Psychiatrists in Peoria County, IL

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Sherri Bowald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61614
I offer short wait time for appointment and convenient telehealth or office psychiatric care utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, I offer expertise from a 20-plus nursing background. With the ability to prescribe psychotropic medication and/or controlled substances if needed, my ability to assist clients through a rough patch or chronic disability is enhanced. No need to wait 3-4 months to see a psychiatrist for urgent mental health needs!
I offer short wait time for appointment and convenient telehealth or office psychiatric care utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, I offer expertise from a 20-plus nursing background. With the ability to prescribe psychotropic medication and/or controlled substances if needed, my ability to assist clients through a rough patch or chronic disability is enhanced. No need to wait 3-4 months to see a psychiatrist for urgent mental health needs!
(309) 315-4720 View (309) 315-4720
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MJO Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61614
My name is Minna Jinn O'Leary, MD and Welcome to MJO Psychiatry. I am a general adult psychiatrist who is willing to work with you to achieve your goals in mental health. I wholeheartedly believe in working as a team with you, your general practitioner and therapist. I was trained at Loyola University Medical Center and I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I run my practice with a focus on compassion, confidentiality, and a comprehensive approach.
My name is Minna Jinn O'Leary, MD and Welcome to MJO Psychiatry. I am a general adult psychiatrist who is willing to work with you to achieve your goals in mental health. I wholeheartedly believe in working as a team with you, your general practitioner and therapist. I was trained at Loyola University Medical Center and I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I run my practice with a focus on compassion, confidentiality, and a comprehensive approach.
(309) 220-3226 View (309) 220-3226
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Tara Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61614
I'm a Full Practice Authority Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified to provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues. I've been working in the mental health field since 2010 and as a PMHNP since 2019. I am non-judgmental and here to help others.
I'm a Full Practice Authority Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified to provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues. I've been working in the mental health field since 2010 and as a PMHNP since 2019. I am non-judgmental and here to help others.
(309) 857-0172 View (309) 857-0172
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Lotus Center for Women's Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61614
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes prescribed medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, movement, and nutrition. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry from Dr. Kate Salama & Dr. Anna Glezer.
(309) 322-9422 View (309) 322-9422
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61602  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting 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 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.
(217) 993-8013 View (217) 993-8013
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61603  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(406) 905-0329 View (406) 905-0329
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Layne D. Stambaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61603
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
My name is Layne Stambaugh and I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the care of adults and children struggling with acute and chronic conditions, including: PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. I operate an independent virtual practice called Braintique.
(309) 306-7174 View (309) 306-7174
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61614
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61614  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW, LCSW, PhD, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Peoria, IL 61604  (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.
(914) 613-6615 View (914) 613-6615
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61603  (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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Michael McDowell, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, MSBA, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michael McDowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, MSBA, MBA
Verified Verified
Yorkville, IL 60560  (Online Only)
My ideal client is ready to embark on a journey to improved mental and physical health. Through our therapeutic relationship we will find the most effective path to complete that journey.
My ideal client is ready to embark on a journey to improved mental and physical health. Through our therapeutic relationship we will find the most effective path to complete that journey.
(630) 793-4190 View (630) 793-4190
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Susan Falcon Lathe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sterling, IL 61081
Greetings, I am Susan Lathe NP I strive to make the world a better place. I feel that I can accomplish this by helping people to live their best life possible.
Greetings, I am Susan Lathe NP I strive to make the world a better place. I feel that I can accomplish this by helping people to live their best life possible.
(779) 209-1895 View (779) 209-1895
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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435  (Online Only)
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
(815) 597-2144 View (815) 597-2144
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Rhonda L Sykes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
(815) 661-2614 View (815) 661-2614
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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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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Aurora, IL 60505  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting 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 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.
(331) 259-8087 View (331) 259-8087
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Stacey Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Springfield, IL 62701  (Online Only)
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
(503) 506-4583 View (503) 506-4583
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Jodie Warsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
(217) 386-5801 View (217) 386-5801
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Josie Dawe
Psychiatric Nurse, PNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
La Salle, IL 61301  (Online Only)
Dr. Josie Dawe is a doctorally prepared, double board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, who works with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. Josie has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders and specializes in depression, ADHD and anxiety. She has extensive clinical experience in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and psychiatry. She brings a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation and treatment approach to her practice.
Dr. Josie Dawe is a doctorally prepared, double board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, who works with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. Josie has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders and specializes in depression, ADHD and anxiety. She has extensive clinical experience in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and psychiatry. She brings a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation and treatment approach to her practice.
(815) 934-9237 View (815) 934-9237

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Peoria County, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Peoria County, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Bipolar Disorder
91% Depression
82% Anxiety
82% ADHD
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Peoria County, IL see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Peoria 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.