Psychiatrists in Ann Arbor, MI

Photo of Dr. Dennis Lin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Dennis Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
(734) 390-4853 View (734) 390-4853
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Robert Francis Slattery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
I am a licensed MD and psychiatrist in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a special interest in Jungian psychotherapy. Services offered include psychotherapy, psychiatric diagnosis, and treatment. With more than 30 years in private practice, I have worked with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities who are faced with serious challenges or just looking to live life in a better way, do the things they want to do and enjoy life more.
I am a licensed MD and psychiatrist in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a special interest in Jungian psychotherapy. Services offered include psychotherapy, psychiatric diagnosis, and treatment. With more than 30 years in private practice, I have worked with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities who are faced with serious challenges or just looking to live life in a better way, do the things they want to do and enjoy life more.
(734) 224-5347 View (734) 224-5347
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Steven L. Gotlib MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
(734) 931-6688 View (734) 931-6688
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Norman Emil Alessi
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
(734) 807-4446 View (734) 807-4446
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults from all walks of life. She holds an MD from the University of Michigan, where she also completed specialty training in psychiatry. Leveraging her broad clinical experience, she provides high-quality, personalized treatment for psychiatric concerns including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. With a compassionate approach, Dr. Phan-Huy integrates medication management with specialized psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. This comprehensive approach provides a foundation for sustained healing and long-term well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults from all walks of life. She holds an MD from the University of Michigan, where she also completed specialty training in psychiatry. Leveraging her broad clinical experience, she provides high-quality, personalized treatment for psychiatric concerns including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. With a compassionate approach, Dr. Phan-Huy integrates medication management with specialized psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. This comprehensive approach provides a foundation for sustained healing and long-term well-being.
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Gloria Egeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
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Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Photo of Theresa Gattari, Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, MI
Theresa Gattari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Please visit my website at theresagattarimd.com to learn more and submit an inquiry form. I will respond in 1-2 business days. I’m Dr. Theresa Gattari, a University of Michigan trained, board-certified integrative psychiatrist, passionate about caring for the whole person. I specialize in women's mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. As an integrative psychiatrist, I consider the way your physical health, lifestyle, relationships and environment may be contributing to symptoms. I use a holistic treatment approach to help you go beyond symptom reduction and thrive in your life.
Please visit my website at theresagattarimd.com to learn more and submit an inquiry form. I will respond in 1-2 business days. I’m Dr. Theresa Gattari, a University of Michigan trained, board-certified integrative psychiatrist, passionate about caring for the whole person. I specialize in women's mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. As an integrative psychiatrist, I consider the way your physical health, lifestyle, relationships and environment may be contributing to symptoms. I use a holistic treatment approach to help you go beyond symptom reduction and thrive in your life.
(734) 999-3945 View (734) 999-3945
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Jeremy M. Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
(734) 472-2514 View (734) 472-2514
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Alisa Schlacht
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
(734) 865-2944 View (734) 865-2944
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Rachel Santoro, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Each person seeking mental health care has a unique story. With my in-depth and personalized approach, I can help you or your child/family identify core conflicts and work through them. Intensive, compassionate treatment allows for the most meaningful changes to be made.
Each person seeking mental health care has a unique story. With my in-depth and personalized approach, I can help you or your child/family identify core conflicts and work through them. Intensive, compassionate treatment allows for the most meaningful changes to be made.
(734) 215-9412 View (734) 215-9412
Photo of Davita Burkhead-Weiner, Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, MI
Davita Burkhead-Weiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Davita Burkhead-Weiner, MD, is a board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before establishing a private practice, Dr. Burkhead-Weiner was an outpatient psychiatrist at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Michigan in 2014.
Davita Burkhead-Weiner, MD, is a board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before establishing a private practice, Dr. Burkhead-Weiner was an outpatient psychiatrist at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Michigan in 2014.
(734) 366-4884 View (734) 366-4884
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
(734) 203-7855 x1 View (734) 203-7855 x1
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Pam Bifano Schweitzer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-, BC
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for effective, evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders? For depression? For more satisfying interpersonal relationships? To improve your ability to cope with adversities and losses in life? I may be able to help. My aim is to collaborate with you to identify your concerns and plan therapy accordingly.
Are you looking for effective, evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders? For depression? For more satisfying interpersonal relationships? To improve your ability to cope with adversities and losses in life? I may be able to help. My aim is to collaborate with you to identify your concerns and plan therapy accordingly.
(734) 436-3251 View (734) 436-3251
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Dr. Gurjeet Singh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Singh, a licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate degree in PMHNP and Nursing Education, deeply dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to mental and emotional well-being. My extensive education and training have equipped me with the expertise needed to provide compassionate and evidence-based mental health care.
I am Dr. Singh, a licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate degree in PMHNP and Nursing Education, deeply dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to mental and emotional well-being. My extensive education and training have equipped me with the expertise needed to provide compassionate and evidence-based mental health care.
(734) 666-3977 View (734) 666-3977
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Laura Dansel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
My practice is for psychotherapy only, I do not prescribe medication. I like to partner with clients to manage life's problems, build on their strengths, learn about themselves, and meet their life goals in a supportive, safe, non-judgmental, and respectful atmosphere. I am a former faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing where I taught undergraduate and graduate level theory and clinical courses in psychiatric nursing. I have also taught graduate students at Michigan State University and practiced in a variety of settings.
My practice is for psychotherapy only, I do not prescribe medication. I like to partner with clients to manage life's problems, build on their strengths, learn about themselves, and meet their life goals in a supportive, safe, non-judgmental, and respectful atmosphere. I am a former faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing where I taught undergraduate and graduate level theory and clinical courses in psychiatric nursing. I have also taught graduate students at Michigan State University and practiced in a variety of settings.
(734) 530-3230 View (734) 530-3230
Photo of Bassem Krayem, MD, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, MI
Bassem Krayem, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
We all have different ways, paces and capacities in dealing with stress and the non stopping life demands. My philosophy of care is meeting patients where they are in their stage of life to help them achieve the best quality of life they can through evidence-based approach using medications, psychotherapy or the combination of both and involve their families as well as significant others in their care while collaborating with their therapists and other doctors involved in their care. I treat my patients using a bio-psycho-social approach to formulate an individualized treatment that suits each individual patient.
We all have different ways, paces and capacities in dealing with stress and the non stopping life demands. My philosophy of care is meeting patients where they are in their stage of life to help them achieve the best quality of life they can through evidence-based approach using medications, psychotherapy or the combination of both and involve their families as well as significant others in their care while collaborating with their therapists and other doctors involved in their care. I treat my patients using a bio-psycho-social approach to formulate an individualized treatment that suits each individual patient.
(734) 294-5893 View (734) 294-5893
Barry M Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
(734) 720-4895 View (734) 720-4895
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
(734) 294-5918 View (734) 294-5918
Photo of Mohammed Joz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ann Arbor, MI
Mohammed Joz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, APNP
Verified Verified
30 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
(734) 259-7674 View (734) 259-7674

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Ann Arbor, MI

80+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Ann Arbor, MI who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
87% Anxiety
76% Medication Management
69% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Trauma and PTSD
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Ann Arbor, MI see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
47% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ann Arbor?

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.