Psychiatrists in Hartland, MI

Heather Anthony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
(810) 442-0624 View (810) 442-0624
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Chiamaka Uzoma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Walden University. I believe in providing individualized care to my patients by acknowledging their unique situations, providing compassionate and good care
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Walden University. I believe in providing individualized care to my patients by acknowledging their unique situations, providing compassionate and good care
(810) 642-4367 View (810) 642-4367
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
Essien Mfon is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with one year of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Nursing from Walden. Essien believes it is important to be able to assess, treat, and modify treatments as necessary to meet each client's potential goals. In her spare time, Essien enjoys reading, dancing, singing, and travelling.
Essien Mfon is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with one year of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Nursing from Walden. Essien believes it is important to be able to assess, treat, and modify treatments as necessary to meet each client's potential goals. In her spare time, Essien enjoys reading, dancing, singing, and travelling.
(810) 678-6300 View (810) 678-6300
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Jenna Chambless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. I have been working with women through the hardest of times for around 15 years. My passion is to help women who are struggling with anxiety and depression and the changes of life before pregnancy, during pregnancy and throughout motherhood. My philosophy is to use a holistic approach to help women reach optimal mental resilience. I love approaching mental health support by taking a whole person approach to treating symptoms of anxiety and depression, through lifestyle modifications, nutrition, sleep, community and medication management.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. I have been working with women through the hardest of times for around 15 years. My passion is to help women who are struggling with anxiety and depression and the changes of life before pregnancy, during pregnancy and throughout motherhood. My philosophy is to use a holistic approach to help women reach optimal mental resilience. I love approaching mental health support by taking a whole person approach to treating symptoms of anxiety and depression, through lifestyle modifications, nutrition, sleep, community and medication management.
(810) 888-0928 View (810) 888-0928
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Ekuevugbe Onosode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
Ekus Onosode is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with six months of experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University School of Nursing and a PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University. Ekus believes in listening and understanding a patient's health concerns while being an avid educator skilled in teaching prevention methods and promoting self-care. She takes the time to get to know patients and their family's health history to manage existing mental illnesses and teach coping skills to help patients be functional and independent as possible.
Ekus Onosode is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with six months of experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University School of Nursing and a PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University. Ekus believes in listening and understanding a patient's health concerns while being an avid educator skilled in teaching prevention methods and promoting self-care. She takes the time to get to know patients and their family's health history to manage existing mental illnesses and teach coping skills to help patients be functional and independent as possible.
(810) 371-3890 View (810) 371-3890
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Revival Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified Verified
Hartland, MI 48353
Revival Recovery Center is an outpatient treatment center offering comprehensive medical services to treat substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD either in-person or virtually. We treat individuals of all ages using evidence-based medical treatments. We accept many commercial insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid.
Revival Recovery Center is an outpatient treatment center offering comprehensive medical services to treat substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD either in-person or virtually. We treat individuals of all ages using evidence-based medical treatments. We accept many commercial insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid.
(810) 209-2379 View (810) 209-2379

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Amita Kapoor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
My vision is to reach out to individuals in the community to provide compassionate and timely mental health care. My treatment approach is based on accepting every individual as and where they are and helping them through their journey towards a complete and more holistic version of themselves. I understand that addressing mental health needs can be a challenge and am willing to go above and beyond to provide better mental health for you, by not only utilizing my skills and experience built on trusted and established first-line treatment options, but also thinking out of the box by exploring new avenues.
My vision is to reach out to individuals in the community to provide compassionate and timely mental health care. My treatment approach is based on accepting every individual as and where they are and helping them through their journey towards a complete and more holistic version of themselves. I understand that addressing mental health needs can be a challenge and am willing to go above and beyond to provide better mental health for you, by not only utilizing my skills and experience built on trusted and established first-line treatment options, but also thinking out of the box by exploring new avenues.
(810) 374-0216 View (810) 374-0216
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
(734) 275-2355 View (734) 275-2355
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Austin Powell
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. Our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. Our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
(810) 255-4089 x1 View (810) 255-4089 x1
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Norman Emil Alessi
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
(734) 807-4446 View (734) 807-4446
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Healthy Minds Psychiatric & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
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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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez 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 we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez 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 we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
(734) 294-5776 View (734) 294-5776
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
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 View (734) 203-7855
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Dwarakanath Rao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
(734) 329-5251 View (734) 329-5251
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Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Physician Assistant, PAC
Not Verified Not Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
New patient 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 look at the oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
New patient 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 look at the oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
(810) 641-1749 x1 View (810) 641-1749 x1
Viken Matossian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Howell, MI 48843
If you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or emotionally troubled, it may be time to seek the assistance of a qualified therapist at Advanced Behavioral Medicine. The high quality out-patient psychiatric clinc offers help for martial problems, sleep difficulties, low self-esteem, phobias, parenting anxieties and panic attacks.
If you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or emotionally troubled, it may be time to seek the assistance of a qualified therapist at Advanced Behavioral Medicine. The high quality out-patient psychiatric clinc offers help for martial problems, sleep difficulties, low self-esteem, phobias, parenting anxieties and panic attacks.
(517) 759-1766 View (517) 759-1766
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Aaron Zalewski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milford, MI 48381
Hello, it is an honor to be able to meet you and truly listen to your story. You are so much more than your past, your trauma, a diagnosis, or a label. Mental illness thrives in isolation, so I want to partner with you so that you feel heard. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am experienced in the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness.
Hello, it is an honor to be able to meet you and truly listen to your story. You are so much more than your past, your trauma, a diagnosis, or a label. Mental illness thrives in isolation, so I want to partner with you so that you feel heard. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am experienced in the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness.
(586) 488-4632 View (586) 488-4632

Online Psychiatrists

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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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TelaMD Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067
TelaMD Health offers Multi-Specialty Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a mental health professional at your convenience from your home. We have a short waiting period and are currently accepting patients from a majority of insurance providers. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.
TelaMD Health offers Multi-Specialty Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a mental health professional at your convenience from your home. We have a short waiting period and are currently accepting patients from a majority of insurance providers. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.
(248) 216-1901 View (248) 216-1901
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Raed Yousif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
(517) 201-0299 View (517) 201-0299

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hartland, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hartland, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
83% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
67% Trauma and PTSD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Psychosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Hartland, 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 Hartland?

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.