Psychiatrists in Kansas

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Photo of Elizabeth Brake, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67201
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(316) 799-3426 View (316) 799-3426
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Ethan Bickelhaupt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Ethan e. Bickelhaupt is a psychiatrist in kansas who has been practicing since 1982. Ethan grew up on a farm in idaho, graduated magna cum laude with a bs in zoology from the college of idaho and obtained an md degree from the university of washington in seattle in 1978. He completed a four-year residency at the menninger school of psychiatry in topeka, ks (now at baylor in houston, tx) in 1982. Because of U. S.
Ethan e. Bickelhaupt is a psychiatrist in kansas who has been practicing since 1982. Ethan grew up on a farm in idaho, graduated magna cum laude with a bs in zoology from the college of idaho and obtained an md degree from the university of washington in seattle in 1978. He completed a four-year residency at the menninger school of psychiatry in topeka, ks (now at baylor in houston, tx) in 1982. Because of U. S.
(913) 423-3090 View (913) 423-3090
Photo of Joe Stroud, DNP, APRN, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joe Stroud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67203
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
(316) 535-7358 View (316) 535-7358
Photo of Anton Fisher - ★★TeleMind®★★, DO, Psych, Psychiatrist
★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO, Psych
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67212
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
Photo of Angela Armstrong, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Armstrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67226
Angela Armstrong, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds Master of Science in Nursing degrees in both Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education. She has been working in healthcare since 2007 in a variety of settings including infection control, public health, and long-term care. She provides interventions, treatment, and holistic support to clients across the lifespan with acute, chronic, and substance-induced mental illness. Angela’s approach is to provide high-quality, client-focused care to meet the unique needs of each client.
Angela Armstrong, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds Master of Science in Nursing degrees in both Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education. She has been working in healthcare since 2007 in a variety of settings including infection control, public health, and long-term care. She provides interventions, treatment, and holistic support to clients across the lifespan with acute, chronic, and substance-induced mental illness. Angela’s approach is to provide high-quality, client-focused care to meet the unique needs of each client.
(316) 536-7405 View (316) 536-7405
Photo of Ashley Ludlum, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Ludlum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
In 2010, I graduated from Hesston College as a Registered Nurse. I began my nursing career in High Risk OB and GYN, in a hospital setting. I have also worked in surgical services and in research. It was during my time in research that I found my passion for mental health and made the decision to pursue a career in the field. I took a position at Psychiatric Consultants of Wichita working as a nurse, scribe, and Spravato Coordinator while pursuing a bachelor's degree and eventually a master's degree. I graduated from Walden University in 2022 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I continued working at PCW.
In 2010, I graduated from Hesston College as a Registered Nurse. I began my nursing career in High Risk OB and GYN, in a hospital setting. I have also worked in surgical services and in research. It was during my time in research that I found my passion for mental health and made the decision to pursue a career in the field. I took a position at Psychiatric Consultants of Wichita working as a nurse, scribe, and Spravato Coordinator while pursuing a bachelor's degree and eventually a master's degree. I graduated from Walden University in 2022 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I continued working at PCW.
(316) 742-6011 View (316) 742-6011
Photo of Penninah M. Muthoka, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Penninah M. Muthoka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Psychiatric nursing has always been my passion and I am ready to put my experience and skills to provide care to all patients requiring mental health services in the underserved healthcare sector. As a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will be willing to offer people of all ages with mental conditions the care they may require living a sustainable life. My dedication is to help those that may deal with a variety of mental illness conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, trauma, Insomnia, ADHD, OCD, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, and PTSD among other conditions. I welcome all patients hereto get the best experience.
Psychiatric nursing has always been my passion and I am ready to put my experience and skills to provide care to all patients requiring mental health services in the underserved healthcare sector. As a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will be willing to offer people of all ages with mental conditions the care they may require living a sustainable life. My dedication is to help those that may deal with a variety of mental illness conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, trauma, Insomnia, ADHD, OCD, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, and PTSD among other conditions. I welcome all patients hereto get the best experience.
(913) 386-7375 View (913) 386-7375
Photo of Steven Matthew Rains - Steven Rains NP LLC, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Steven Rains NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My patient care is built on empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practices. I believe that every person has a unique story which deserves individualized care. I became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to treat emotional pain, assist clients and their families adapt to mental health changes, and to normalize mental health in our community. I use a team-based approach to mental health where the client’s experience and the provider’s skills meet to create the greatest results.
My patient care is built on empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practices. I believe that every person has a unique story which deserves individualized care. I became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to treat emotional pain, assist clients and their families adapt to mental health changes, and to normalize mental health in our community. I use a team-based approach to mental health where the client’s experience and the provider’s skills meet to create the greatest results.
(913) 354-8788 View (913) 354-8788
Photo of Ediomi 'edee' Enebong, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ediomi 'edee' Enebong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67216  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
(316) 800-6334 View (316) 800-6334
Photo of Loise Wameithi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Loise Wameithi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
(913) 578-6024 View (913) 578-6024
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Brent Menninger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
(913) 357-9555 View (913) 357-9555
Photo of Krystal Mitchell, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Krystal Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
Hello, I'm Krystal, a psychiatric medication management specialist with a passion for understanding and supporting my patients. I've spent my career since the age of 19 immersed in mental health, driven by a desire to help individuals achieve happiness and fulfillment. Your journey and goals are unique, and I take the time to truly listen and understand what's important to you. By knowing your values and what makes you, you, I can tailor our treatment to fit your specific needs.
Hello, I'm Krystal, a psychiatric medication management specialist with a passion for understanding and supporting my patients. I've spent my career since the age of 19 immersed in mental health, driven by a desire to help individuals achieve happiness and fulfillment. Your journey and goals are unique, and I take the time to truly listen and understand what's important to you. By knowing your values and what makes you, you, I can tailor our treatment to fit your specific needs.
(316) 844-7510 View (316) 844-7510
Photo of Vicki Tsai, PMHNP, MSN, MHA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66061
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
(913) 795-5524 View (913) 795-5524
Photo of Julie Marshall, APRN, PMHMP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julie Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHMP-B
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66221
Julie Marshall, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wichita State University. She has gained her experience and passion for mental health working in a variety of settings throughout her career. These include the acute hospital setting for children, adolescents, and adults, residential treatment facilities for youth, and outpatient community health centers.
Julie Marshall, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wichita State University. She has gained her experience and passion for mental health working in a variety of settings throughout her career. These include the acute hospital setting for children, adolescents, and adults, residential treatment facilities for youth, and outpatient community health centers.
(913) 386-3800 View (913) 386-3800
Photo of Megan Nickell, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Nickell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
(913) 578-6171 View (913) 578-6171
Photo of Kristin Cunningham, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristin Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
Immediate Appointments Available! I am board certified in psychiatric care for patients across the lifespan. I am especially passionate about caring for children, adolescents, and members of the queer community. I am kink/polyamory/LGBTQ+ affirming and strive to provide care that honors the complexities of my patients' intersecting identities.
Immediate Appointments Available! I am board certified in psychiatric care for patients across the lifespan. I am especially passionate about caring for children, adolescents, and members of the queer community. I am kink/polyamory/LGBTQ+ affirming and strive to provide care that honors the complexities of my patients' intersecting identities.
(785) 465-4446 View (785) 465-4446
Photo of Julia McVay, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julia McVay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67226
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
(316) 800-6725 View (316) 800-6725
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Arista Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paola, KS 66071
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
(913) 379-4207 View (913) 379-4207
Photo of Kelsey Barnickle, APRN, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelsey Barnickle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
I graduated as a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in 2010. I worked in the hospital as a nurse in labor and delivery and pediatrics. I then decided I wanted to do more with my nursing career so went back to school and graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Ball State University in July 2016.
I graduated as a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in 2010. I worked in the hospital as a nurse in labor and delivery and pediatrics. I then decided I wanted to do more with my nursing career so went back to school and graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Ball State University in July 2016.
(316) 844-7869 View (316) 844-7869
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Hiten Soni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence, KS 66046
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
(785) 333-3959 View (785) 333-3959
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$186

Psychiatrists in Kansas who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
85% Depression
81% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
82% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Kansas see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kansas?

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.