Psychiatrists in Iroquois County, IL

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Mandi Troli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, FNP
Verified Verified
Clifton, IL 60927  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
(815) 384-1479 View (815) 384-1479
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Buckley, IL 60918
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
(708) 942-8961 View (708) 942-8961
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Christopher Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Sheldon, IL 60966
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
(773) 918-2047 View (773) 918-2047

Online Psychiatrists

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Adolescent, Family Psychiatry, Education Advocacy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60651
We help youth with serious learning difficulties and psychiatric/neurological challenges such as lead exposure, violence brain injury. Attention Deficit and Anxiety disorders are further burdened by minimal or no timely or distance access to specialists. A flexible format allows our professionals to use strategies that are tailored to address each child's learning style, skills, interests, and needs.
We help youth with serious learning difficulties and psychiatric/neurological challenges such as lead exposure, violence brain injury. Attention Deficit and Anxiety disorders are further burdened by minimal or no timely or distance access to specialists. A flexible format allows our professionals to use strategies that are tailored to address each child's learning style, skills, interests, and needs.
(773) 207-3271 View (773) 207-3271
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Bettina Rodgers PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60608  (Online Only)
Yes! I am Super Excited About Mental Health. And once you have a initial encounter with me, you will be excited to start your Mental Health Journey to Happiness! I started my career in the S.F Bay Area, where I worked with diverse populations in different mental health settings. I treat ages across the life span. My Goal is to assist in the restoration and healing of mental health" I believe in a holistic approach and will focus on you being a better you" I am compassionate about mental health, and have over 18 years of experience treating mental illness. Come talk to me!
Yes! I am Super Excited About Mental Health. And once you have a initial encounter with me, you will be excited to start your Mental Health Journey to Happiness! I started my career in the S.F Bay Area, where I worked with diverse populations in different mental health settings. I treat ages across the life span. My Goal is to assist in the restoration and healing of mental health" I believe in a holistic approach and will focus on you being a better you" I am compassionate about mental health, and have over 18 years of experience treating mental illness. Come talk to me!
(309) 248-5894 View (309) 248-5894
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Amir Tarsha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60614  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychiatry and behavioral science at Northwestern and Stanford Universities, I am licensed in both Illinois and California. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychiatry and behavioral science at Northwestern and Stanford Universities, I am licensed in both Illinois and California. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
(650) 489-9511 View (650) 489-9511
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Hopemark Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches.
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches.
(708) 766-7982 View (708) 766-7982
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David V. Alvarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Dr. David V. Alvarez is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Alvarez has experience working with numerous populations across various levels of psychiatric care and settings (e. g. , inpatient, outpatient, PHP, home health, telehealth). He has experience and knowledge from working with a broad range of patients. Dr. Alvarez loves the work and believes it is a gift to be able to work with the patients that he does. He works with compassion, empathy, and humor.
Dr. David V. Alvarez is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Alvarez has experience working with numerous populations across various levels of psychiatric care and settings (e. g. , inpatient, outpatient, PHP, home health, telehealth). He has experience and knowledge from working with a broad range of patients. Dr. Alvarez loves the work and believes it is a gift to be able to work with the patients that he does. He works with compassion, empathy, and humor.
(847) 813-7397 View (847) 813-7397
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Dr. Kenisha D. Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Holland, IL 60473
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
(708) 726-0880 View (708) 726-0880
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Shalini Chawla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Robert Noonan, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Hello, my name is Brian Noonan, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am Licensed in Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New York, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington State. I have experience in outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, and telehealth, as well as an instructor for Seattle University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Education: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN; University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Psychology, BA
Hello, my name is Brian Noonan, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am Licensed in Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New York, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington State. I have experience in outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, and telehealth, as well as an instructor for Seattle University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Education: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN; University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Psychology, BA
(872) 253-7409 View (872) 253-7409
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Debora Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, IL 60505
Debora's ideal client is someone grappling with the intricate interplay between mental health and overall well-being, seeking a path to holistic healing and growth. They often present with a myriad of issues ranging from mood disorders and anxiety to trauma-related symptoms or substance use concerns. These individuals crave more than just symptom relief; they yearn for a deep understanding of themselves and their struggles. Their needs extend beyond medication management or traditional therapy—they seek a compassionate ally who can navigate the complexities of their psyche with expertise and empathy.
Debora's ideal client is someone grappling with the intricate interplay between mental health and overall well-being, seeking a path to holistic healing and growth. They often present with a myriad of issues ranging from mood disorders and anxiety to trauma-related symptoms or substance use concerns. These individuals crave more than just symptom relief; they yearn for a deep understanding of themselves and their struggles. Their needs extend beyond medication management or traditional therapy—they seek a compassionate ally who can navigate the complexities of their psyche with expertise and empathy.
(630) 793-4616 View (630) 793-4616
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Ryan Atkins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
(708) 419-4634 View (708) 419-4634
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Brave Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, FNP-C, PhD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60604  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
(980) 907-6008 View (980) 907-6008
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Mary Shiellah James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, IL 60505
A person’s emotional or mental health is just as important as his/her physical wellness. Unresolved and/or untreated mental health issue affects the whole person. As a board-certified nurse practitioner with 25+ years of nursing experience and over a decade of experience working as a nurse practitioner, I am familiar with the effects of mental health disorder on a person’s physical health. I strongly believe that emotional/mental well-being is an integral part of healing the body, and addressing this issue is the first step towards overall wellness.
A person’s emotional or mental health is just as important as his/her physical wellness. Unresolved and/or untreated mental health issue affects the whole person. As a board-certified nurse practitioner with 25+ years of nursing experience and over a decade of experience working as a nurse practitioner, I am familiar with the effects of mental health disorder on a person’s physical health. I strongly believe that emotional/mental well-being is an integral part of healing the body, and addressing this issue is the first step towards overall wellness.
(331) 253-5193 View (331) 253-5193
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Nicole Demikis-Bayron
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for 2 years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults 18 and over and address depression, mood disorders, disordered eating, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, personality disorders, and other mental health differences.
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for 2 years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults 18 and over and address depression, mood disorders, disordered eating, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, personality disorders, and other mental health differences.
(872) 259-5596 View (872) 259-5596
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Katrina Ferracane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago. I have over 12 years working as a psychiatric registered nurse, and also have served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. I treat people 7 years old to adulthood, and have experience with anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and other disorders.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago. I have over 12 years working as a psychiatric registered nurse, and also have served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. I treat people 7 years old to adulthood, and have experience with anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and other disorders.
(815) 609-1544 View (815) 609-1544
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Ndidi Onyejiaka
Psychiatrist, MD, FAAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60603
Dr. Onyejiaka, a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Combined B.A/M.D. Program. She endured further training at the Tulane University Triple Board Residency Program where she specialized in pediatric medicine, general psychiatry, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Additionally, she attended in the New Orleans'-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center Honorary Fellowship Program prior to relocating to Chicago in recent years. Dr. Onyejiaka is an active member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Onyejiaka, a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Combined B.A/M.D. Program. She endured further training at the Tulane University Triple Board Residency Program where she specialized in pediatric medicine, general psychiatry, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Additionally, she attended in the New Orleans'-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center Honorary Fellowship Program prior to relocating to Chicago in recent years. Dr. Onyejiaka is an active member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
(312) 625-5373 View (312) 625-5373
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Tahseen Mohammed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
(224) 232-5101 View (224) 232-5101
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Courtney Wiseman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
Dr. Courtney Wiseman, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, expertly treats psychiatric disorders for patients over the age of 18. Dr. Wiseman received BA from University of Notre Dame and an MD from Georgetown University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at University of Illinois, Chicago while simultaneously earning an MA in public health at University of Chicago. Following her residency, she moved to Boston to become the attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital.
Dr. Courtney Wiseman, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, expertly treats psychiatric disorders for patients over the age of 18. Dr. Wiseman received BA from University of Notre Dame and an MD from Georgetown University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at University of Illinois, Chicago while simultaneously earning an MA in public health at University of Chicago. Following her residency, she moved to Boston to become the attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital.
(331) 207-9218 View (331) 207-9218

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Number of Psychiatrists in Iroquois County, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Iroquois County, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
67% Addiction
67% ADHD
67% Substance Use

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Iroquois County, IL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Iroquois 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.