Psychiatrists in Dunwoody, GA

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Panchajanya Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
(678) 883-7328 View (678) 883-7328
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Katie Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
As an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Katie Butler specializes in prescribing and managing medication for clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.
As an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Katie Butler specializes in prescribing and managing medication for clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.
(770) 629-8482 View (770) 629-8482
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Eamon Dutta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Dr Dutta is Board Certified in Adult, Geriatric psychiatry and Addiction Medicine with a long affiliation with Peachford Hospital. He has admitting privileges at the hospital where he focuses on Crisis stabilization , acute care management and Partial Hospitalization Supports. He also has a very active inpatient and outpatient ECT Service at the hospital. Dr Dutta works very closely with Skyland Trails, Talbot Recovery and various Residential programs around the Country. He has a special interest in Trauma, Addictive Diseases and Autism spectrum disorders.
Dr Dutta is Board Certified in Adult, Geriatric psychiatry and Addiction Medicine with a long affiliation with Peachford Hospital. He has admitting privileges at the hospital where he focuses on Crisis stabilization , acute care management and Partial Hospitalization Supports. He also has a very active inpatient and outpatient ECT Service at the hospital. Dr Dutta works very closely with Skyland Trails, Talbot Recovery and various Residential programs around the Country. He has a special interest in Trauma, Addictive Diseases and Autism spectrum disorders.
(678) 701-1468 View (678) 701-1468
Winston Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Jeffrey L Winston, MD attended medical school at University of Wisconsin where he received his medical degree and completed a 4 year psychiatry residency at UW Health. Currently, he is an adjunct Professor at Mercer University and has enjoyed teaching the next generation of physician assistants. Dr. Winston is a Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and also actively involved in his local Georgia Psychiatric Association. He has received recognition for his hard work with the exemplary evaluations and treatment.
Jeffrey L Winston, MD attended medical school at University of Wisconsin where he received his medical degree and completed a 4 year psychiatry residency at UW Health. Currently, he is an adjunct Professor at Mercer University and has enjoyed teaching the next generation of physician assistants. Dr. Winston is a Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and also actively involved in his local Georgia Psychiatric Association. He has received recognition for his hard work with the exemplary evaluations and treatment.
(404) 991-5763 View (404) 991-5763
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Glory Recovery Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
Break free from Opioid addiction, Reclaim back your glorious life. We offer Suboxone treatment for both new and existing patients. Our program has a high success rate for those that complies with treatment. Begin your treatment today with only $99 Our payment is very flexible and affordable. We do not accept any form of insurance payment. The clinic accepts only self-pay patients only. Glory Recovery Solutions now provides personalized on-line treatment consultations for prescription pain/heroin addiction and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. This is offered to you in the comfort of your own familiar environment.
(678) 568-4861 View (678) 568-4861
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Clara C Ugwuibe-Ogunseye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
A board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Providing quality care to clients from 13 years through 85 years with various mental health conditions. Providing diagnostic assessment, medication management, individual supportive psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. My goal is to help individuals feel safe, secured and hopeful about their future. Utilizing patient centered approach to care, individuals are involved in planning their care. I am easy going, empathetic, compassionate, reliable, and trustworthy. Treats everyone the way I would like to be treated.
A board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Providing quality care to clients from 13 years through 85 years with various mental health conditions. Providing diagnostic assessment, medication management, individual supportive psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. My goal is to help individuals feel safe, secured and hopeful about their future. Utilizing patient centered approach to care, individuals are involved in planning their care. I am easy going, empathetic, compassionate, reliable, and trustworthy. Treats everyone the way I would like to be treated.
(470) 664-2742 View (470) 664-2742
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Dola Abiodun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Dolapo "Dola" Abiodun, DNP, PMHNP Dr. Dola Abiodun is a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with an expertise in treating depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, personalities disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2 disorder, ADHD, substance and alcohol use disorder and schizoaffective disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty professor at University of Massachusetts, Global, Irvine, California and Liberty University in Virginia, USA. Dr. Abiodun completed her first Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Dolapo "Dola" Abiodun, DNP, PMHNP Dr. Dola Abiodun is a doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with an expertise in treating depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, personalities disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2 disorder, ADHD, substance and alcohol use disorder and schizoaffective disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty professor at University of Massachusetts, Global, Irvine, California and Liberty University in Virginia, USA. Dr. Abiodun completed her first Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
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Mercy Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
I'm Mercy and i am a Nurse Practitioner, providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. I am board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). I have years of experience in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
I'm Mercy and i am a Nurse Practitioner, providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. I am board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). I have years of experience in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
(470) 648-4840 View (470) 648-4840
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Lovelyne Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
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Darlene McNulty
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Darlene McNulty extends her compassion and knowledge to treat psychiatric illnesses in adults in the Sandy Springs office for LifeStance Health. Dr. McNulty is a TMS certified professional.
Darlene McNulty extends her compassion and knowledge to treat psychiatric illnesses in adults in the Sandy Springs office for LifeStance Health. Dr. McNulty is a TMS certified professional.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
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Tam Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
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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Ebele Compean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
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.
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Lyle Cason
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Lyle Cason is a certified Physician Assistant who joined LifeStance Health in January 2017. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Afterward, he completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Tampa, Florida where he graduated with highest honors. Lyle believes in providing compassionate care for all and treating each client he sees as a unique individual with unique needs.
Lyle Cason is a certified Physician Assistant who joined LifeStance Health in January 2017. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior from the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Afterward, he completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Tampa, Florida where he graduated with highest honors. Lyle believes in providing compassionate care for all and treating each client he sees as a unique individual with unique needs.
(404) 467-6932 View (404) 467-6932
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Ramakanth K Vemuluri
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
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Latina Heard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
Latina Heard is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and ADHD. She is culturally sensitive and treats each person as an individual in a compassionate and understanding manner. Latina's role as a PMHNP is not limited to medical management; additionally, she functions as an advocate and patient educator in this role. Many of her clients tell her she is the listening ear they've needed. Latina completed her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse studies at Walden University.
Latina Heard is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and ADHD. She is culturally sensitive and treats each person as an individual in a compassionate and understanding manner. Latina's role as a PMHNP is not limited to medical management; additionally, she functions as an advocate and patient educator in this role. Many of her clients tell her she is the listening ear they've needed. Latina completed her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse studies at Walden University.
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More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Nak Union Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30350
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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Amanda E. Williams
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. My goal is to actively collaborate with you to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I provide an empathic and supportive environment so that you may gain a better understanding of yourself to facilitate positive change. I pride myself on providing individual psychotherapy combined with medication management (rare for modern day psychiatrists) and also coordinated medication management for patients who see another therapist. I am experienced in the treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and adjustment reactions.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. My goal is to actively collaborate with you to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I provide an empathic and supportive environment so that you may gain a better understanding of yourself to facilitate positive change. I pride myself on providing individual psychotherapy combined with medication management (rare for modern day psychiatrists) and also coordinated medication management for patients who see another therapist. I am experienced in the treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and adjustment reactions.
(404) 865-1183 View (404) 865-1183
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Shawn Allen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30338
Dr. Shawn Allen, M.D., Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist with a holistic approach, specializes in ADHD, mood, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. Completed her education at Loma Linda and Emory University, emphasizing integrative psychiatric approach to mental health with compassion.
Dr. Shawn Allen, M.D., Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist with a holistic approach, specializes in ADHD, mood, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. Completed her education at Loma Linda and Emory University, emphasizing integrative psychiatric approach to mental health with compassion.
(404) 850-9487 View (404) 850-9487
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Mallory Drake
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Doraville, GA 30360
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Mood Disorder, Panic Attacks, LGBTQ+-friendly care to adults and adolescents. I started my medicine career working in family medicine, where I saw that there was an intense need not only for more psychiatric providers, but also for more understanding and compassion in general for the mental health field.
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Mood Disorder, Panic Attacks, LGBTQ+-friendly care to adults and adolescents. I started my medicine career working in family medicine, where I saw that there was an intense need not only for more psychiatric providers, but also for more understanding and compassion in general for the mental health field.
(470) 412-9151 View (470) 412-9151
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Asad Mehdi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
Dr Mehdi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and sleep physician. He is the service director of Partial hospitalization program (PHP) at Peachford Hospital where patients are engage in various therapy groups lead by expert therapists 7 days a week. Patients are seen by him within 24-48 hours of starting the program. Patient can stay at the lodge Dr. Mehdi has strong expertise in Mood Disorders, anxiety disorder and psychosis related disorders and substance abuse relapse prevention. He also try to integrate medications with a naturalistic approach in treatment of psychiatric disorder.
Dr Mehdi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and sleep physician. He is the service director of Partial hospitalization program (PHP) at Peachford Hospital where patients are engage in various therapy groups lead by expert therapists 7 days a week. Patients are seen by him within 24-48 hours of starting the program. Patient can stay at the lodge Dr. Mehdi has strong expertise in Mood Disorders, anxiety disorder and psychosis related disorders and substance abuse relapse prevention. He also try to integrate medications with a naturalistic approach in treatment of psychiatric disorder.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dunwoody, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$167

Psychiatrists in Dunwoody, GA who prioritize treating:

87% ADHD
80% Depression
80% Anxiety
73% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Dunwoody, GA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dunwoody?

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.