Psychiatrists in Hampton, GA

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Olusola Olawale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hampton, GA 30228  (Online Only)
Olawale is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry, providing medication management and prescription for mental illness. We provide a quality care to patients dealing with ADHD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar and many other disorders. We provide the care by working closely with patients, other pertinent providers, family members and loved ones to ensure that our client receive the right diagnosis, treatment, and medication management. We are able to prescribe medications for mental illness. We do not prescribe stimulants.
Olawale is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry, providing medication management and prescription for mental illness. We provide a quality care to patients dealing with ADHD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar and many other disorders. We provide the care by working closely with patients, other pertinent providers, family members and loved ones to ensure that our client receive the right diagnosis, treatment, and medication management. We are able to prescribe medications for mental illness. We do not prescribe stimulants.
(678) 203-6557 View (678) 203-6557
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Chine mental health services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hampton, GA 30228  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments. Please schedule your appointment via my website.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments. Please schedule your appointment via my website.
(404) 487-1960 View (404) 487-1960
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Dr. Olaocha B. Okwuadigbo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hampton, GA 30228
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
(770) 758-4692 View (770) 758-4692

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Dr. Sandra Walker-Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
McDonough, GA 30253
Sandra is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Sandra has experience in treating psychiatric patients in variety of settings including maximum security forensics, inpatient, outpatient, and detox facilities per face-to-face and telehealth. Sandra started her career working as a psychiatric registered nurse (2006) in acute crisis stabilization units and 24-hour observation units.
Sandra is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Sandra has experience in treating psychiatric patients in variety of settings including maximum security forensics, inpatient, outpatient, and detox facilities per face-to-face and telehealth. Sandra started her career working as a psychiatric registered nurse (2006) in acute crisis stabilization units and 24-hour observation units.
(678) 616-9963 View (678) 616-9963
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Gary Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
(770) 501-8194 View (770) 501-8194
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Ifeoma Adazi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
(770) 501-7840 View (770) 501-7840
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Apex Family Healthcare Services
Psychiatrist
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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Brenda Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
As one of the Prescribers of Medication of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Need of the Patient. It is our philosophy that health and healing comes from a combination of an effective medication regimen, psycho-therapy and learned social skills. Our Psychological Services Center offers medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location.
As one of the Prescribers of Medication of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Need of the Patient. It is our philosophy that health and healing comes from a combination of an effective medication regimen, psycho-therapy and learned social skills. Our Psychological Services Center offers medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location.
(678) 506-7164 View (678) 506-7164
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Okorafor Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
McDonough, GA 30253  (Online Only)
Our Moto at Okorafor Psychiatry is normalizing mental health through affirmation, therapy, and medication management. We believe in empowering our patients to becoming the best version of themselves. We also believe in enabling patients to recognize their weaknesses, which they can turn into strength(s). We are very positive and believe that with the right combination of therapy and medication you can begin your journey to healing.
Our Moto at Okorafor Psychiatry is normalizing mental health through affirmation, therapy, and medication management. We believe in empowering our patients to becoming the best version of themselves. We also believe in enabling patients to recognize their weaknesses, which they can turn into strength(s). We are very positive and believe that with the right combination of therapy and medication you can begin your journey to healing.
(478) 395-8282 View (478) 395-8282
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Tiffany Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been blessed to have over 11 years of experience and have amassed a wealth of knowledge from my time working as a nurse. I value learning about people’s journeys in life and understanding their cultures and backgrounds. My main objective, goal, and purpose in life have always been to serve and help those in need with an empathic and non-judgmental mindset, using therapeutic communication and listening skills, along with a willingness to understand and support!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been blessed to have over 11 years of experience and have amassed a wealth of knowledge from my time working as a nurse. I value learning about people’s journeys in life and understanding their cultures and backgrounds. My main objective, goal, and purpose in life have always been to serve and help those in need with an empathic and non-judgmental mindset, using therapeutic communication and listening skills, along with a willingness to understand and support!
(678) 679-9155 View (678) 679-9155
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Beatrice Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
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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Beautiful Minds of Fayetteville, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
(678) 403-6481 x30214 View (678) 403-6481 x30214
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Patrice Barnhill Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Patrice Barnhill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joined the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals group in April 2018, and is currently seeing patients at our Decatur and Stockbridge locations. Prior to starting with GBHP, Patrice worked in a pediatric primary care setting, where she cared for patients with acute and chronic health conditions, as well as provided preventative care, mental health and developmental screenings. She has always been the most passionate in her care of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns.
Patrice Barnhill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joined the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals group in April 2018, and is currently seeing patients at our Decatur and Stockbridge locations. Prior to starting with GBHP, Patrice worked in a pediatric primary care setting, where she cared for patients with acute and chronic health conditions, as well as provided preventative care, mental health and developmental screenings. She has always been the most passionate in her care of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns.
(404) 471-3367 View (404) 471-3367
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Cecile Pasion-Bregman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
(770) 758-1695 View (770) 758-1695
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Naureen Munawar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fayetteville, GA 30214
As one of 3 Psychiatrist of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Needs of the Patient. I am on site 5 days weekly. We collaborate with PCP's, Specialty MD's and other Health Professionals to ensure that our patients treatment is Comprehensive and Effective. We offer medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location. We service children, adolescents and adults. W
As one of 3 Psychiatrist of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Needs of the Patient. I am on site 5 days weekly. We collaborate with PCP's, Specialty MD's and other Health Professionals to ensure that our patients treatment is Comprehensive and Effective. We offer medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location. We service children, adolescents and adults. W
(678) 883-7724 View (678) 883-7724
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Darin Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
(770) 758-7370 View (770) 758-7370
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Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
McDonough, GA 30253
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
(470) 842-3606 View (470) 842-3606
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Omobolaji Oluseyi Oyebanjo Popoola
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
(770) 762-0525 View (770) 762-0525
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Piyush Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dr. Piyush C. Patel is a board-certified Psychiatrist practicing in the Atlanta area since 2005. He received his medical degree from the N.H.L Municipal Medical College, Gujarat university of India, completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training from Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Piyush C. Patel is a board-certified Psychiatrist practicing in the Atlanta area since 2005. He received his medical degree from the N.H.L Municipal Medical College, Gujarat university of India, completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training from Emory University School of Medicine.
(470) 634-8904 View (470) 634-8904
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Easylife psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
McDonough, GA 30253  (Online Only)
Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgemental environment. I treat a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, OCDs and substance abuse. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgemental environment. I treat a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, OCDs and substance abuse. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
(770) 637-3775 View (770) 637-3775

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hampton, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hampton, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Hampton, GA see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hampton?

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.