Psychiatrists in Milledgeville, GA

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Gregory Claxton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061  (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
Lake Country Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
My mission is to provide flexible and quality mental health care for those in need. I am available to see patients in office and through a HIPAA safe Telehealth platform. My ultimate goal is to meet patients where they are and prepare a treatment plan that best meets their needs. At Lake Country Behavioral Health I am committed to building a therapeutic client-provider relationship and utilize evidence-based practice to establish an individualized treatment plan.
My mission is to provide flexible and quality mental health care for those in need. I am available to see patients in office and through a HIPAA safe Telehealth platform. My ultimate goal is to meet patients where they are and prepare a treatment plan that best meets their needs. At Lake Country Behavioral Health I am committed to building a therapeutic client-provider relationship and utilize evidence-based practice to establish an individualized treatment plan.
(478) 286-2153 View (478) 286-2153
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Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
(470) 517-8356 View (470) 517-8356
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David Sogbamu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Mr. David Sogbamu, MSN, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and mental health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions.
Mr. David Sogbamu, MSN, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and mental health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions.
(706) 493-7738 View (706) 493-7738
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Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
(470) 348-2404 View (470) 348-2404
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DPS Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Andrew McMerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Andrew McMerty is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP – BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar, anger/aggression, ADHD, and insomnia. He strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and person-centered mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Drew’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, and medication manager.
Andrew McMerty is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP – BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar, anger/aggression, ADHD, and insomnia. He strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and person-centered mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Drew’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, and medication manager.
(470) 394-6429 View (470) 394-6429
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Triumph in Wellness, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
Triumph in wellness, LLC focuses on providing quality mental health treatment for a variety of mental health problems. We focus on problem solving and education related to the problem at hand. We collaborate to create a comprehensive treatment plan and seek to achieve symptom relief within the first 4-6weeks of treatment. To learn more about our services, visit www.triumphinwellness.com.
Triumph in wellness, LLC focuses on providing quality mental health treatment for a variety of mental health problems. We focus on problem solving and education related to the problem at hand. We collaborate to create a comprehensive treatment plan and seek to achieve symptom relief within the first 4-6weeks of treatment. To learn more about our services, visit www.triumphinwellness.com.
(770) 766-7628 View (770) 766-7628
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Piyush Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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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Ireta Favors
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
(470) 683-6925 View (470) 683-6925
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Amaka Anara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
Amaka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. She has always had a passion for helping and caring for others. She returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing after completing her initial bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Her desire to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals across the lifespan propelled her into pursing a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Amaka has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from Medical Surgical to behavioral health and believes that achieving
Amaka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. She has always had a passion for helping and caring for others. She returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing after completing her initial bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Her desire to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals across the lifespan propelled her into pursing a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Amaka has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from Medical Surgical to behavioral health and believes that achieving
(919) 948-1213 View (919) 948-1213
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Nirupama Natarajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milton, GA 30009
Dr. Niru Natarajan obtained her Medical Degree from The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR University Medical University at Chennai, India after completing Medical school education from Coimbatore Medical College. She then Completed her Adult Psychiatry ResidencyTraining at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Natarajan is Double board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology In Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Niru Natarajan obtained her Medical Degree from The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR University Medical University at Chennai, India after completing Medical school education from Coimbatore Medical College. She then Completed her Adult Psychiatry ResidencyTraining at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Natarajan is Double board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology In Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(770) 758-2022 View (770) 758-2022
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Edith Arterberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairburn, GA 30213  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
(470) 347-1164 View (470) 347-1164
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Marilyn Rankin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McDonough, GA 30252  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. My approach is rooted in empathy, respect for each person's unique journey, and a dedication to fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust and collaboration. My philosophy of care centers on a holistic approach that considers not only the symptoms of mental illness but also the individual’s broader context—personal, familial, social, and cultural. I believe in empowering patients by actively involving them in treatment decisions, promoting autonomy, and supporting their journey toward mental wellness.
I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. My approach is rooted in empathy, respect for each person's unique journey, and a dedication to fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust and collaboration. My philosophy of care centers on a holistic approach that considers not only the symptoms of mental illness but also the individual’s broader context—personal, familial, social, and cultural. I believe in empowering patients by actively involving them in treatment decisions, promoting autonomy, and supporting their journey toward mental wellness.
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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Dr. Sebastian works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Dr. Sebastian believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Dr. Sebastian works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Dr. Sebastian believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 501-6653 View (770) 501-6653
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Jill Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Jill Webb believes in providing compassionate, patient centered care. Jill’s goal is to ensure patients feel heard in an environment of warmth, understanding, and trust. She offers comprehensive care through evidence-based medication management as well as brief supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy. She assists individuals to achieve the highest quality of life by utilizing their strengths.
Jill Webb believes in providing compassionate, patient centered care. Jill’s goal is to ensure patients feel heard in an environment of warmth, understanding, and trust. She offers comprehensive care through evidence-based medication management as well as brief supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy. She assists individuals to achieve the highest quality of life by utilizing their strengths.
(470) 634-9668 View (470) 634-9668
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Stephen Fleming
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30605
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
(762) 985-0380 View (762) 985-0380
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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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Dr. Mary Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc, PMHCNS-, BA, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suwanee, GA 30024  (Online Only)
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
(678) 940-6883 View (678) 940-6883
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Tina Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Milledgeville, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Milledgeville, GA who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Self-Harming
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Milledgeville, GA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Milledgeville?

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.