Psychiatrists in Glencoe, IL

Photo of Kathryn Schoenbrod, Psychiatrist in Glencoe, IL
Kathryn Schoenbrod
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glencoe, IL 60022
I have been in private practice since 1985. I am a general adult psychiatrist and see those age 13 and older. I am one of the "dinosaurs" who still do psychotherapy as well as medication. I see individuals, couples, and families. Although the majority of my patients see me for mood disorders and anxiety, I have had a special interest in eating disorders since training. My practice has solely been outpatient for many years, thus inpatient care would have to be transferred temporarily to another physician. (note: I am an out-of-network provider; fees range from $140-320, depending on service, see below.)
I have been in private practice since 1985. I am a general adult psychiatrist and see those age 13 and older. I am one of the "dinosaurs" who still do psychotherapy as well as medication. I see individuals, couples, and families. Although the majority of my patients see me for mood disorders and anxiety, I have had a special interest in eating disorders since training. My practice has solely been outpatient for many years, thus inpatient care would have to be transferred temporarily to another physician. (note: I am an out-of-network provider; fees range from $140-320, depending on service, see below.)
(847) 807-1781 View (847) 807-1781
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Zachary Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glencoe, IL 60022
As a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I help emerging adults, young professionals, and high functioning adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and unresolved trauma connect with their emotions, navigate life transitions, and feel more fulfilled. I offer a holistic approach to medication management as well as a specialized approach to treatment that may involve weekly or biweekly psychodynamic psychotherapy with the thoughtful consideration of medication treatment. My hope is that our work together can help you move forward in alignment with your evolving sense of who and how you hope to be in the world.
As a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I help emerging adults, young professionals, and high functioning adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and unresolved trauma connect with their emotions, navigate life transitions, and feel more fulfilled. I offer a holistic approach to medication management as well as a specialized approach to treatment that may involve weekly or biweekly psychodynamic psychotherapy with the thoughtful consideration of medication treatment. My hope is that our work together can help you move forward in alignment with your evolving sense of who and how you hope to be in the world.
(847) 320-9489 View (847) 320-9489
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Rachel Amodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
3 Endorsed
Glencoe, IL 60022  (Online Only)
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
(708) 234-1470 View (708) 234-1470
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llinois Telepsychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Glencoe, IL 60022  (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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Michelle Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
(754) 203-4386 View (754) 203-4386
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers 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 to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers 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) 210-9515 View (331) 210-9515
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Doris Nwoko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified
Winnetka, IL 60093
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(779) 223-5624 View (779) 223-5624
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Kim Dennis
Psychiatrist, MD, CEDS
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and addiction isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. She is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud Health patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves.
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and addiction isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. She is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud Health patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves.
(224) 707-8482 View (224) 707-8482
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Dr. Amber May
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Dr. Amber May is a double board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrist who treats clients with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, and trauma. Her practice model is to serve as a family psychiatrist throughout the life cycle, providing medication management in the context of a therapeutic relationship. She has a private practice located in the Northshore, with the majority of patients coming anywhere between Lake Forest to Lincoln Park. With in person and virtual options, her radius spans an even larger geographic regions. She enjoys helping clients transition successfully to college, work life, parenthood, etc!
Dr. Amber May is a double board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrist who treats clients with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, and trauma. Her practice model is to serve as a family psychiatrist throughout the life cycle, providing medication management in the context of a therapeutic relationship. She has a private practice located in the Northshore, with the majority of patients coming anywhere between Lake Forest to Lincoln Park. With in person and virtual options, her radius spans an even larger geographic regions. She enjoys helping clients transition successfully to college, work life, parenthood, etc!
(847) 796-8967 View (847) 796-8967
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Tim Yovankin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Winnetka, IL 60093
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Yovankin is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and behavioral conditions in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Yovankin attended Chicago Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), where he was named Chief Fellow. He also underwent training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Yovankin is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and behavioral conditions in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Yovankin attended Chicago Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), where he was named Chief Fellow. He also underwent training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
(847) 860-7168 View (847) 860-7168
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Chrisantha E Anandappa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
My ideal client seeks to improve their well-being, facing mental health conditions and substance use disorders. They desire a personalized approach, evidence-based practices, and a supportive environment. Their goal is to regain control, rebuild relationships, and live a fulfilling life. I provide knowledge, tools, and support to empower their growth and transformation. Let's connect to discuss your specific needs.
My ideal client seeks to improve their well-being, facing mental health conditions and substance use disorders. They desire a personalized approach, evidence-based practices, and a supportive environment. Their goal is to regain control, rebuild relationships, and live a fulfilling life. I provide knowledge, tools, and support to empower their growth and transformation. Let's connect to discuss your specific needs.
(224) 532-5426 View (224) 532-5426
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Tessa Schultz With Here And Now Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
(847) 443-9653 View (847) 443-9653
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Caroline Onischak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
(847) 457-1194 View (847) 457-1194
Photo of Alexia Copenhaver, Psychiatrist in Glencoe, IL
Alexia Copenhaver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
(847) 534-8862 View (847) 534-8862
Photo of Melissa Frick, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Glencoe, IL
Melissa Frick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Northfield, IL 60093
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
(224) 412-5853 View (224) 412-5853
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David Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
David Gavin, MD, MS attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for medical school, residency, and graduate school. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed reports on addiction disorders and schizophrenia and received VA and NIH funding. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients and training residents to treat patients with various psychiatric disorders. In addition, he has received numerous awards, including UIC Departmental Faculty of the Year, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, and APIRE/AstraZeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry Award.
David Gavin, MD, MS attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for medical school, residency, and graduate school. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed reports on addiction disorders and schizophrenia and received VA and NIH funding. He has over 10 years of experience treating patients and training residents to treat patients with various psychiatric disorders. In addition, he has received numerous awards, including UIC Departmental Faculty of the Year, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, and APIRE/AstraZeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry Award.
(224) 269-2200 View (224) 269-2200
Photo of Pooja J Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Glencoe, IL
Pooja J Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
(779) 237-8721 View (779) 237-8721
Photo of Harmony Rich, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Glencoe, IL
Harmony Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
Getting help shouldn't be hard! Finding the right provider can often be worse than online dating. Are you looking for a medication prescriber who will spend spend time get to know you, your unique needs, and actually explain treatment recommendations? I take an integrative and holistic approach to mental health. I focus on the whole person and use evidence-based treatments to guide care. I value the patient experience and want every client to feel fulling informed and comfortable with their treatment recommendations. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental environment to help support your mental wellness goals.
Getting help shouldn't be hard! Finding the right provider can often be worse than online dating. Are you looking for a medication prescriber who will spend spend time get to know you, your unique needs, and actually explain treatment recommendations? I take an integrative and holistic approach to mental health. I focus on the whole person and use evidence-based treatments to guide care. I value the patient experience and want every client to feel fulling informed and comfortable with their treatment recommendations. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental environment to help support your mental wellness goals.
(224) 504-1167 View (224) 504-1167
Photo of Anna Hereth, Physician Assistant in Glencoe, IL
Anna Hereth
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
(872) 259-5324 View (872) 259-5324
Photo of Relief Mental Health, Psychiatrist in Glencoe, IL
Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
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

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Glencoe, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Glencoe, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Relationship Issues
75% ADHD
75% Grief
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Glencoe, IL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Glencoe?

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.