Psychiatrists in Battle Creek, MI

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Marjaneh Rouhani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49015
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
(269) 205-4875 View (269) 205-4875
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49037  (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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Leanna Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49016  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
(734) 206-7103 View (734) 206-7103
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49017
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 (517) 507-3108 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 (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
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Kalamazoo TMS & Behavior Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, DDSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
(269) 528-8448 View (269) 528-8448
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Kara Hunter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 248-3852 View (269) 248-3852

Online Psychiatrists

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Cody Shinavier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
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.
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Jennifer Bowden Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Alto, MI 49302  (Online Only)
Parents want their children to thrive in life. They can feel helpless and frightened when their children suffer from mental health concerns. Seeking mental health care can also feel overwhelming. Parents want to feel confident in finding a doctor who they can trust to educate them and their children on accurate diagnosis and the risks and benefits of the most evidence-based treatment options for their children.
Parents want their children to thrive in life. They can feel helpless and frightened when their children suffer from mental health concerns. Seeking mental health care can also feel overwhelming. Parents want to feel confident in finding a doctor who they can trust to educate them and their children on accurate diagnosis and the risks and benefits of the most evidence-based treatment options for their children.
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William Waling
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
William Waling is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years experience in medicine, providing care to a wide range populations/ages with a particular focus on ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, childhood behavior issues, depression, PTSD/trauma, sleeping disorders, and substance abuse. He has a passion for helping his patients feel their best, optimizing quality of life. William treats with a holistic approach along with medication management that is appropriate for each individual.
William Waling is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years experience in medicine, providing care to a wide range populations/ages with a particular focus on ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, childhood behavior issues, depression, PTSD/trauma, sleeping disorders, and substance abuse. He has a passion for helping his patients feel their best, optimizing quality of life. William treats with a holistic approach along with medication management that is appropriate for each individual.
(248) 983-0069 View (248) 983-0069
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Moira Kessler, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I currently am accepting new patients, including early evening hours. My strongest clinical background is in treating adults, older children, and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I offer individual psychotherapy as well as medication management appointments. I also have expertise in consulting with schools to help best support students. I have worked extensively with patients and families in improving relationships and communication. I have clinical expertise in providing diagnostic assessments, consultation, and care linkage for children, adolescents, and adults as well.
I currently am accepting new patients, including early evening hours. My strongest clinical background is in treating adults, older children, and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I offer individual psychotherapy as well as medication management appointments. I also have expertise in consulting with schools to help best support students. I have worked extensively with patients and families in improving relationships and communication. I have clinical expertise in providing diagnostic assessments, consultation, and care linkage for children, adolescents, and adults as well.
(650) 542-0240 View (650) 542-0240
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Michigan Psychiatric & Primary Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
Our mission is to exceed the patient’s expectations. We promote the wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Greater Lansing Area community, and throughout the state by providing accessible, quality mental health & primary care for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, utilizing a service system that emphasizes integrity, optimism, respect and compassion. We are committed to quality mental health & primary care provided in a collaborative effort with patients’ overall health strategies and an array of medical services.
(517) 418-6543 View (517) 418-6543
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Canton, MI 48187
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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Andrew T. Schmale
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
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Joy James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
(833) 351-8255 View (833) 351-8255
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State Street Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD
Verified Verified
Saginaw, MI 48603  (Online Only)
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
(989) 368-0640 View (989) 368-0640
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Peace of mind, LLC Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
As a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I have expertise in medication management, psychiatry, and therapy. I use a holistic approach to mental well-being. It is my goal to help empower my client and dismantling mental health stigmas particularly within the African American community. I strive to create a space where you can feel safe, supported and hopeful about your growth journey. With a special interest in aiding men navigate life’s pressures and challenges. I treat both adolescents and adults, ensuring they feel seen, heard, and valued.
As a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I have expertise in medication management, psychiatry, and therapy. I use a holistic approach to mental well-being. It is my goal to help empower my client and dismantling mental health stigmas particularly within the African American community. I strive to create a space where you can feel safe, supported and hopeful about your growth journey. With a special interest in aiding men navigate life’s pressures and challenges. I treat both adolescents and adults, ensuring they feel seen, heard, and valued.
(248) 621-8654 View (248) 621-8654
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BrainStim TMS & Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a Medication-Free treatment for Depression, anxiety, OCD, as well as other neurological and psychiatric illnesses. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, safe, and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug or talk therapy. This novel treatment option provides benefits without the side effects often associated with antidepressant medication. Treatments can be completed in as little as 5 days with our new accelerated program.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a Medication-Free treatment for Depression, anxiety, OCD, as well as other neurological and psychiatric illnesses. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, safe, and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug or talk therapy. This novel treatment option provides benefits without the side effects often associated with antidepressant medication. Treatments can be completed in as little as 5 days with our new accelerated program.
(616) 737-7013 View (616) 737-7013
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Healthy Minds Psychiatric & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Okemos, MI 48864
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Ahmed is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Ahmed has many years of experience in treating mental illnesses. After an initial diagnostic interview, individualized treatment plan is discussed with clients. This may include medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of both depending on your symptoms and needs. Dr. Ahmed also offers TMS treatment for Depression in his Okemos office. Dr. Ahmed treats clients with mental illnesses like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
(517) 618-0934 View (517) 618-0934
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Michelle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002  (Online Only)
I became a psychiatric nurse practitioner because I enjoy helping individuals bring out the best version of themselves. I consider the Whole person (holistic) by asking questions and listening empathetically to learn more about you and your goals. I combine prescription medications, brief psychotherapy and evidence-based Complementary and Alternative therapies for the motivated client. Life can be complex and messy. Traumatic life experiences, life stressors, nutrition, body movement, and mindset are some of the things that shape us. We will work as a team to discover what is impacting your growth toward your goals.
I became a psychiatric nurse practitioner because I enjoy helping individuals bring out the best version of themselves. I consider the Whole person (holistic) by asking questions and listening empathetically to learn more about you and your goals. I combine prescription medications, brief psychotherapy and evidence-based Complementary and Alternative therapies for the motivated client. Life can be complex and messy. Traumatic life experiences, life stressors, nutrition, body movement, and mindset are some of the things that shape us. We will work as a team to discover what is impacting your growth toward your goals.
(586) 200-0620 View (586) 200-0620

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Number of Psychiatrists in Battle Creek, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Battle Creek, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
71% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicare
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Battle Creek, MI see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Battle Creek?

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.