Psychiatrists in Du Page County, IL

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Mary LoGalbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Aurora, IL 60504
Dr. Mary LoGalbo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Master of Science in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. Dr. LoGalbo values the uniqueness of each person and seeks to understand each person's perspective of themselves and the world around them. She is motivated to create an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, so clients feel safe and are better able to tell their stories.
Dr. Mary LoGalbo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Master of Science in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. Dr. LoGalbo values the uniqueness of each person and seeks to understand each person's perspective of themselves and the world around them. She is motivated to create an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, so clients feel safe and are better able to tell their stories.
(630) 760-2335 View (630) 760-2335
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Kalee Sweeney
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
I am a nationally certified physician assistant. I completed my bachelors at the University of Illinois and obtained my masters of medical science in the physician assistant program at Midwestern University. I have a background in psychiatric medicine and interventional psychiatry focusing on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I use evidence based medicine and a holistic care model to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to each patient.
I am a nationally certified physician assistant. I completed my bachelors at the University of Illinois and obtained my masters of medical science in the physician assistant program at Midwestern University. I have a background in psychiatric medicine and interventional psychiatry focusing on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I use evidence based medicine and a holistic care model to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to each patient.
(331) 246-0925 View (331) 246-0925
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Heather Miller | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
Hello, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a provider at Stella Center. I completed my doctoral training at Rush University Medical Center. I understand that each patient must have an individualized treatment plan unique to their experience to bring true healing. I have worked with patients with severe childhood, combat, and sexual trauma. My practice is based on identifying root causes, setting individual goals, and cultivating hope and resilience. At Stella Center, I specialize in identifying innovative medical treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a provider at Stella Center. I completed my doctoral training at Rush University Medical Center. I understand that each patient must have an individualized treatment plan unique to their experience to bring true healing. I have worked with patients with severe childhood, combat, and sexual trauma. My practice is based on identifying root causes, setting individual goals, and cultivating hope and resilience. At Stella Center, I specialize in identifying innovative medical treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
(708) 883-5287 View (708) 883-5287
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Judith A Sheldon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lisle, IL 60532  (Online Only)
Judith Sheldon is a board certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 28 years of experience providing exceptional, compassionate, and evidence-based care to her patients. She obtained her Associates of Science degree in nursing in 1992 from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2001 and her Master of Science degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013 from Olivet Nazarene University, and later received certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of St. Francis.
Judith Sheldon is a board certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 28 years of experience providing exceptional, compassionate, and evidence-based care to her patients. She obtained her Associates of Science degree in nursing in 1992 from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2001 and her Master of Science degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013 from Olivet Nazarene University, and later received certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of St. Francis.
(331) 226-1681 View (331) 226-1681
Mindwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lombard, IL 60148
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(630) 528-0049 View (630) 528-0049
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Michaeline Steves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
(630) 339-3752 View (630) 339-3752
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Adrian Zhubi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
New patients welcome! I have a genuine passion for the field of psychiatry and my treatment approach is integrated, compassionate and patient-centered. I aim to foster an empathic and effective collaboration with you as we examine core conflicts and patterns of behavior obstructing your relationships, work and sense of self. My approach is balanced, holistic and collaborative. I believe the best care combines both medication management and psychotherapy and I am happy to provide psychotherapy as well as refer to other therapists.
New patients welcome! I have a genuine passion for the field of psychiatry and my treatment approach is integrated, compassionate and patient-centered. I aim to foster an empathic and effective collaboration with you as we examine core conflicts and patterns of behavior obstructing your relationships, work and sense of self. My approach is balanced, holistic and collaborative. I believe the best care combines both medication management and psychotherapy and I am happy to provide psychotherapy as well as refer to other therapists.
(331) 979-3219 View (331) 979-3219
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Shalini Chawla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
11 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
(630) 338-0460 View (630) 338-0460
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Jessica Moody
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
I truly love psychiatry, and I hold three mental health related science degrees. I have a background that includes research experience which has enabled me to cultivate the use of objective data and self reported outcomes. The patient and I craft a unique path to wellness by examining the patient’s response to their treatment. I am well-trained in not only adult psychiatry, but also child and adolescent psychiatry. I am prepared to serve this population as well as adults to provide an adequate sensitivity to the patient experience throughout the lifespan.
I truly love psychiatry, and I hold three mental health related science degrees. I have a background that includes research experience which has enabled me to cultivate the use of objective data and self reported outcomes. The patient and I craft a unique path to wellness by examining the patient’s response to their treatment. I am well-trained in not only adult psychiatry, but also child and adolescent psychiatry. I am prepared to serve this population as well as adults to provide an adequate sensitivity to the patient experience throughout the lifespan.
(630) 517-3608 View (630) 517-3608
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Dima Arbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
(630) 349-5035 View (630) 349-5035
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Elizabeth Wengel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
(708) 765-6803 View (708) 765-6803
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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. I love providing direct care and value my expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. I love providing direct care and value my expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
(630) 656-9872 View (630) 656-9872
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Holistic behavioral and TMS therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, FPA
Verified
Aurora, IL 60504
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
(815) 242-3127 View (815) 242-3127
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Dominique Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I understand the importance of treating the whole person. Sometimes life can feel so complex that we forget laughter can be the best medicine. What makes you laugh? For me it’s a good stand up comedy show with one of my favorite comedians. What makes you happy? For me it’s a clear schedule and my comfy couch. What motivates you? For me it’s touching lives one by one even it’s it’s via tele-visit.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I understand the importance of treating the whole person. Sometimes life can feel so complex that we forget laughter can be the best medicine. What makes you laugh? For me it’s a good stand up comedy show with one of my favorite comedians. What makes you happy? For me it’s a clear schedule and my comfy couch. What motivates you? For me it’s touching lives one by one even it’s it’s via tele-visit.
(708) 607-9551 View (708) 607-9551
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
(331) 276-6131 View (331) 276-6131
Photo of Denise Garcia, Psychiatric Nurse in Du Page County, IL
Denise Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
(630) 552-6992 View (630) 552-6992
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Maureen Raiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Wheaton, IL 60189
Maureen Raiz is a Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Maureen provides a holistic approach, stigma-free, evidence-based, and compassionate care to individuals needing mental health services. She offers extensive psychiatric evaluations, supportive psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring. Maureen has dedicated a significant amount of her career to providing mental health care to adults and older adults. Her ultimate goal is to improve access to mental health and help patients meet their goals. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys traveling to many different countries and experiencing different cultures.
Maureen Raiz is a Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Maureen provides a holistic approach, stigma-free, evidence-based, and compassionate care to individuals needing mental health services. She offers extensive psychiatric evaluations, supportive psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring. Maureen has dedicated a significant amount of her career to providing mental health care to adults and older adults. Her ultimate goal is to improve access to mental health and help patients meet their goals. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys traveling to many different countries and experiencing different cultures.
(331) 258-8707 View (331) 258-8707
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Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
(630) 454-1190 View (630) 454-1190
Photo of Beth (Ellie) DUDLEY, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Du Page County, IL
Beth (Ellie) DUDLEY
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Ellie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Ellie is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Ellie can explore all effective treatment options with you.
Ellie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Ellie is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Ellie can explore all effective treatment options with you.
(630) 394-6208 View (630) 394-6208
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Joseph Z Rahman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Wheaton, IL 60187
I am an advanced practice nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatric-mental health. At Meier Clinics, I specialize in the psychiatric evaluation and medication management of patients across the lifespan. I strive to work collaboratively with professionals across disciplines to ensure that my patients are receiving comprehensive care. My goal is to educate and empower patients to be active participants in their treatment planning. I provide individualized care that addresses each person uniquely in light of their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
I am an advanced practice nurse practitioner with board certification in psychiatric-mental health. At Meier Clinics, I specialize in the psychiatric evaluation and medication management of patients across the lifespan. I strive to work collaboratively with professionals across disciplines to ensure that my patients are receiving comprehensive care. My goal is to educate and empower patients to be active participants in their treatment planning. I provide individualized care that addresses each person uniquely in light of their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
(630) 653-1717 View (630) 653-1717

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Number of Psychiatrists in Du Page County, IL

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Du Page County, IL who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
75% Bipolar Disorder
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% ADHD
69% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Du Page County, IL see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Du Page 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.