Psychiatrists in Cedar Rapids, IA

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Dani Darbyshire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
I am a board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am independently licensed and able to provide psychiatric health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions. My primary focus is treating mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and young adults. (5 years to 30 years) I provide assessment, diagnosis, and management of symptoms in a wide range of mental health disorders such as: anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder.
I am a board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am independently licensed and able to provide psychiatric health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions. My primary focus is treating mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and young adults. (5 years to 30 years) I provide assessment, diagnosis, and management of symptoms in a wide range of mental health disorders such as: anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder.
(319) 250-5935 View (319) 250-5935
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Abbie Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Abbie Kelley, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Psychiatric Associates at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages four and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. In addition, she has a decade of experience managing an inpatient psychiatric unit.
Abbie Kelley, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Psychiatric Associates at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages four and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. In addition, she has a decade of experience managing an inpatient psychiatric unit.
(319) 220-5698 View (319) 220-5698
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(319) 450-7511 View (319) 450-7511
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Abbie Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, CNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Abbie is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children and adults for medication management. Areas of interest include depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and post-partum depression.
Abbie is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children and adults for medication management. Areas of interest include depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and post-partum depression.
(319) 253-2895 View (319) 253-2895
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
(319) 220-6751 View (319) 220-6751
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation virtually. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation virtually. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(319) 264-6892 View (319) 264-6892
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Lindsay Schock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Lindsay Schock, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Covenant Family Solutions at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages 12 and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. She just relocated from Louisville, Kentucky, and has experience triaging clients in emergency psychiatric services.
Lindsay Schock, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Covenant Family Solutions at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages 12 and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. She just relocated from Louisville, Kentucky, and has experience triaging clients in emergency psychiatric services.
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Laurie McCormick
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
I’m an integrative/holistic psychiatrist and family physician with functional medicine as well as psychedelic-assisted therapy training. I’ve been in practice for 20 years (post-residency, as a tenure-track academic research scientist and educator at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, then in private practice in St Thomas, USVI, and Iowa City. I’m excited to now be able to offer a variety of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy options to more people suffering from a variety of conditions including anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
I’m an integrative/holistic psychiatrist and family physician with functional medicine as well as psychedelic-assisted therapy training. I’ve been in practice for 20 years (post-residency, as a tenure-track academic research scientist and educator at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, then in private practice in St Thomas, USVI, and Iowa City. I’m excited to now be able to offer a variety of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy options to more people suffering from a variety of conditions including anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
(340) 244-9658 View (340) 244-9658
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Jeanne-Marie Fournier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
(319) 448-3805 View (319) 448-3805
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Rosaline During
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 800-4471 View (515) 800-4471
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(515) 481-5268 View (515) 481-5268
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Cortney Berkley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52409
Do you feel like your current medications for your mental health issues are not effective? Or are you looking to start medications to help your symptoms? Are you struggling with negative side effects such as weight gain and fatigue from your current medications?
Do you feel like your current medications for your mental health issues are not effective? Or are you looking to start medications to help your symptoms? Are you struggling with negative side effects such as weight gain and fatigue from your current medications?
(254) 274-3634 View (254) 274-3634
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Melissa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're burning the candle at both ends and there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks and responsibilities. Are you burnt out, tired, and stressed out? Do wake up tired and lash out on those who love you? I've been there.
Do you feel like you're burning the candle at both ends and there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks and responsibilities. Are you burnt out, tired, and stressed out? Do wake up tired and lash out on those who love you? I've been there.
(515) 518-8630 View (515) 518-8630
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Samantha Wolff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Putting People First. We provide evaluations, diagnosis, treatment plans, and medication management for all ages and demographics. The best part is, no referrals are needed. We offer in-person appointments and telehealth appointments for your convenience.
Putting People First. We provide evaluations, diagnosis, treatment plans, and medication management for all ages and demographics. The best part is, no referrals are needed. We offer in-person appointments and telehealth appointments for your convenience.
(319) 878-6200 View (319) 878-6200
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 859-8138 View (515) 859-8138
At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
100% ONLINE visits You travel around looking for a new provider every time you change states. You don't have time or want to call into an office, negotiate appointments with secretaries, drive in traffic, sit in a crowded waiting room, just to continue your medicine. We are licensed in 20 states and offer video visits from your computer or phone. Saturday and Sunday hours available. SCHEDULE today ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com
100% ONLINE visits You travel around looking for a new provider every time you change states. You don't have time or want to call into an office, negotiate appointments with secretaries, drive in traffic, sit in a crowded waiting room, just to continue your medicine. We are licensed in 20 states and offer video visits from your computer or phone. Saturday and Sunday hours available. SCHEDULE today ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com
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Kristina (Krissy) Gates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Krissy’s areas of specialty include working with ages 5+, LGBTQ+ community, crisis management, substance abuse (Medication Assisted Treatment-30client limit), ADHD, PTSD, mood, anxiety, and schizophrenia disorders.
Krissy’s areas of specialty include working with ages 5+, LGBTQ+ community, crisis management, substance abuse (Medication Assisted Treatment-30client limit), ADHD, PTSD, mood, anxiety, and schizophrenia disorders.
(319) 408-8455 View (319) 408-8455
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Noel Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, SANE
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Now able to accept new patients! Noel Adams is a board certified medication provider specializing in Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder) ADHD, Depression and other Mood Disorders, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and Behavioral Disorders. Noel provides care to patients across a lifespan (ages 6+) with over a decade of experience in healthcare helping individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
Now able to accept new patients! Noel Adams is a board certified medication provider specializing in Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder) ADHD, Depression and other Mood Disorders, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and Behavioral Disorders. Noel provides care to patients across a lifespan (ages 6+) with over a decade of experience in healthcare helping individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
(319) 318-6893 View (319) 318-6893
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Paige Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-NP, BC
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(515) 585-3954 View (515) 585-3954
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Kelsey Lamb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNBC
Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Kelsey Lamb, a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL, in 2014. As a nurse, she worked in acute mental health settings which inspired her to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. A dog lover, Kelsey has three golden doodles. She loves traveling and going on cruises. And, even though she’s a fairly recent transplant to the Midwest, she is a Hawkeye and Cubs fan!
Kelsey Lamb, a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL, in 2014. As a nurse, she worked in acute mental health settings which inspired her to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. A dog lover, Kelsey has three golden doodles. She loves traveling and going on cruises. And, even though she’s a fairly recent transplant to the Midwest, she is a Hawkeye and Cubs fan!
(319) 209-5584 View (319) 209-5584

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cedar Rapids, IA

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Cedar Rapids, IA who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
93% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
93% Bipolar Disorder
86% ADHD
86% Trauma and PTSD
82% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Cigna and Evernorth
73% Wellmark BCBS

How Psychiatrists in Cedar Rapids, IA see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cedar Rapids?

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.