Psychiatrists in Snellville, GA

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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Heather 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. Heather 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.
Heather 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. Heather 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.
(770) 467-3987 View (770) 467-3987
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Olufunmilayo Ajala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
(706) 408-9286 View (706) 408-9286
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Rashelle Browne-Tomlinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
(678) 661-5172 View (678) 661-5172
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Dr. Brandy Brown Dnp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078
A professional FNP-C, with a love of nursing and a passion for helping people, Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP; is an effective APRN and Educator with 17+ years industry experience. She is also the CEO/Owner of Extraordinary Family Healthcare and ElevateME Holistic Medispa. Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP graduated at every degree level. She has an AA, ASN, and her BSN. Then onto Frontier Nursing University for her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Went on to complete her Doctoral Program for her DNP, and her most recent accomplishment post master’s PMHNP.
A professional FNP-C, with a love of nursing and a passion for helping people, Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP; is an effective APRN and Educator with 17+ years industry experience. She is also the CEO/Owner of Extraordinary Family Healthcare and ElevateME Holistic Medispa. Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP graduated at every degree level. She has an AA, ASN, and her BSN. Then onto Frontier Nursing University for her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Went on to complete her Doctoral Program for her DNP, and her most recent accomplishment post master’s PMHNP.
(678) 293-7051 View (678) 293-7051
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Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
(770) 758-2057 View (770) 758-2057
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Integrative Mental Wellness & ReLeaf Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
(770) 758-7925 View (770) 758-7925
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Dr. Adewumi Adebomojo
Psychiatrist, MD, DCP, MRCPsyc, FAPA
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Dr. Adewumi Adebomojo. I am a board certified psychiatrist. My areas of specialties are Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders, Psychotic Disorders. At Providence Neuropsychiatric Health, we are available to help with your health concerns.
Hello, I am Dr. Adewumi Adebomojo. I am a board certified psychiatrist. My areas of specialties are Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders, Psychotic Disorders. At Providence Neuropsychiatric Health, we are available to help with your health concerns.
(678) 541-7944 View (678) 541-7944
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Karen Nguyen
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Karen Nguyen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
Karen Nguyen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
(770) 308-8285 View (770) 308-8285
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Anicia Cross-Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078
I am Anicia Cross-Robinson, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand that mental health and well-being can be challenging for many people. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, or stress, you're not alone. My team and I are here to help you identify the root of your struggles and work towards creating a balance in your life that works for you. My practice believes in a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Through medication management and personalized care, we'll help you manage anxiety, avoid burnout, and build a stronger relationship with yourself.
I am Anicia Cross-Robinson, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand that mental health and well-being can be challenging for many people. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, or stress, you're not alone. My team and I are here to help you identify the root of your struggles and work towards creating a balance in your life that works for you. My practice believes in a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Through medication management and personalized care, we'll help you manage anxiety, avoid burnout, and build a stronger relationship with yourself.
(770) 501-6785 View (770) 501-6785
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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Dr Joanne Psychiatry NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
We are always accepting new patients! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
We are always accepting new patients! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
(678) 788-7492 View (678) 788-7492
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Aligned Cognition Healthcare Services, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
For far too long we have been ignoring our mental health needs. Whether it is because we feel we do not have time for ourselves or the stigma that goes along with seeing a psychiatrist. Whatever the case is, now is the time to let it go. At some point in everyone's life the experiences of sadness (depression?), nervousness (anxiety?), feeling judged (paranoia?), flighty (mania?), scared (PTSD?) and a whole host of other emotions have surfaced. Sometimes these feelings or emotions can get out of hand. Why let them? Let's explore healthy coping mechanisms. Reach out for an appointment!
For far too long we have been ignoring our mental health needs. Whether it is because we feel we do not have time for ourselves or the stigma that goes along with seeing a psychiatrist. Whatever the case is, now is the time to let it go. At some point in everyone's life the experiences of sadness (depression?), nervousness (anxiety?), feeling judged (paranoia?), flighty (mania?), scared (PTSD?) and a whole host of other emotions have surfaced. Sometimes these feelings or emotions can get out of hand. Why let them? Let's explore healthy coping mechanisms. Reach out for an appointment!
(770) 872-6937 View (770) 872-6937
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Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better 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. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better 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. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
(770) 562-7966 View (770) 562-7966
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Georgia Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Snellville, GA 30039
You are important, that's what everyone needs to hear. If you are searching for a better quality of life or having difficulty finding your balance, we can help you. Depression, Anxiety or any other mental health issue doesn't need to hold you back from living your life. Come talk to us, we can help you get back to being you.
You are important, that's what everyone needs to hear. If you are searching for a better quality of life or having difficulty finding your balance, we can help you. Depression, Anxiety or any other mental health issue doesn't need to hold you back from living your life. Come talk to us, we can help you get back to being you.
(678) 990-1880 View (678) 990-1880
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Collaborating Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Snellville, GA 30039  (Online Only)
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.
(678) 932-0393 View (678) 932-0393
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Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078  (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
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Tricia Rumble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Snellville, GA 30039
Diverse individuals face varied issues - women with ADHD seek organization and confidence, teens with depression need emotional support, and underserved black women and men desire culturally aware care. They seek understanding, empowerment, and validation in their unique experiences to thrive and heal.
Diverse individuals face varied issues - women with ADHD seek organization and confidence, teens with depression need emotional support, and underserved black women and men desire culturally aware care. They seek understanding, empowerment, and validation in their unique experiences to thrive and heal.
(678) 831-8397 View (678) 831-8397

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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
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.
(678) 679-6542 View (678) 679-6542
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Dr. Mary Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc, PMHCNS-, BA, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30042  (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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Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMNP-BC, FNP-C, CME
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Snellville, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Snellville, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
88% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Medication Management
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
53% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Aetna
81% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Snellville, GA see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Snellville?

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.