Psychiatrists in Rex, GA

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Gary Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rex, GA 30273
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
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Cecile Pasion-Bregman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rex, GA 30273
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
(770) 758-1695 View (770) 758-1695
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Darin Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Rex, GA 30273
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
(770) 758-7370 View (770) 758-7370
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Beatrice Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Rex, GA 30273
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
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Ifeoma Adazi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rex, GA 30273
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
(770) 501-7840 View (770) 501-7840

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Dr. Olaocha B. Okwuadigbo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
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Tiffany Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been blessed to have over 11 years of experience and have amassed a wealth of knowledge from my time working as a nurse. I value learning about people’s journeys in life and understanding their cultures and backgrounds. My main objective, goal, and purpose in life have always been to serve and help those in need with an empathic and non-judgmental mindset, using therapeutic communication and listening skills, along with a willingness to understand and support!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been blessed to have over 11 years of experience and have amassed a wealth of knowledge from my time working as a nurse. I value learning about people’s journeys in life and understanding their cultures and backgrounds. My main objective, goal, and purpose in life have always been to serve and help those in need with an empathic and non-judgmental mindset, using therapeutic communication and listening skills, along with a willingness to understand and support!
(678) 679-9155 View (678) 679-9155
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Total Care Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverdale, GA 30274
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
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Beautiful Minds of Fayetteville, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
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Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
Riverdale, GA 30274
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
(470) 842-3606 View (470) 842-3606
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MindSet Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified
Riverdale, GA 30296
Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (WHO). It affects everyone, but a mental disorder is your mental health out of balance. As humans we want our mental health to be in balance or in sync with life, but many times stressors arise and cause an imbalance. Mindset is here to help with that imbalance by resetting your mind, which will change your life. It is important to focus on balance through knowledge and education.
Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (WHO). It affects everyone, but a mental disorder is your mental health out of balance. As humans we want our mental health to be in balance or in sync with life, but many times stressors arise and cause an imbalance. Mindset is here to help with that imbalance by resetting your mind, which will change your life. It is important to focus on balance through knowledge and education.
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Ivydale Wellness center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
(470) 318-3874 View (470) 318-3874
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Allen Family Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, FNP-C
1 Endorsed
Riverdale, GA 30274  (Online Only)
Allen family Healthcare provides one on one counseling, Opioid addiction therapy, Medical Services for DM, HTN, Physicals (Sports, DOT, Work, & Student), as well as family therapy. The psychiatric and medical team uses a variety of approaches to help guide and treat patients. In addition, they can evaluate and assess patients and determine when it is medically necessary to prescribe medication. “My overall goal for my patients is to help them to develop a new normal, to live life to the fullest, and help them find things that make them happy. It’s very important to seize the day and live that day to the fullest,” says Allen.
Allen family Healthcare provides one on one counseling, Opioid addiction therapy, Medical Services for DM, HTN, Physicals (Sports, DOT, Work, & Student), as well as family therapy. The psychiatric and medical team uses a variety of approaches to help guide and treat patients. In addition, they can evaluate and assess patients and determine when it is medically necessary to prescribe medication. “My overall goal for my patients is to help them to develop a new normal, to live life to the fullest, and help them find things that make them happy. It’s very important to seize the day and live that day to the fullest,” says Allen.
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Gloria Chine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Riverdale, GA 30274  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
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Brenda Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
As one of the Prescribers of Medication of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Need of the Patient. It is our philosophy that health and healing comes from a combination of an effective medication regimen, psycho-therapy and learned social skills. Our Psychological Services Center offers medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location.
As one of the Prescribers of Medication of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Need of the Patient. It is our philosophy that health and healing comes from a combination of an effective medication regimen, psycho-therapy and learned social skills. Our Psychological Services Center offers medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location.
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Shiy Ajao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient centered approach, recognizing the significance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient centered approach, recognizing the significance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
(762) 815-5853 View (762) 815-5853
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Avant Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fayetteville, GA 30214
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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Omobolaji Oluseyi Oyebanjo Popoola
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
(770) 762-0525 View (770) 762-0525
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Healing Mind and Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
(404) 905-3676 View (404) 905-3676
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Robert Hunter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults. Highly skilled at working closely with parents to ensure that through proper diagnosis, treatment, and medication management that children and adolescents can live healthier and happier lives. I also enjoy working with adults to assist them with finding the proper medication treatment to assist them in managing better in their day to day with minimal disruptions due to mental illness. Very outgoing and personable.
Enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults. Highly skilled at working closely with parents to ensure that through proper diagnosis, treatment, and medication management that children and adolescents can live healthier and happier lives. I also enjoy working with adults to assist them with finding the proper medication treatment to assist them in managing better in their day to day with minimal disruptions due to mental illness. Very outgoing and personable.
(470) 264-4269 View (470) 264-4269

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rex, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rex, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Rex, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rex?

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.