Psychiatrists in Bowling Green, KY

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Summer Sievert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
(386) 227-6050 View (386) 227-6050
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Kimberly Zimmerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
Life can be difficult, challenging, hard to navigate for various reasons when we go through certain situations such as traumatic or life altering events. Lives are forever changed by the events but there is still hope and healing is a process that is attainable. If you are struggling mentally and emotionally and feel like all hope is gone there is always hope and resources available to help strengthen your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical self. You do not have to navigate these options alone. We can help you find life changing solutions with a compassionate, detailed, empathetic approach for you or a family member.
Life can be difficult, challenging, hard to navigate for various reasons when we go through certain situations such as traumatic or life altering events. Lives are forever changed by the events but there is still hope and healing is a process that is attainable. If you are struggling mentally and emotionally and feel like all hope is gone there is always hope and resources available to help strengthen your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical self. You do not have to navigate these options alone. We can help you find life changing solutions with a compassionate, detailed, empathetic approach for you or a family member.
(270) 212-4637 View (270) 212-4637
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Daltrey Tyree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Waitlist for new clients
-Mental health struggles can be overwhelming at times and feel isolating. Just as care is needed for physical struggles, care is also needed to help resolve mental struggles. An important factor in healing from psychological ailments is reduction of social stigmas and non-judgmental attitudes. Acceptance, encouragement, hope and education are key to empowering people who are suffering. Improved comfort and functionality are crucial aspects of healing. Resilient mental health means adapting or overcoming challenges. Everyone deserves a chance to find wellness in their mental health struggles.
-Mental health struggles can be overwhelming at times and feel isolating. Just as care is needed for physical struggles, care is also needed to help resolve mental struggles. An important factor in healing from psychological ailments is reduction of social stigmas and non-judgmental attitudes. Acceptance, encouragement, hope and education are key to empowering people who are suffering. Improved comfort and functionality are crucial aspects of healing. Resilient mental health means adapting or overcoming challenges. Everyone deserves a chance to find wellness in their mental health struggles.
(270) 721-5866 View (270) 721-5866
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Kentucky Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
At Kentucky Psychiatry we believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We are a dynamic office of 5 providers, including Psychiatrist, Psychiatric NPs & Therapists. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important. If you are in need of therapy, someone to talk to, someone who can help lead you through the dark times, we can help. If medication is needed, our talented staff of psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners can help you find your balance. You are important. You deserve to feel good.
At Kentucky Psychiatry we believe YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We are a dynamic office of 5 providers, including Psychiatrist, Psychiatric NPs & Therapists. If you are a senior, a child or an adult we have the ability to understand what you are going through, and we have the professionals with the ability to treat what ails you. You are important. If you are in need of therapy, someone to talk to, someone who can help lead you through the dark times, we can help. If medication is needed, our talented staff of psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners can help you find your balance. You are important. You deserve to feel good.
(270) 290-1041 View (270) 290-1041
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Alecia White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
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Cheryl Gore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Shortly after becoming a nurse in the early 90s, I began working with clients in need of Mental Health Services. Over the years I have held various positions; Staff Nurse to Administrative roles. I have found that I prefer patient care. I have a passion for helping those struggling with mental health issues. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years; have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. During that time I have worked in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, telepsychiatry and currently in private practice.
Shortly after becoming a nurse in the early 90s, I began working with clients in need of Mental Health Services. Over the years I have held various positions; Staff Nurse to Administrative roles. I have found that I prefer patient care. I have a passion for helping those struggling with mental health issues. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years; have been practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. During that time I have worked in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, telepsychiatry and currently in private practice.
(270) 615-1661 View (270) 615-1661
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Dr. Brian Barczak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Dr. Barczak has more than seventeen years of experience as both an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist. He values taking a holistic approach to patient care, individualizing each patient appointment rather than taking a one-size-fits-all stance. Dr. Barczak understands the need for comfort and convenience in your daily life, so he provides telehealth appointments. Dr. Barczak remains up-to-date on top notch treatment options and is ready and willing to discuss the best option for you. Schedule an appointment today on our website: www.barczakMD.com.
Dr. Barczak has more than seventeen years of experience as both an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist. He values taking a holistic approach to patient care, individualizing each patient appointment rather than taking a one-size-fits-all stance. Dr. Barczak understands the need for comfort and convenience in your daily life, so he provides telehealth appointments. Dr. Barczak remains up-to-date on top notch treatment options and is ready and willing to discuss the best option for you. Schedule an appointment today on our website: www.barczakMD.com.
(502) 890-9593 View (502) 890-9593
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Margot Feintuch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42104
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
(615) 789-8083 View (615) 789-8083
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42104  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(502) 547-0891 View (502) 547-0891
Photo of Travis Taylor, APRN, PMHNP, EMTP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Travis Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, EMTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
(321) 405-1979 View (321) 405-1979
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
(930) 205-4161 View (930) 205-4161
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Melanie Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to aid individuals of all ages in need of mental health services in achieving a healthy level of functioning, which will enhance their overall well-being. This includes, but is not limited to, the issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. I provide medication management and treatment across the lifespan. I collaborate with other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and therapists, to ensure a holistic approach in providing care is achieved. I have 9 years of experience as a PMHNP, and 22 years of experience working in the mental health field.
My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to aid individuals of all ages in need of mental health services in achieving a healthy level of functioning, which will enhance their overall well-being. This includes, but is not limited to, the issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. I provide medication management and treatment across the lifespan. I collaborate with other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and therapists, to ensure a holistic approach in providing care is achieved. I have 9 years of experience as a PMHNP, and 22 years of experience working in the mental health field.
(270) 817-7626 View (270) 817-7626
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Donna Joy Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Do you need help with your energy, focus, mood, or sleep? Do you feel overly tired, anxious, overwhelmed, withdrawn, or stressed out ? Donna's mission is to help you feel your best, mentally and physically. Donna is a Psychiatric NP (PMHNP) licensed in Kentucky. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner has especially prepared her to consider underlying medical issues that may affect your mental health. She takes an integrative holistic approach to care, offering evidence-based medication management, supplement recommendations, and brief supportive psychotherapy. secure.helloalma.com/providers/donna-wilson/
Do you need help with your energy, focus, mood, or sleep? Do you feel overly tired, anxious, overwhelmed, withdrawn, or stressed out ? Donna's mission is to help you feel your best, mentally and physically. Donna is a Psychiatric NP (PMHNP) licensed in Kentucky. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner has especially prepared her to consider underlying medical issues that may affect your mental health. She takes an integrative holistic approach to care, offering evidence-based medication management, supplement recommendations, and brief supportive psychotherapy. secure.helloalma.com/providers/donna-wilson/
(270) 216-2212 View (270) 216-2212
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Dr. Meredith C Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Bowling Green, KY 42101  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients age 12 years and older for medication management. I have over 19 years of healthcare experience. All appointments are via telehealth using doxy.me. At PsychMind, we have a team of mental health professionals who also provide therapy. Call or email for any questions or to get started with scheduling.
I am accepting new patients age 12 years and older for medication management. I have over 19 years of healthcare experience. All appointments are via telehealth using doxy.me. At PsychMind, we have a team of mental health professionals who also provide therapy. Call or email for any questions or to get started with scheduling.
(859) 470-8860 View (859) 470-8860

Online Psychiatrists

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Erica Cecil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
I have been working as a psychiatric- mental health nurse practitioner since 2017 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to this, I obtained my BSN from the University of Kentucky in 2012. I have experience working in the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric setting. I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I understand each circumstance is special and I like to incorporate issues with any stressors that may be impacting your mental health. I as well welcome the LGBTQ+ community!
I have been working as a psychiatric- mental health nurse practitioner since 2017 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to this, I obtained my BSN from the University of Kentucky in 2012. I have experience working in the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric setting. I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I understand each circumstance is special and I like to incorporate issues with any stressors that may be impacting your mental health. I as well welcome the LGBTQ+ community!
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
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Shakaola Pinero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Shakaola is an Intuitive Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience in mental health and 11 years of experience as a Provider treating adults. She received her Masters from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Shakaola takes a holistic approach in caring for her clients.
Shakaola is an Intuitive Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience in mental health and 11 years of experience as a Provider treating adults. She received her Masters from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Shakaola takes a holistic approach in caring for her clients.
(859) 535-9123 View (859) 535-9123
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Krista Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Springfield, KY 40069
Are you looking for a caring, unique approach to your overall mental and physical wellness? Have you experienced a traumatic event or recent loss, or feel like you're not coping well emotionally with life stressors? Are you struggling to set healthy boundaries with loved ones or trying to break a harmful generational cycle? Do you feel stuck, like you're not managing as well as you wish you were? I'm a professional psychiatric nurse practitioner and faithful Christian with a great deal of life experience. I offer a quiet, serene place where self-motivated women can find help and sound counsel in a non-judgmental, caring environment.
Are you looking for a caring, unique approach to your overall mental and physical wellness? Have you experienced a traumatic event or recent loss, or feel like you're not coping well emotionally with life stressors? Are you struggling to set healthy boundaries with loved ones or trying to break a harmful generational cycle? Do you feel stuck, like you're not managing as well as you wish you were? I'm a professional psychiatric nurse practitioner and faithful Christian with a great deal of life experience. I offer a quiet, serene place where self-motivated women can find help and sound counsel in a non-judgmental, caring environment.
(859) 217-4911 View (859) 217-4911
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Behj Group Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40258
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
(270) 290-0874 View (270) 290-0874
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John Christopher Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40220  (Online Only)
Meet your ideal client—the courageous seeker of mental well-being. Struggling with diverse challenges like anxiety, depression, or life transitions, they yearn for understanding, healing, and inner harmony. Their goal is to reclaim joy and lead a fulfilling life, unburdened by mental health obstacles. Through a compassionate and holistic approach, I empower them to thrive on their transformative journey. Let's embark together towards a brighter, resilient future. Welcome to the path of healing.
Meet your ideal client—the courageous seeker of mental well-being. Struggling with diverse challenges like anxiety, depression, or life transitions, they yearn for understanding, healing, and inner harmony. Their goal is to reclaim joy and lead a fulfilling life, unburdened by mental health obstacles. Through a compassionate and holistic approach, I empower them to thrive on their transformative journey. Let's embark together towards a brighter, resilient future. Welcome to the path of healing.
(502) 878-7138 View (502) 878-7138
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Cindy Petzke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40204
Hello! I am a caring, knowledgeable healthcare professional with over 28 years of nursing experience. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 8 years and am experienced with all mental health populations. I am an Air Force Nurse Corp Veteran. I understand military and civilian problems. I understand trauma, individual, and family issues. I enjoy helping all age groups of people.
Hello! I am a caring, knowledgeable healthcare professional with over 28 years of nursing experience. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 8 years and am experienced with all mental health populations. I am an Air Force Nurse Corp Veteran. I understand military and civilian problems. I understand trauma, individual, and family issues. I enjoy helping all age groups of people.
(502) 309-2879 View (502) 309-2879

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bowling Green, KY

10+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Bowling Green, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
93% Anxiety
93% Bipolar Disorder
79% Depression
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Bowling Green, KY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bowling Green?

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.