Psychiatrists in Leawood, KS

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Kathy Steen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66209
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Don’t Go Without ADHD Medicine! Good options are available and I can help find the best one for you. The stimulant shortage is showing no signs of improving, leaving many without the medicines they need to be their best at home, at school, and at work. The truth is that excellent ADHD medicines are available. And, my ADHD Care Plans are designed to improve symptoms as quickly as possible. If you're ready to conquer your ADHD, visit my website to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call.
(913) 423-2599 View (913) 423-2599
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Julie Owens With Beyond Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66209
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Kansas. I work with adults and teenagers age 16+. I currently offer telehealth and in-office appointments using a self-pay model. I like to spend more time with my patients. I approach the treatment process from the perspective that we are a team. Meeting you where you are, and learning where you want to be, leads to the best outcomes. I offer a free 15-minute consultation. You can self-schedule through my website: beyondpsychnp.com. Beyond Psychiatry - Health is More than a Prescription.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Kansas. I work with adults and teenagers age 16+. I currently offer telehealth and in-office appointments using a self-pay model. I like to spend more time with my patients. I approach the treatment process from the perspective that we are a team. Meeting you where you are, and learning where you want to be, leads to the best outcomes. I offer a free 15-minute consultation. You can self-schedule through my website: beyondpsychnp.com. Beyond Psychiatry - Health is More than a Prescription.
(913) 349-9307 View (913) 349-9307
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Susanna Haarhoff At Jordan Psychological Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66209
Hello, I’m Susanna Haarhoff, “Sasha” to all who know me. Are you beginning or changing gears on your mental health recovery process? Would you flourish with non-judgmental support while learning about evidence-based treatment options? Do you want a provider who is passionate about patient care and strives to meet you where you are?
Hello, I’m Susanna Haarhoff, “Sasha” to all who know me. Are you beginning or changing gears on your mental health recovery process? Would you flourish with non-judgmental support while learning about evidence-based treatment options? Do you want a provider who is passionate about patient care and strives to meet you where you are?
(913) 647-7990 View (913) 647-7990
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Geenens Psychiatry, PA
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66224
Dr. Geenens is from Kansas City. He has over 31 years experience with specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Geenens received his psychiatric training at the famed Menninger Clinic and Harvard Medical School and has treated thousands of patients in psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Geenens founded Geenens Psychiatry with a vision to provide the highest quality holistic psychiatric care, blending psychotherapy with medication management. Dr. Geenens and his team of professionals strive for each patient to feel like a human being, met with empathy, understanding, and treatment they are involved in.
Dr. Geenens is from Kansas City. He has over 31 years experience with specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Geenens received his psychiatric training at the famed Menninger Clinic and Harvard Medical School and has treated thousands of patients in psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Geenens founded Geenens Psychiatry with a vision to provide the highest quality holistic psychiatric care, blending psychotherapy with medication management. Dr. Geenens and his team of professionals strive for each patient to feel like a human being, met with empathy, understanding, and treatment they are involved in.
(913) 513-3240 View (913) 513-3240
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Amanda Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
(913) 243-2570 View (913) 243-2570
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Reflections Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66211
My name is Kelly Neland and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have completed graduate and post-graduate study in individual and family therapies, psychopharmacology, and psychological assessment and evaluation. I am licensed in Missouri and Kansas as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive authority. Online appointment requests can be made at www.reflectionshealthservices.com.
My name is Kelly Neland and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have completed graduate and post-graduate study in individual and family therapies, psychopharmacology, and psychological assessment and evaluation. I am licensed in Missouri and Kansas as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive authority. Online appointment requests can be made at www.reflectionshealthservices.com.
(816) 744-1903 View (816) 744-1903
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Karen L. Pulcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66211
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
(913) 379-3132 View (913) 379-3132
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Maria Davila
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
Dr. Davila was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been the Awakenings Medical Director since January, 2022. She completed her medical school training in Buenos Aires before moving to Kansas City where she completed her psychiatric residency training at UMKC. She has been practicing in the community since 1998 and has served in many positions in local universities and hospitals. She is a bilingual (Spanish) physician that has a passion for serving those in her community and helping with their needs.
Dr. Davila was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been the Awakenings Medical Director since January, 2022. She completed her medical school training in Buenos Aires before moving to Kansas City where she completed her psychiatric residency training at UMKC. She has been practicing in the community since 1998 and has served in many positions in local universities and hospitals. She is a bilingual (Spanish) physician that has a passion for serving those in her community and helping with their needs.
(913) 379-4479 View (913) 379-4479
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
Jessica Wunder is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric and ketamine services for Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH). She obtained her BSN from Creighton University in 2007, and her MSN from Rush University in 2014. In 2022, she completed a fellowship for integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica practices with the principles of holistic healing that focus on mind, body, and lifestyle. She has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings and now works with adults in an outpatient setting.
Jessica Wunder is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric and ketamine services for Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH). She obtained her BSN from Creighton University in 2007, and her MSN from Rush University in 2014. In 2022, she completed a fellowship for integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica practices with the principles of holistic healing that focus on mind, body, and lifestyle. She has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings and now works with adults in an outpatient setting.
(913) 423-8733 View (913) 423-8733
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Zachary Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
(913) 490-0687 View (913) 490-0687
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
(816) 680-4287 View (816) 680-4287
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Dr. Victoria Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66224
I am passionate about helping clients achieve optimal mental wellness by providing holistic care that includes psychotherapy, medication management, physical exams, and wellness services. I specialize in managing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma related disorders.
I am passionate about helping clients achieve optimal mental wellness by providing holistic care that includes psychotherapy, medication management, physical exams, and wellness services. I specialize in managing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma related disorders.
(913) 380-6849 View (913) 380-6849
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Laura Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66209
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
(913) 578-6085 View (913) 578-6085
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Alexander B. Rose
Psychiatrist, MD, MPHS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66206
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
(314) 380-8764 View (314) 380-8764
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Loise Wameithi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66224
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
Photo of Jeff Hill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Leawood, KS
Jeff Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66209
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
(913) 600-2319 View (913) 600-2319

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Bee Well Psychiatric Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
(913) 548-3734 View (913) 548-3734
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The Mind Clinic Of Kansas City
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
(913) 423-9059 View (913) 423-9059
Photo of Megan Nickell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Leawood, KS
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
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Leawood, KS

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Leawood, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
88% Medication Management
69% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
82% BlueCross and BlueShield
64% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Leawood, KS see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Leawood?

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.