Psychiatrists in Smiths Grove, KY

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Melanie Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smiths Grove, KY 42171  (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

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Sarah Parsons
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Waitlist for new clients
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
(502) 383-5942 View (502) 383-5942
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Kayla Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my approach is grounded in empathy and compassion, guiding every interaction and decision. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, I am committed to providing personalized care that honors the unique experiences and needs of each individual. My passion for promoting mental wellness drives me to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can explore their challenges, strengths, and aspirations.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my approach is grounded in empathy and compassion, guiding every interaction and decision. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, I am committed to providing personalized care that honors the unique experiences and needs of each individual. My passion for promoting mental wellness drives me to create a safe and supportive space where individuals can explore their challenges, strengths, and aspirations.
(270) 518-0907 View (270) 518-0907
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Dawn Glowatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (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.
(859) 374-3430 View (859) 374-3430
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David Njong Chindo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Dr. Chindo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has over 5 years of experience working with individuals with various mental health disorders, across the lifespan and with diverse groups of people. Dr. Chindo diagnose, treat, manage, and prescribe medications to treat various mental health disorders to include anxiety, depression and PTSD. His approach to psychiatric treatment combines therapeutic feedback coupled with the use of medication management to enable individuals to function at the best of their ability. "I believe in the “wholeness” of a person, and that laughter/happiness is always one of
Dr. Chindo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has over 5 years of experience working with individuals with various mental health disorders, across the lifespan and with diverse groups of people. Dr. Chindo diagnose, treat, manage, and prescribe medications to treat various mental health disorders to include anxiety, depression and PTSD. His approach to psychiatric treatment combines therapeutic feedback coupled with the use of medication management to enable individuals to function at the best of their ability. "I believe in the “wholeness” of a person, and that laughter/happiness is always one of
(859) 710-1157 View (859) 710-1157
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Adam Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
(859) 762-6667 View (859) 762-6667
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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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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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Kim Vilt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
(502) 673-1612 View (502) 673-1612
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Kurt Kristiansen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Schedule now through www.leafytreepsychiatry.com. Dr. Kristiansen has seen a wide variety of patients as both a critical care nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, and that experience enables him to provide comprehensive care and treatment to patients. He understands that mental health struggles can be just as serious as a physical injury, and he desires to help each and every one of his patients overcome their difficulties. He is a compassionate, understanding, and sensitive listener who is dedicated to finding solutions which will help patients live healthy, happy lives.
Schedule now through www.leafytreepsychiatry.com. Dr. Kristiansen has seen a wide variety of patients as both a critical care nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, and that experience enables him to provide comprehensive care and treatment to patients. He understands that mental health struggles can be just as serious as a physical injury, and he desires to help each and every one of his patients overcome their difficulties. He is a compassionate, understanding, and sensitive listener who is dedicated to finding solutions which will help patients live healthy, happy lives.
(502) 281-0323 View (502) 281-0323
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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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Donna Joy Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenville, KY 42345  (Online Only)
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 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 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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Miranda Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40229  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Miranda, a dedicated Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric care across the lifespan. With a deep-rooted passion for understanding the impacts of untreated childhood trauma on adult patients, my research has illuminated how conditions like addiction, depression, and even autoimmune disorders can be profoundly influenced by early experiences. I am committed to helping clients uncover the most effective treatments and medications tailored to their needs, empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and live their best lives. Let’s work together to navigate your journey towards healing and wellness.
Hello, I’m Miranda, a dedicated Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric care across the lifespan. With a deep-rooted passion for understanding the impacts of untreated childhood trauma on adult patients, my research has illuminated how conditions like addiction, depression, and even autoimmune disorders can be profoundly influenced by early experiences. I am committed to helping clients uncover the most effective treatments and medications tailored to their needs, empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and live their best lives. Let’s work together to navigate your journey towards healing and wellness.
(502) 699-3633 View (502) 699-3633
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Laura Quesenberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
Laura is board-certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive experience in the field of neurology as well as assessing, diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health issues using evidence-based methods. She is passionate about fostering a welcoming and accepting environment. She believes in collaborating closely with each patient and understanding their unique situation in order to help each person attain their optimal level of health.
Laura is board-certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive experience in the field of neurology as well as assessing, diagnosing and treating a variety of mental health issues using evidence-based methods. She is passionate about fostering a welcoming and accepting environment. She believes in collaborating closely with each patient and understanding their unique situation in order to help each person attain their optimal level of health.
(502) 427-0586 View (502) 427-0586
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Sarah Schirmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
I work with people who encounter frequent, strong emotions that they experience as problematic and then find themselves avoiding the life they want to live. My patients may struggle with intense anxiety and worry, distressing depression, or problems with focus, concentration, and productivity. We work together to remind you of your strengths, values, and goals and create a holistic plan that works for you. Instead of avoiding your life, you will learn to accept and tolerate your emotions and get back to doing the things that are meaningful for you.
I work with people who encounter frequent, strong emotions that they experience as problematic and then find themselves avoiding the life they want to live. My patients may struggle with intense anxiety and worry, distressing depression, or problems with focus, concentration, and productivity. We work together to remind you of your strengths, values, and goals and create a holistic plan that works for you. Instead of avoiding your life, you will learn to accept and tolerate your emotions and get back to doing the things that are meaningful for you.
(502) 237-1376 View (502) 237-1376
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202
I'm Lacy Pippin, a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving patients in Illinois and Kentucky. With over 6 years of experience in psychiatric-mental health and substance use settings, I specialize in treating various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Trauma, and Grief. My approach focuses on patient-centered care, empowering individuals to actively participate in their treatment journey. Together, we navigate the process of mental health, fostering understanding and healing.
I'm Lacy Pippin, a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving patients in Illinois and Kentucky. With over 6 years of experience in psychiatric-mental health and substance use settings, I specialize in treating various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Trauma, and Grief. My approach focuses on patient-centered care, empowering individuals to actively participate in their treatment journey. Together, we navigate the process of mental health, fostering understanding and healing.
(502) 369-0116 View (502) 369-0116
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Kentucky Psychiatry Louisville
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40204
I am open to caring for most all patients with most all diagnoses. I, in particularly enjoy treating patients with TRAUMA and PTSD, Attention Deficit and Obsessive Compulsive disorders. I am very skilled, experienced, and capable of treating these and other common mental health issues like anxiety and depression, as well as personality disorders like bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know needs assistance in living and dealing with these types of issues I can certainly help you on the road to a better life.
I am open to caring for most all patients with most all diagnoses. I, in particularly enjoy treating patients with TRAUMA and PTSD, Attention Deficit and Obsessive Compulsive disorders. I am very skilled, experienced, and capable of treating these and other common mental health issues like anxiety and depression, as well as personality disorders like bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know needs assistance in living and dealing with these types of issues I can certainly help you on the road to a better life.
(502) 427-6326 View (502) 427-6326
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Talesha Leachman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40229  (Online Only)
Currently accepting clients all over Kentuckiana! Hello, I'm TaLesha, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and co-owner of Better You Behavioral Health Services. I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals navigating mental well-being complexities. With a deep understanding of mind-body interconnectedness, I create a safe, nurturing environment where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered on their healing journey. My approach is evidence-based and respects each individual's unique experience.
Currently accepting clients all over Kentuckiana! Hello, I'm TaLesha, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and co-owner of Better You Behavioral Health Services. I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to individuals navigating mental well-being complexities. With a deep understanding of mind-body interconnectedness, I create a safe, nurturing environment where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered on their healing journey. My approach is evidence-based and respects each individual's unique experience.
(502) 503-5215 View (502) 503-5215
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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
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Erin Whitehouse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40217  (Online Only)
I find empathy and unconditional positive regard to be healing in and of itself; however, I also understand the value of clinical training and learning to implement interventions according to my client’s needs.
I find empathy and unconditional positive regard to be healing in and of itself; however, I also understand the value of clinical training and learning to implement interventions according to my client’s needs.
(502) 317-8622 View (502) 317-8622

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Number of Psychiatrists in Smiths Grove, KY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Smiths Grove, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Anger Management
100% Autism
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Smiths Grove, KY see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Smiths Grove?

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.