Psychiatrists in Rome, GA

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Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, DOT-CME
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30165
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.
(706) 710-8892 View (706) 710-8892
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Hannah Shay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30161
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a provider at Stella who is passionate about providing exceptional care. My expertise include trauma-focused care for childhood, domestic violence, sexual abuse survivors, and military personnel. At Stella Center, my main responsibility is to provide medical and biopsychosocial assessments to guide your care journey. We treat mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion, and more.
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a provider at Stella who is passionate about providing exceptional care. My expertise include trauma-focused care for childhood, domestic violence, sexual abuse survivors, and military personnel. At Stella Center, my main responsibility is to provide medical and biopsychosocial assessments to guide your care journey. We treat mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion, and more.
(706) 989-9483 View (706) 989-9483
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Lori Leonard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30165
With over 30 years of healthcare experience in various roles of critical care nursing, population health & wellness, chronic pain and addiction medicine, and community mental health I recognize mental and physical health go hand in hand. I am passionate about empowering individuals by providing a comprehensive evaluation, educating them about their health disparities, and developing an individualized treatment plan to make the necessary changes. In addition to excellent mental health services, I address problems associated with obesity by offering prescription weight loss medications of GLP-1 injections.
With over 30 years of healthcare experience in various roles of critical care nursing, population health & wellness, chronic pain and addiction medicine, and community mental health I recognize mental and physical health go hand in hand. I am passionate about empowering individuals by providing a comprehensive evaluation, educating them about their health disparities, and developing an individualized treatment plan to make the necessary changes. In addition to excellent mental health services, I address problems associated with obesity by offering prescription weight loss medications of GLP-1 injections.
(706) 898-4715 View (706) 898-4715
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Psychiatric Healing for All, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30161
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
(678) 884-4324 View (678) 884-4324
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Phoenix Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, FAPA
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30164  (Online Only)
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD- Offering Telemedicine in Georgia. I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office iand am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach.
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD- Offering Telemedicine in Georgia. I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office iand am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach.
(404) 476-6842 View (404) 476-6842
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Jessica Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rome, GA 30161
I am passionate about improving the mental and emotional well-being of patients. I specialize in mental health services (assessment/evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and brief psychotherapy) for children, adolescences, and adults.
I am passionate about improving the mental and emotional well-being of patients. I specialize in mental health services (assessment/evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and brief psychotherapy) for children, adolescences, and adults.
(678) 504-6491 View (678) 504-6491

Online Psychiatrists

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Balance Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roswell, GA 30075
Balance Behavioral Health is the result of a vision to create a safe-space to help women, men, young adults, and adolescents with their goal of achieving mental wellness. As many people have experienced, it can be difficult to find a compassionate and empathetic provider that listens without judgement. Developing a therapeutic relationship with your provider is the most important part of any treatment. Open communication, respect, and accessibility to all clients is at the heart of each client-provider relationship at Balance.
Balance Behavioral Health is the result of a vision to create a safe-space to help women, men, young adults, and adolescents with their goal of achieving mental wellness. As many people have experienced, it can be difficult to find a compassionate and empathetic provider that listens without judgement. Developing a therapeutic relationship with your provider is the most important part of any treatment. Open communication, respect, and accessibility to all clients is at the heart of each client-provider relationship at Balance.
(678) 946-2334 View (678) 946-2334
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Dr. Monifa Seawell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30307  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
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Lanonie Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Lanonie is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as both a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-C) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is exceptionally devoted, with over 5 years of experience treating and diagnosing a wide range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and insomnia. She is extremely passionate about her work and eager to provide comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
Lanonie is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as both a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-C) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is exceptionally devoted, with over 5 years of experience treating and diagnosing a wide range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and insomnia. She is extremely passionate about her work and eager to provide comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
(470) 868-2766 View (470) 868-2766
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Anna Sturkie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norcross, GA 30092
Anna Sturkie, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is passionate about mental health, as she believes it plays a crucial role in the overall well-being of an individual. She brings a compassionate non-judgmental approach to her practice. She combines both evidence-based treatment and an individual's specific needs to create the best plan of care for each individual and their family. Anna is originally from Alabama. She moved to the Atlanta area with her husband last year within the last few years.
Anna Sturkie, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is passionate about mental health, as she believes it plays a crucial role in the overall well-being of an individual. She brings a compassionate non-judgmental approach to her practice. She combines both evidence-based treatment and an individual's specific needs to create the best plan of care for each individual and their family. Anna is originally from Alabama. She moved to the Atlanta area with her husband last year within the last few years.
(470) 722-8186 View (470) 722-8186
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Chinara Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, - BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
(770) 802-2570 View (770) 802-2570
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Debra Harvey Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
(678) 929-2589 View (678) 929-2589
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Kahari Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
As a PMHNP hailing from rural Mississippi, I intimately understand the pervasive stigma surrounding mental health in my community.
As a PMHNP hailing from rural Mississippi, I intimately understand the pervasive stigma surrounding mental health in my community.
(404) 737-9495 View (404) 737-9495
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Gaelle Gounteni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smyrna, GA 30080
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I care for adolescent and adult patients in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitals and out-patient practices. My primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I care for adolescent and adult patients in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitals and out-patient practices. My primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
(678) 712-3402 View (678) 712-3402
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Unique Euphoria
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Verified Verified
Morrow, GA 30260  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step to living today! Life is full of challenges that can cause you reoccurring and painful thoughts that can last for years. Challenges can include work burnout, family, finances, intimate partner relationships, depression, anxiety, and many more. Let me help you find your way out of the constant cycle of negative ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy does not focus on the traumatizing events of your life. Instead, I will help you move past negative reoccurring thoughts by helping you focus on a life that is worth living today!
Congratulations on taking the first step to living today! Life is full of challenges that can cause you reoccurring and painful thoughts that can last for years. Challenges can include work burnout, family, finances, intimate partner relationships, depression, anxiety, and many more. Let me help you find your way out of the constant cycle of negative ruminating thoughts. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy does not focus on the traumatizing events of your life. Instead, I will help you move past negative reoccurring thoughts by helping you focus on a life that is worth living today!
(470) 660-4027 View (470) 660-4027
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Simran Brar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Simran works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Simran believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Simran works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Simran believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(678) 498-6950 View (678) 498-6950
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Damion Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Hello, and I am honored to provide the best care possible to you. I bring to you decades of medical and nursing care and knowledge. I started my healthcare career in high school and haven't looked back. I believe my passion for helping people started at a very young age; however, it was my duty to cultivate my calling. I have been a nurse since 1998. I started as a nursing assistant and steadily progressed my titles to that of an LPN, RN, and ultimately, a nurse practitioner since 2015.
Hello, and I am honored to provide the best care possible to you. I bring to you decades of medical and nursing care and knowledge. I started my healthcare career in high school and haven't looked back. I believe my passion for helping people started at a very young age; however, it was my duty to cultivate my calling. I have been a nurse since 1998. I started as a nursing assistant and steadily progressed my titles to that of an LPN, RN, and ultimately, a nurse practitioner since 2015.
(470) 683-6802 View (470) 683-6802
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Rholonda Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Hi I'm Rho! I'm a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that treats mental health disorders via medication management and brief psychotherapy skills review. Some of my interests include treating mental health disorders related to life changes, optimizing medication regimens utilizing the fewest effective medications, and helping people learn/implement coping skills to utilize alongside their medications to improve mental wellness. My goal when working with any client is to provide care that enables them to decrease distress and live the life they envision for themselves!
Hi I'm Rho! I'm a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that treats mental health disorders via medication management and brief psychotherapy skills review. Some of my interests include treating mental health disorders related to life changes, optimizing medication regimens utilizing the fewest effective medications, and helping people learn/implement coping skills to utilize alongside their medications to improve mental wellness. My goal when working with any client is to provide care that enables them to decrease distress and live the life they envision for themselves!
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Marie-Andree Parent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tucker, GA 30084
Hello, I am Marie-Andree. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over fifteen (15) years experience in the healthcare industry. I feel compelled to help people with mental health issues due to scarcity of service and the stigma that exists in this branch of medicine. While it is important to be able to function efficiently and overcome everyday challenges, unfortunately for some, it is just not possible because of mental deficits brought about by varying circumstances. That’s why I am here to help you increase and achieve your optimum functional capacity.
Hello, I am Marie-Andree. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over fifteen (15) years experience in the healthcare industry. I feel compelled to help people with mental health issues due to scarcity of service and the stigma that exists in this branch of medicine. While it is important to be able to function efficiently and overcome everyday challenges, unfortunately for some, it is just not possible because of mental deficits brought about by varying circumstances. That’s why I am here to help you increase and achieve your optimum functional capacity.
(866) 939-9929 View (866) 939-9929
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Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30303  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rome, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rome, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Psychosis
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% ADHD
67% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Rome, GA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rome?

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.