Psychiatrists in Macomb, MI

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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Macomb, MI 48044
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. 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 will work with you to find the right medication(s) to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling or other services may also be needed and we will find the right specialist on our team for you. Our time is limited and we can't see 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. 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 will work with you to find the right medication(s) to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling or other services may also be needed and we will find the right specialist on our team for you. Our time is limited and we can't see patients in counseling with other providers.
(248) 598-7285 View (248) 598-7285
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Macomb, MI 48042
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 (313) 217-3121 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 (313) 217-3121 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(313) 217-3121 View (313) 217-3121

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Orlena B Merritt-Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and medication management utilizing evidence-based practices that take into consideration your specific needs and preferences. Working alongside a large team of mental health professionals at New Oakland Family Centers, I have the unique ability to access a wide range of additional specialty mental health services and expertise should the need arise. 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.
I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and medication management utilizing evidence-based practices that take into consideration your specific needs and preferences. Working alongside a large team of mental health professionals at New Oakland Family Centers, I have the unique ability to access a wide range of additional specialty mental health services and expertise should the need arise. 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.
(586) 281-9565 View (586) 281-9565
new oakland family
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
My clients come to me when they want help in acquiring the necessary skills in order to navigate the daily stresses of life.
My clients come to me when they want help in acquiring the necessary skills in order to navigate the daily stresses of life.
(586) 250-1831 x3324 View (586) 250-1831 x3324
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New Life Alternatives LLC, Dr. Severia Adolphus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48082  (Online Only)
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, New Life Alternative (NLA) was integrated with the idea that every individual is different. We listen to your story to achieve your mental health balance. We use alternatives methods that bring the eastern and western knowledge of health care together to accomplish your goals. NLA is comprised of a specialized team of mental health providers with expertise of alternative methods that are holistic and traditional providing optimal care. Our holistic model encompass other methods to heal mental health from the inside out.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, New Life Alternative (NLA) was integrated with the idea that every individual is different. We listen to your story to achieve your mental health balance. We use alternatives methods that bring the eastern and western knowledge of health care together to accomplish your goals. NLA is comprised of a specialized team of mental health providers with expertise of alternative methods that are holistic and traditional providing optimal care. Our holistic model encompass other methods to heal mental health from the inside out.
(586) 271-0351 View (586) 271-0351
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Gerome Hess
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RN
Verified
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
I am looking to provide care in a caring, Christian atmosphere for patients who sincerely desire to optimize their functioning status in life through the utilization of psychiatric medication services combined with psychotherapy services. I work with the patient and their family/friends to provide education regarding current psychiatric diagnoses and symptomology, available psychiatric medications to address current symptoms, and the various therapy options at Renewal Christian Counseling Center in order to partner with the patient in developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
I am looking to provide care in a caring, Christian atmosphere for patients who sincerely desire to optimize their functioning status in life through the utilization of psychiatric medication services combined with psychotherapy services. I work with the patient and their family/friends to provide education regarding current psychiatric diagnoses and symptomology, available psychiatric medications to address current symptoms, and the various therapy options at Renewal Christian Counseling Center in order to partner with the patient in developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
(586) 783-2950 View (586) 783-2950
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Susha T Panicker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Susha is a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with over 21 years of experience. She began her training at University of Detroit Mercy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy and received a Post Master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Michigan Flint. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Susha is a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with over 21 years of experience. She began her training at University of Detroit Mercy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy and received a Post Master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Michigan Flint. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(586) 371-8033 View (586) 371-8033
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Fulfilled Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
(248) 289-8874 View (248) 289-8874
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Alexis Lykins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
(586) 846-4835 View (586) 846-4835
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Amy D Ames
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN , PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Dr. Ames is a PMHNP at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners, who provides psychiatric evaluations, behavioral assessments, medication management consultations, as well as pharmacogenomic testing to children, adolescents, and adults. Her clients vary, encompassing non-traditional families, traditional families, and transitioning young adults. Dr. Ames does not believe in treating patients as a diagnosis alone. She seeks to treat the human condition as a whole, keeping considerations of the diversity and nuance of the social world, the context of life, love, relationships, and individual circumstances in the foreground of her approach.
Dr. Ames is a PMHNP at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners, who provides psychiatric evaluations, behavioral assessments, medication management consultations, as well as pharmacogenomic testing to children, adolescents, and adults. Her clients vary, encompassing non-traditional families, traditional families, and transitioning young adults. Dr. Ames does not believe in treating patients as a diagnosis alone. She seeks to treat the human condition as a whole, keeping considerations of the diversity and nuance of the social world, the context of life, love, relationships, and individual circumstances in the foreground of her approach.
(586) 300-1104 View (586) 300-1104
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Catherine Nwora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified
Sterling Heights, MI 48313  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients with virtual sessions. I strive to assist patients with various treatment options with input from the patient. All patients should play an active role in their treatment plan. We will create a plan together that you are comfortable with. I use both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and also believe in the use of non-pharmacological methods when necessary.
I am accepting new patients with virtual sessions. I strive to assist patients with various treatment options with input from the patient. All patients should play an active role in their treatment plan. We will create a plan together that you are comfortable with. I use both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and also believe in the use of non-pharmacological methods when necessary.
(248) 985-8141 View (248) 985-8141
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Helios Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist
Verified
New Baltimore, MI 48047
Helios Psychiatry and Counseling is a group practice consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. We are committed to providing services to clients who suffer from any emotional or mental health issues -- depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessions, addiction, among other issues.
Helios Psychiatry and Counseling is a group practice consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. We are committed to providing services to clients who suffer from any emotional or mental health issues -- depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessions, addiction, among other issues.
(586) 371-8150 View (586) 371-8150
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Arielle Stone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, MI 48094  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board eligible child and adolescent psychiatrist. I provide full psychiatric services, including evaluation, consultation, and treatment using evidence-based approaches. Conditions treated include: Mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, abuse and attachment issues and trauma.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board eligible child and adolescent psychiatrist. I provide full psychiatric services, including evaluation, consultation, and treatment using evidence-based approaches. Conditions treated include: Mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, abuse and attachment issues and trauma.
(586) 204-1536 View (586) 204-1536
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rochester, MI 48307  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Joel L Young
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Joel L. Young M.D. is medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavior Medicine (RCBM) and the Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of MindMetrix. RCBM is staffed by over 80 mental health professionals with years of experience in the treatment of the ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other current mental health disorders. He has given hundreds of lectures locally and throughout the country regarding his areas of specialty. He has published textbook chapters and articles on many of these topics and contributed essays on mental health public policy and other psychiatric issues.
Joel L. Young M.D. is medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavior Medicine (RCBM) and the Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer of MindMetrix. RCBM is staffed by over 80 mental health professionals with years of experience in the treatment of the ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other current mental health disorders. He has given hundreds of lectures locally and throughout the country regarding his areas of specialty. He has published textbook chapters and articles on many of these topics and contributed essays on mental health public policy and other psychiatric issues.
(248) 841-8227 View (248) 841-8227
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, MI 48307
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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Behavioral Medical Center - Troy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
The staff at the Behavioral Medical Center work with children, adolescents and adults with the goal of optimizing individuals overall level of functioning. We have physicians, nurse practitioners and therapists that work together collaboratively in order to help our patients and their families achieve their goals for personal growth and emotional improvements. We strive to provide a comfortable, supportive environment.
The staff at the Behavioral Medical Center work with children, adolescents and adults with the goal of optimizing individuals overall level of functioning. We have physicians, nurse practitioners and therapists that work together collaboratively in order to help our patients and their families achieve their goals for personal growth and emotional improvements. We strive to provide a comfortable, supportive environment.
(248) 975-7322 View (248) 975-7322

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Kevin Sethi- Progressive Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Dr. Sethi completed his specialized psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. As an interventionist, he has a sub-specialized experience in the latest evidence-based treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine. He focuses in collaborative work with patients and providing ample time to make sure everything is clear and transparent. His goal is to help improve the quality of life for all his patients with a focus on preventive measures as well.
Dr. Sethi completed his specialized psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. As an interventionist, he has a sub-specialized experience in the latest evidence-based treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine. He focuses in collaborative work with patients and providing ample time to make sure everything is clear and transparent. His goal is to help improve the quality of life for all his patients with a focus on preventive measures as well.
(248) 985-7225 View (248) 985-7225
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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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Dr. Osamuedemen D. Iyoha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, MI 48184
I am Dr. O. Iyoha, MD and I am the lead psychiatric physician at Victory Care Clinic. I am committed to providing compassionate, informative, and individualized psychiatric care that relieves emotional distress and enhances one's personal journey. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health disorders with a special interest in reproductive psychiatry. Treatment modalities include medications, natural supplements, lifestyle modification strategies, as well as personalized psychotherapeutic interventions. Go to www.victorycareclinic.com to schedule your consultation.
I am Dr. O. Iyoha, MD and I am the lead psychiatric physician at Victory Care Clinic. I am committed to providing compassionate, informative, and individualized psychiatric care that relieves emotional distress and enhances one's personal journey. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health disorders with a special interest in reproductive psychiatry. Treatment modalities include medications, natural supplements, lifestyle modification strategies, as well as personalized psychotherapeutic interventions. Go to www.victorycareclinic.com to schedule your consultation.
(734) 492-0207 View (734) 492-0207

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Number of Psychiatrists in Macomb, MI

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Psychiatrists in Macomb, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Medicare
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Macomb, 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 Macomb?

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.