Psychiatrists in Allen Park, MI

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Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Allen Park, MI 48101
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
(734) 802-1997 View (734) 802-1997
Photo of Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Allen Park, MI
Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allen Park, MI 48101
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(248) 453-7513 View (248) 453-7513

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Photo of Lindsay Rose Dunstan, Psychiatrist in Allen Park, MI
Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
(313) 456-9932 View (313) 456-9932
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Patricia Frances Yourchock-Orr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH CNS
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
I work with individuals who have anxiety depression and have had treatment for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder or substance abuse
I work with individuals who have anxiety depression and have had treatment for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder or substance abuse
(734) 838-5031 View (734) 838-5031
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Lindsay Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
(734) 849-4654 View (734) 849-4654
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
(734) 808-3570 View (734) 808-3570
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(406) 282-8320 View (406) 282-8320
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Mosaic Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48228
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
(281) 524-2184 View (281) 524-2184
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Zain Choudhry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
(734) 428-3884 View (734) 428-3884
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Falon (Simpson) Pollifrone
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Inkster, MI 48141
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
(734) 245-8875 View (734) 245-8875
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New Oakland Family Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Southgate, MI 48195
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
(800) 393-3223 View (800) 393-3223
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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48185
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
(734) 336-1900 View (734) 336-1900
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Detroit Recovery Project
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48208
Dr. Atul C. Shah, MD is a Practicing and Licensed Physician in the Metro-Detroit area as psychiatrist and general practitioner, serving a diverse range of patients with compassion, respect, and dignity. Dr. Shah has evaluated and treated patients in his practice for over 30 years both in Michigan as well as India.
Dr. Atul C. Shah, MD is a Practicing and Licensed Physician in the Metro-Detroit area as psychiatrist and general practitioner, serving a diverse range of patients with compassion, respect, and dignity. Dr. Shah has evaluated and treated patients in his practice for over 30 years both in Michigan as well as India.
(313) 324-8900 View (313) 324-8900
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Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(734) 205-1713 View (734) 205-1713
Photo of Taylor Hennrick, Physician Assistant in Allen Park, MI
Taylor Hennrick
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
(734) 442-2750 View (734) 442-2750
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48226
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (248) 422-0035 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (248) 422-0035 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(248) 422-0035 View (248) 422-0035
Photo of Angela Goodson, Psychiatrist in Allen Park, MI
Angela Goodson
Psychiatrist, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
(734) 396-8954 View (734) 396-8954
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Shanta Nicole Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, C
Verified Verified
Brownstown, MI 48134  (Online Only)
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
(947) 208-4181 View (947) 208-4181
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Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48124  (Online Only)
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
(248) 218-9429 View (248) 218-9429
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Joyweena Glaser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48204  (Online Only)
Hello there, I approach mental health with a warm and understanding perspective, focusing on you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Together, we'll dive into the root causes of your concerns, exploring what truly matters to you. I have a strong background in psychiatric nursing, with years of experience in helping individuals facing various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. I'm here to provide you with expert guidance and support. Additionally, I specialize in medication management, ensuring that your treatment is both balanced and effective.
Hello there, I approach mental health with a warm and understanding perspective, focusing on you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Together, we'll dive into the root causes of your concerns, exploring what truly matters to you. I have a strong background in psychiatric nursing, with years of experience in helping individuals facing various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. I'm here to provide you with expert guidance and support. Additionally, I specialize in medication management, ensuring that your treatment is both balanced and effective.
(989) 656-5890 View (989) 656-5890

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Number of Psychiatrists in Allen Park, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Allen Park, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Allen Park, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Allen Park?

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.