Psychiatrists in Macon, GA

Photo of Cassandra Gilliam - A New You Psychiatric Care LLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A New You Psychiatric Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31206  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, mood disorders and trauma. If you are feeling tearful, irritable or having issues with attention and focus, allow me to help you determine a course of treatment that can help you feel more like yourself. I will use a combination of assessment, evaluation and talk therapy to ascertain any underlying mental health alterations to develop a diagnosis and care plan to promote positive behavioral changes. As a mental health advocate my goal is to ensure that each client receives individualized, and patient centered care.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, mood disorders and trauma. If you are feeling tearful, irritable or having issues with attention and focus, allow me to help you determine a course of treatment that can help you feel more like yourself. I will use a combination of assessment, evaluation and talk therapy to ascertain any underlying mental health alterations to develop a diagnosis and care plan to promote positive behavioral changes. As a mental health advocate my goal is to ensure that each client receives individualized, and patient centered care.
(478) 210-3431 View (478) 210-3431
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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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William Dwight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
William Dwight is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. He obtained his Master's of Science in Nursing, specializing in Family Psychiatric Mental Health from Valdosta State University. He is qualified to treat children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics although he prefers treating adolescents, adults, and the geriatric. Some of William's practice specialties include (but not limited to) Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. He prefers prescribing traditional up to date medications that are mostly affordable for the public.
William Dwight is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. He obtained his Master's of Science in Nursing, specializing in Family Psychiatric Mental Health from Valdosta State University. He is qualified to treat children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics although he prefers treating adolescents, adults, and the geriatric. Some of William's practice specialties include (but not limited to) Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. He prefers prescribing traditional up to date medications that are mostly affordable for the public.
(478) 666-5170 View (478) 666-5170
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Pacifica Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31201
The decision to start medication for your mental health is a big step to creating the life you deserve. Dr. Notini is specialized in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and PTSD. Dr. Notini has experience serving veterans and active duty military individuals as well.
The decision to start medication for your mental health is a big step to creating the life you deserve. Dr. Notini is specialized in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and PTSD. Dr. Notini has experience serving veterans and active duty military individuals as well.
(478) 241-6354 View (478) 241-6354
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Briana Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help you find your balance in life and achieve your best version of self. To do this, I am prepared to diagnose and treat a multitude of mental and behavioral health disorders using medication, counseling, and other forms of therapy. Treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar, and many other disorders are my specialties. I believe building a healthy, trusting relationship with you and your support system is ideal to meeting your goals and achieving your best outcomes. I see all ages, all races, all genders....all people are welcome!
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help you find your balance in life and achieve your best version of self. To do this, I am prepared to diagnose and treat a multitude of mental and behavioral health disorders using medication, counseling, and other forms of therapy. Treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar, and many other disorders are my specialties. I believe building a healthy, trusting relationship with you and your support system is ideal to meeting your goals and achieving your best outcomes. I see all ages, all races, all genders....all people are welcome!
(478) 449-6699 View (478) 449-6699
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Tuvia Breuer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Dr. Breuer is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is up to date with the latest research and has the ability to put patients at ease. Dr. Breuer has 6 children. He enjoys jogging, planting flowers, and is a fan of the NY Mets.
Dr. Breuer is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is up to date with the latest research and has the ability to put patients at ease. Dr. Breuer has 6 children. He enjoys jogging, planting flowers, and is a fan of the NY Mets.
(478) 606-0160 View (478) 606-0160
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Jenny Yancey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Jenny Yancey, PMHNP Jenny Yancey is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Walden University. Jenny is committed to providing honest, respectful, and evidence-based treatment. She believes in forming partnerships with patients and allowing them to have an active voice in treatment and recovery options. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys church, spending time with family and friends, soccer, and horseback riding.
Jenny Yancey, PMHNP Jenny Yancey is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She graduated from Walden University. Jenny is committed to providing honest, respectful, and evidence-based treatment. She believes in forming partnerships with patients and allowing them to have an active voice in treatment and recovery options. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys church, spending time with family and friends, soccer, and horseback riding.
(478) 395-1459 View (478) 395-1459
Photo of Evelyn Dennis, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Evelyn Dennis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating teen and adult mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder ), and depression. I'm a board-certified advanced psychiatrist Nurse practitioner with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings, as well as a strong track record of building solid relationships with clients, their families, and colleagues, with high expertise in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and treatment in a variety of mental health conditions and across the lifespan.
I specialize in treating teen and adult mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder ), and depression. I'm a board-certified advanced psychiatrist Nurse practitioner with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings, as well as a strong track record of building solid relationships with clients, their families, and colleagues, with high expertise in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and treatment in a variety of mental health conditions and across the lifespan.
(404) 334-2465 View (404) 334-2465
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Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMNP-BC, FNP-C, CME
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah. I am the founder of Jubilee Healthcare Providers LLC. I have over 11 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider. Do you feel pulled in many directions and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Are you feeling lost? I help men, women, and children who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health problems to finally get a breakthrough so they can reclaim their joy, restore their confidence, and improve their overall health. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah. I am the founder of Jubilee Healthcare Providers LLC. I have over 11 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider. Do you feel pulled in many directions and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Are you feeling lost? I help men, women, and children who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health problems to finally get a breakthrough so they can reclaim their joy, restore their confidence, and improve their overall health. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance.
(470) 458-2539 View (470) 458-2539
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Gregory Claxton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety? Moodiness? Restlessness? Feeling down? Can't focus? I'd love to work with you to see if we can find solutions together. My main goal is to help YOU decide a mental health treatment that will be safe and most effective for you. My role is not to simply prescribe medication. My role is to be your collaborator and resource for information about medication options and prescribe them as appropriate!
Are you struggling with anxiety? Moodiness? Restlessness? Feeling down? Can't focus? I'd love to work with you to see if we can find solutions together. My main goal is to help YOU decide a mental health treatment that will be safe and most effective for you. My role is not to simply prescribe medication. My role is to be your collaborator and resource for information about medication options and prescribe them as appropriate!
(478) 250-0462 View (478) 250-0462
Photo of Edyn McKinnon, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edyn McKinnon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (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
Photo of Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, BCMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BCMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31206
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. She 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.
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. She 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.
(678) 603-1831 View (678) 603-1831
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Santissa T Clapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
(678) 680-5596 View (678) 680-5596
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Shikira Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (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 Korinne Edwards, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Korinne Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I received my Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City and have been practicing for the last 5 years. I help teens and adults struggling with mental health concerns become the best version of themselves with the use of medication and psychoeducation. I hope to see you soon!
Hello! I'm a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I received my Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City and have been practicing for the last 5 years. I help teens and adults struggling with mental health concerns become the best version of themselves with the use of medication and psychoeducation. I hope to see you soon!
(706) 898-3380 View (706) 898-3380
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Samuel Inimbom Samuel
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31211  (Online Only)
Dr. Samuel is Board Certified in the Specialty of General Adult Psychiatry,and the Sub-Specialty of Pediatric (C & A) Psychiatry (ABPN). Dr. Samuel also holds two additional Board Certifications in Addiction Medicine (ABPM), and in Brain Injury Medicine (ABPN), by the American Board of Medical Specialties. His past institutions of training include, The Northeast London Hospitals, London, England, Great Britain; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Saint Luke's & Roosevelt Hospitals, New York, (Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons); and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY (Albert Einstein College of Medicine).
Dr. Samuel is Board Certified in the Specialty of General Adult Psychiatry,and the Sub-Specialty of Pediatric (C & A) Psychiatry (ABPN). Dr. Samuel also holds two additional Board Certifications in Addiction Medicine (ABPM), and in Brain Injury Medicine (ABPN), by the American Board of Medical Specialties. His past institutions of training include, The Northeast London Hospitals, London, England, Great Britain; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Saint Luke's & Roosevelt Hospitals, New York, (Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons); and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY (Albert Einstein College of Medicine).
(520) 523-7397 View (520) 523-7397
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Nurul Hoque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Dr. Hoque is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 15 years of experience in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Hoque has expertise in treating a variety of mental health conditions including depression, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.
Dr. Hoque is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 15 years of experience in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Hoque has expertise in treating a variety of mental health conditions including depression, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.
(478) 339-2277 View (478) 339-2277
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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31201
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
(470) 822-8559 View (470) 822-8559
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Okorafor Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31204  (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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Ubhs Inc Telehealth
Psychiatrist, MD, NP, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31202
UBHS began 10 years ago upon the recognition of a need for mental health care for those who otherwise would be without services. Our team partners with hospitals, rural clinics, nursing homes, pediatricians, and other specialists to provide comprehensive psychiatric care across the lifespan. Our staffing makes it possible to be seen same week of appointment request. Also inquire if self pay, about our affordable rates for those without insurance.
UBHS began 10 years ago upon the recognition of a need for mental health care for those who otherwise would be without services. Our team partners with hospitals, rural clinics, nursing homes, pediatricians, and other specialists to provide comprehensive psychiatric care across the lifespan. Our staffing makes it possible to be seen same week of appointment request. Also inquire if self pay, about our affordable rates for those without insurance.
(770) 212-9126 View (770) 212-9126
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Macon, GA

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Macon, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Bipolar Disorder
59% ADHD
59% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Macon, GA see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Macon?

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.