Psychiatrists in Shawnee, KS

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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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Dr. Chika Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shawnee, KS 66203  (Online Only)
Seeking psychiatric treatment is never easy, but you have made the right first step by logging onto this platform in search of an individual to help you along this mental journey. A round of applause to you, you have taken a bold step because it takes so much courage! I am here to listen and work with you to be the best you can be. My job is to get you feeling your best self, and get you back to your baseline or even better.
Seeking psychiatric treatment is never easy, but you have made the right first step by logging onto this platform in search of an individual to help you along this mental journey. A round of applause to you, you have taken a bold step because it takes so much courage! I am here to listen and work with you to be the best you can be. My job is to get you feeling your best self, and get you back to your baseline or even better.
(913) 374-6696 View (913) 374-6696
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Steven Rains NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shawnee, KS 66216
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
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shawnee, KS 66217
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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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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Tina Hendrix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
(913) 423-9109 View (913) 423-9109
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Ashley Bean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66210
My name is Ashley. I founded Hark Psychiatry to create a place for people to share their stories and receive personalized psychiatric care. Your genetics, physical health, relationships, and past experiences all effect your mental health. During our first meeting (called a psychiatric evaluation) I'll learn about all of those different parts of your life and we'll work together to make an individualized treatment plan which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
My name is Ashley. I founded Hark Psychiatry to create a place for people to share their stories and receive personalized psychiatric care. Your genetics, physical health, relationships, and past experiences all effect your mental health. During our first meeting (called a psychiatric evaluation) I'll learn about all of those different parts of your life and we'll work together to make an individualized treatment plan which may include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
(913) 404-2881 View (913) 404-2881
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Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
(623) 518-1025 View (623) 518-1025
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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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Charles Ray Lake
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
Voted Top Doctor of Psychiatry in 435 Magazine, 2019 through 2022 by doctors. Will answer & schedule your appointment within 48 hrs. I listen, am non-judgmental & help you gain self-esteem, exercise better choices & increase your happy hours. I have MD & PhD degrees from Duke University, when MD's were taught to treat with psychotherapy as well as medications when warranted. As Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at KU, School of Medicine I've published widely about depression, bipolar & anxiety disorders, panic, OCD & PTSD. Will conduct sessions with FaceTime or Zoom. Probably out of network, NO insurance accepted.
Voted Top Doctor of Psychiatry in 435 Magazine, 2019 through 2022 by doctors. Will answer & schedule your appointment within 48 hrs. I listen, am non-judgmental & help you gain self-esteem, exercise better choices & increase your happy hours. I have MD & PhD degrees from Duke University, when MD's were taught to treat with psychotherapy as well as medications when warranted. As Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at KU, School of Medicine I've published widely about depression, bipolar & anxiety disorders, panic, OCD & PTSD. Will conduct sessions with FaceTime or Zoom. Probably out of network, NO insurance accepted.
(816) 399-2295 View (816) 399-2295
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Prila Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66103
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
(913) 513-3817 View (913) 513-3817
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Arista Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66207
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
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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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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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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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Samuel Goetschius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210  (Online Only)
MindRx Mental Healthcare will provide services Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
MindRx Mental Healthcare will provide services Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
(913) 395-7147 View (913) 395-7147
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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
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66103  (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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Brayden Willis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
(816) 323-6124 View (816) 323-6124
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Shawnee, KS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Shawnee, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Suicidal Ideation
75% Grief
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Shawnee, KS see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shawnee?

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.