Psychiatrists in Greenville, MI

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Chiahui Neilly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Greenville, MI 48838
Patients who work with a psychiatric provider like Dr. Neilly can expect to gain a range of benefits from their sessions. Here are some of the goals and outcomes that Dr. Neilly typically sets for her patients: 1) Improved mental and emotional well-being; 2) Enhanced coping skills; 3) Increased self-awareness; 4) Improved relationships: Patients can expect to receive personalized and evidence-based care that is tailored to their unique needs and concerns.
Patients who work with a psychiatric provider like Dr. Neilly can expect to gain a range of benefits from their sessions. Here are some of the goals and outcomes that Dr. Neilly typically sets for her patients: 1) Improved mental and emotional well-being; 2) Enhanced coping skills; 3) Increased self-awareness; 4) Improved relationships: Patients can expect to receive personalized and evidence-based care that is tailored to their unique needs and concerns.
(616) 229-3108 View (616) 229-3108

Online Psychiatrists

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Bassem Krayem, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
We all have different ways, paces and capacities in dealing with stress and the non stopping life demands. My philosophy of care is meeting patients where they are in their stage of life to help them achieve the best quality of life they can through evidence-based approach using medications, psychotherapy or the combination of both and involve their families as well as significant others in their care while collaborating with their therapists and other doctors involved in their care. I treat my patients using a bio-psycho-social approach to formulate an individualized treatment that suits each individual patient.
We all have different ways, paces and capacities in dealing with stress and the non stopping life demands. My philosophy of care is meeting patients where they are in their stage of life to help them achieve the best quality of life they can through evidence-based approach using medications, psychotherapy or the combination of both and involve their families as well as significant others in their care while collaborating with their therapists and other doctors involved in their care. I treat my patients using a bio-psycho-social approach to formulate an individualized treatment that suits each individual patient.
(734) 294-5893 View (734) 294-5893
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Dawn Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dawn Smith is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in mid-Michigan. She specializes in depression, anxiety, ADHD, psychotic disorders, and panic disorders. Dawn works with people needing mental health support aged 6-65 years. Dawn is committed to providing holistic care, integrating mind, body, spirit, behaviors, and emotions for an integrated treatment plan. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings for mental health treatment including residential, long term, outpatient clinics, public health, and personal experience with family members and community.
Dawn Smith is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing in mid-Michigan. She specializes in depression, anxiety, ADHD, psychotic disorders, and panic disorders. Dawn works with people needing mental health support aged 6-65 years. Dawn is committed to providing holistic care, integrating mind, body, spirit, behaviors, and emotions for an integrated treatment plan. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings for mental health treatment including residential, long term, outpatient clinics, public health, and personal experience with family members and community.
(517) 258-3897 View (517) 258-3897
Luann Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Luann Watts is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating the mental health needs of clients of all ages, diagnoses and needs. Luann has 20 years of experience working in healthcare including private practice, hospital and a state of the art free-standing behavioral health hospital supporting a trauma informed care approach. Luann supports motivation interviewing style while providing mental health diagnosis, medication treatment and management while also educating the patient. Luann strives to put her patients needs first.
Luann Watts is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating the mental health needs of clients of all ages, diagnoses and needs. Luann has 20 years of experience working in healthcare including private practice, hospital and a state of the art free-standing behavioral health hospital supporting a trauma informed care approach. Luann supports motivation interviewing style while providing mental health diagnosis, medication treatment and management while also educating the patient. Luann strives to put her patients needs first.
(877) 330-2459 View (877) 330-2459
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Melissa Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Melissa Black work in behavioral health as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021 from Regis College in Massachusetts. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health, psychotherapeutic supportive eating disorder treatment, and treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
Melissa Black work in behavioral health as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021 from Regis College in Massachusetts. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health, psychotherapeutic supportive eating disorder treatment, and treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
(517) 901-7190 View (517) 901-7190
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Gloria Egeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
(810) 442-4172 View (810) 442-4172
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Ryan Upson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Ryan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College in Weston Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ryan has experience working in the acute psychiatric inpatient setting, partial hospitalization setting, and in the outpatient setting. Ryan is passionate about providing quality mental health services using a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and a commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for all patients, rooted in empathy and cultural sensitivity.
Ryan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College in Weston Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ryan has experience working in the acute psychiatric inpatient setting, partial hospitalization setting, and in the outpatient setting. Ryan is passionate about providing quality mental health services using a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and a commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for all patients, rooted in empathy and cultural sensitivity.
(517) 760-5844 View (517) 760-5844
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Mansi S Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP, CNL, RN
Verified
5 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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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Revival Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
At Revival Recovery Center, our medical team provides medical treatment for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation and chronic pain with associated opioid dependence. We offer in-person and tele-medicine. We offer several medication-assisted treatment to help improve recovery outcomes (Vivitrol, Suboxone, Antabuse, Campral). Our goal to help keep you safe and comfortable to help maintain sobriety and live a healthy life.
At Revival Recovery Center, our medical team provides medical treatment for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation and chronic pain with associated opioid dependence. We offer in-person and tele-medicine. We offer several medication-assisted treatment to help improve recovery outcomes (Vivitrol, Suboxone, Antabuse, Campral). Our goal to help keep you safe and comfortable to help maintain sobriety and live a healthy life.
(810) 209-2379 View (810) 209-2379
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Jennifer Bowden Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
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.
(616) 557-7576 View (616) 557-7576
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Ayesha Syed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She has been working in the mental health and medical fields since 2006. She holds a Bachelor's degree from GVSU, her PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati, and her FNP from Walden University. My primary role is to provide psychiatric medication management services to clients. I collaborate with a psychiatrist to provide evaluation, monitoring, education, and medication intervention.
I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She has been working in the mental health and medical fields since 2006. She holds a Bachelor's degree from GVSU, her PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati, and her FNP from Walden University. My primary role is to provide psychiatric medication management services to clients. I collaborate with a psychiatrist to provide evaluation, monitoring, education, and medication intervention.
(616) 523-3519 View (616) 523-3519
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Rachel Santoro, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Each person seeking mental health care has a unique story. With my in-depth and personalized approach, I can help you or your child/family identify core conflicts and work through them. Intensive, compassionate treatment allows for the most meaningful changes to be made.
Each person seeking mental health care has a unique story. With my in-depth and personalized approach, I can help you or your child/family identify core conflicts and work through them. Intensive, compassionate treatment allows for the most meaningful changes to be made.
(734) 215-9412 View (734) 215-9412
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Dr. Jacek Debiec - Great Lakes Psychiatry And Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, DPhil
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Dr. Jacek Debiec is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with 30 years of experience in psychiatric clinical care, award-winning research, and academic teaching. He has worked as a clinical instructor, researcher, and professor at leading national and international universities. He has expertise in developmental and affective neuroscience, pharmacotherapy, and several evidence-based psychotherapy modalities. Dr. Debiec has evaluated and treated thousands of patients and their families, whom he regards as partners in care. For more info, visit: greatlakespsychiatryandpsychotherapy.com
Accepting new patients! Dr. Jacek Debiec is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with 30 years of experience in psychiatric clinical care, award-winning research, and academic teaching. He has worked as a clinical instructor, researcher, and professor at leading national and international universities. He has expertise in developmental and affective neuroscience, pharmacotherapy, and several evidence-based psychotherapy modalities. Dr. Debiec has evaluated and treated thousands of patients and their families, whom he regards as partners in care. For more info, visit: greatlakespsychiatryandpsychotherapy.com
(734) 349-3127 View (734) 349-3127
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Chidinma (Chichi) Okogbue
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49525  (Online Only)
Hi I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner-Board Certified, I graduated with my MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. I am in my second year of practice and looking forward to helping people with mental health challenges (depression, anxiety, mood disorder, ADHD etc) across the lifespan.
Hi I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner-Board Certified, I graduated with my MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. I am in my second year of practice and looking forward to helping people with mental health challenges (depression, anxiety, mood disorder, ADHD etc) across the lifespan.
(616) 523-3219 View (616) 523-3219
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
(734) 203-7855 x1 View (734) 203-7855 x1
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Kalamazoo TMS & Behavior Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, DDSc
Verified
Portage, MI 49002
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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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48910
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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Ralph Wiktor
Physician Assistant, MS , RD, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
My goal is to help folks who need a dedicated, experienced, forthright, and caring provider, who can provide the highest level of care to those who need it most. Through my many years in primary care and psychiatry, I have become familiar with the devastating effects mental illness can have on families, careers, goals and health. I recognize that appropriate, evidence based, early, and effective treatment, including education, counseling and as needed medication, can make a life's difference. My Primary care and Psychiatric care plans provide individualized and effective care, so that patients make progress.
My goal is to help folks who need a dedicated, experienced, forthright, and caring provider, who can provide the highest level of care to those who need it most. Through my many years in primary care and psychiatry, I have become familiar with the devastating effects mental illness can have on families, careers, goals and health. I recognize that appropriate, evidence based, early, and effective treatment, including education, counseling and as needed medication, can make a life's difference. My Primary care and Psychiatric care plans provide individualized and effective care, so that patients make progress.
(810) 505-5837 View (810) 505-5837
Edward Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jackson, MI 49201
Psychiatric patients have a wide range of symptoms, and come from every walk of life. Ultimately, psychiatry is about helping people who are having difficulty reaching their potential. While the focus is on symptoms and their treatment, the goal is to improve the ability to function. Thus, I am interested particularly in people who want to improve themselves.
Psychiatric patients have a wide range of symptoms, and come from every walk of life. Ultimately, psychiatry is about helping people who are having difficulty reaching their potential. While the focus is on symptoms and their treatment, the goal is to improve the ability to function. Thus, I am interested particularly in people who want to improve themselves.
(517) 921-1532 View (517) 921-1532
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Healthy Minds Psychiatric & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Greenville, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Greenville, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Greenville, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greenville?

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.