Psychiatrists in Lenexa, KS

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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Violet Meiseiyieki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215
Hello! I am glad you made it here. Mental Health can make it challenging to seek help. I am happy you are trying to improve your mental health by looking for a psychiatric provider. Reaching out is the first step to recovery. I have made it easy for you to book an appointment with me through online scheduling. Feel free to call me or email me as well. I look forward to getting to know you as your psychiatric provider and working together to meet your needs and goals.
Hello! I am glad you made it here. Mental Health can make it challenging to seek help. I am happy you are trying to improve your mental health by looking for a psychiatric provider. Reaching out is the first step to recovery. I have made it easy for you to book an appointment with me through online scheduling. Feel free to call me or email me as well. I look forward to getting to know you as your psychiatric provider and working together to meet your needs and goals.
(913) 398-4551 View (913) 398-4551
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Blissful Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lenexa, KS 66215  (Online Only)
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
(505) 605-6848 View (505) 605-6848
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Blissful Minds, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215  (Online Only)
Opeyemi (Opey) Ojo is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 9 years experience managing mental health conditions in multiple settings. Opey enjoys providing counseling and medication management of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anger, women's mental health, and obesity, among many others. She is passionate about removing barriers to accessing quality healthcare by creating awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Opey believes in empowering patients with evidence- based strategies so they can live life in its fullness.
Opeyemi (Opey) Ojo is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 9 years experience managing mental health conditions in multiple settings. Opey enjoys providing counseling and medication management of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anger, women's mental health, and obesity, among many others. She is passionate about removing barriers to accessing quality healthcare by creating awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Opey believes in empowering patients with evidence- based strategies so they can live life in its fullness.
(505) 715-6702 View (505) 715-6702
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Sue Clavette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66220
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
(913) 294-7895 View (913) 294-7895
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215
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
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Buena Vida Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lenexa, KS 66210
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
(913) 380-4856 View (913) 380-4856
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The Mind Clinic Of Kansas City
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215
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
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Dr. Asif A Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lenexa, KS 66062
I completed my residency at KU, and went on to pursue triple board certification in psychiatry, internal medicine, and obesity medicine. I pursued combined training to improve the stigma of psychiatry and bridge the gap. Despite the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, they are often written off and not considered as serious as medical diagnoses. However, both from treating it regularly, as well as my personal battle with bipolar disorder, for example, I know it can be just as debilitating as any medical condition out there. My own mental health journey uniquely allows me to relate and empathize to provide the best care possible.
I completed my residency at KU, and went on to pursue triple board certification in psychiatry, internal medicine, and obesity medicine. I pursued combined training to improve the stigma of psychiatry and bridge the gap. Despite the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, they are often written off and not considered as serious as medical diagnoses. However, both from treating it regularly, as well as my personal battle with bipolar disorder, for example, I know it can be just as debilitating as any medical condition out there. My own mental health journey uniquely allows me to relate and empathize to provide the best care possible.
(816) 441-3605 View (816) 441-3605

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Dr. Victoria Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223
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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Francis U. Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223  (Online Only)
I came to the United States of America in 1997. In 2001, I joined the US Army where I served as a medic for 8 years. After my military service, I decided to go to Nursing School. I graduated with my MSN from Walden University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. "My passion for Psychiatric nursing is born out of my desire to assist vulnerable individuals attain possible health and independence through medication management and support."
I came to the United States of America in 1997. In 2001, I joined the US Army where I served as a medic for 8 years. After my military service, I decided to go to Nursing School. I graduated with my MSN from Walden University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. "My passion for Psychiatric nursing is born out of my desire to assist vulnerable individuals attain possible health and independence through medication management and support."
(816) 209-1058 View (816) 209-1058
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66207
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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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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Holistic Mental Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself struggling to understand why you have certain feelings and wonder how you could feel better? Do you get anxious at times, depressed, struggle with your focus and concentration, or have experience any kind of trauma giving you nightmares? Landry at Holistic Mental Healthcare would love to help you get through those rough moments.
Do you find yourself struggling to understand why you have certain feelings and wonder how you could feel better? Do you get anxious at times, depressed, struggle with your focus and concentration, or have experience any kind of trauma giving you nightmares? Landry at Holistic Mental Healthcare would love to help you get through those rough moments.
(913) 349-6607 View (913) 349-6607
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Ashley Batley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Shawnee, KS 66226
Dr Batley, nurse practitioner, is a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She has experience managing care for individuals across the lifespan with complex trauma and/or intellectual and developmental differences.
Dr Batley, nurse practitioner, is a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She has experience managing care for individuals across the lifespan with complex trauma and/or intellectual and developmental differences.
(913) 382-6359 View (913) 382-6359
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Kathy Steen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66209
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.
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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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Laura Tieszen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
(913) 398-3965 View (913) 398-3965
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Matthew Brown
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204  (Online Only)
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
(872) 266-7958 View (872) 266-7958
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Jeff Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lenexa, KS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lenexa, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Bipolar Disorder
89% Sleep or Insomnia
89% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
63% Aetna
63% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lenexa, KS see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lenexa?

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.