Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, IN

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Amanda V Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, IN 47250  (Online Only)
My clients come to me seeking help with various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and many others. My goal is to work with my clients to help them find the right treatments and medications for them. You will leave my sessions feeling heard, cared for, and more hopeful.
My clients come to me seeking help with various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and many others. My goal is to work with my clients to help them find the right treatments and medications for them. You will leave my sessions feeling heard, cared for, and more hopeful.
(812) 633-8091 View (812) 633-8091
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Amy Falkenstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, IN 47250
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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Cheryl Graham - IIPUC, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
IIPUC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, MBA
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Life is a challenge for all of us and many of us are doing our best to lead "normal" lives as we deal with the challenges of live. If you are having a little hiccup in life, feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness, anxiety, fear and just feeling the blues, you need someone who can hear your heart's cry, someone you can connect with, and someone that will walk beside you instead of ahead of you. We are here to listen to you, help you see the beauty of living, and help you bloom into your true beauty. We all want happiness, and good health, don't we? Who says we can't have it all? Today I'll give you hope, love, happiness! Please call
Life is a challenge for all of us and many of us are doing our best to lead "normal" lives as we deal with the challenges of live. If you are having a little hiccup in life, feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness, anxiety, fear and just feeling the blues, you need someone who can hear your heart's cry, someone you can connect with, and someone that will walk beside you instead of ahead of you. We are here to listen to you, help you see the beauty of living, and help you bloom into your true beauty. We all want happiness, and good health, don't we? Who says we can't have it all? Today I'll give you hope, love, happiness! Please call
(317) 597-6944 View (317) 597-6944
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Cameron Chappell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
I believe that our mental health is the most important thing we have in this world, and I want to help as many people as I can. My goal is to improve access to mental health treatment.
I believe that our mental health is the most important thing we have in this world, and I want to help as many people as I can. My goal is to improve access to mental health treatment.
(317) 793-3302 View (317) 793-3302
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Brett A Presley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Zionsville, IN 46077
At my private practice, I greatly enjoy helping people dealing with mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and some substance use disorders. We will focus as a team on what YOU want to get out of treatment. As a physician, I view my primary role as an educator. We will spend a lot of time sharing information that will guide us in developing your individualized treatment plan. My goals for you are the goals you set for yourself. I provide both medication management and individual psychotherapy, with emphasis on healthy lifestyle activities. I serve young adults to seniors.
At my private practice, I greatly enjoy helping people dealing with mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and some substance use disorders. We will focus as a team on what YOU want to get out of treatment. As a physician, I view my primary role as an educator. We will spend a lot of time sharing information that will guide us in developing your individualized treatment plan. My goals for you are the goals you set for yourself. I provide both medication management and individual psychotherapy, with emphasis on healthy lifestyle activities. I serve young adults to seniors.
(317) 699-7208 View (317) 699-7208
Zionsville Ketamine - Christopher Dull, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Zionsville, IN 46077
Our wonderful patients come from all walks of life. They seek evaluation, treatment, and relief from depression or suicidal thoughts that are resistant to antidepressants and/or other medications. We care for patients either as their primary psychiatric provider or upon referral to us from other medical or therapy providers. We treat with Spravato (generic name esketamine) or ketamine. Even if patients decide they do not want ketamine-based treatment, we have other effective ways to help. We are a mental health clinic and that is our passion.
Our wonderful patients come from all walks of life. They seek evaluation, treatment, and relief from depression or suicidal thoughts that are resistant to antidepressants and/or other medications. We care for patients either as their primary psychiatric provider or upon referral to us from other medical or therapy providers. We treat with Spravato (generic name esketamine) or ketamine. Even if patients decide they do not want ketamine-based treatment, we have other effective ways to help. We are a mental health clinic and that is our passion.
(317) 720-3755 View (317) 720-3755
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Amy Levy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Avon, IN 46123
Are you feeling like life is overwhelming and you want to place more emphasis on improving your mental health? Amy would like to help you define and reach your goals, and to see if medication would be of assistance. If you are already taking psychiatric medications, Amy can work with you to determine if your medications are benefitting you and can adjust or explore other medication options. Amy has treated children to adults with mental health concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, amongst others.
Are you feeling like life is overwhelming and you want to place more emphasis on improving your mental health? Amy would like to help you define and reach your goals, and to see if medication would be of assistance. If you are already taking psychiatric medications, Amy can work with you to determine if your medications are benefitting you and can adjust or explore other medication options. Amy has treated children to adults with mental health concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, amongst others.
(463) 219-2525 View (463) 219-2525
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Bethany Monte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46203
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry, I offer holistic care to men, women, and teens. Beyond conventional medication management, my approach delves into the root causes of mental health issues. I emphasize informed choices regarding medication, tailored to your needs, while also integrating lifestyle changes, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness. Committed to understanding and respecting your unique experiences, we'll collaborate on a treatment plan that empowers you towards lasting wellness.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry, I offer holistic care to men, women, and teens. Beyond conventional medication management, my approach delves into the root causes of mental health issues. I emphasize informed choices regarding medication, tailored to your needs, while also integrating lifestyle changes, nutritional guidance, and mindfulness. Committed to understanding and respecting your unique experiences, we'll collaborate on a treatment plan that empowers you towards lasting wellness.
(317) 548-6504 View (317) 548-6504
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Meko Kokeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Hello, my name is Meko. I am a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who wants to help meet your mental health needs. My primary goal for you is to increase your confidence in your abilities to achieve set goals and to assure you that help is always available. I became a mental health provider simply because, I have identified that I have an innate ability to render compassionate mental health care to those in need. Apart from using clinical skills to diagnose and treatment patients according to their individual needs, I am also committed to listening, providing support, and working with patients to achieve desire outcomes
Hello, my name is Meko. I am a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who wants to help meet your mental health needs. My primary goal for you is to increase your confidence in your abilities to achieve set goals and to assure you that help is always available. I became a mental health provider simply because, I have identified that I have an innate ability to render compassionate mental health care to those in need. Apart from using clinical skills to diagnose and treatment patients according to their individual needs, I am also committed to listening, providing support, and working with patients to achieve desire outcomes
(317) 666-4796 View (317) 666-4796
Amy Abuasabeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Amy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She's worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals of mental and emotional wellness. She keeps abreast of the latest scientific advances in psychiatry to help her patients feel empowered and fulfilled.
Amy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She's worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals of mental and emotional wellness. She keeps abreast of the latest scientific advances in psychiatry to help her patients feel empowered and fulfilled.
(317) 720-3949 View (317) 720-3949
Lindsay Manning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Lindsay Manning. I have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2015 after obtaining my Master's of Nursing from Indiana University. My experience includes medical psychiatry, consultation liaison, acute inpatient, community mental health and corrections. Currently, I provide telehealth services for diagnosis and medication management to adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and other mood disorders. My mission is to work collaboratively with you to help you identify your own treatment goals, feel supported and heard, gain symptom relief, and ultimately enhance your overall functioning.
Hello, my name is Lindsay Manning. I have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2015 after obtaining my Master's of Nursing from Indiana University. My experience includes medical psychiatry, consultation liaison, acute inpatient, community mental health and corrections. Currently, I provide telehealth services for diagnosis and medication management to adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and other mood disorders. My mission is to work collaboratively with you to help you identify your own treatment goals, feel supported and heard, gain symptom relief, and ultimately enhance your overall functioning.
(765) 946-4297 View (765) 946-4297
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Kimberly Harter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
Kimberly is a certified physician assistant (PA) began her career practicing in urgent care in 2017 and eventually transitioned into psychiatry. She is passionate about mental health and the importance it plays in overall health and well being. Kimberly recognizes the importance of providing empathetic, quality, and compassionate care that is evidence based, yet individualized and tailored to the patient. Kimberly is committed to helping you feel your best and helping you cultivate personal growth in all areas of your life.
Kimberly is a certified physician assistant (PA) began her career practicing in urgent care in 2017 and eventually transitioned into psychiatry. She is passionate about mental health and the importance it plays in overall health and well being. Kimberly recognizes the importance of providing empathetic, quality, and compassionate care that is evidence based, yet individualized and tailored to the patient. Kimberly is committed to helping you feel your best and helping you cultivate personal growth in all areas of your life.
(317) 961-3131 View (317) 961-3131
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Heidi Needler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Heidi Needler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Since 2022, Heidi has been working alongside clients in a variety of mental health settings – outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. Prior to achieving her NP, Heidi was a practicing RN for 14yrs. She has been nominated for a Daisy Award for her compassion, warmth, and attentive care. Heidi provides holistic care with a focus on mental health disorders. Her passion is partnering with patients experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, as well as psychosis/schizophrenia to improve their quality of life.
Heidi Needler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Since 2022, Heidi has been working alongside clients in a variety of mental health settings – outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. Prior to achieving her NP, Heidi was a practicing RN for 14yrs. She has been nominated for a Daisy Award for her compassion, warmth, and attentive care. Heidi provides holistic care with a focus on mental health disorders. Her passion is partnering with patients experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, as well as psychosis/schizophrenia to improve their quality of life.
(317) 597-6337 View (317) 597-6337
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Kim M Hizer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brownsburg, IN 46112  (Online Only)
Has life become overwhelming or unmanageable? Are you unsure where to look or how to choose a psychiatric provider? I understand the fear of choosing to reach out for help for the first time or leaving your current provider. You do not have to worry about being labeled or stigmatized. I am here to help YOU reach YOUR goals. I will listen to your concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your barriers to reach your goals. I am currently accepting adult and teenagers (15 and older). I provide tele-health services. Please go to www.roadwaystorecovery.com soon to be Roadways to Wellness.
Has life become overwhelming or unmanageable? Are you unsure where to look or how to choose a psychiatric provider? I understand the fear of choosing to reach out for help for the first time or leaving your current provider. You do not have to worry about being labeled or stigmatized. I am here to help YOU reach YOUR goals. I will listen to your concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your barriers to reach your goals. I am currently accepting adult and teenagers (15 and older). I provide tele-health services. Please go to www.roadwaystorecovery.com soon to be Roadways to Wellness.
(463) 222-3821 View (463) 222-3821
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David Kyrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Dave Kyrie has dedicated his career to the service of others. With 18 years in healthcare, he has worked in a variety of settings including trauma, intensive care, behavioral health, surgical recovery, and deployed medicine with the US Army. He has seen how the challenges and tragedies of life can affect people, and his dedication to help others to recover in a hospital changed to a passion to collaborate with patients to improve the quality of their life. This passion led him to pursue education as a PMHNP where he focused primarily on adult and adolescent mood disorders, traumatic response, and recovery from substance use.
Dave Kyrie has dedicated his career to the service of others. With 18 years in healthcare, he has worked in a variety of settings including trauma, intensive care, behavioral health, surgical recovery, and deployed medicine with the US Army. He has seen how the challenges and tragedies of life can affect people, and his dedication to help others to recover in a hospital changed to a passion to collaborate with patients to improve the quality of their life. This passion led him to pursue education as a PMHNP where he focused primarily on adult and adolescent mood disorders, traumatic response, and recovery from substance use.
(463) 465-5362 View (463) 465-5362
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Auggy Hone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Auggy, and I am a PMHNP specializing in mood, anxiolytic, and addiction disorders. A special focus and interest in PTSD and OCD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients. This means we work together to solidify a treatment plan, including the use of medications if necessary. While I may have expertise in this area, I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your health. Therefore, your input during our sessions is of most importance. My goals at the end of the day are to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with your medication regimen while experiencing minimal to no side-effects.
Hello! My name is Auggy, and I am a PMHNP specializing in mood, anxiolytic, and addiction disorders. A special focus and interest in PTSD and OCD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients. This means we work together to solidify a treatment plan, including the use of medications if necessary. While I may have expertise in this area, I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your health. Therefore, your input during our sessions is of most importance. My goals at the end of the day are to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident with your medication regimen while experiencing minimal to no side-effects.
(317) 961-7856 View (317) 961-7856
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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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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
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
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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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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47405
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
100% Women's Issues
100% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
50% Depression
50% Addiction

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, IN see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jefferson County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.