Psychiatrists in Westmont, IL

Photo of Francesco Incandela, Psychiatrist in Westmont, IL
Francesco Incandela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
(331) 321-4984 View (331) 321-4984
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Burlington Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
Who am I? I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child adolescent and adult psychiatry. I was trained at Harvard Medical School for general psychiatry and at the University of Chicago for child and adolescent psychiatry. I have over 30 years of experience in mental health services and I trained hundreds of medical students and residents from several universities including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Midwestern University. I am Currently the chairman of psychiatry at Loyola McNeal Hospital and chief medical officer at Streamwood Behavioral Health Systems a premier psychiatric hospital.
Who am I? I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child adolescent and adult psychiatry. I was trained at Harvard Medical School for general psychiatry and at the University of Chicago for child and adolescent psychiatry. I have over 30 years of experience in mental health services and I trained hundreds of medical students and residents from several universities including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Midwestern University. I am Currently the chairman of psychiatry at Loyola McNeal Hospital and chief medical officer at Streamwood Behavioral Health Systems a premier psychiatric hospital.
(224) 337-4052 View (224) 337-4052
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Shalini Chawla
Psychiatrist, MD
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
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Kalee Sweeney
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
I am a nationally certified physician assistant. I completed my bachelors at the University of Illinois and obtained my masters of medical science in the physician assistant program at Midwestern University. I have a background in psychiatric medicine and interventional psychiatry focusing on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I use evidence based medicine and a holistic care model to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to each patient.
I am a nationally certified physician assistant. I completed my bachelors at the University of Illinois and obtained my masters of medical science in the physician assistant program at Midwestern University. I have a background in psychiatric medicine and interventional psychiatry focusing on depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I use evidence based medicine and a holistic care model to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is individualized to each patient.
(331) 246-0925 View (331) 246-0925
Photo of Heather Miller | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westmont, IL
Heather Miller | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
Hello, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a provider at Stella Center. I completed my doctoral training at Rush University Medical Center. I understand that each patient must have an individualized treatment plan unique to their experience to bring true healing. I have worked with patients with severe childhood, combat, and sexual trauma. My practice is based on identifying root causes, setting individual goals, and cultivating hope and resilience. At Stella Center, I specialize in identifying innovative medical treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a provider at Stella Center. I completed my doctoral training at Rush University Medical Center. I understand that each patient must have an individualized treatment plan unique to their experience to bring true healing. I have worked with patients with severe childhood, combat, and sexual trauma. My practice is based on identifying root causes, setting individual goals, and cultivating hope and resilience. At Stella Center, I specialize in identifying innovative medical treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
(708) 883-5287 View (708) 883-5287
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Ana Mirica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
(630) 491-5669 View (630) 491-5669
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Dr. Karen DeCocker | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, CNM
Verified
2 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more.
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more.
(708) 934-8044 View (708) 934-8044
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Chung Hsin 'sony' Hu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Westmont, IL 60559
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
(630) 394-1548 View (630) 394-1548
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James Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
(630) 937-1064 View (630) 937-1064
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Janine Watters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Westmont, IL 60559
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
(630) 361-0543 View (630) 361-0543

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Dr. Nitika Pant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a board certified medical doctor who specializes in providing psychiatric care for kids, teens, and adults. I primarily offer Telepsychiatry services, however, I understand that there are cases where in-person visits may be necessary or preferred. For those situations, I am also available for in-person consultations.
I am a board certified medical doctor who specializes in providing psychiatric care for kids, teens, and adults. I primarily offer Telepsychiatry services, however, I understand that there are cases where in-person visits may be necessary or preferred. For those situations, I am also available for in-person consultations.
(630) 948-8375 View (630) 948-8375
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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
(708) 295-3522 View (708) 295-3522
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Stacey M Schulte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Stacey Schulte is currently accepting new patients! Stacey Schulte is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.For every new patient, Stacey provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy. Stacey is dedicated to helping patients live vibrant and fulfilling lives.
Stacey Schulte is currently accepting new patients! Stacey Schulte is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.For every new patient, Stacey provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy. Stacey is dedicated to helping patients live vibrant and fulfilling lives.
(872) 233-4576 View (872) 233-4576
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
(331) 276-6131 View (331) 276-6131
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Chiedza Nwakudu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
(331) 210-9626 View (331) 210-9626
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Andrea Uribe
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Andrea Uribe, DO, treats patients age five to 25 suffering from anxiety, depression, mood and bipolar disorders, disruptive behavior, autism, OCD, ADHD, and more. She has served DuPage County since 2007 and is double board-certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her years of experience includes private practice, community health, and educating primary care providers to foster their knowledge of treating psychiatric conditions in outpatient practice. She is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Andrea Uribe, DO, treats patients age five to 25 suffering from anxiety, depression, mood and bipolar disorders, disruptive behavior, autism, OCD, ADHD, and more. She has served DuPage County since 2007 and is double board-certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her years of experience includes private practice, community health, and educating primary care providers to foster their knowledge of treating psychiatric conditions in outpatient practice. She is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(331) 253-4672 View (331) 253-4672
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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Darien, IL 60561
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(815) 522-1040 View (815) 522-1040
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Gina Mathew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(630) 526-6560 View (630) 526-6560
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Amanda Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
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Sarah Masri
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I offer a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, I'm here to help. Contact Lott Behavioral Health today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
I offer a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, I'm here to help. Contact Lott Behavioral Health today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
(331) 246-1327 View (331) 246-1327

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westmont, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$292

Psychiatrists in Westmont, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
80% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Westmont, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westmont?

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.