Psychiatrists in Canton, IL

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Layne D. Stambaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, IL 61520
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
(309) 306-7174 View (309) 306-7174
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Julie Haggerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, IL 61520  (Online Only)
I have 14 years experience as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages dealing with a variety of mental health issues. I provide medication management and mental health therapy. I provide supportive and nonjudgmental treatment which allows patients to feel more comfortable talking about their issues which helps me better understand what they are dealing with so I can help them to better deal with their mental health issues and life stressors. To schedule an appointment click on my Website link at the bottom of the page or call the number and ask to be scheduled with me.
I have 14 years experience as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages dealing with a variety of mental health issues. I provide medication management and mental health therapy. I provide supportive and nonjudgmental treatment which allows patients to feel more comfortable talking about their issues which helps me better understand what they are dealing with so I can help them to better deal with their mental health issues and life stressors. To schedule an appointment click on my Website link at the bottom of the page or call the number and ask to be scheduled with me.
(224) 385-1206 View (224) 385-1206
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Carrie Helle Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Canton, IL 61520  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a supportive partner on your journey to mental well-being? Look no further. As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in providing personalized, compassionate care to individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges. That is why I take the time to listen, empathize, and tailor our approach to meet your individual needs. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other mental health concerns, I am here to help.
Are you seeking a supportive partner on your journey to mental well-being? Look no further. As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in providing personalized, compassionate care to individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges. That is why I take the time to listen, empathize, and tailor our approach to meet your individual needs. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other mental health concerns, I am here to help.
(309) 316-8017 View (309) 316-8017

Online Psychiatrists

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Lotus Center for Women's Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61614
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
(309) 322-9422 View (309) 322-9422
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Springfield, IL 62701  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(217) 993-8013 View (217) 993-8013
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Zackary Ladson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
(217) 262-1734 View (217) 262-1734
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Jodi Juenger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mahomet, IL 61853
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
(217) 687-1369 View (217) 687-1369
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Melinda Rader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
(217) 776-8523 View (217) 776-8523
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Jodie Warsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
(217) 386-5801 View (217) 386-5801
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Chandra Pierson-Rye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
(217) 837-9274 View (217) 837-9274
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61603  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(406) 905-0329 View (406) 905-0329
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Dr. Lori Anne Hopwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, WHNP, MPH
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62701  (Online Only)
I provided non-judgmental, empathetic care. Over the years, I have developed a special interested in increasing access to mental health services. My goal is to effectively assess, diagnose and treat your mental health challenges. I provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
I provided non-judgmental, empathetic care. Over the years, I have developed a special interested in increasing access to mental health services. My goal is to effectively assess, diagnose and treat your mental health challenges. I provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
(217) 403-9675 x92984 View (217) 403-9675 x92984
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560
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Amy Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IL 61704
Amy Short is a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois, with a robust background in nursing leadership and specialized expertise in psychiatric care. Holding an MSN in Nursing Leadership from Chamberlain University and an additional MSN with a focus on PMHNP-BC from Maryville University, Amy combines her leadership skills with advanced psychiatric knowledge to provide comprehensive care. With a diverse clinical background, Amy has worked as a psych nurse in a hospital setting, honing her skills in addressing the complex mental health needs of individuals.
Amy Short is a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois, with a robust background in nursing leadership and specialized expertise in psychiatric care. Holding an MSN in Nursing Leadership from Chamberlain University and an additional MSN with a focus on PMHNP-BC from Maryville University, Amy combines her leadership skills with advanced psychiatric knowledge to provide comprehensive care. With a diverse clinical background, Amy has worked as a psych nurse in a hospital setting, honing her skills in addressing the complex mental health needs of individuals.
(309) 893-8355 View (309) 893-8355
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Tara Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61614
I'm a Full Practice Authority Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified to provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues. I've been working in the mental health field since 2010 and as a PMHNP since 2019. I am non-judgmental and here to help others.
I'm a Full Practice Authority Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified to provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues. I've been working in the mental health field since 2010 and as a PMHNP since 2019. I am non-judgmental and here to help others.
(309) 857-0172 View (309) 857-0172
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Amber Altidor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
(773) 917-1067 View (773) 917-1067
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IL 61701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(309) 808-6562 View (309) 808-6562
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Tara Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Galesburg, IL 61401
I'm grateful for this opportunity I have to help people - such as yourself - to feel their best! I want to learn about you: your goals, your struggles, your strengths and your areas in need of strengthening. I pride myself in my ability to listen empathetically and non-judgmentally. During each session I provide support and work with my clients in a way that they feel understood, cared for, and confident that things can get better. Life can be overwhelming at times, and while the struggle is real, you don't have to fight it alone. I want to empower you and help you to overcome the things that have been holding you back from feel
I'm grateful for this opportunity I have to help people - such as yourself - to feel their best! I want to learn about you: your goals, your struggles, your strengths and your areas in need of strengthening. I pride myself in my ability to listen empathetically and non-judgmentally. During each session I provide support and work with my clients in a way that they feel understood, cared for, and confident that things can get better. Life can be overwhelming at times, and while the struggle is real, you don't have to fight it alone. I want to empower you and help you to overcome the things that have been holding you back from feel
(309) 316-3574 View (309) 316-3574
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Susan Falcon Lathe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sterling, IL 61081
Greetings, I am Susan Lathe NP I strive to make the world a better place. I feel that I can accomplish this by helping people to live their best life possible.
Greetings, I am Susan Lathe NP I strive to make the world a better place. I feel that I can accomplish this by helping people to live their best life possible.
(779) 209-1895 View (779) 209-1895

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Number of Psychiatrists in Canton, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Canton, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Canton, IL see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Canton?

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.