Psychiatrists in Montcalm County, 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.
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Online Psychiatrists

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State Street Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD
Verified
Saginaw, MI 48603  (Online Only)
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
(989) 368-0640 View (989) 368-0640
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Heidi Chriss
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Flint, MI 48532
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
(810) 631-3045 View (810) 631-3045
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Krista Askins Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Mason, MI 48854  (Online Only)
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
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Stephen Colon M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
7 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Hi, I'm Dr. Colon. I'm a certified Integrative Psychiatrist. I provide holistic, highly personalized treatment that combines the best of Modern Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Medicine. I listen closely & get to know your goals and preferences. My approach is gentle, compassionate, & trauma-informed. Available treatments include psychotherapy, coaching, education, medication, natural supplements, nutrition, meditation, mind-body techniques, lifestyle medicine, exercise & more. I also specialize in working with neurodiverse adults including ADHD & ASD (Autism Spectrum / Asperger's). Let's work together to achieve your goals!
Hi, I'm Dr. Colon. I'm a certified Integrative Psychiatrist. I provide holistic, highly personalized treatment that combines the best of Modern Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Medicine. I listen closely & get to know your goals and preferences. My approach is gentle, compassionate, & trauma-informed. Available treatments include psychotherapy, coaching, education, medication, natural supplements, nutrition, meditation, mind-body techniques, lifestyle medicine, exercise & more. I also specialize in working with neurodiverse adults including ADHD & ASD (Autism Spectrum / Asperger's). Let's work together to achieve your goals!
(734) 206-7954 View (734) 206-7954
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Ekuevugbe Onosode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
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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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.
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
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Synergy NeuroPsychiatry PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Every patient with mental health issues is unique. Dr. Verma has expertise in treating various issues like Anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, ADHD, PTSD, Psychotic d/o, Behavior issues to name a few. She has special interest in treating OCD. Most importantly, there is a promise to continuity of care and seeing Dr. Verma, a board certified Psychiatrist, at every single visit. At Synergy NeuroPsychiatry, our approach is an integrated one, tailoring to patient’s individual needs and treating them as a whole individual. We coordinate care with Primary Care Physician, Neurology, and therapists.
Every patient with mental health issues is unique. Dr. Verma has expertise in treating various issues like Anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, ADHD, PTSD, Psychotic d/o, Behavior issues to name a few. She has special interest in treating OCD. Most importantly, there is a promise to continuity of care and seeing Dr. Verma, a board certified Psychiatrist, at every single visit. At Synergy NeuroPsychiatry, our approach is an integrated one, tailoring to patient’s individual needs and treating them as a whole individual. We coordinate care with Primary Care Physician, Neurology, and therapists.
(269) 215-5745 View (269) 215-5745
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Tonya Lake
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
Tonya graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University. Tonya is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to provide a non-judgemental, therapeutic atmosphere where patients feel comfortable speaking openly about and exploring their struggles.
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Sarah Budyta
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Flint, MI 48532
Mental health medication prescriptions play a crucial and potentially life-changing role in improving one's mental well-being. These prescriptions are carefully crafted to address the unique needs of individuals struggling with mental health conditions, offering them hope, stability, and a path towards recovery.
Mental health medication prescriptions play a crucial and potentially life-changing role in improving one's mental well-being. These prescriptions are carefully crafted to address the unique needs of individuals struggling with mental health conditions, offering them hope, stability, and a path towards recovery.
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Dr. Akash Kumar MD - Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
(517) 833-4110 View (517) 833-4110
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49503  (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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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
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Jenna Chambless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
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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Jillian Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
Verified
Waterford, MI 48327
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
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Heather Anthony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
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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Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Grand Blanc, MI 48439  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(734) 789-6312 View (734) 789-6312
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Alisa Schlacht
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
(734) 865-2944 View (734) 865-2944
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Niaz Mohammad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Provide the best care according to the psychiatric protocols and within the ethical and legal limits. Dr. Mohammad enjoy sports, tourism and food.
Provide the best care according to the psychiatric protocols and within the ethical and legal limits. Dr. Mohammad enjoy sports, tourism and food.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Montcalm County, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Montcalm County, 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 Montcalm County, 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 Montcalm County?

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.