Psychiatrists in Chicago Heights, IL

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Chicago Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago Heights, IL 60411  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a 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 a 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.
(312) 800-1346 View (312) 800-1346
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Madelyn Hindia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago Heights, IL 60411  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Madelyn Hindia, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a certification in perinatal mental health. My passion lies in supporting women through their unique mental health journeys, especially during pivotal moments such as pregnancy, postpartum, and when facing challenges like infertility or pregnancy and infant loss. I also have a strong background in addressing sexual dysfunction and a wide range of general psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I believe in treating each of my patients with a non-judgmental, empathetic approach.
Hello, I'm Madelyn Hindia, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a certification in perinatal mental health. My passion lies in supporting women through their unique mental health journeys, especially during pivotal moments such as pregnancy, postpartum, and when facing challenges like infertility or pregnancy and infant loss. I also have a strong background in addressing sexual dysfunction and a wide range of general psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I believe in treating each of my patients with a non-judgmental, empathetic approach.
(618) 787-5326 View (618) 787-5326

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Becoming Behavioral Health & Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Homewood, IL 60430
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
(708) 942-8393 View (708) 942-8393
Ngozi Ubaghara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Matteson, IL 60443
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
(708) 726-4744 View (708) 726-4744
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Senami E-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richton Park, IL 60471
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
(708) 765-6432 View (708) 765-6432
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Dr. Kenisha D. Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Holland, IL 60473
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
(708) 726-0880 View (708) 726-0880
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Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60487
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
(708) 360-7706 View (708) 360-7706
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Inspire1Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glenwood, IL 60425
Hi! I’m Crystal Turner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have learned that, though the complexities that come with mental health are various, the commonality is the desire to be heard, seen, and treated as human and to attain the highest level of functioning in life.
Hi! I’m Crystal Turner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have learned that, though the complexities that come with mental health are various, the commonality is the desire to be heard, seen, and treated as human and to attain the highest level of functioning in life.
(312) 778-5571 View (312) 778-5571
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Tomeka Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461  (Online Only)
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
(515) 808-5012 View (515) 808-5012
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Comfort Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Comfort Psychiatric Services (CPS) focuses on helping individuals to better understand, manage and overcome life's challenges. CPS helps to learn and practice using new, healthier methods of coping, making positive, healthy changes in your behavior / routine and giving you Comfort.
Comfort Psychiatric Services (CPS) focuses on helping individuals to better understand, manage and overcome life's challenges. CPS helps to learn and practice using new, healthier methods of coping, making positive, healthy changes in your behavior / routine and giving you Comfort.
(708) 726-3269 View (708) 726-3269
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Integrative Medical and Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
(708) 894-1898 View (708) 894-1898
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The Ward Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flossmoor, IL 60422  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a psychiatrist with dual-board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, specializing in providing expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. Dr. McNeely specializes in medication management for patients that are interested in exploring how medication could be integrated into their current mental health treatment. She utilizes an holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals.
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a psychiatrist with dual-board certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, specializing in providing expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. Dr. McNeely specializes in medication management for patients that are interested in exploring how medication could be integrated into their current mental health treatment. She utilizes an holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals.
(630) 458-3776 View (630) 458-3776
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Sameka Dowell Mills
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, APN
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
(708) 742-8892 View (708) 742-8892
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Olubunmi Vicki Isijola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Homewood, IL 60430
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
(708) 729-6332 View (708) 729-6332
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Aasta Knox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
All patients are ideal to me. They come with a unique set of circumstances that require individualized treatment plans. The treatment will consist of medication management (if required), referrals, and counseling. The goal is to return the individual to a healthier self in mind and body. I can offer comprehensive care consisting psychiatric medication management in collaboration with your other treating providers.
All patients are ideal to me. They come with a unique set of circumstances that require individualized treatment plans. The treatment will consist of medication management (if required), referrals, and counseling. The goal is to return the individual to a healthier self in mind and body. I can offer comprehensive care consisting psychiatric medication management in collaboration with your other treating providers.
(708) 787-3989 View (708) 787-3989
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Evie Life Psychiatry, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression,
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BIC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Dolton, IL 60419  (Online Only)
Hi there! I’m Imuentiyan Faith. Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
Hi there! I’m Imuentiyan Faith. Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
(708) 729-9483 View (708) 729-9483
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Bashiru Oladele Babawale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBChB, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hazel Crest, IL 60429  (Online Only)
Have you been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and overwhelmed by symptoms and treatment failure? Are you currently on psychiatric treatment but struggling with medication schedule and side effects? Are you having psychiatric issues and does not know how to go about it? Are you currently having issues with keeping appointments with your provider due to your busy schedule, transportation problem, or any other logistic constraint? Are you dissatisfied with your current provider and need to try another provider?
Have you been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and overwhelmed by symptoms and treatment failure? Are you currently on psychiatric treatment but struggling with medication schedule and side effects? Are you having psychiatric issues and does not know how to go about it? Are you currently having issues with keeping appointments with your provider due to your busy schedule, transportation problem, or any other logistic constraint? Are you dissatisfied with your current provider and need to try another provider?
(708) 726-0253 View (708) 726-0253
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Dr. Rosalynn Anderson Integrity Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tinley Park, IL 60477  (Online Only)
I am accepting New Patients! A communicative Healthcare provider with a twenty-plus-year background assisting vulnerable patients with varying degrees of mental illness and substance-alcohol dependency. Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. Well-versed in developing and implementing effective treatment plans and monitoring patient progress. Caring, compassionate professional dedicated to administering quality patient care to promote healing and health wellness.
I am accepting New Patients! A communicative Healthcare provider with a twenty-plus-year background assisting vulnerable patients with varying degrees of mental illness and substance-alcohol dependency. Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. Well-versed in developing and implementing effective treatment plans and monitoring patient progress. Caring, compassionate professional dedicated to administering quality patient care to promote healing and health wellness.
(708) 438-6523 View (708) 438-6523
Heart of Rose Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
(708) 274-4511 View (708) 274-4511
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Timelycare and Behavioral services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are some of the mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a negative impact on general wellbeing. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are some of the mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a negative impact on general wellbeing. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you.
(708) 766-7996 View (708) 766-7996

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Number of Psychiatrists in Chicago Heights, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Chicago Heights, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Parenting
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Chicago Heights, IL see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chicago Heights?

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.