Psychiatrists in Kihei, HI

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Nikki Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Kihei, HI 96753
My areas of expertise include treating Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Disorders. My approach to therapy includes promotion of healing through cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapy, as well as innovative evidence-based practices. With a focus on exploring lifestyle changes and skill building through therapeutic processing in conjunction with pharmacological influences. My background with SART/SANE has provided me with experience that helps me aid clients in making educated choices while processing stressful, traumatic life experiences or challenging circumstances.
My areas of expertise include treating Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Disorders. My approach to therapy includes promotion of healing through cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapy, as well as innovative evidence-based practices. With a focus on exploring lifestyle changes and skill building through therapeutic processing in conjunction with pharmacological influences. My background with SART/SANE has provided me with experience that helps me aid clients in making educated choices while processing stressful, traumatic life experiences or challenging circumstances.
(808) 666-1937 View (808) 666-1937
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Konstantina Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN-Rx
Verified Verified
Kihei, HI 96753
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, a nurse, a Nursing Instructor and a future Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will always strive for excellence and compassionate patient management. I strongly believe in promoting patient autonomy. In my practice, I utilize a holistic approach in which the coordination of mind, body, spirit, and psychosocial concerns are emphasized and employed.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, a nurse, a Nursing Instructor and a future Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will always strive for excellence and compassionate patient management. I strongly believe in promoting patient autonomy. In my practice, I utilize a holistic approach in which the coordination of mind, body, spirit, and psychosocial concerns are emphasized and employed.
(808) 707-8567 View (808) 707-8567
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N B Murthi MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kihei, HI 96753  (Online Only)
Experienced and compassionate adult outpatient psychiatrist, with 35+ years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of severe and persistent mental disorders including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety and Panic Disorders. Additional experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in the Developmentally Disabled.I recently relocated to Hawaii from Michigan and currently practice in Wailea HI in Maui County.
Experienced and compassionate adult outpatient psychiatrist, with 35+ years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of severe and persistent mental disorders including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety and Panic Disorders. Additional experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in the Developmentally Disabled.I recently relocated to Hawaii from Michigan and currently practice in Wailea HI in Maui County.
(808) 204-4760 View (808) 204-4760
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Molly Palmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-Rx, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Kihei, HI 96753
As a Nurse Practitioner, Molly has experience treating Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Substance Use Disorders. She is a strong believer in team work and collaboration with clients and their families to help them manage symptoms, enhance functioning, and improve quality of life. She attends monthly community meetings with Maui County Police Department, networks with other mental health providers, pharmacists, and engages with public health agencies to improve access and quality of care to individuals with mental illness.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Molly has experience treating Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Substance Use Disorders. She is a strong believer in team work and collaboration with clients and their families to help them manage symptoms, enhance functioning, and improve quality of life. She attends monthly community meetings with Maui County Police Department, networks with other mental health providers, pharmacists, and engages with public health agencies to improve access and quality of care to individuals with mental illness.
(808) 518-4819 View (808) 518-4819
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Ashley Hinojosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-Rx, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kihei, HI 96753
Accepting new patients and offering in-person sessions or remote telehealth sessions which are conveniently accessible from your phone or computer. Wherever you are, help is just a call away. Imagine waking up not feeling controlled by your thoughts. What if you weren't caught in the constant tug-of-war with depression, anxiety, the echoes of past traumas, or the relentless whirl of ADHD? So many people carry the weight of these struggles silently, wondering if there's a way to feel balanced, understood, and genuinely happy. If reading this feels like I'm describing your daily battle, know that you're not alone, and there is hope.
Accepting new patients and offering in-person sessions or remote telehealth sessions which are conveniently accessible from your phone or computer. Wherever you are, help is just a call away. Imagine waking up not feeling controlled by your thoughts. What if you weren't caught in the constant tug-of-war with depression, anxiety, the echoes of past traumas, or the relentless whirl of ADHD? So many people carry the weight of these struggles silently, wondering if there's a way to feel balanced, understood, and genuinely happy. If reading this feels like I'm describing your daily battle, know that you're not alone, and there is hope.
(808) 865-0850 View (808) 865-0850
Photo of Arica Keyser, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arica Keyser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kihei, HI 96753
I've embarked on a lifelong journey of education both through formal trainings and programs, and also acknowledge that I've learned just as much from my clients and colleagues over the years. Clients can expect to feel respected, listened to, and most importantly, that they have someone on their team working with them to meet their goals.
I've embarked on a lifelong journey of education both through formal trainings and programs, and also acknowledge that I've learned just as much from my clients and colleagues over the years. Clients can expect to feel respected, listened to, and most importantly, that they have someone on their team working with them to meet their goals.
(808) 374-5070 View (808) 374-5070
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Maui Mind Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kihei, HI 96753
Aloha! Welcome to Maui Mind Care, where we are pleased to bring the latest and most advanced psychiatric treatments to the Valley Isle. Whether you are struggling with mild anxieties, or profound mood or thought disorders, we are here to help. We are the first and only center on Maui to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy. We also offer expertise in psychopharmacology, both in person and via tele-medicine to other islands. Our staff is caring and well qualified, with years of experience in psychiatric treatment, research, and teaching. Contact us today. Let us bring you peace of mind.
Aloha! Welcome to Maui Mind Care, where we are pleased to bring the latest and most advanced psychiatric treatments to the Valley Isle. Whether you are struggling with mild anxieties, or profound mood or thought disorders, we are here to help. We are the first and only center on Maui to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy. We also offer expertise in psychopharmacology, both in person and via tele-medicine to other islands. Our staff is caring and well qualified, with years of experience in psychiatric treatment, research, and teaching. Contact us today. Let us bring you peace of mind.
(808) 379-3798 View (808) 379-3798
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Dennis D' Arcy Banks
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Kihei, HI 96753
I currently practice psychiatry in Wailea,Hawaii as Founder/Chairman of Maui Psychiatry LLC.Since 1999 I was Consulting Psychiatrist for the Greenwich,Connecticut Board of Education. I graduated Yale Medical School and completed residency training at Stanford University Hospital and the McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco. My primary objective as a psychiatrist is to accurately assess whatever challenges are being faced by my patients and to address them as quickly and sympathetically as possible.I am available for Skype and FaceTime appointments and offer a Concierge Program for individuals who desire or require a more intensive therapeutic experience.
I currently practice psychiatry in Wailea,Hawaii as Founder/Chairman of Maui Psychiatry LLC.Since 1999 I was Consulting Psychiatrist for the Greenwich,Connecticut Board of Education. I graduated Yale Medical School and completed residency training at Stanford University Hospital and the McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco. My primary objective as a psychiatrist is to accurately assess whatever challenges are being faced by my patients and to address them as quickly and sympathetically as possible.I am available for Skype and FaceTime appointments and offer a Concierge Program for individuals who desire or require a more intensive therapeutic experience.
(808) 670-3289 View (808) 670-3289

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Kate Nicholas Hamzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-X, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wailea, HI 96753  (Online Only)
Hello. Thank you for taking the first steps to healing your mental health! It is an incredibly big and difficult decision, but I’m glad you are here. My goal is to empower you with various methods to manage your mental health. These tools may include medication, therapy and lifestyle changes. I use research and evidence-based practices to assist in choosing the best regimen. As your provider, I will actively listen to your concerns without any judgment and work on a holistic treatment plan with you.
Hello. Thank you for taking the first steps to healing your mental health! It is an incredibly big and difficult decision, but I’m glad you are here. My goal is to empower you with various methods to manage your mental health. These tools may include medication, therapy and lifestyle changes. I use research and evidence-based practices to assist in choosing the best regimen. As your provider, I will actively listen to your concerns without any judgment and work on a holistic treatment plan with you.
(808) 649-3118 View (808) 649-3118
Photo of undefined - Maui Counseling Group, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maui Counseling Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kahului, HI 96732
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for my clientele. My goal is to work as a team to help you get the best treatment available for you during this difficult time. Whether it is therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we will work together to help you process your life experiences and concerns for the future. I don't want my clients feeling just "ok", I want them to feel better about themselves mentally, spiritually and physically.
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for my clientele. My goal is to work as a team to help you get the best treatment available for you during this difficult time. Whether it is therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we will work together to help you process your life experiences and concerns for the future. I don't want my clients feeling just "ok", I want them to feel better about themselves mentally, spiritually and physically.
(808) 664-4852 View (808) 664-4852
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Michael Rimm
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pukalani, HI 96788
"Whatever it takes," describes Dr. Rimm's 30 years of gratifying experiences as a facilitator of change (Child/Adol/Adult Psychiatrist) for so many. Comfort and confidence are a priority as each individual invests in a potential life changing experience. "Change is always possible," we are reminded by "systems theory," as one thing effects the next, which effects the next, etc. Dr. Rimm has the expertise to determine whether only one or a few things require focus, such as a specific evidenced based therapy, medicine, alternative, or if there are many more unique opportunities to identify and focus on a "much broader canvas."
"Whatever it takes," describes Dr. Rimm's 30 years of gratifying experiences as a facilitator of change (Child/Adol/Adult Psychiatrist) for so many. Comfort and confidence are a priority as each individual invests in a potential life changing experience. "Change is always possible," we are reminded by "systems theory," as one thing effects the next, which effects the next, etc. Dr. Rimm has the expertise to determine whether only one or a few things require focus, such as a specific evidenced based therapy, medicine, alternative, or if there are many more unique opportunities to identify and focus on a "much broader canvas."
(808) 419-3540 View (808) 419-3540
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ADHD Wellness Hawai'i
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Kahului, HI 96732
Text or call: 808-563-4128. At ADHD Wellness Hawai'i our unwavering commitment is to cater to the unique needs of adults grappling with ADHD. We understand that navigating daily life with ADHD can be challenging, impacting not only personal well-being but also interpersonal relationships and professional pursuits. Our clinic stands out as a beacon of understanding and support, offering a personalized approach that goes beyond mere diagnosis and med management. We pride ourselves on being readily available to YOU when you need a last minute appointment, forgot to request that med refill, or don't want to wait months for an appt.
Text or call: 808-563-4128. At ADHD Wellness Hawai'i our unwavering commitment is to cater to the unique needs of adults grappling with ADHD. We understand that navigating daily life with ADHD can be challenging, impacting not only personal well-being but also interpersonal relationships and professional pursuits. Our clinic stands out as a beacon of understanding and support, offering a personalized approach that goes beyond mere diagnosis and med management. We pride ourselves on being readily available to YOU when you need a last minute appointment, forgot to request that med refill, or don't want to wait months for an appt.
(808) 736-4764 View (808) 736-4764

Online Psychiatrists

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Georgina Chamungwana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Honolulu, HI 96813
Georgina Chamungwana is a mental health enthusiast certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and trained in crisis prevention and intervention. She is passionate about whole body wellness and dedicated to providing the best patient care. She began her health care career working in palliative and hospice care and after graduating from nursing school, she immersed herself in mental health and spent several years acquiring skills and knowledge in inpatient psychiatric/mental health care. When she is not watching documentaries in her free time, you will find her gardening, listening to varying genre of music or exploring new places.
Georgina Chamungwana is a mental health enthusiast certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and trained in crisis prevention and intervention. She is passionate about whole body wellness and dedicated to providing the best patient care. She began her health care career working in palliative and hospice care and after graduating from nursing school, she immersed herself in mental health and spent several years acquiring skills and knowledge in inpatient psychiatric/mental health care. When she is not watching documentaries in her free time, you will find her gardening, listening to varying genre of music or exploring new places.
(808) 774-3178 View (808) 774-3178
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Soonja Tyrrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-Rx, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Honolulu, HI 96817
Difficulty concentrating? Problems with sleep? Anxiety attacks? Nightmares? We have appointments available in as soon as one week. Let's work together to see how we can best meet your mental wellness needs.
Difficulty concentrating? Problems with sleep? Anxiety attacks? Nightmares? We have appointments available in as soon as one week. Let's work together to see how we can best meet your mental wellness needs.
(808) 664-1104 View (808) 664-1104
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SynCare Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Honolulu, HI 96816
Aloha! My name is Henry and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of psychiatric medication management experience. My practice, SynCare Behavioral Health, is an outpatient mental health private practice with a mission to provide high quality mental health care. We are located in Oahu but delivering care via telehealth. We treat adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders, insomnia, and personality disorders. Visit www.syncarebh.com for more information.
Aloha! My name is Henry and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of psychiatric medication management experience. My practice, SynCare Behavioral Health, is an outpatient mental health private practice with a mission to provide high quality mental health care. We are located in Oahu but delivering care via telehealth. We treat adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders, insomnia, and personality disorders. Visit www.syncarebh.com for more information.
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Carter Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96801
I help clients find relief through therapy and wholistic treatment plans that can include medication management. Together we will gently dig beneath the surface of pain and distress, and begin to work towards a deep wholeness and healing. We work together to find the roots of pain and distress, and then provide help and healing to those parts that need care. I practice by the mantra "Be curious, not judgmental."
I help clients find relief through therapy and wholistic treatment plans that can include medication management. Together we will gently dig beneath the surface of pain and distress, and begin to work towards a deep wholeness and healing. We work together to find the roots of pain and distress, and then provide help and healing to those parts that need care. I practice by the mantra "Be curious, not judgmental."
(808) 201-0577 View (808) 201-0577
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Dr. Jay Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96814  (Online Only)
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck, I invite you to take the first step towards a brighter future! I specialize in helping professionals who are experiencing burnout in their careers due to depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have extensive experience working with professionals such as CEO’s, lawyers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to find renewed balance and reconnect with purpose in their lives. I also have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community who might be struggling with sexual identity and are ready to start experiencing their true authentic life.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck, I invite you to take the first step towards a brighter future! I specialize in helping professionals who are experiencing burnout in their careers due to depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have extensive experience working with professionals such as CEO’s, lawyers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to find renewed balance and reconnect with purpose in their lives. I also have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community who might be struggling with sexual identity and are ready to start experiencing their true authentic life.
(808) 736-5912 View (808) 736-5912
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Peter G Collori
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Honolulu, HI 96825  (Online Only)
I understand therapies - biological, psychological and mindfulness-based treatments - as ways to help you be more present in your life, face challenges in work and in love with confidence and feel secure enough to play. I understand feelings are not just symptoms but signals to be listened too and understood in their context. I also understand patients are people, not just victims of biology or inconvenient containers for medications. Our physical state is of great importance and still, it does not exist in a vacuum. It is intimately intertwined with our DNA, life circumstances, relationships, culture and past experiences.
I understand therapies - biological, psychological and mindfulness-based treatments - as ways to help you be more present in your life, face challenges in work and in love with confidence and feel secure enough to play. I understand feelings are not just symptoms but signals to be listened too and understood in their context. I also understand patients are people, not just victims of biology or inconvenient containers for medications. Our physical state is of great importance and still, it does not exist in a vacuum. It is intimately intertwined with our DNA, life circumstances, relationships, culture and past experiences.
(808) 495-0145 View (808) 495-0145
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Mariam Myers - Ohanapsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Haiku, HI 96708  (Online Only)
As a resident of Maui for the past 10 years, Mariam has focused on acute psychiatric care, correctional and addiction nursing. As a PMHNP-BC she will take care of all ages and psychiatric conditions. She will work with you to achieve the goals that are important to you.
As a resident of Maui for the past 10 years, Mariam has focused on acute psychiatric care, correctional and addiction nursing. As a PMHNP-BC she will take care of all ages and psychiatric conditions. She will work with you to achieve the goals that are important to you.
(808) 207-6319 View (808) 207-6319
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Angie Stanley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kamuela, HI 96743  (Online Only)
I am passionate about behavioral health- both personally and professionally. My superpower is building relationships and using empathy to meet with clients where they are. I believe medication management is part of a three-legged stool. When paired with therapy and self-care the most optimal outcomes can be achieved and the stool will be balanced.
I am passionate about behavioral health- both personally and professionally. My superpower is building relationships and using empathy to meet with clients where they are. I believe medication management is part of a three-legged stool. When paired with therapy and self-care the most optimal outcomes can be achieved and the stool will be balanced.
(320) 373-4446 View (320) 373-4446

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kihei, HI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kihei, HI who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Hawaii Medical Services Association
71% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% Hawaii Medical Assurance Association

How Psychiatrists in Kihei, HI see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kihei?

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.