makeup. I love this personal approach to medicine, and I hope to bring my love of this field to help as many people as I can.
(706) 510-3337 View (706) 510-3337
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Omotayo Abdul
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30313
My nursing career started in 1980 from Nigeria, where I worked in all areas of nursing. Moved to the United States in 1984, I was in Los Angeles, California for 10 years, and in 1994 I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, I focused mainly on mental health conditions in our state psychiatry hospital, later transition to the Federal level at the Atlanta VA mostly with the adult populations. I consider myself a compassionate and caring individual with a special passion for those who serve our nation, as I am a mother of two Air Force Veterans.
My nursing career started in 1980 from Nigeria, where I worked in all areas of nursing. Moved to the United States in 1984, I was in Los Angeles, California for 10 years, and in 1994 I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, I focused mainly on mental health conditions in our state psychiatry hospital, later transition to the Federal level at the Atlanta VA mostly with the adult populations. I consider myself a compassionate and caring individual with a special passion for those who serve our nation, as I am a mother of two Air Force Veterans.
(404) 689-2305 View (404) 689-2305
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Dr. Staffel Strong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30342  (Online Only)
I believe psychiatry should seek to examine the neurologic, genetic, and environmental conditions that contribute to child, adolescent and adult development. Be Strong Wellness Clinic was founded to incorporate the interaction of these components to provide comprehensive care, diagnostic clarity and individualized treatment to meet patient's needs.
I believe psychiatry should seek to examine the neurologic, genetic, and environmental conditions that contribute to child, adolescent and adult development. Be Strong Wellness Clinic was founded to incorporate the interaction of these components to provide comprehensive care, diagnostic clarity and individualized treatment to meet patient's needs.
(470) 928-5191 View (470) 928-5191
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Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30331
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
(404) 531-2517 View (404) 531-2517
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Melveena Johnson-Bolden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30315
My name is Melveena Johnson Bolden, and I am Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal with my patients is to meet their needs in a collaborative, comfortable, and conscientious manner, focusing on the whole patient and not the hole in the patient. My approach to mental healthcare is a little eclectic because each person requires something unique. I utilize the Humanistic approach because it focuses on person-centered care, which emphasizes empathy to facilitate personal growth.
My name is Melveena Johnson Bolden, and I am Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal with my patients is to meet their needs in a collaborative, comfortable, and conscientious manner, focusing on the whole patient and not the hole in the patient. My approach to mental healthcare is a little eclectic because each person requires something unique. I utilize the Humanistic approach because it focuses on person-centered care, which emphasizes empathy to facilitate personal growth.
(470) 517-7529 View (470) 517-7529

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in College Park, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in College Park, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% ADHD
60% Psychosis
60% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in College Park, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in College Park?

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.