Psychiatrists in Hall County, GA

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Photo of Kimberly Thompson, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
(678) 582-2729 View (678) 582-2729
Photo of Dionne Lynch, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dionne Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to understanding and supporting my patient’s needs. I believe in providing individualized care and involving my patients in their treatment plans. I have attained an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science at Canton College of Technology. I then attended City College of New York, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree. Driven by my passion for psychiatric care, I furthered my education at Walden University and earned a Master of Science Nursing Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to understanding and supporting my patient’s needs. I believe in providing individualized care and involving my patients in their treatment plans. I have attained an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science at Canton College of Technology. I then attended City College of New York, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree. Driven by my passion for psychiatric care, I furthered my education at Walden University and earned a Master of Science Nursing Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(470) 260-2322 View (470) 260-2322
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Mindbodysoul Mental Health & Family practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
(404) 948-5093 View (404) 948-5093
Photo of Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, DOT-CME, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, DOT-CME
Verified Verified
Lula, GA 30554
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
(706) 710-8892 View (706) 710-8892
Photo of Evelyn Booker, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30507
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
(470) 517-8356 View (470) 517-8356
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Nurul Hoque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Covington, GA 30014  (Online Only)
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
(470) 649-1907 View (470) 649-1907
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Unique Euphoria
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Verified Verified
Morrow, GA 30260  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step to living today! Life is full of challenges that can cause you reoccurring and painful thoughts that can last for years. Challenges can include work burnout, family, finances, intimate partner relationships, depression, anxiety, and many more. Let me help you find your way out of the constant cycle of negative ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy does not focus on the traumatizing events of your life. Instead, I will help you move past negative reoccurring thoughts by helping you focus on a life that is worth living today!
Congratulations on taking the first step to living today! Life is full of challenges that can cause you reoccurring and painful thoughts that can last for years. Challenges can include work burnout, family, finances, intimate partner relationships, depression, anxiety, and many more. Let me help you find your way out of the constant cycle of negative ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy does not focus on the traumatizing events of your life. Instead, I will help you move past negative reoccurring thoughts by helping you focus on a life that is worth living today!
(470) 660-4027 View (470) 660-4027
Photo of Jayne Nyaboke Andrade - Georgia Healthy Minds, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Georgia Healthy Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Marietta, GA 30064
Hello, I am Jayne Andrade, a doctoral-prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family practice, who advocates for patients and empowers them to become active in their care.
Hello, I am Jayne Andrade, a doctoral-prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family practice, who advocates for patients and empowers them to become active in their care.
(770) 762-1617 View (770) 762-1617
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Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281  (Online Only)
Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia provides psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management to children, adolescents, and adults, ages 6 and up, who have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, insomnia, DMDD, Tourette’s, ODD, and other personality and mood disturbances.
Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia provides psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management to children, adolescents, and adults, ages 6 and up, who have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, insomnia, DMDD, Tourette’s, ODD, and other personality and mood disturbances.
(678) 326-4152 View (678) 326-4152
Photo of Cidia Awyie, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cidia Awyie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Dr. Cidia. I want to applaud you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. It takes a lot of strength and courage to seek care. The various experiences of life can leave a tremendous impact on you. Do you sometimes feel like you just want all the chaos and noise to stop? The feeling of loss, anxiety or that something is missing can make you feel like you’re pieces of a puzzle. You are not feeling your best right now. You may be struggling to find the balance, joy, and fulfillment you once felt out of just living life to the fullest.
Hi there, I’m Dr. Cidia. I want to applaud you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. It takes a lot of strength and courage to seek care. The various experiences of life can leave a tremendous impact on you. Do you sometimes feel like you just want all the chaos and noise to stop? The feeling of loss, anxiety or that something is missing can make you feel like you’re pieces of a puzzle. You are not feeling your best right now. You may be struggling to find the balance, joy, and fulfillment you once felt out of just living life to the fullest.
(706) 707-7452 View (706) 707-7452
Photo of Stephanie Williams, NP-BC, MSN-RN, MBA-HA, Psychiatric Nurse
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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Shikira Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Powder Springs, GA 30127  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Shikira. I’m a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I’m originally from Ohio. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sports, travel, community service activities, and my beloved fur babies. My experience is in medical/surgical nursing, brief counseling, and adult/child/adolescent mental health care. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings throughout my 10+ years in healthcare.
Hi! My name is Shikira. I’m a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I’m originally from Ohio. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sports, travel, community service activities, and my beloved fur babies. My experience is in medical/surgical nursing, brief counseling, and adult/child/adolescent mental health care. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings throughout my 10+ years in healthcare.
(678) 712-5914 View (678) 712-5914
Photo of Rosalid Kimani, BSN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rosalid Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Have you been feeling hopeless, worthless and has no motivation to do things that you once loved? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Have you been feeling hopeless, worthless and has no motivation to do things that you once loved? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
(360) 953-5797 View (360) 953-5797
Photo of Rebecca Pihera - Psych Care ATL, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psych Care ATL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported.
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported.
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Dr. Ashmeer Ogbuchi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marietta, GA 30067
Hi! My name is Dr. Ashmeer Ogbuchi, and I'm a passionate psychiatrist committed to providing comprehensive mental health care and addiction treatment to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the complexities of the human mind, I strive to empower my patients on their journey towards improved well-being and emotional resilience. I am excited to serve patients on an ongoing basis as well in higher levels of care for Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization treatment at Recovery DBT.
Hi! My name is Dr. Ashmeer Ogbuchi, and I'm a passionate psychiatrist committed to providing comprehensive mental health care and addiction treatment to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the complexities of the human mind, I strive to empower my patients on their journey towards improved well-being and emotional resilience. I am excited to serve patients on an ongoing basis as well in higher levels of care for Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization treatment at Recovery DBT.
(678) 672-3246 View (678) 672-3246
Photo of Shakera Kathleen Snelling, PMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shakera Kathleen Snelling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30308
Hello! 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!
Hello! 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
Photo of Charles Guillaume, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
(770) 562-7966 View (770) 562-7966
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Beatrice Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
(770) 758-8834 View (770) 758-8834
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Melanie Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Dr. Melanie Johnson Pointer completed her undergraduate studies and medical school training at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Upon graduation from medical school, she matriculated to The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she completed an internship in Psychiatry. She then returned to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she completed her residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is dually board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Pointer currently treats children, adolescent, and young to middle age adult patients.
Dr. Melanie Johnson Pointer completed her undergraduate studies and medical school training at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Upon graduation from medical school, she matriculated to The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she completed an internship in Psychiatry. She then returned to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she completed her residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is dually board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Pointer currently treats children, adolescent, and young to middle age adult patients.
(770) 758-1471 View (770) 758-1471

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hall County, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hall County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% Addiction
67% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Hall County, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hall 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.