Psychiatrists in Wilmette, IL

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Gabriel Heiber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmette, IL 60091
My approach is centered on meeting patients where they are at, valuing collaboration that fosters an alliance grounded in trust, empathy and dignity. I take pride in seeing the person in the patient, and taking the time to do so. Together we can explore and pursue options in medications and psychotherapy to find your emotional and physical balance.
My approach is centered on meeting patients where they are at, valuing collaboration that fosters an alliance grounded in trust, empathy and dignity. I take pride in seeing the person in the patient, and taking the time to do so. Together we can explore and pursue options in medications and psychotherapy to find your emotional and physical balance.
(847) 416-8663 View (847) 416-8663
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Alexandra Hedberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091  (Online Only)
I am currently full and not taking on new clients. I specialize in mood, anxiety and trauma disorders. I work with clients who struggle with the ways they behold themselves and intimate others in their lives. In my practice, I use a psychoanalytic approach, and I strive to listen deeply without judgement. My aim is to help you notice the frustrating, painful and repetitive patterns in your experiences so that you might feel more capable of making different choices and living a fuller, richer life. Medications may or may not be part of our treatment plan.
I am currently full and not taking on new clients. I specialize in mood, anxiety and trauma disorders. I work with clients who struggle with the ways they behold themselves and intimate others in their lives. In my practice, I use a psychoanalytic approach, and I strive to listen deeply without judgement. My aim is to help you notice the frustrating, painful and repetitive patterns in your experiences so that you might feel more capable of making different choices and living a fuller, richer life. Medications may or may not be part of our treatment plan.
(847) 320-0921 View (847) 320-0921
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Iancu 'mike' Bradean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
(847) 393-9657 View (847) 393-9657
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Ashok Nagella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
(847) 892-1434 View (847) 892-1434
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Robert Bloom
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
(847) 565-2986 View (847) 565-2986
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Katharine M Porter
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
The best way to get to know how I work is to come in and talk with me about yourself. I work with people who are dissatisfied with their lives as well as people who are struggling with mental illness. I will work with you collaboratively to achieve one or more of the following: greater freedom in what you choose for yourself, greater satisfaction in relationships and work, a sense of mastery over your emotions, symptoms, or sources of distress, deeper self-understanding and comfort with who you are.
The best way to get to know how I work is to come in and talk with me about yourself. I work with people who are dissatisfied with their lives as well as people who are struggling with mental illness. I will work with you collaboratively to achieve one or more of the following: greater freedom in what you choose for yourself, greater satisfaction in relationships and work, a sense of mastery over your emotions, symptoms, or sources of distress, deeper self-understanding and comfort with who you are.
(847) 416-0125 View (847) 416-0125
Joan Lynch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
I treat a full range of emotional issues experienced by adolescents and adults. Seeking help often represents a craving for emotional capacity to lead a fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life. First we thoroughly evaluate your issues. I then make recommendations for treatment using the best of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychological theory, and when needed psychopharmaceutical theory. My goal is to help you understand your emotions so that you can fell better and develop your life in ways that are important to you.
I treat a full range of emotional issues experienced by adolescents and adults. Seeking help often represents a craving for emotional capacity to lead a fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life. First we thoroughly evaluate your issues. I then make recommendations for treatment using the best of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychological theory, and when needed psychopharmaceutical theory. My goal is to help you understand your emotions so that you can fell better and develop your life in ways that are important to you.
(847) 453-4210 View (847) 453-4210
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Mind-Body Pediatric Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091  (Online Only)
No Waitlist - Immediate Openings Available! Are you seeking a mental health provider who truly understands and listens? Step into a supportive and nurturing space where every aspect of your child's unique needs is carefully addressed. Specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, I am committed to helping young individuals flourish by tackling issues such as anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. My approach is thorough and holistic, involving medication management, customized therapy, nutritional advice, lifestyle coaching, and optimized sleep practices.
No Waitlist - Immediate Openings Available! Are you seeking a mental health provider who truly understands and listens? Step into a supportive and nurturing space where every aspect of your child's unique needs is carefully addressed. Specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, I am committed to helping young individuals flourish by tackling issues such as anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. My approach is thorough and holistic, involving medication management, customized therapy, nutritional advice, lifestyle coaching, and optimized sleep practices.
(217) 996-8693 View (217) 996-8693
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Andreea Seicean
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology
(312) 380-2790 View (312) 380-2790
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Miroslaw Jan Walo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
I am Child, Adolescent , and Adult Psychiatrist. I was first trained in General Psychiatry at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University and then I finished fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Chicago Ann & Robert H. Lurie. I am Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I am Child, Adolescent , and Adult Psychiatrist. I was first trained in General Psychiatry at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University and then I finished fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Chicago Ann & Robert H. Lurie. I am Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(847) 307-7868 View (847) 307-7868
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Dr. Mikalei Y. Gordon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
If you are ready to book an appointment, please call, email or visit our website using the link to the left and click on "Request an appointment."
If you are ready to book an appointment, please call, email or visit our website using the link to the left and click on "Request an appointment."
(872) 240-5401 View (872) 240-5401
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Amy Wasserman
Psychiatric Nurse, MPH, PMHNP, APRN, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmette, IL 60091
Whether you are seeking preconception consultation, experiencing new or worsening perinatal mood/anxiety symptoms or managing mood changes related to hormonal transitions during your lifetime (i.e. puberty, lactation weaning, fertility treatments, perimenopause or starting gender-affirming hormones), my goal is to ensure you feel safe to share your story and be informed and knowledgeable about all your options. Together we will develop a treatment plan that aligns with your values and identities. This may include lifestyle changes, supplements, alternative and complementary therapies, psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic options.
Whether you are seeking preconception consultation, experiencing new or worsening perinatal mood/anxiety symptoms or managing mood changes related to hormonal transitions during your lifetime (i.e. puberty, lactation weaning, fertility treatments, perimenopause or starting gender-affirming hormones), my goal is to ensure you feel safe to share your story and be informed and knowledgeable about all your options. Together we will develop a treatment plan that aligns with your values and identities. This may include lifestyle changes, supplements, alternative and complementary therapies, psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic options.
(872) 259-9753 View (872) 259-9753
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091  (Online Only)
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
(312) 561-3923 View (312) 561-3923
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Yuzhen Zeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmette, IL 60091
I believe in taking an integrated approach to treatment. I practice a non-judgmental style and aim to be welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, as each person’s journey is unique. When formulating an approach to medication, I keep the patient’s history and experiences top of mind. My goal is to work side by side helping patients find answers within, as they know themselves the best. By working together through challenges and stressful times, I hope to help my patients walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the relationship between medication and therapy.
I believe in taking an integrated approach to treatment. I practice a non-judgmental style and aim to be welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, as each person’s journey is unique. When formulating an approach to medication, I keep the patient’s history and experiences top of mind. My goal is to work side by side helping patients find answers within, as they know themselves the best. By working together through challenges and stressful times, I hope to help my patients walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the relationship between medication and therapy.
(224) 286-3775 View (224) 286-3775
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Vesna Pirec
Psychiatrist, MD PhD
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been working in both academic and private sectors for the past 20 years in Chicago area. My areas of expertise are reproductive psychiatry (pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, infertility), as well as mood and anxiety disorders in both genders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully. My practice is via tele-psychiatry only.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been working in both academic and private sectors for the past 20 years in Chicago area. My areas of expertise are reproductive psychiatry (pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, infertility), as well as mood and anxiety disorders in both genders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully. My practice is via tele-psychiatry only.
(872) 206-9015 View (872) 206-9015
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Eitan D Schwarz
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091
A therapist psychiatrist blends intelligent psychotherapy and appropriate medication care. We’ll first meet for a thorough consultation to understand you and to map out your treatment plan, based on your strengths, always sensitive to your needs and preferences. I’ll serve you personally in your unique journey as your highly trained guide (Cornell, Johns Hopkins, U of Chicago) with 50+ years of continuous experience as a leading therapist and clinician of adults and children. I am also accomplished as a pioneer PTSD researcher, teacher, and forensic expert. (For videos, copy this into your browser: youtube.com/user/mydigitalfamily).
A therapist psychiatrist blends intelligent psychotherapy and appropriate medication care. We’ll first meet for a thorough consultation to understand you and to map out your treatment plan, based on your strengths, always sensitive to your needs and preferences. I’ll serve you personally in your unique journey as your highly trained guide (Cornell, Johns Hopkins, U of Chicago) with 50+ years of continuous experience as a leading therapist and clinician of adults and children. I am also accomplished as a pioneer PTSD researcher, teacher, and forensic expert. (For videos, copy this into your browser: youtube.com/user/mydigitalfamily).
(847) 423-8030 View (847) 423-8030
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Melissa Frick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmette, IL 60091
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
(224) 412-5853 View (224) 412-5853
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Synergy Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wilmette, IL 60091  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(331) 259-8367 View (331) 259-8367
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Clearview Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmette, IL 60091
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
(847) 423-0462 View (847) 423-0462

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Melissa Vitale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Evanston, IL 60201
Melissa Vitale is currently accepting new patients. Melissa Vitale 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, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders such as schizophrenia. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy.
Melissa Vitale is currently accepting new patients. Melissa Vitale 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, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders such as schizophrenia. For every new patient, Melissa provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy.
(872) 210-5897 View (872) 210-5897

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wilmette, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in Wilmette, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
68% Medication Management

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
87% BlueCross and BlueShield
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Wilmette, IL see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wilmette?

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.