Psychiatrists in Fayette County, KY

Photo of Leigh (Ann) Gebhardt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Leigh (Ann) Gebhardt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Leigh Ann Gebhardt, PMHNP Leigh Ann Gebhardt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2018. She has a BSN (Nursing), an MSN (Nursing Education), an MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), an MSN Certification (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), and Juris Doctorate. Leigh Ann believes in a wholistic approach of healthcare and tries to partner with patients to help provide treatment that supports optimal healthcare outcomes.
Leigh Ann Gebhardt, PMHNP Leigh Ann Gebhardt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2018. She has a BSN (Nursing), an MSN (Nursing Education), an MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner), an MSN Certification (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), and Juris Doctorate. Leigh Ann believes in a wholistic approach of healthcare and tries to partner with patients to help provide treatment that supports optimal healthcare outcomes.
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Amy M. Tye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40511
Amy M. Tye is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, obtaining her Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She started her practice in 2023 after 10 years of critical care nursing. It was during these years in the intensive care where her interest in mental health developed. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Amy has experience with all age groups, from children to geriatric populations as well as women's health; promoting wellness as well as offering treatment for various conditions i. e. , anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, substance use and more.
Amy M. Tye is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, obtaining her Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She started her practice in 2023 after 10 years of critical care nursing. It was during these years in the intensive care where her interest in mental health developed. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Amy has experience with all age groups, from children to geriatric populations as well as women's health; promoting wellness as well as offering treatment for various conditions i. e. , anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, substance use and more.
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Catherine Permin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MHNP , APRN, APRN BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40505  (Online Only)
Dr. Catherine Permin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRN is a nurse practitioner who provides healthcare in the primary care and mental health settings to diverse patients across the lifespan. Dr. Permin was born in a Danish family and spent her childhood in France. Subsequently, she traveled globally working in the horse industry before settling in the central Kentucky area. Dr. Permin is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and this allows her to provide culturally congruent care to patients whose native language may not be English.
Dr. Catherine Permin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRN is a nurse practitioner who provides healthcare in the primary care and mental health settings to diverse patients across the lifespan. Dr. Permin was born in a Danish family and spent her childhood in France. Subsequently, she traveled globally working in the horse industry before settling in the central Kentucky area. Dr. Permin is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and this allows her to provide culturally congruent care to patients whose native language may not be English.
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Michael Rieser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Dr. Rieser received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Louisville where he also attended medical school and graduated in 1981. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1982, receiving Board Certification from the American Board of Emergency Physicians in 1988. He entered training in Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and completed Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 1994, retiring from Emergency Medicine practice upon coming home to Kentucky to establish Psychiatric practice.
Dr. Rieser received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Louisville where he also attended medical school and graduated in 1981. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1982, receiving Board Certification from the American Board of Emergency Physicians in 1988. He entered training in Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and completed Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 1994, retiring from Emergency Medicine practice upon coming home to Kentucky to establish Psychiatric practice.
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Photo of Angel Opara, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Angel Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40503
Angel is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is originally from Nigeria but has called Lexington her home since 2016. Angel attended midway university for her undergraduate studies in nursing. While in nursing school, she worked at Baptist health as a patient care technician. She found psychiatry particularly interesting and decided to become a psychiatric nurse at eastern state hospital where she has worked as a registered nurse for about four years now. Angel went on to pursue her MSN at Herzing University. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she is committed to providing compassionate, holistic an
Angel is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is originally from Nigeria but has called Lexington her home since 2016. Angel attended midway university for her undergraduate studies in nursing. While in nursing school, she worked at Baptist health as a patient care technician. She found psychiatry particularly interesting and decided to become a psychiatric nurse at eastern state hospital where she has worked as a registered nurse for about four years now. Angel went on to pursue her MSN at Herzing University. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she is committed to providing compassionate, holistic an
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Brittany Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
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Photo of Allie Carmichael, Psychiatric Nurse in Fayette County, KY
Allie Carmichael
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Allie Carmichael is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2022. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville. Allie has experience working as a registered nurse in an inpatient psychiatric setting on children, adolescent, and adult units. She has experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner working with adults in an inpatient psychiatric unit.
Allie Carmichael is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2022. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville. Allie has experience working as a registered nurse in an inpatient psychiatric setting on children, adolescent, and adult units. She has experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner working with adults in an inpatient psychiatric unit.
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Dr. Kristin Dawson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40503
Every one of us is on an expedition and most of us have encountered suffering along the way. We are here to act as guides during the most difficult parts of your mental health journey. Your treatment team will assess which stage of the journey you find yourself in now. You may be seeking relief from psychiatric symptoms, exploring healing from trauma, trying to optimize your mind, body and spirit or building a thriving life - Expedition Mental Health is ready to join you on your journey to greater mental health.
Every one of us is on an expedition and most of us have encountered suffering along the way. We are here to act as guides during the most difficult parts of your mental health journey. Your treatment team will assess which stage of the journey you find yourself in now. You may be seeking relief from psychiatric symptoms, exploring healing from trauma, trying to optimize your mind, body and spirit or building a thriving life - Expedition Mental Health is ready to join you on your journey to greater mental health.
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Daniella Gavito
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
I offer high quality evaluations and treatment for young adults, adolescents, and children. Mental health problems often start in childhood and continue on into adulthood. Left untreated, mental health problems can affect social interactions, school performance, job performance, health, self image, and quality of life. Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment early on is crucial. All too often I see people misdiagnosed and on treatments that are not working. I have had excellent training to identify the correct diagnosis and apply evidenced based treatment. I also use rating scales to identify symptoms and track progress.
I offer high quality evaluations and treatment for young adults, adolescents, and children. Mental health problems often start in childhood and continue on into adulthood. Left untreated, mental health problems can affect social interactions, school performance, job performance, health, self image, and quality of life. Getting the correct diagnosis and treatment early on is crucial. All too often I see people misdiagnosed and on treatments that are not working. I have had excellent training to identify the correct diagnosis and apply evidenced based treatment. I also use rating scales to identify symptoms and track progress.
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Photo of Holly Kent, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Holly Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40511
Holly Kent is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with an MSN of Science in Nursing. Holly has eight years of nursing experience working in a variety of care settings. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Holly Kent is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with an MSN of Science in Nursing. Holly has eight years of nursing experience working in a variety of care settings. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
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Dawn Glowatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
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Photo of Rebecca Bruner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Rebecca Bruner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40509
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
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Photo of Brittany Stark, Psychiatric Nurse in Fayette County, KY
Brittany Stark
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky with one year of experience. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky with one year of experience. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
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Jessica Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Jessica Price is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She holds active memberships in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APRN) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She received her master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Kentucky State University. Her previous work experience includes both hospital and private practice settings in both inpatient and outpatient units.
Jessica Price is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She holds active memberships in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APRN) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She received her master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University and her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Kentucky State University. Her previous work experience includes both hospital and private practice settings in both inpatient and outpatient units.
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Photo of Lauren Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Lauren Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
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Photo of Michael Sarten, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Michael Sarten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40514
I have been working in Mental Health since 2011, first as an inpatient psychiatric RN and now as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have practiced as a nurse practitioner in VA hospitals as a psychiatric consultation liaison and at VA community-based outpatient clinics. That’s just a fancy way of saying I have experience working as an inpatient and outpatient clinician. In addition, I have experience working in community mental health, mostly working with clients on Medicaid, many with substance abuse issues. As my well-rounded experience suggests, I respect and enjoy working with clients from all walks of life.
I have been working in Mental Health since 2011, first as an inpatient psychiatric RN and now as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have practiced as a nurse practitioner in VA hospitals as a psychiatric consultation liaison and at VA community-based outpatient clinics. That’s just a fancy way of saying I have experience working as an inpatient and outpatient clinician. In addition, I have experience working in community mental health, mostly working with clients on Medicaid, many with substance abuse issues. As my well-rounded experience suggests, I respect and enjoy working with clients from all walks of life.
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Photo of Jeffrey Tuttle, Psychiatrist in Fayette County, KY
Jeffrey Tuttle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40507
I am a licensed psychiatrist practicing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and psychopharmacology. I believe psychotherapy is an important but frequently overlooked treatment for many mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis help people address emotional problems and internal conflicts in order to increase self-understanding and freedom. Professional advice about personal issues or emotional concerns can be invaluable in confronting seeming roadblocks that prevent a person from experiencing a sense of emotional freedom. I treat older adolescents and adults.
I am a licensed psychiatrist practicing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and psychopharmacology. I believe psychotherapy is an important but frequently overlooked treatment for many mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis help people address emotional problems and internal conflicts in order to increase self-understanding and freedom. Professional advice about personal issues or emotional concerns can be invaluable in confronting seeming roadblocks that prevent a person from experiencing a sense of emotional freedom. I treat older adolescents and adults.
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Photo of Isabel Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Isabel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40511
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
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Photo of Timothy M Houchin, Psychiatrist in Fayette County, KY
Timothy M Houchin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40503
My team and I pride ourselves on completing a holistic, 360-degree evaluation and may offer fairly specific recommendations. We are well-versed and experienced at treating a variety of mental health problems but certainly enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to improve their quality of life.
My team and I pride ourselves on completing a holistic, 360-degree evaluation and may offer fairly specific recommendations. We are well-versed and experienced at treating a variety of mental health problems but certainly enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to improve their quality of life.
(859) 274-0799 View (859) 274-0799
Photo of Jackie Stethem, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fayette County, KY
Jackie Stethem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40509
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnoses and prescribe psychotropic medications as necessary to children, adolescents and adults. I am very open-minded and non-judgmental. I believe in treating the whole person, not a diagnosis. I am supportive of the LGBTQIA community.
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnoses and prescribe psychotropic medications as necessary to children, adolescents and adults. I am very open-minded and non-judgmental. I believe in treating the whole person, not a diagnosis. I am supportive of the LGBTQIA community.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Fayette County, KY

70+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Fayette County, KY who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
73% Medication Management
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
73% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fayette County, KY see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fayette County?

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.