Psychiatrists in Liberty County, GA

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Photo of Dr. Randy Tyler Warner, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Dr. Randy Tyler Warner
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Hinesville, GA 31313  (Online Only)
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
(912) 254-4160 View (912) 254-4160
Photo of Dr. Tyquitta Perrier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Dr. Tyquitta Perrier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hinesville, GA 31313
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
(904) 906-9760 View (904) 906-9760
Photo of Dr. Pamela Mokoko, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Dr. Pamela Mokoko, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hinesville, GA 31313
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiant disorder and antisocial personality. Collaborating with other clinicians , I also provide Individual, Couples and Family psychotherapy. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Using motivational interview, together we will work to address your goals so that you can have a more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiant disorder and antisocial personality. Collaborating with other clinicians , I also provide Individual, Couples and Family psychotherapy. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Using motivational interview, together we will work to address your goals so that you can have a more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
(855) 969-4621 View (855) 969-4621

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Joseph Walker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Joseph Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31419  (Online Only)
Joseph Walker is welcoming new patients for video appointments. It is easy to make an appointment simply go to his website and click book appointment at the top of the screen. As a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression for both children and adults. He has treated children and adults in inpatient crisis stabilization units, community mental health centers, small group practice, and in private practice.
Joseph Walker is welcoming new patients for video appointments. It is easy to make an appointment simply go to his website and click book appointment at the top of the screen. As a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression for both children and adults. He has treated children and adults in inpatient crisis stabilization units, community mental health centers, small group practice, and in private practice.
(912) 513-8964 View (912) 513-8964
Photo of Whitney Krawczyk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Whitney Krawczyk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Whitney works with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She has 7 years of nursing experience in hospital and outpatient settings, working with patients from various backgrounds with chronic medical and mental health conditions. She develops clear concise treatment plans through a patient-centered approach, utilizing medications, lifestyle changes, and supportive psychotherapy as needed.
Whitney works with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She has 7 years of nursing experience in hospital and outpatient settings, working with patients from various backgrounds with chronic medical and mental health conditions. She develops clear concise treatment plans through a patient-centered approach, utilizing medications, lifestyle changes, and supportive psychotherapy as needed.
(912) 513-4674 View (912) 513-4674
Photo of Sheeba Samuel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Sheeba Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31415  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in nursing and a deep passion for mental health, I bring a unique blend of skills and experiences to my practice. Having spent many years as a nurse, I have seen the profound impact that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their families. My passion for mental health is not just a profession; it's a deeply personal commitment.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in nursing and a deep passion for mental health, I bring a unique blend of skills and experiences to my practice. Having spent many years as a nurse, I have seen the profound impact that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their families. My passion for mental health is not just a profession; it's a deeply personal commitment.
(770) 758-1692 View (770) 758-1692
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Kristen Erica Hunkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
(912) 301-5442 View (912) 301-5442
Photo of Mitzi Tyre, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Mitzi Tyre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31406  (Online Only)
Mitzi was born and raised in South Georgia. She attended Valdosta State and Georgia Southern University, having received a bachelor and masters degree in nursing and also achieving certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked locally in the specialty of mental health and substance abuse both in outpatient and inpatient settings for the last 13 years now. Mitzi is well versed in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder, addiction as well as other mental health related disorders.
Mitzi was born and raised in South Georgia. She attended Valdosta State and Georgia Southern University, having received a bachelor and masters degree in nursing and also achieving certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked locally in the specialty of mental health and substance abuse both in outpatient and inpatient settings for the last 13 years now. Mitzi is well versed in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder, addiction as well as other mental health related disorders.
(912) 491-3156 View (912) 491-3156
Photo of Emilie Taulbee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Emilie Taulbee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Statesboro, GA 30458
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
(912) 491-4612 View (912) 491-4612
Photo of DPS Health and Wellness, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
DPS Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Statesboro, GA 30458
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
(912) 205-5118 View (912) 205-5118
Photo of Ashley Lewis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Ashley Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31406
I provide psychiatric care for children and adults seeking help for emotional distress, mental health strain, or behavioral issues. Whether seeking support for yourself or a loved one, help is available to those hoping for change. My practice addresses mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum struggles, ADHD consultation, and other concerns. My treatment approach is mindful of the special considerations for those experiencing addictions or an eating disorder.
I provide psychiatric care for children and adults seeking help for emotional distress, mental health strain, or behavioral issues. Whether seeking support for yourself or a loved one, help is available to those hoping for change. My practice addresses mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum struggles, ADHD consultation, and other concerns. My treatment approach is mindful of the special considerations for those experiencing addictions or an eating disorder.
(912) 205-5568 View (912) 205-5568
Photo of Caroline DeRosa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Caroline DeRosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
(912) 600-2895 View (912) 600-2895
Photo of Benedicta N Okoye, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401  (Online Only)
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(678) 218-1958 View (678) 218-1958
Photo of Ronald Sites, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Ronald Sites
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
(706) 898-4893 View (706) 898-4893
Photo of Lonnie T Scarborough, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Lonnie T Scarborough
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31406
I've been a psychiatrist for over 30 years and have worked in many areas within the field. I trained during the era when psychiatrists still saw people in psychotherapy and treated them with medications when necessary. Gradually, the psychiatrist's role has shifted away from one as a psychotherapist toward one as a specialist in biological interventions, usually medications. Certainly not every patient asking for help from mental health professionals needs medication, but most patients who need medication or who can benefit from medication can also benefit from focused psychotherapy. I still have this perspective and utilize it as much as possible.
I've been a psychiatrist for over 30 years and have worked in many areas within the field. I trained during the era when psychiatrists still saw people in psychotherapy and treated them with medications when necessary. Gradually, the psychiatrist's role has shifted away from one as a psychotherapist toward one as a specialist in biological interventions, usually medications. Certainly not every patient asking for help from mental health professionals needs medication, but most patients who need medication or who can benefit from medication can also benefit from focused psychotherapy. I still have this perspective and utilize it as much as possible.
(912) 244-7659 View (912) 244-7659
Photo of Kasara Helou, Physician Assistant in Liberty County, GA
Kasara Helou
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, MPH
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
(912) 470-5951 View (912) 470-5951
Photo of Maria J Vega, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Maria J Vega
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31408
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
(305) 834-4419 View (305) 834-4419
Photo of Dr. Anna Jackson, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Dr. Anna Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
(912) 301-4087 View (912) 301-4087
Photo of Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Liberty County, GA
Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401
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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Photo of Edyn McKinnon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Liberty County, GA
Edyn McKinnon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Axson, GA 31624  (Online Only)
I work with individuals from the age of 6 to geriatrics. I have had the pleasure to work on several inpatient crisis stability units for adult age patients 18-55 years old as well as geriatric units for patients ages 55 years and older. I have also worked in a private practice setting for the past 3 years that I just recently left. I felt it was time to move out more on my own. So here I am, I have come to realize when you love what you do it no longer truly is work.
I work with individuals from the age of 6 to geriatrics. I have had the pleasure to work on several inpatient crisis stability units for adult age patients 18-55 years old as well as geriatric units for patients ages 55 years and older. I have also worked in a private practice setting for the past 3 years that I just recently left. I felt it was time to move out more on my own. So here I am, I have come to realize when you love what you do it no longer truly is work.
(912) 299-8606 View (912) 299-8606

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Number of Psychiatrists in Liberty County, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Liberty County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Liberty County, GA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Liberty 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.