Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, KY

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Photo of Erin Rush Ortegon, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Erin Rush Ortegon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40291  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi, my name is Dr. Erin. I know that parenting can be difficult and there are times we all need a little support. That is why I specialize in working with children and families to improve communication and strengthen bonds as they move through difficult life changes.
Hi, my name is Dr. Erin. I know that parenting can be difficult and there are times we all need a little support. That is why I specialize in working with children and families to improve communication and strengthen bonds as they move through difficult life changes.
(502) 427-7039 View (502) 427-7039
Photo of Dr. Reisha Lynn Caudill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Dr. Reisha Lynn Caudill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
My specialties include depressive disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I treat clients ages 5 and up with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health issues. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and offer Behavioral/Mental Health services and medication management through Telehealth across all of Kentucky.
My specialties include depressive disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I treat clients ages 5 and up with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health issues. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and offer Behavioral/Mental Health services and medication management through Telehealth across all of Kentucky.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
Photo of Mehdi Bubba Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (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) 547-0886 View (502) 547-0886
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (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
Photo of Cindy Petzke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
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
Photo of Ohio Valley Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Ohio Valley Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
(502) 586-2592 View (502) 586-2592
Photo of Mehdi Bubba Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40299  (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) 317-8408 View (502) 317-8408
Photo of Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223  (Online Only)
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
(502) 791-9800 View (502) 791-9800
Photo of Katie Berghausen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Katie Berghausen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40220
*NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS* Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients.
*NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS* Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients.
(502) 306-3501 View (502) 306-3501
Photo of Gina Hollingsworth, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Gina Hollingsworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 13 years of experience working in mental health and addiction recovery. As many Kentucky communities have been impacted by the opioid crisis, I offer a combination of medication-assisted treatment and substance use counseling to develop a personalized recovery experience.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 13 years of experience working in mental health and addiction recovery. As many Kentucky communities have been impacted by the opioid crisis, I offer a combination of medication-assisted treatment and substance use counseling to develop a personalized recovery experience.
(502) 334-1044 View (502) 334-1044
Photo of Mottsin Thomas, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243  (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) 251-9870 View (502) 251-9870
Photo of Alphonso Nichols, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Alphonso Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Are you trying to find help for your son or daughter? Is your child struggling? Concerned your child seems overly anxious or worried? Irritable? Depressed? Angry all the time? Is your child having trouble paying attention in class, seem 'hyperactive', or falling behind in school? Are you frustrated with your child or adolescent's problematic behavior that keeps happening over and over again? Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism... or are you wondering if your son or daughter might be struggling with a psychiatric or emotional issue?
Are you trying to find help for your son or daughter? Is your child struggling? Concerned your child seems overly anxious or worried? Irritable? Depressed? Angry all the time? Is your child having trouble paying attention in class, seem 'hyperactive', or falling behind in school? Are you frustrated with your child or adolescent's problematic behavior that keeps happening over and over again? Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism... or are you wondering if your son or daughter might be struggling with a psychiatric or emotional issue?
(502) 339-2442 View (502) 339-2442
Photo of Autumn Shutt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Autumn Shutt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Autumn Shutt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and offers medication management for adults and adolescents ages 14 and older at Bloom Counseling + Wellness Studio. Her areas of interest include women's mental health, perinatal mood disorders, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She has specialized training including Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychopharmacology through Postpartum Support International and is a certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider.
Autumn Shutt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and offers medication management for adults and adolescents ages 14 and older at Bloom Counseling + Wellness Studio. Her areas of interest include women's mental health, perinatal mood disorders, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She has specialized training including Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychopharmacology through Postpartum Support International and is a certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider.
(502) 236-5432 View (502) 236-5432
Photo of Morgan Smither, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Morgan Smither
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Morgan Smither is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Her specialty areas include the treatment of chronic mental illness, bipolar disorder, addiction and depression. Morgan Smither treats patients starting at 16 years old.
Morgan Smither is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Her specialty areas include the treatment of chronic mental illness, bipolar disorder, addiction and depression. Morgan Smither treats patients starting at 16 years old.
(502) 317-0567 View (502) 317-0567
Photo of Kristin Law, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Kristin Law
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
Kristin is a compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who believes in treating all people equally, reducing the stigma of mental health, and going above and beyond for her patients. She has been in the nursing field since 2013, though she has been passionate about mental health for as long as she can remember. She has experience with patients from a variety of backgrounds, ages, settings, and diagnoses.
Kristin is a compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who believes in treating all people equally, reducing the stigma of mental health, and going above and beyond for her patients. She has been in the nursing field since 2013, though she has been passionate about mental health for as long as she can remember. She has experience with patients from a variety of backgrounds, ages, settings, and diagnoses.
(502) 236-5536 View (502) 236-5536
Photo of Precious Sarver, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Precious Sarver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202
Mental health plays a significant role in our overall health and wellbeing. It is okay if you need to reach out for help. Please do. I prioritize patient focused care that is individually tailored to meet your needs. I strive to build lasting relationships with patients that are built on respect and trust. My view of mental health care is as a mutual partnership where we take things at your pace. I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. My values stand firm on commitment, integrity, respect, and advocacy. My goal is to empower and assist with optimizing your mental health because mental health does matter.
Mental health plays a significant role in our overall health and wellbeing. It is okay if you need to reach out for help. Please do. I prioritize patient focused care that is individually tailored to meet your needs. I strive to build lasting relationships with patients that are built on respect and trust. My view of mental health care is as a mutual partnership where we take things at your pace. I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. My values stand firm on commitment, integrity, respect, and advocacy. My goal is to empower and assist with optimizing your mental health because mental health does matter.
(502) 334-0869 View (502) 334-0869
Photo of Kentucky Mental Health Care, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Kentucky Mental Health Care
Psychiatrist, MD, Psc
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40214
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
(502) 306-0871 View (502) 306-0871
Photo of Katie Gogel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Katie Gogel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218  (Online Only)
I have climbed the healthcare ladder. I have been a CNA, LPN, ASN-RN, BSN-RN, and finally MSN- FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). I have worked in healthcare for the last 13 years all the while being a full-time student for 8 of those years. I am often told that I am the first person that listened to them. I strive for that experience with all of my patients.
I have climbed the healthcare ladder. I have been a CNA, LPN, ASN-RN, BSN-RN, and finally MSN- FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). I have worked in healthcare for the last 13 years all the while being a full-time student for 8 of those years. I am often told that I am the first person that listened to them. I strive for that experience with all of my patients.
(502) 771-8517 View (502) 771-8517
Photo of Shana Cassady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, KY
Shana Cassady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an individual who struggles with coping with emotions and navigating stressors in daily life. These stressors may be related to work, relationships, lack of focus, or major life transitions such as the loss of loved one, grief, or chronic illness. My ideal client has identified their need for support and recognizes the value of overall health and wellness. We work together to set attainable goals focusing on mind and body. I offer a safe and comfortable environment where laughter is encouraged and sometimes follow tears.
My ideal client is an individual who struggles with coping with emotions and navigating stressors in daily life. These stressors may be related to work, relationships, lack of focus, or major life transitions such as the loss of loved one, grief, or chronic illness. My ideal client has identified their need for support and recognizes the value of overall health and wellness. We work together to set attainable goals focusing on mind and body. I offer a safe and comfortable environment where laughter is encouraged and sometimes follow tears.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
Photo of Denise Epperson, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, KY
Denise Epperson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Dr. Denise Epperson is a Psychiatrist in Kentucky who has been practicing since 1990. She graduated Louisville School Of Medicine and completed her residency there as well. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and completed U. S. Army Officer Candidate School. Dr. Epperson tries to understand the unique situation of each patient. She has a strong medical background and attempts to address the "whole" patient and its impacts on their mental health needs. Outside of work, Dr. Epperson is an animal lover and farmer.
Dr. Denise Epperson is a Psychiatrist in Kentucky who has been practicing since 1990. She graduated Louisville School Of Medicine and completed her residency there as well. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and completed U. S. Army Officer Candidate School. Dr. Epperson tries to understand the unique situation of each patient. She has a strong medical background and attempts to address the "whole" patient and its impacts on their mental health needs. Outside of work, Dr. Epperson is an animal lover and farmer.
(502) 251-8981 View (502) 251-8981

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, KY

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, KY who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
79% Medication Management
78% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% ADHD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, KY see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jefferson 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.