Psychiatrists in Owensboro, KY

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Crescent Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42303
My name is Brence Brooks, and I work as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management services to individuals with psychiatric needs who have struggled to cope on their own or through therapy alone. I value my relationship with my patients. Despite the value I hold on these relationships, I place higher precedence on your quality of life outside the visit itself. If able to positively impact that portion of your life, I have done my job effectively.
My name is Brence Brooks, and I work as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management services to individuals with psychiatric needs who have struggled to cope on their own or through therapy alone. I value my relationship with my patients. Despite the value I hold on these relationships, I place higher precedence on your quality of life outside the visit itself. If able to positively impact that portion of your life, I have done my job effectively.
(270) 200-5813 View (270) 200-5813
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Dr. Reisha Lynn Caudill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301  (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
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Autumn Shutt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301
Autumn Shutt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and offers medication management for adults and adolescents ages 14 and older. 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. 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
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Katie Berghausen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owensboro, KY 42301
*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
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Stephanie Sweeny, Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owensboro, KY 42302  (Online Only)
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
(859) 549-7048 View (859) 549-7048
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Hagan Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301
Generally speaking, and before we talk about you, just let me say that I am here to help. It can be intimidating to think about meeting a psychiatrist for the first time, and I understand that. In fact, I know that some people might find me intimidating, particularly after reading my bio, but I really want to be seen as that kind and gracious doctor who wants to help you. My style as a psychiatrist is to inform you and discuss options while respecting your right to make the decisions that are best for you. Nothing is decided about treatment without your full agreement. Sometimes I will tell a patient that “you are the captain
Generally speaking, and before we talk about you, just let me say that I am here to help. It can be intimidating to think about meeting a psychiatrist for the first time, and I understand that. In fact, I know that some people might find me intimidating, particularly after reading my bio, but I really want to be seen as that kind and gracious doctor who wants to help you. My style as a psychiatrist is to inform you and discuss options while respecting your right to make the decisions that are best for you. Nothing is decided about treatment without your full agreement. Sometimes I will tell a patient that “you are the captain
(502) 547-8486 View (502) 547-8486
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301  (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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Donna Joy Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301
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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Wendi S Brandon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42301
Wendi Brandon is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and offers psychiatric medication management for clients across the lifespan. She follows an evidence based and holistic approach to wellness by reviewing client’s medical and family history, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress management. She specializes in individualized treatment plan development in collaboration with the client and mental health team. Her goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, client-centered space for patients to reach optimum mind, body, and spiritual wellbeing.
Wendi Brandon is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and offers psychiatric medication management for clients across the lifespan. She follows an evidence based and holistic approach to wellness by reviewing client’s medical and family history, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress management. She specializes in individualized treatment plan development in collaboration with the client and mental health team. Her goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental, client-centered space for patients to reach optimum mind, body, and spiritual wellbeing.
(270) 713-3945 View (270) 713-3945
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Virtual Consult MD Kentucky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 449-0568 View (270) 449-0568

Online Psychiatrists

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Family Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paducah, KY 42003
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do for yourself is to take control of your happiness." Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing me. I listen to you and partner with you to restore you to your healthy place. I am a prescriber, but I am not a pill pusher. I used state-of-the-art clinical research to guide my recommendations to you. If you are looking for a REAL solution to heal your mind, body, and soul, look no further. Contact Family Psychiatric Services for psychiatric evaluations for bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery, or immigration.
(270) 557-7410 View (270) 557-7410
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Teresa Ament
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Teresa "Terre" Ament, APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Terre believes that people respond positively to unconditional acceptance, active listening, and gentle encouragement. She incorporates these skills into every patient visit.
Teresa "Terre" Ament, APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Terre believes that people respond positively to unconditional acceptance, active listening, and gentle encouragement. She incorporates these skills into every patient visit.
(502) 547-7877 View (502) 547-7877
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William Nunley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40217
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst serving OR and KY. I work primarily with mental health professionals, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and people in transition in their personal or professional identity. Most people begin therapy with me to improve their mood, sleep, or a more general sense of deep suffering. I can help understand patterns of distressing conflicts in one or more areas of your life such that you feel less isolated by intense emotions and build anew patterns in relating.
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst serving OR and KY. I work primarily with mental health professionals, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and people in transition in their personal or professional identity. Most people begin therapy with me to improve their mood, sleep, or a more general sense of deep suffering. I can help understand patterns of distressing conflicts in one or more areas of your life such that you feel less isolated by intense emotions and build anew patterns in relating.
(502) 547-7843 View (502) 547-7843
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Brian T Briscoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
(502) 289-0649 View (502) 289-0649
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Kimberly Mosley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
Management of mental health issues has three components: you, your therapist, and your PMHNP. There is no one component that is better than the next. Mental health care is an ongoing treatment that relies on positive intentions and manifestations. The combined work of the client (you), therapist, and medication provider (PMHNP), allows the client to reach the goal of being the best version he/she can be.
Management of mental health issues has three components: you, your therapist, and your PMHNP. There is no one component that is better than the next. Mental health care is an ongoing treatment that relies on positive intentions and manifestations. The combined work of the client (you), therapist, and medication provider (PMHNP), allows the client to reach the goal of being the best version he/she can be.
(502) 677-3782 View (502) 677-3782
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Lisa Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40299
Accepting new clients: Dr. Lisa Green holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). As a Nurse Practitioner, she offers comprehensive evaluations and assessments. She provides holistic and traditional services to help empower clients on their healing journey from anxiety, depression and trauma. She values a collaborative and personalized approach that considers each client's unique preferences including the integration of various modalities to support each individual's mental health and well-being.
Accepting new clients: Dr. Lisa Green holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). As a Nurse Practitioner, she offers comprehensive evaluations and assessments. She provides holistic and traditional services to help empower clients on their healing journey from anxiety, depression and trauma. She values a collaborative and personalized approach that considers each client's unique preferences including the integration of various modalities to support each individual's mental health and well-being.
(502) 743-4871 View (502) 743-4871
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Elizabeth Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
(502) 673-1320 View (502) 673-1320
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Barbara Jean Holbrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40220  (Online Only)
I graduated with my Associate's degree in 2010. Prior to obtaining my nurse practitioner license in 2020 I spent most of my nursing career working in the mental health field. I have worked in acute crisis settings, outpatient settings, inpatient settings and with populations that include: severely mentally ill, forensics, dual diagnostic, substance abuse, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. This experience has been invaluable to me in my role as a provider, enabling me to interact comfortably with individuals of all ages and needs. Through compassionate, genuine care I build trusting relationships with my clients.
I graduated with my Associate's degree in 2010. Prior to obtaining my nurse practitioner license in 2020 I spent most of my nursing career working in the mental health field. I have worked in acute crisis settings, outpatient settings, inpatient settings and with populations that include: severely mentally ill, forensics, dual diagnostic, substance abuse, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. This experience has been invaluable to me in my role as a provider, enabling me to interact comfortably with individuals of all ages and needs. Through compassionate, genuine care I build trusting relationships with my clients.
(859) 470-3335 View (859) 470-3335
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Kimberly Ann Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B, C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
ACCEPTING new patients!! We offer TELEMEDICINE appointments. Call or email to schedule your appointment. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help, we are here for you. Our program offers a variety of services delivered with kindness and empathy.. We believe in positive behavioral health and improving your quality of life by evaluating, treating and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We offer individual counseling along with medication assisted treatment. The first step to recovery is to call for an appointment.
(234) 256-3309 View (234) 256-3309
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Summyji Groom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40202
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
(502) 673-1568 View (502) 673-1568

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Owensboro, KY

10+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Owensboro, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% ADHD
94% Trauma and PTSD
94% Medication Management
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Owensboro, KY see their clients

56% Online Only
44% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

61% Male
39% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Owensboro?

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.