Psychiatrists in Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Advanced Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302  (Online Only)
Welcome to Advanced Psychiatric Services where patient's care comes first. We believe the treatment in mental health should be a collaboration between the professional and the patient based on trust and honesty. We provide services for wide variety of mental health issues. We believe our patients time is equally valuable to ours, so we try hard to eliminate waiting, and use the time to discuss their issues, goals, and to provide the needed management, education, and support.
Welcome to Advanced Psychiatric Services where patient's care comes first. We believe the treatment in mental health should be a collaboration between the professional and the patient based on trust and honesty. We provide services for wide variety of mental health issues. We believe our patients time is equally valuable to ours, so we try hard to eliminate waiting, and use the time to discuss their issues, goals, and to provide the needed management, education, and support.
(947) 207-3592 View (947) 207-3592
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The Miletic Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
My patients often come to me after trying other alternatives because they want to understand WHY they don't feel as healthy or vibrant as they once did. Stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or the pressures of transition from career or living situation will effect the body, the brain and the mind. We look at the physical, chemical, hormonal, mental and emotional systems, and work with our patients to build a better way forward. We also specialize in high performance athletes, executives and adolescents. At The Miletic Center, we say "Your best life starts here", and that's what we strive to create.
My patients often come to me after trying other alternatives because they want to understand WHY they don't feel as healthy or vibrant as they once did. Stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or the pressures of transition from career or living situation will effect the body, the brain and the mind. We look at the physical, chemical, hormonal, mental and emotional systems, and work with our patients to build a better way forward. We also specialize in high performance athletes, executives and adolescents. At The Miletic Center, we say "Your best life starts here", and that's what we strive to create.
(947) 207-4892 View (947) 207-4892
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Bloom Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
(248) 629-1380 View (248) 629-1380
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Michael D Colman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
(248) 688-0813 View (248) 688-0813
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Neil Talon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Dr. Neil S. Talon, MD Dr. Neil S. Talon is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 1981. He earned his BA at the University of Michigan, went to Columbia University Medical School, and completed his Psychiatric Residency at Cornell. Dr. Talon is experienced in general adult psychiatry and has practiced in office- and hospital-based settings. He has many years of experience treating people with bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders of adults to geriatrics.
Dr. Neil S. Talon, MD Dr. Neil S. Talon is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 1981. He earned his BA at the University of Michigan, went to Columbia University Medical School, and completed his Psychiatric Residency at Cornell. Dr. Talon is experienced in general adult psychiatry and has practiced in office- and hospital-based settings. He has many years of experience treating people with bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders of adults to geriatrics.
(248) 900-1633 View (248) 900-1633
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Iyantta S. Howell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302  (Online Only)
Dr. Iyantta S. Howell is a double board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2008. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at The University of Pennsylvania's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Howell has experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings, prisons, residential treatment facilities, and partial hospital programs.
Dr. Iyantta S. Howell is a double board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2008. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at The University of Pennsylvania's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Howell has experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings, prisons, residential treatment facilities, and partial hospital programs.
(248) 720-5835 View (248) 720-5835
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Maninderpal Dhillon
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations and medication management in regards to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD. More information at drmaninderpaldhillon.com
Accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations and medication management in regards to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD. More information at drmaninderpaldhillon.com
(517) 948-0361 View (517) 948-0361
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Dr. Jennifer Giordano
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302  (Online Only)
Do you feel scared and alone being stuck on your psychiatric medication? And when you tried to discontinue, you experienced difficult withdrawal symptoms? Reducing or stopping psychiatric medications without the right plan can leave you stuck on a medication merry-go-round for years. I understand the pain and confusion you are experiencing. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Do you feel scared and alone being stuck on your psychiatric medication? And when you tried to discontinue, you experienced difficult withdrawal symptoms? Reducing or stopping psychiatric medications without the right plan can leave you stuck on a medication merry-go-round for years. I understand the pain and confusion you are experiencing. It doesn’t have to be this way.
(810) 295-1170 View (810) 295-1170
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Renee Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
I was born in Michigan and have resided here for most of my life. I attended Wayne State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and obtained my medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. I completed an Adult Psychiatry Residency at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH followed by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship also at the Medical College of Ohio. I especially love working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am also a wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
I was born in Michigan and have resided here for most of my life. I attended Wayne State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and obtained my medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. I completed an Adult Psychiatry Residency at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH followed by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship also at the Medical College of Ohio. I especially love working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am also a wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
(248) 397-6671 View (248) 397-6671
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Bloomfield Hills Psychiatry PLLC | Radu Iliescu MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Hello and welcome! If you are tired of seeing mental health providers without much progress, you came to the right place. I specialize in providing expert psychiatric consultation for children and adults who have not had success with their previous providers. I take my time getting to know each person & family who come into my office so that we can have a shared understanding of their problems, and develop highly effective solutions that work for them. My patients see quick results without requiring high doses of medication, and they get to do so without insurance companies intruding into their treatment or their privacy.
Hello and welcome! If you are tired of seeing mental health providers without much progress, you came to the right place. I specialize in providing expert psychiatric consultation for children and adults who have not had success with their previous providers. I take my time getting to know each person & family who come into my office so that we can have a shared understanding of their problems, and develop highly effective solutions that work for them. My patients see quick results without requiring high doses of medication, and they get to do so without insurance companies intruding into their treatment or their privacy.
(248) 702-4177 View (248) 702-4177
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Raji George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Raji George is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and is and is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She originally obtained her Bachelor of science degree in Nursing(BSN) from India. She has the training and experience in diagnosing and, treating patients across the life span for all primary care and mental health conditions(anxiety, depression, PTSD/ trauma, ADHD, Bipolar disorder).
Raji George is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and is and is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She originally obtained her Bachelor of science degree in Nursing(BSN) from India. She has the training and experience in diagnosing and, treating patients across the life span for all primary care and mental health conditions(anxiety, depression, PTSD/ trauma, ADHD, Bipolar disorder).
(248) 773-4598 View (248) 773-4598
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Curtis Leipold
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Curtis Leipold is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Curtis obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and is a recent graduate from Wayne State University where he obtained his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, childhood behavioral issues, and panic disorders. Curtis treats patient between the ages of 10 and 75. Curtis has experience managing psychiatric medications for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Curtis uses a holistic approach to treat clients.
Curtis Leipold is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Curtis obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and is a recent graduate from Wayne State University where he obtained his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, childhood behavioral issues, and panic disorders. Curtis treats patient between the ages of 10 and 75. Curtis has experience managing psychiatric medications for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Curtis uses a holistic approach to treat clients.
(248) 609-6050 View (248) 609-6050
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Rise Psychiatric Services (Online Mental Health)
Physician Assistant, LPC, PA-C
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304  (Online Only)
With over 20 years experience in the field, I have a deep understanding of the needs, struggles and hopes of my patients, as well as that which heals and inspires them. I believe clients benefit most from an engaged partner on their journey, rather than a passive listener. I believe that you are the expert on you, and as a counselor and PA, my goal is to help you find the answers and hope inside of you to heal. I believe that people are individuals and should be treated as such, so I do not employ a cookie cutter approach to treatment. My clients truly value that.
With over 20 years experience in the field, I have a deep understanding of the needs, struggles and hopes of my patients, as well as that which heals and inspires them. I believe clients benefit most from an engaged partner on their journey, rather than a passive listener. I believe that you are the expert on you, and as a counselor and PA, my goal is to help you find the answers and hope inside of you to heal. I believe that people are individuals and should be treated as such, so I do not employ a cookie cutter approach to treatment. My clients truly value that.
(947) 888-7236 View (947) 888-7236
James Allen Walla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
I have a great passion for psychiatry and have been practicing nursing for 15 years. I obtained my graduate psychiatric specialty at Wayne State University and am eager to provide compassionate, evidence based psychiatric care.
I have a great passion for psychiatry and have been practicing nursing for 15 years. I obtained my graduate psychiatric specialty at Wayne State University and am eager to provide compassionate, evidence based psychiatric care.
(248) 791-9857 View (248) 791-9857
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Pranav M. Jagtap
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
In today’s fast-paced modern way of life, traditional approaches like Psychotherapy or Pharmacotherapy can require time to exert favorable benefits. Non-Invasive and relatively side-effect free Neuromodulation therapies - such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - can complete a trifecta by offering a 3-pronged approach. According to the scientific literature, TMS is helpful for psychiatric conditions like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, & PTSD to name a few. Due to its unique mechanism of action, we can also use TMS to address fatigue or target maladaptive thought patterns & behaviors that underpin various addictions.
In today’s fast-paced modern way of life, traditional approaches like Psychotherapy or Pharmacotherapy can require time to exert favorable benefits. Non-Invasive and relatively side-effect free Neuromodulation therapies - such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) - can complete a trifecta by offering a 3-pronged approach. According to the scientific literature, TMS is helpful for psychiatric conditions like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, & PTSD to name a few. Due to its unique mechanism of action, we can also use TMS to address fatigue or target maladaptive thought patterns & behaviors that underpin various addictions.
(248) 289-7935 View (248) 289-7935
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Alexis Ayar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the ANCC, my goal is advocating for those who struggle to be heard and respected. Treatment is managed with compassion, understanding, and attention to the specific needs of every patient. Mental health struggles are difficult to manage on your own, but you do not have to. 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.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the ANCC, my goal is advocating for those who struggle to be heard and respected. Treatment is managed with compassion, understanding, and attention to the specific needs of every patient. Mental health struggles are difficult to manage on your own, but you do not have to. 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.
(248) 283-3176 View (248) 283-3176
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New Oakland Family Centers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Hi, my name is Michelle Collins. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing practice. In addition, I am a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with 18 years of broad advanced practice experience. My training and years of clinical practice has allowed me to cultivate competent and compassionate care for clients across the lifespan. Together, we will work to establish a respectful client-provider relationship free from bias, judgement, and stigma. My goal is ultimately to help each client become or return to the best version of themselves.
Hi, my name is Michelle Collins. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing practice. In addition, I am a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with 18 years of broad advanced practice experience. My training and years of clinical practice has allowed me to cultivate competent and compassionate care for clients across the lifespan. Together, we will work to establish a respectful client-provider relationship free from bias, judgement, and stigma. My goal is ultimately to help each client become or return to the best version of themselves.
(248) 900-3254 View (248) 900-3254
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Fulfilled Care Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
At Fulfilled Care Psychiatry, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
At Fulfilled Care Psychiatry, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
(248) 289-8874 View (248) 289-8874
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Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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
John Gilkey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Although I wish you were not in a position to need/want my services, I am glad to be able to provide them if necessary. After more than 20 years of practicing as a psychiatrist and over 15 as a psychoanalyst, we should be able to deal with your serious concerns in confidence. I understand that most in need of intensive psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment have active lives, something that will be taken into account. Thanks to all those at Psychology Today for offering me this service, a way to get in touch with as many people as possible.
Although I wish you were not in a position to need/want my services, I am glad to be able to provide them if necessary. After more than 20 years of practicing as a psychiatrist and over 15 as a psychoanalyst, we should be able to deal with your serious concerns in confidence. I understand that most in need of intensive psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment have active lives, something that will be taken into account. Thanks to all those at Psychology Today for offering me this service, a way to get in touch with as many people as possible.
(248) 644-5335 View (248) 644-5335

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bloomfield Hills, MI

30+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in Bloomfield Hills, MI who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
89% Depression
72% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Medication Management
56% Bipolar Disorder
53% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Aetna
65% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bloomfield Hills, MI see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bloomfield Hills?

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.