Psychiatrists in Denham Springs, LA

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Ashlyn Crosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Book appointments directly at www.louisianapsych.com . Accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance only. All other patients will be considered private pay. Conditions we treat include anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, bipolar and PTSD. See our website for details on ADHD testing. Medication management may include starting new medications or making adjustments to current medications as indicated. We look forward to meeting you.
Book appointments directly at www.louisianapsych.com . Accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance only. All other patients will be considered private pay. Conditions we treat include anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, bipolar and PTSD. See our website for details on ADHD testing. Medication management may include starting new medications or making adjustments to current medications as indicated. We look forward to meeting you.
(225) 230-2736 View (225) 230-2736
Photo of Felicia Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denham Springs, LA
Felicia Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Denham Springs, LA 70726  (Online Only)
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
(337) 242-7322 View (337) 242-7322
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Denham Springs, LA
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denham Springs, LA 70726  (Online Only)
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Danielle Marie Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Denham Springs, LA 70726  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(551) 356-8242 View (551) 356-8242
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Brittany Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). She graduated with her BSN in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She gained her experience as a RN in a variety of settings including mental health. She later earned her DNP as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) in 2019.
Brittany Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). She graduated with her BSN in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She gained her experience as a RN in a variety of settings including mental health. She later earned her DNP as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) in 2019.
(225) 777-6929 View (225) 777-6929
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Gulf Coast Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denham Springs, LA 70726
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide specialized care for various mental health challenges. With expertise in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, therapy interventions, and medication management. My services are tailored to meet your unique needs, fostering a nurturing and empathetic environment where your
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide specialized care for various mental health challenges. With expertise in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, therapy interventions, and medication management. My services are tailored to meet your unique needs, fostering a nurturing and empathetic environment where your
(225) 443-3641 View (225) 443-3641
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Crystal Hebert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Denham Springs, LA 70726  (Online Only)
Crystal Hebert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Baton Rouge Louisiana. She provides an integrative mental health perspective and has experience caring for a wide range of diagnoses across the lifespan. Crystal earned her Bachelors of science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Masters in Nursing from Univeristy Of South Alabama. She has over 13 years of combined nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Crystal enjoys working with neuro-divergent adolescents and young adults and serves as a guide in navigating obstacles,
Crystal Hebert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Baton Rouge Louisiana. She provides an integrative mental health perspective and has experience caring for a wide range of diagnoses across the lifespan. Crystal earned her Bachelors of science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Masters in Nursing from Univeristy Of South Alabama. She has over 13 years of combined nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Crystal enjoys working with neuro-divergent adolescents and young adults and serves as a guide in navigating obstacles,
(225) 535-8883 View (225) 535-8883

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Integrity Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70827  (Online Only)
Integrity Mental Health Services has a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. We specialize in psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Safe and effective care is achieved collaboratively between the patient and the psychiatric nurse practitioner. ****Controlled substance are monitored and prescribed upon the providers discretion.**** We are offering TELEHEALTH only.
Integrity Mental Health Services has a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. We specialize in psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Safe and effective care is achieved collaboratively between the patient and the psychiatric nurse practitioner. ****Controlled substance are monitored and prescribed upon the providers discretion.**** We are offering TELEHEALTH only.
(225) 240-4750 View (225) 240-4750
Photo of Dr. Shantell Jackson-Burns, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denham Springs, LA
Dr. Shantell Jackson-Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Dr. Burns is a doctoral-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management and office based medication assisted treatment services. By offering evidence-based, patient-centered services, Dr. Burns strives to help patients reach their optimal state of mental wellness.
Dr. Burns is a doctoral-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management and office based medication assisted treatment services. By offering evidence-based, patient-centered services, Dr. Burns strives to help patients reach their optimal state of mental wellness.
(225) 402-2299 View (225) 402-2299
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Kellie Newman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
I am a New Orleans native providing mental health care to the greater New Orleans area for ages 18 and older. I am a masters prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and graduated from Nicholls State University. I have 12 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and am passionate about increasing access to mental health care. I can effectively communicate with patients through empathy and care. This combined with evidence-based guidelines for treating mental health disorders, allows for a patient-centered approach to care.
I am a New Orleans native providing mental health care to the greater New Orleans area for ages 18 and older. I am a masters prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and graduated from Nicholls State University. I have 12 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and am passionate about increasing access to mental health care. I can effectively communicate with patients through empathy and care. This combined with evidence-based guidelines for treating mental health disorders, allows for a patient-centered approach to care.
(504) 608-6292 View (504) 608-6292
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PTI
Psychiatrist, MD, DO, MP, LCSW, LPC
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
PTI is a regional mental healthcare system headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. PTI was founded in 2012 with a vision to impact the lives of staff, patients, and the communities we live in. We employ psychiatrist, psychologist, and therapist to ensure our patients have the best opportunity to live life on their own terms. We do this through in office and virtual encounters with our clinical and medical team. Virtual Psych Network (VPN™) is a HIPPA secure platform that allows patients to see their doctor from the location of their convenience.
PTI is a regional mental healthcare system headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. PTI was founded in 2012 with a vision to impact the lives of staff, patients, and the communities we live in. We employ psychiatrist, psychologist, and therapist to ensure our patients have the best opportunity to live life on their own terms. We do this through in office and virtual encounters with our clinical and medical team. Virtual Psych Network (VPN™) is a HIPPA secure platform that allows patients to see their doctor from the location of their convenience.
(225) 319-9654 View (225) 319-9654
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Tori Richard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Tori Richard and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and support for a variety of emotional and psychiatric illnesses. I believe that every individual deserves timely access to health care- new patients can typically be seen within 1 to 2 weeks! My goal is to provide high quality mental health care in a stigma free environment, while helping my patients become the best version of themselves and overall improving their quality of life!
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Tori Richard and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and support for a variety of emotional and psychiatric illnesses. I believe that every individual deserves timely access to health care- new patients can typically be seen within 1 to 2 weeks! My goal is to provide high quality mental health care in a stigma free environment, while helping my patients become the best version of themselves and overall improving their quality of life!
(337) 492-0961 View (337) 492-0961
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Integrated Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
I treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, such as Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. I like to work at problems from various angles, which often includes working with patients to assess and treat their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social issues.
I treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, such as Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. I like to work at problems from various angles, which often includes working with patients to assess and treat their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social issues.
(504) 322-3837 View (504) 322-3837
Photo of Aldo Mejia, Psychiatrist in Denham Springs, LA
Aldo Mejia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Dr. Mejia has comprehensive experience in diagnosing and treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety & panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, stress-induced adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adult ADD/ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a bilingual Spanish-speaking physician who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual patient needs, including attention to each patient's personal history and their particular concerns about, or fears of, medications. He approaches each client with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient's own sense of comfort and trust.
Dr. Mejia has comprehensive experience in diagnosing and treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety & panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, stress-induced adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adult ADD/ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a bilingual Spanish-speaking physician who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual patient needs, including attention to each patient's personal history and their particular concerns about, or fears of, medications. He approaches each client with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient's own sense of comfort and trust.
(504) 322-3837 View (504) 322-3837
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Serenity Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70827  (Online Only)
Serenity Mental Health Services provides telehealth/virtual mental health consultations to individuals across Louisiana. Specializing in medication management, our services cater to patients aged 8 and above facing emotional or behavioral challenges. We welcome individuals seeking evaluation and medical treatment for psychiatric disorders. It's important to note that we do not typically prescribe benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.).
Serenity Mental Health Services provides telehealth/virtual mental health consultations to individuals across Louisiana. Specializing in medication management, our services cater to patients aged 8 and above facing emotional or behavioral challenges. We welcome individuals seeking evaluation and medical treatment for psychiatric disorders. It's important to note that we do not typically prescribe benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.).
(225) 314-6906 View (225) 314-6906
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Integrated Behavioral Health-Baton Rouge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, LPC-S, LCSW, LPC
Not Verified Not Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70818
This location is currently accepting patients ages 5 and older for general psychiatry and therapy both in person and virtually. At IBH we are a multidisciplinary team focused on providing comprehensive care to patients ages 5 and older. Our Baton Rouge team includes Blaine Grice, PMHNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner-In Person and telehealth appointments available in Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Casey Sommers, LPC-S (Associate Clinical Director), Elizabeth Standifer LCSW, Daja Williams, M.S., LPC. Our other location is on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Please call today or contact us on our website, www.ibhpsych.com
This location is currently accepting patients ages 5 and older for general psychiatry and therapy both in person and virtually. At IBH we are a multidisciplinary team focused on providing comprehensive care to patients ages 5 and older. Our Baton Rouge team includes Blaine Grice, PMHNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner-In Person and telehealth appointments available in Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Casey Sommers, LPC-S (Associate Clinical Director), Elizabeth Standifer LCSW, Daja Williams, M.S., LPC. Our other location is on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Please call today or contact us on our website, www.ibhpsych.com
(225) 424-1822 View (225) 424-1822
Photo of Morgan Feibelman, Psychiatrist in Denham Springs, LA
Morgan Feibelman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Dr. Feibelman is board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He approaches each patient as an individual with a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to the present problem. In a nurturing way that respects each person's individuality, he carefully evaluates and discusses treatment approaches with patients, including pharmacological approaches and psychotherapeutic approaches.
Dr. Feibelman is board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He approaches each patient as an individual with a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to the present problem. In a nurturing way that respects each person's individuality, he carefully evaluates and discusses treatment approaches with patients, including pharmacological approaches and psychotherapeutic approaches.
(504) 322-3837 View (504) 322-3837
Photo of Tunya Jack, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denham Springs, LA
Tunya Jack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Life has its ups and downs, and sometimes we may feel like things will not improve or consider choosing the option of giving up. Some life experiences may have you feeling unworthy, disconnected, or extremely drained. Those symptoms could inhibit the development of healthy relationships and prevent you from functioning at your highest potential. I am pleased to inform you that help is available and easily accessible through telehealth services. I am capable and willing to establish a trustworthy rapport with you that enhances your life.
Life has its ups and downs, and sometimes we may feel like things will not improve or consider choosing the option of giving up. Some life experiences may have you feeling unworthy, disconnected, or extremely drained. Those symptoms could inhibit the development of healthy relationships and prevent you from functioning at your highest potential. I am pleased to inform you that help is available and easily accessible through telehealth services. I am capable and willing to establish a trustworthy rapport with you that enhances your life.
(225) 460-4250 View (225) 460-4250
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70816  (Online Only)
I am New York transplant who received his Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah Georgia and then went on to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain University. I am nationally board certified in Psychiatric/Mental/Behavioral medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency medicine. I practice in 3 locations Baton Rouge, Metairie and the Prairieville Office. I believe that mental health is the foundation for physical health. Working as a team with the other medical providers, I want to help patients build that strong foundation.
I am New York transplant who received his Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah Georgia and then went on to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain University. I am nationally board certified in Psychiatric/Mental/Behavioral medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency medicine. I practice in 3 locations Baton Rouge, Metairie and the Prairieville Office. I believe that mental health is the foundation for physical health. Working as a team with the other medical providers, I want to help patients build that strong foundation.
(225) 425-8039 View (225) 425-8039
Photo of Always Hope LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Denham Springs, LA
Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70816  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. I see clients at 3 locations - Prairieville, Baton Rouge and our Metairie location.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. I see clients at 3 locations - Prairieville, Baton Rouge and our Metairie location.
(225) 434-3788 View (225) 434-3788

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Number of Psychiatrists in Denham Springs, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Denham Springs, LA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Suicidal Ideation
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Denham Springs, LA see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Denham Springs?

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.