Psychiatrists in Canton, MI

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Angela Goodson
Psychiatrist, PMHNP
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
(734) 396-8954 View (734) 396-8954
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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
(734) 336-1900 View (734) 336-1900
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Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
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
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Taylor Hennrick
Physician Assistant
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
(734) 442-2750 View (734) 442-2750
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
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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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
(517) 513-6662 View (517) 513-6662
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Mohammed Joz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, APNP
Verified
22 Endorsed
Canton, MI 48187  (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
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GT Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Canton, MI 48187  (Online Only)
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
(248) 266-9880 View (248) 266-9880
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Bassem Krayem, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, MI 48188
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
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Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Canton, MI 48187  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(734) 789-6312 View (734) 789-6312
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
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
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Mansi S Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP, CNL, RN
Verified
5 Endorsed
Canton, MI 48188
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
(313) 254-6805 View (313) 254-6805
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
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 (734) 436-2217 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 (734) 436-2217 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(734) 436-2217 View (734) 436-2217
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Ashwini Gulwadi, M.D. - PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, MI 48187
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
(734) 436-3821 View (734) 436-3821
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Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187  (Online Only)
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
(248) 218-9429 View (248) 218-9429

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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
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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Pam Bifano Schweitzer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-, BC
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170  (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
Photo of Haley Wanic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Canton, MI
Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
(734) 802-1997 View (734) 802-1997
Photo of Karrin Boylston, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Canton, MI
Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
(734) 636-5965 View (734) 636-5965
Photo of Maria Villafuerte, Psychiatrist in Canton, MI
Maria Villafuerte
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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.
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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.
(734) 366-4443 View (734) 366-4443

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Canton, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Canton, MI who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
93% Trauma and PTSD
93% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Canton, MI see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Canton?

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.