Psychiatrists in Clarksville, IN

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Amy Falkenstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clarksville, IN 47129
Accepting new clients for medication management & therapy for in-person or virtually. Appointments available this week. The first step to change is always the most difficult but the most powerful!  Life can be overwhelming for women & new moms with pressures & demands leading to feelings of drowning, unworthy, burned out.  When we feel this way, we can have low self-esteem, disconnected, & unhappiness. Too many of us feel stuck in life, sad, lack of motivation, and lonely. New moms can feel overwhelmed with a new baby that leads to constant worry & depression. It is time to get reconnected with YOU-again by getting the support.
Accepting new clients for medication management & therapy for in-person or virtually. Appointments available this week. The first step to change is always the most difficult but the most powerful!  Life can be overwhelming for women & new moms with pressures & demands leading to feelings of drowning, unworthy, burned out.  When we feel this way, we can have low self-esteem, disconnected, & unhappiness. Too many of us feel stuck in life, sad, lack of motivation, and lonely. New moms can feel overwhelmed with a new baby that leads to constant worry & depression. It is time to get reconnected with YOU-again by getting the support.
(812) 613-6071 View (812) 613-6071
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Holly Woosley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Clarksville, IN 47129
The stigma of mental health disorders and/or addiction often stops people from seeking assistance for several reasons. Fear of judgement. Fear of being treated like a number, not a human being. Fear of being "told" what the treatment plan is. I believe in creating a safe space for the patient and provider to build trust, determine long-term and short-term goals which leads to the start of a successful journey together. Transportation, time and availability can present roadblocks to seeking assistance. Telehealth services are available as well as crisis appointments.
The stigma of mental health disorders and/or addiction often stops people from seeking assistance for several reasons. Fear of judgement. Fear of being treated like a number, not a human being. Fear of being "told" what the treatment plan is. I believe in creating a safe space for the patient and provider to build trust, determine long-term and short-term goals which leads to the start of a successful journey together. Transportation, time and availability can present roadblocks to seeking assistance. Telehealth services are available as well as crisis appointments.
(812) 577-8656 View (812) 577-8656

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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
(812) 506-2574 View (812) 506-2574
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(463) 263-8707 View (463) 263-8707
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(812) 956-0881 View (812) 956-0881
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(463) 219-4976 View (463) 219-4976
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(463) 227-0211 View (463) 227-0211
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
(812) 389-8112 View (812) 389-8112
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sellersburg, IN 47172
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(463) 466-5967 View (463) 466-5967
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(812) 489-9794 View (812) 489-9794

Online Psychiatrists

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Haylei M Lorca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Greenwood, IN 46142  (Online Only)
As a doctorally prepared Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to educate and empower patients to be active in their healthcare decisions. Rather than simply writing a prescription and sending you on your way; I aim to understand your priorities, past experiences, overall functioning, and goals. I am then able to offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options so that we can develop a plan as a team. We'll track symptoms and functioning before and throughout treatment to accelerate recovery and maintain remission.
As a doctorally prepared Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to educate and empower patients to be active in their healthcare decisions. Rather than simply writing a prescription and sending you on your way; I aim to understand your priorities, past experiences, overall functioning, and goals. I am then able to offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options so that we can develop a plan as a team. We'll track symptoms and functioning before and throughout treatment to accelerate recovery and maintain remission.
(463) 287-5108 View (463) 287-5108
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Southern Indiana Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Seymour, IN 47274
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
(812) 906-5861 View (812) 906-5861
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Eric Lyakhovetsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
(463) 218-6518 View (463) 218-6518
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Nida Javed Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47401
I'm a board certified psychiatrist specializing in treating adults and teenagers with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and other mental health issues. I take a look at the whole person. I strive to be a good listener and focus on addressing my patient's concerns. I have also trained in integrative psychiatry which allows me to have a broader set of treatment modalities on hand. I do psychotherapy and prescribe medications and supplements together, as needed. I offer in person and telehealth visits.
I'm a board certified psychiatrist specializing in treating adults and teenagers with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and other mental health issues. I take a look at the whole person. I strive to be a good listener and focus on addressing my patient's concerns. I have also trained in integrative psychiatry which allows me to have a broader set of treatment modalities on hand. I do psychotherapy and prescribe medications and supplements together, as needed. I offer in person and telehealth visits.
(317) 342-0842 View (317) 342-0842
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Margaret Beymer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Margaret Beymer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Are you saying to yourself, “I feel stuck?” Do you wake up thinking, “what’s the point?” Have you wondered why no one seems to notice or care? Margaret cares. Since 2012, Margaret has been working in the medical field and heard these concerns repeatedly. Having grown up in a family with five children, she also knows personally what it’s like to be overlooked, lost, or trapped. This collective experience means she’s developed an unparalleled persistence to get to the root of an issue.
Margaret Beymer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Are you saying to yourself, “I feel stuck?” Do you wake up thinking, “what’s the point?” Have you wondered why no one seems to notice or care? Margaret cares. Since 2012, Margaret has been working in the medical field and heard these concerns repeatedly. Having grown up in a family with five children, she also knows personally what it’s like to be overlooked, lost, or trapped. This collective experience means she’s developed an unparalleled persistence to get to the root of an issue.
(463) 220-2654 View (463) 220-2654
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwood, IN 46143
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(463) 210-1444 View (463) 210-1444
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Dr. Femi Akinsanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Dr. Femi, your dedicated healthcare partner with nearly two decades of expertise in psychiatric care. My educational journey took me from the University of Maryland for Nursing, through Northern Kentucky University for my advanced practice degree, to Manchester University in Indiana where I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy.
Hello! I'm Dr. Femi, your dedicated healthcare partner with nearly two decades of expertise in psychiatric care. My educational journey took me from the University of Maryland for Nursing, through Northern Kentucky University for my advanced practice degree, to Manchester University in Indiana where I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy.
(463) 232-7332 View (463) 232-7332
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Jessica Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47406
Welcome to a highly personalized, accessible, compassionate, and affordable psychiatric practice. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. It is my intent to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we will partner, to develop a personalized plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. Treatment goals most often met include emotional healing, maximal symptom relief, and improvement in daily functioning.
Welcome to a highly personalized, accessible, compassionate, and affordable psychiatric practice. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. It is my intent to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we will partner, to develop a personalized plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. Treatment goals most often met include emotional healing, maximal symptom relief, and improvement in daily functioning.
(317) 953-8344 View (317) 953-8344
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Doug Watson-Agency Has Immediate Openings!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
Doug Watson is an esteemed psychiatric nurse practitioner with a robust foundation in both pediatric and adult mental health. Holding a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) , he is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding a specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I love working with youth, as they have some significant challenges to overcome as they are developing. Children and young adults are my passion to bring quality mental health services to help them adjust to daily life.
Doug Watson is an esteemed psychiatric nurse practitioner with a robust foundation in both pediatric and adult mental health. Holding a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) , he is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding a specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I love working with youth, as they have some significant challenges to overcome as they are developing. Children and young adults are my passion to bring quality mental health services to help them adjust to daily life.
(812) 408-8964 View (812) 408-8964
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Malinda Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46205  (Online Only)
I'm excited to be a part of your journey in providing support to individuals facing various challenges in their lives. From depression and anxiety to trauma, ADHD/ADD, and work-related issues, I'm here to assist them on their path to healing and growth. I'm particularly passionate about advocating for inclusive care for individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQAI+ community. Instantly book a appointment with me by clicking on my website to the right.
I'm excited to be a part of your journey in providing support to individuals facing various challenges in their lives. From depression and anxiety to trauma, ADHD/ADD, and work-related issues, I'm here to assist them on their path to healing and growth. I'm particularly passionate about advocating for inclusive care for individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQAI+ community. Instantly book a appointment with me by clicking on my website to the right.
(346) 248-2638 View (346) 248-2638

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Number of Psychiatrists in Clarksville, IN

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Psychiatrists in Clarksville, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
50% Addiction

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Clarksville, IN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clarksville?

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.