Psychiatrists in Libertyville, IL

Photo of Aleksandra Besterfeldt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Libertyville, 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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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
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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 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 paralyzed. I understand how you feel and want to help you regain control and improve your wellbeing.
(847) 973-5890 View (847) 973-5890
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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
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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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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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Joan Torrato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
My focus is to give the best possible individualized care to my patients. I will combine evidence-based practice and compassionate care for better patient outcomes.
My focus is to give the best possible individualized care to my patients. I will combine evidence-based practice and compassionate care for better patient outcomes.
(224) 228-3826 View (224) 228-3826
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Vanessa Wrobel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
Vanessa Wrobel, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to supporting individuals and families in their journey towards improved mental well-being. With over a decade of nursing experience and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University, Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Vanessa takes a holistic and integrative approach to care, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Vanessa Wrobel, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to supporting individuals and families in their journey towards improved mental well-being. With over a decade of nursing experience and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University, Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Vanessa takes a holistic and integrative approach to care, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(847) 565-2453 View (847) 565-2453
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Annie Zambrano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
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
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Tamia Chapple
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Libertyville, IL 60048
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
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Libertyville, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Libertyville, IL 60048  (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
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Robert G Kohn
Psychiatrist, DO FAAN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Libertyville, IL 60048
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
(779) 804-2262 View (779) 804-2262

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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gurnee, IL 60031  (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.
(847) 750-5708 View (847) 750-5708
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Carmen Orellana Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
(708) 294-7520 View (708) 294-7520
Photo of Michael R. Binder M.D. Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Libertyville, IL
Michael R. Binder M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, IL 60035
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
(847) 929-4808 View (847) 929-4808
Photo of Sarah Mennella, Psychiatrist in Libertyville, IL
Sarah Mennella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
(708) 616-1626 View (708) 616-1626
Photo of Darrin Coulter, Physician Assistant in Libertyville, IL
Darrin Coulter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
(847) 796-8607 View (847) 796-8607
Photo of Sumaiyah Qureshi, Psychiatrist in Libertyville, IL
Sumaiyah Qureshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
(708) 742-6493 View (708) 742-6493
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Rayal Gorrepati
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Rayal Gorrepati is double board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 12 years. Dr. Gorrepati's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Gorrepati may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best possible outcome.
Dr. Rayal Gorrepati is double board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 12 years. Dr. Gorrepati's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Gorrepati may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best possible outcome.
(708) 578-2309 View (708) 578-2309
Photo of Albina Knight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Libertyville, IL
Albina Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
(708) 300-1461 View (708) 300-1461

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Number of Psychiatrists in Libertyville, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Libertyville, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Trauma and PTSD
92% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Libertyville, IL see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Libertyville?

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.