Psychiatrists in Cook County, IL

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llinois Telepsychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palatine, IL 60067  (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.
(224) 487-7996 View (224) 487-7996
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David L. Goldberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I am a therapist that strives to achieve a balance in the treatment relationship that best promotes healing. I recognize the innate tendency towards health and growth while staying alert to the effects of genes and life stress/trauma on all of us. I work with a variety of age groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide individual psychotherapy as well as medication evaluation and management when it is indicated. I invest the time to get to know people and understand the context of their problems and strengths.
I am a therapist that strives to achieve a balance in the treatment relationship that best promotes healing. I recognize the innate tendency towards health and growth while staying alert to the effects of genes and life stress/trauma on all of us. I work with a variety of age groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide individual psychotherapy as well as medication evaluation and management when it is indicated. I invest the time to get to know people and understand the context of their problems and strengths.
(773) 717-2994 View (773) 717-2994
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Alan Stuart
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
I provide comprehensive psychiatric care that embraces diversity and inclusivity, recognizing that the journey to mental well-being is deeply personal and influenced by one's life experiences. I am dedicated to creating a compassionate and holistic approach to psychiatric care, recognizing the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit.
I provide comprehensive psychiatric care that embraces diversity and inclusivity, recognizing that the journey to mental well-being is deeply personal and influenced by one's life experiences. I am dedicated to creating a compassionate and holistic approach to psychiatric care, recognizing the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit.
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Iancu 'mike' Bradean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
(847) 393-9657 View (847) 393-9657
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Andreea Seicean
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
(312) 380-2790 View (312) 380-2790
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Alan Tony Amberg PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FPA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
(872) 276-8881 View (872) 276-8881
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I Care 4 Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a duly certified PMHNP and AGNP with up to 6 yrs of experience. At Embrace Integral Care, I am here to meet your mental and health needs with a holistic approach. Best outcome in mental and general health result from your compliance and collaboration with care. Evidence shows that you can be the best you want to be when you choose to take control over your life therapeutically and pharmacologically. I am here to help and guide achieve your mental and health goals. Visit our website at www.embraceintegralcare.com
I am a duly certified PMHNP and AGNP with up to 6 yrs of experience. At Embrace Integral Care, I am here to meet your mental and health needs with a holistic approach. Best outcome in mental and general health result from your compliance and collaboration with care. Evidence shows that you can be the best you want to be when you choose to take control over your life therapeutically and pharmacologically. I am here to help and guide achieve your mental and health goals. Visit our website at www.embraceintegralcare.com
(630) 349-6748 View (630) 349-6748
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Armanda Keci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Treating holistically, listening empathetically, and developing relationships are important in helping my patients with their journey in mental health.
Treating holistically, listening empathetically, and developing relationships are important in helping my patients with their journey in mental health.
(847) 750-3391 x816 View (847) 750-3391 x816
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Kimberly Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
(312) 561-9596 View (312) 561-9596
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James E. Young III
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
I am a Northern Kentucky University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive experience in medication management and psychotherapy. I care for clients from pediatrics to older adults. I have additional training in integrative psychiatry, which encompasses holistic approaches: eastern medicine, ayurvedic principles, and western medicine. Focusing solely on medication management may not help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms. I strive to understand who you are and your needs. As a result, we will work together to create an individualized treatment plan to help you feel better.
I am a Northern Kentucky University trained and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive experience in medication management and psychotherapy. I care for clients from pediatrics to older adults. I have additional training in integrative psychiatry, which encompasses holistic approaches: eastern medicine, ayurvedic principles, and western medicine. Focusing solely on medication management may not help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms. I strive to understand who you are and your needs. As a result, we will work together to create an individualized treatment plan to help you feel better.
(708) 578-7417 View (708) 578-7417
Heart of Rose Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
(312) 561-3923 View (312) 561-3923
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Hopemark Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health (formerly Advanced Psych Solutions) can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as ketamine-assisted therapy, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), EMDR, psychotherapy, esketamine (nasal spray), and more. We can also carry out genetic testing to help determine the appropriate fit for prescribed medications.
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health (formerly Advanced Psych Solutions) can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as ketamine-assisted therapy, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), EMDR, psychotherapy, esketamine (nasal spray), and more. We can also carry out genetic testing to help determine the appropriate fit for prescribed medications.
(630) 556-8403 View (630) 556-8403
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Clearview Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
(847) 423-0462 View (847) 423-0462
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Zoelife psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders.
We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders.
(319) 214-7918 x60423 View (319) 214-7918 x60423
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Sarah Schrock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Oak Park, IL 60304
I provide Psychiatric Assessments and Medication Management for clients across the lifespan dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders. My clinical approach is client centered and I strive to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals thrive in treatment.
I provide Psychiatric Assessments and Medication Management for clients across the lifespan dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders. My clinical approach is client centered and I strive to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals thrive in treatment.
(708) 726-5452 View (708) 726-5452
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Krista Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
(646) 759-2638 View (646) 759-2638
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Dr. Richard A Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Richard Shapiro practices at The Juniper Center, PC where our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care.
Dr. Richard Shapiro practices at The Juniper Center, PC where our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care.
(312) 940-3262 x3 View (312) 940-3262 x3
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Noel Tapia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
(847) 851-4805 View (847) 851-4805
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Sahar Eftekhar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
(312) 663-8104 View (312) 663-8104

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cook County, IL

400+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Cook County, IL who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
72% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
69% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cook County, IL see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
32% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cook County?

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.