Psychiatrists in Hiram, GA

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Garrett Ransom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hiram, GA 30141  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Garrett Ransom and I am psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I love working with clients of all ages and to help them overcome whatever challenges they face.
Hi there! My name is Garrett Ransom and I am psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I love working with clients of all ages and to help them overcome whatever challenges they face.
(678) 661-2766 View (678) 661-2766
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Omobolaji Oluseyi Oyebanjo Popoola
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM
Verified
Hiram, GA 30141
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) 439-3070 View (770) 439-3070
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Sabelle Mbye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hiram, GA 30141  (Online Only)
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in psychiatry and mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing.
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in psychiatry and mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing.
(470) 275-2647 View (470) 275-2647
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Doris Elonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hiram, GA 30141  (Online Only)
Doris Elonu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has more than 4 years of experience treating clients across the lifespan. Doris has cared for individuals and families with diverse mental health concerns in behavioral health settings, including outpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and telepsychiatry. Doris specializes in treating depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and more. Doris offers psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy.
Doris Elonu is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has more than 4 years of experience treating clients across the lifespan. Doris has cared for individuals and families with diverse mental health concerns in behavioral health settings, including outpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and telepsychiatry. Doris specializes in treating depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and more. Doris offers psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy.
(470) 458-2627 View (470) 458-2627

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Psychiatric Healing for All, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Dallas, GA 30157
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
(678) 884-4324 View (678) 884-4324
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Angela Danforth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified
Dallas, GA 30132  (Online Only)
I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorder, etc.). I have 8 years of experience working in the healthcare field. I have an extensive background in women's health, but I later transitioned into psychiatry, working with patients with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorder, etc.). I have 8 years of experience working in the healthcare field. I have an extensive background in women's health, but I later transitioned into psychiatry, working with patients with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
(678) 535-2402 View (678) 535-2402
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Louise Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Dallas, GA 30157
Offering flexible EVENING & WEEKEND appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
Offering flexible EVENING & WEEKEND appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
(678) 831-6429 View (678) 831-6429
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Sophroneo Behavioral Health & Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP
Verified
Powder Springs, GA 30127
An illness of the mind can be challenging and prevent people from achieving their full potential. Whether you are struggling with mental health issues or need assistance with your mental health, I am here to help. As a mental health professional, I am passionate about helping people function at their optimal level. My specialties include treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) disorders, schizoaffective disorder, and Schizophrenia.
An illness of the mind can be challenging and prevent people from achieving their full potential. Whether you are struggling with mental health issues or need assistance with your mental health, I am here to help. As a mental health professional, I am passionate about helping people function at their optimal level. My specialties include treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) disorders, schizoaffective disorder, and Schizophrenia.
(678) 390-3636 View (678) 390-3636
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Sabelle Mbye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, GA 30157
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in Psychiatry and Mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her training included an intensive practicum at Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest behavioral healthcare providers operating outpatient clinic
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in Psychiatry and Mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her training included an intensive practicum at Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest behavioral healthcare providers operating outpatient clinic
(770) 450-5023 View (770) 450-5023
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CoreHealthPsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Powder Springs, GA 30127  (Online Only)
We are a tele-psychiatry and in-office practice. We at Core Health Psychiatry believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools needed to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient tele-health and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
We are a tele-psychiatry and in-office practice. We at Core Health Psychiatry believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools needed to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient tele-health and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
(470) 665-5724 View (470) 665-5724
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Divine Team Behavioral Health care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Marietta, GA 30008
Dr. Blessing A. Onyekachi is a doctor of psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner. DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Dr. Blessing is a woman who brings her incredible journey of mental health and culture in a practical curriculum, -addressing the need for utilizing culture, orientation and individuals believe in mental health treatment. Dr. Blessing has been taking care of clients with mental health struggles since 2019. She earned her Doctorate and master’s degree in mental health at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Blessing has experiences in diagnosing and treating all psych/behavioral health issues.
Dr. Blessing A. Onyekachi is a doctor of psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner. DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Dr. Blessing is a woman who brings her incredible journey of mental health and culture in a practical curriculum, -addressing the need for utilizing culture, orientation and individuals believe in mental health treatment. Dr. Blessing has been taking care of clients with mental health struggles since 2019. She earned her Doctorate and master’s degree in mental health at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Blessing has experiences in diagnosing and treating all psych/behavioral health issues.
(470) 688-1605 View (470) 688-1605
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Chidimma Nzoiwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Powder Springs, GA 30073
Welcome to HealthStat Psychiatry LLC. At HealthStat Psychiatry, we offer outstanding Psychiatric-Mental Health Services tailored to your needs via In-Person Office Visits and Telehealth. Our patient population is across the Lifespan. Our goal is to help our clients improve their overall mental health and quality of life by providing evidence-based, Integrative, empathetic, and individualized care. Chidimma Nzoiwu is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with outstanding 5 years of practicing experience in Family Practice. She earned her MSN from Chamberlain University and PMHNP Post Cert. from Valdosta
Welcome to HealthStat Psychiatry LLC. At HealthStat Psychiatry, we offer outstanding Psychiatric-Mental Health Services tailored to your needs via In-Person Office Visits and Telehealth. Our patient population is across the Lifespan. Our goal is to help our clients improve their overall mental health and quality of life by providing evidence-based, Integrative, empathetic, and individualized care. Chidimma Nzoiwu is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with outstanding 5 years of practicing experience in Family Practice. She earned her MSN from Chamberlain University and PMHNP Post Cert. from Valdosta
(678) 931-9002 View (678) 931-9002
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Shy Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Douglasville, GA 30134
I have garnered experience in medication management and caring for patients facing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. I excel at performing comprehensive assessments, coming to swift diagnoses’, and building individualized treatment plans while empathetically educating and supporting patients to enable the best possible outcomes.
I have garnered experience in medication management and caring for patients facing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. I excel at performing comprehensive assessments, coming to swift diagnoses’, and building individualized treatment plans while empathetically educating and supporting patients to enable the best possible outcomes.
(678) 403-6294 View (678) 403-6294
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Hemachandra Gunawardhana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austell, GA 30106
Dr. Hemachandra Gunawardhana hails from the Island Nation of Sri Lanka. He is Board-Certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and held numerous positions of responsibility on the hospital staffs he served and has a tremendous amount of experience in the practice of Psychiatry. Dr. Hana is a member of the American Medical Association. He was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1995. He is a consultant psychiatrist at Summit Ridge Hospital in Lawrenceville, GA and works in the E. C. T Dept in there as well.
Dr. Hemachandra Gunawardhana hails from the Island Nation of Sri Lanka. He is Board-Certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and held numerous positions of responsibility on the hospital staffs he served and has a tremendous amount of experience in the practice of Psychiatry. Dr. Hana is a member of the American Medical Association. He was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1995. He is a consultant psychiatrist at Summit Ridge Hospital in Lawrenceville, GA and works in the E. C. T Dept in there as well.
(470) 598-4551 View (470) 598-4551
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Avant Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austell, GA 30106
At Avant Interventional Psychiatry we have a passion for clear minds and better lives. We specialize in TMS Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. We also specialize in Addiction and Suboxone Therapy. Our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and medical assistant staff are here to serve all of your psychiatric needs. We see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients who are dealing with any psychiatric conditions or behavioral disorders. We currently have three (3) office locations in Georgia: Austell, Fayetteville, and Marietta.
At Avant Interventional Psychiatry we have a passion for clear minds and better lives. We specialize in TMS Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. We also specialize in Addiction and Suboxone Therapy. Our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and medical assistant staff are here to serve all of your psychiatric needs. We see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients who are dealing with any psychiatric conditions or behavioral disorders. We currently have three (3) office locations in Georgia: Austell, Fayetteville, and Marietta.
(678) 607-9135 View (678) 607-9135
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Jayne Andrade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Making the decision to seek mental health care is difficult, yet very important. Thank you for making that brave decision to seek help. I am 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. At Georgia Healthy Minds, you can expect to receive comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, brief psychotherapy, follow-up evaluations, and medication management. We strive to provide an environment that is safe, and non-judgmental while creating a personalized patient-centered treatment plan.
Making the decision to seek mental health care is difficult, yet very important. Thank you for making that brave decision to seek help. I am 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. At Georgia Healthy Minds, you can expect to receive comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, brief psychotherapy, follow-up evaluations, and medication management. We strive to provide an environment that is safe, and non-judgmental while creating a personalized patient-centered treatment plan.
(678) 562-8377 View (678) 562-8377
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Nicole Stallworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Douglasville, GA 30134
Any person with mental health issues, whether acute or chronic.
Any person with mental health issues, whether acute or chronic.
(470) 735-7737 View (470) 735-7737
West Cobb Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a safe and non judgmental environment for individuals and couples. If you struggle with day to day life, or are challenged with debilitating psychological symptoms, we are here to help.
Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a safe and non judgmental environment for individuals and couples. If you struggle with day to day life, or are challenged with debilitating psychological symptoms, we are here to help.
(678) 607-8209 View (678) 607-8209
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Nisha Chande Of Uplift Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Acworth, GA 30101  (Online Only)
Dr. Chande is now accepting new patients and offers weeknight and weekend availability. She is licensed to provide telepsychiatry services to residents of Georgia and Florida. Her primary aim is not limited to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Her goal is to empower patients with the vital tools for personal and professional growth. Dr. Chande firmly believes in delivering comprehensive psychoeducation and guiding individuals to embrace their potential, purpose, and passion.
Dr. Chande is now accepting new patients and offers weeknight and weekend availability. She is licensed to provide telepsychiatry services to residents of Georgia and Florida. Her primary aim is not limited to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Her goal is to empower patients with the vital tools for personal and professional growth. Dr. Chande firmly believes in delivering comprehensive psychoeducation and guiding individuals to embrace their potential, purpose, and passion.
(678) 264-3174 View (678) 264-3174
Photo of Chinasa Ogbobe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hiram, GA
Chinasa Ogbobe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Douglasville, GA 30133
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse with years of experience that prides myself on working with each client in order to provide comprehensive and consistent care at all times. I offer exceptional care through both Tele-psychiatry and in-office visits. Allowing patients the freedom and comfort to choose their method in which to see their provider.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse with years of experience that prides myself on working with each client in order to provide comprehensive and consistent care at all times. I offer exceptional care through both Tele-psychiatry and in-office visits. Allowing patients the freedom and comfort to choose their method in which to see their provider.
(678) 824-8306 View (678) 824-8306

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hiram, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hiram, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Stress
50% Depression
50% Child

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hiram, GA see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hiram?

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.