Psychiatrists in Livingston Parish, LA

Photo of Felicia Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, 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 Ashlyn Crosby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
Ashlyn Crosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
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 Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Livingston Parish, 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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Photo of Always Hope LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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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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Gulf Coast Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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
Photo of Crystal Hebert, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Always Hope LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
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
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Mary Braud Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70130
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com to learn more about my services.
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com to learn more about my services.
(504) 233-6855 View (504) 233-6855
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Royal Health & Wellness Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
(337) 202-2513 View (337) 202-2513
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Savannah Holloway Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Covington, LA 70433
I am passionate about providing thorough, evidence-based psychiatric care to the community in which I live and work. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management to my patients. For more info about me, please visit www.drsavannahpatel.com
I am passionate about providing thorough, evidence-based psychiatric care to the community in which I live and work. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management to my patients. For more info about me, please visit www.drsavannahpatel.com
(985) 412-7013 View (985) 412-7013
Photo of Tunya Jack, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, 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
Photo of Amber Parden, Psychiatrist in Livingston Parish, LA
Amber Parden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
I am currently accepting adult female patients. I have been working with women, particularly in the midst of big life changes that may introduce challenging feelings and emotions that often do not make sense. I focus on helping navigate the understanding, learning and healing from these challenges in order to feel well and live a whole, fulfilled life. As a psychiatrist, I have an approach that is atypical, focusing more on skills and healing the self rather than heavy reliance on medications. I do believe that psychiatric medications can play a role in the healing journey in some cases, however, this is not often my focus.
I am currently accepting adult female patients. I have been working with women, particularly in the midst of big life changes that may introduce challenging feelings and emotions that often do not make sense. I focus on helping navigate the understanding, learning and healing from these challenges in order to feel well and live a whole, fulfilled life. As a psychiatrist, I have an approach that is atypical, focusing more on skills and healing the self rather than heavy reliance on medications. I do believe that psychiatric medications can play a role in the healing journey in some cases, however, this is not often my focus.
(225) 256-2201 View (225) 256-2201
Photo of Katherine Perkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
Katherine Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
I understand that life can become overwhelming when our mental health is suffering. I also understand that when our mental health is not optimal it can be hard to navigate life. It can affect many areas of our lives including our relationships, employment, sleep and appetite. I believe in treating every patient with dignity and respect, and meeting them where they are. I also believe that listening to our patient's needs is an essential element in developing their personalized treatment plan.
I understand that life can become overwhelming when our mental health is suffering. I also understand that when our mental health is not optimal it can be hard to navigate life. It can affect many areas of our lives including our relationships, employment, sleep and appetite. I believe in treating every patient with dignity and respect, and meeting them where they are. I also believe that listening to our patient's needs is an essential element in developing their personalized treatment plan.
(225) 376-2128 View (225) 376-2128
Photo of Kara M. Brown, Psychiatrist in Livingston Parish, LA
Kara M. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
(504) 327-9628 View (504) 327-9628
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Livingston Parish, LA
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70501
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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Photo of Kayla N. Watson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
Kayla N. Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Slidell, LA 70458  (Online Only)
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it is often neglected. My goal is to help you get back to your level of normal, bringing out the best version of you.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it is often neglected. My goal is to help you get back to your level of normal, bringing out the best version of you.
(504) 414-7146 View (504) 414-7146
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Lumel Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70806  (Online Only)
Welcome to Lumel Mental Health. We see patients in Louisiana, Iowa and Arizona. I'm Funmi, a doctoral-prepared, licensed, and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I strongly advocate for the connection between mind and body, utilizing evidence-based methods to address my patients' needs and improve their overall well-being. At Lumel, we welcome clients of all ages who are ready to actively enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Welcome to Lumel Mental Health. We see patients in Louisiana, Iowa and Arizona. I'm Funmi, a doctoral-prepared, licensed, and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I strongly advocate for the connection between mind and body, utilizing evidence-based methods to address my patients' needs and improve their overall well-being. At Lumel, we welcome clients of all ages who are ready to actively enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
(225) 307-4365 View (225) 307-4365
Photo of Kayla Seals, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston Parish, LA
Kayla Seals
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70115
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management for adolescents and adults with a range of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. My approach is compassionate and collaborative, and I strive to build trust and develop authentic relationships with my patients. Most importantly, I am a results-driven clinician. I incorporate the latest evidence-based research into my practice to ensure that you receive the most effective care.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management for adolescents and adults with a range of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. My approach is compassionate and collaborative, and I strive to build trust and develop authentic relationships with my patients. Most importantly, I am a results-driven clinician. I incorporate the latest evidence-based research into my practice to ensure that you receive the most effective care.
(504) 910-7372 View (504) 910-7372
Photo of Alison D Mitchell, Psychiatrist in Livingston Parish, LA
Alison D Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
(225) 209-9351 View (225) 209-9351

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Number of Psychiatrists in Livingston Parish, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Livingston Parish, 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 Livingston Parish, 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 Livingston Parish?

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.