Psychiatrists in Grayslake, IL

Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Jessica Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Jessica Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
(224) 302-6973 View (224) 302-6973
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
(224) 298-8260 View (224) 298-8260
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Archana Sood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Archana Sood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
(224) 255-2107 View (224) 255-2107
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Melinda Edwards , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Melinda Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric provider with over ten years experience in the field of mental health. I have both inpatient and outpatient experience as an RN and as a prescribing clinician. My goal as your practitioner is to provide a holistic treatment approach. We will work together to find a solution that allows you to easily cope with stressors, recognize potential and set goals, feel motivated, and have a physical and mental sense of well-being.
I am a psychiatric provider with over ten years experience in the field of mental health. I have both inpatient and outpatient experience as an RN and as a prescribing clinician. My goal as your practitioner is to provide a holistic treatment approach. We will work together to find a solution that allows you to easily cope with stressors, recognize potential and set goals, feel motivated, and have a physical and mental sense of well-being.
(224) 328-2783 View (224) 328-2783
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Esther Harris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Esther Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
(224) 241-6487 View (224) 241-6487
Photo of Tamia Chapple, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Tamia Chapple
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Grayslake, IL 60030
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
(847) 595-4638 View (847) 595-4638

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Photo of Aleksandra Besterfeldt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Aleksandra Besterfeldt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP, FPA, RN
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Libertyville, IL 60048
As a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult-Geriatric Acute Care and Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP), I have years of experience helping people with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, Insomnia, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. I'm skilled at assisting older adults facing challenges like dementia, mood changes, and sleep troubles.
As a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult-Geriatric Acute Care and Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP), I have years of experience helping people with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar disorders, Insomnia, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. I'm skilled at assisting older adults facing challenges like dementia, mood changes, and sleep troubles.
(224) 505-2288 View (224) 505-2288
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Dena Lynn Hinkle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
(847) 380-2584 View (847) 380-2584
Photo of Ishaq Lachin, Psychiatrist in Grayslake, IL
Ishaq Lachin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(630) 517-9367 View (630) 517-9367
Photo of Chibogu Victoria Obianwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Chibogu Victoria Obianwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
I am a dedicated and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience spanning both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. My expertise encompasses the treatment of a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD / ADHD), insomnia, and mood disorders. I approach each client with empathy and understanding, tailoring my treatment plans to meet their unique needs and goals.
I am a dedicated and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience spanning both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. My expertise encompasses the treatment of a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD / ADHD), insomnia, and mood disorders. I approach each client with empathy and understanding, tailoring my treatment plans to meet their unique needs and goals.
(847) 443-9956 View (847) 443-9956
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Lizas Art Works
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Verified Verified
Wauconda, IL 60084
If you are chronically ill and are having a tough time coping with your disease I can help you.. i have rheumatoid arthritis , I understand .the needs of illness.. Iworked as a Registered Nurse many years in a Hospital, In many different areas. My focus is Oncology Nursing . I have bipolar, OCD, ADHD. ,My entire family of 10 also does. I’ve been in remission for over 40 years with meds,therapy, and art. As an artist for 57 years teaching watercolor and I use art therapy to cure all conditions of mental stress. Art alongwith meditation, and finding your coping skills we can make your life a happier and more peaceful one.
If you are chronically ill and are having a tough time coping with your disease I can help you.. i have rheumatoid arthritis , I understand .the needs of illness.. Iworked as a Registered Nurse many years in a Hospital, In many different areas. My focus is Oncology Nursing . I have bipolar, OCD, ADHD. ,My entire family of 10 also does. I’ve been in remission for over 40 years with meds,therapy, and art. As an artist for 57 years teaching watercolor and I use art therapy to cure all conditions of mental stress. Art alongwith meditation, and finding your coping skills we can make your life a happier and more peaceful one.
(847) 443-1178 View (847) 443-1178
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Alexis Henion (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(847) 278-2871 View (847) 278-2871
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Embrace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, FPA
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
Welcome! At Embrace Behavioral Health we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and medication management, we specialize in anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, dementia, and much more. We offer personalized treatment plans integrating pharmacotherapy with therapy and lifestyle adjustments for holistic healing.
Welcome! At Embrace Behavioral Health we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and medication management, we specialize in anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, dementia, and much more. We offer personalized treatment plans integrating pharmacotherapy with therapy and lifestyle adjustments for holistic healing.
(224) 332-3594 View (224) 332-3594
Photo of Hone ur Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Hone ur Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
My name is Joan Ajide, owner of Hone ur Health & Wellness. I hold a dual board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I earned both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post graduate certificate from Lewis University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Saint Xavier University. I have over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute and primary care treating various age groups.
My name is Joan Ajide, owner of Hone ur Health & Wellness. I hold a dual board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I earned both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post graduate certificate from Lewis University. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Illinois in Chicago and a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Saint Xavier University. I have over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute and primary care treating various age groups.
(773) 389-1455 View (773) 389-1455
Photo of Angela S. Peters, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Angela S. Peters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Gurnee, IL 60031
Are you struggling and ready for a change? If you are looking to connect with a provider who cares and accepts you for you...you're in the right place! I am a Nurse Practitioner dual certified in psychiatry and adult health with additional certification in pain management. My background before psychiatry included pain management, oncology, primary care, and education which gives me a unique perspective. I like to get to know you as a person and understand what your struggles are so that we can work together toward improving your mental wellness.
Are you struggling and ready for a change? If you are looking to connect with a provider who cares and accepts you for you...you're in the right place! I am a Nurse Practitioner dual certified in psychiatry and adult health with additional certification in pain management. My background before psychiatry included pain management, oncology, primary care, and education which gives me a unique perspective. I like to get to know you as a person and understand what your struggles are so that we can work together toward improving your mental wellness.
(847) 474-9355 View (847) 474-9355
Photo of Paul Berkowitz, Psychiatrist in Grayslake, IL
Paul Berkowitz
Psychiatrist, MD, FACLP, FAPA
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
I am a double board certified psychiatrist (general psychiatry and consultation-liaison pyschiatry) with 23 years of experience providing psychiatric care in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I see adult patients to address a number of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and OCD.
I am a double board certified psychiatrist (general psychiatry and consultation-liaison pyschiatry) with 23 years of experience providing psychiatric care in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I see adult patients to address a number of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and OCD.
(847) 865-9054 View (847) 865-9054
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Eric Martinez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wauconda, IL 60084
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
(708) 859-7031 View (708) 859-7031
Photo of Annie Zambrano, Physician Assistant in Grayslake, IL
Annie Zambrano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Annie Zambrano, MPAS, PA-C, is a passionate, supportive healthcare provider. Her primary purpose is to provide high-quality medical services to serve the human spirit and improve the overall well-being of her patients. Annie treats children, adolescents, and adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Alzheimer's dementia, and more. She knows that each case is unique, and she customizes care to meet patient needs. Annie completed her professional degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She has over a decade of experience working in outpatient behavioral health and nursing facilities.
Annie Zambrano, MPAS, PA-C, is a passionate, supportive healthcare provider. Her primary purpose is to provide high-quality medical services to serve the human spirit and improve the overall well-being of her patients. Annie treats children, adolescents, and adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Alzheimer's dementia, and more. She knows that each case is unique, and she customizes care to meet patient needs. Annie completed her professional degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She has over a decade of experience working in outpatient behavioral health and nursing facilities.
(224) 505-8480 View (224) 505-8480
Photo of Brianna Wicinski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Brianna Wicinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, FPA, RN
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
(224) 293-6742 View (224) 293-6742
Photo of Brianne Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Grayslake, IL
Brianne Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048  (Online Only)
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like your mood has made it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely? You have a million things to do, but feel completely paralyzed. I understand how you feel and want to help you regain control and improve your wellbeing.
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like your mood has made it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely? You have a million things to do, but feel completely paralyzed. I understand how you feel and want to help you regain control and improve your wellbeing.
(847) 973-5890 View (847) 973-5890

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Grayslake, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Grayslake, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Child
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Grayslake, IL see their clients

83% Online Only
17% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Grayslake?

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.