Psychiatrists in West Bloomfield, MI

Photo of Dr. Kevin Sethi- Progressive Wellness Clinic, Psychiatrist in West Bloomfield, MI
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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Forum Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Ketamine Therapy allows you to work through subconscious, repressed feelings that underlie unproductive behavior patterns, poor mental and emotional functioning, and unhealthy coping mechanisms. This treatment is ideal for anyone who wishes to experience lasting, full mind and body healing for treatment-resistant mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain.
Ketamine Therapy allows you to work through subconscious, repressed feelings that underlie unproductive behavior patterns, poor mental and emotional functioning, and unhealthy coping mechanisms. This treatment is ideal for anyone who wishes to experience lasting, full mind and body healing for treatment-resistant mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain.
(248) 870-3078 View (248) 870-3078
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Bruce L Roth
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48324
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
(810) 309-8989 View (810) 309-8989
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Michael D Colman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
(248) 688-0813 View (248) 688-0813
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Michigan Integrative Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
You deserve comprehensive and individualized psychiatric care! What is Integrative Psychiatry? While most psychiatric practices rely heavily on psychiatric medications (with or without counseling) we offer additional paths to wellness, including recommendations on specific nutritional supplementation and herbs, lifestyle modifications (e.g. mind-body practices) and electromagnetic treatments (e.g. Bright-light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder). OUR GOALS: Accurate diagnosis, custom-tailored treatments and excellent service.
You deserve comprehensive and individualized psychiatric care! What is Integrative Psychiatry? While most psychiatric practices rely heavily on psychiatric medications (with or without counseling) we offer additional paths to wellness, including recommendations on specific nutritional supplementation and herbs, lifestyle modifications (e.g. mind-body practices) and electromagnetic treatments (e.g. Bright-light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder). OUR GOALS: Accurate diagnosis, custom-tailored treatments and excellent service.
(248) 419-2151 View (248) 419-2151
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Alliance Behavioral Health Specialists, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
We provide medication management and therapy to people who are struggling with depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder etc. If you are struggling with insomnia, stress , feeling overwhelmed, there is help. Medical issues affect mental health directly and indirectly. Our experienced clinicians are able to provide comprehensive treatment. We also started treating patients with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), which is proven to be the most advanced treatment for depression.
We provide medication management and therapy to people who are struggling with depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder etc. If you are struggling with insomnia, stress , feeling overwhelmed, there is help. Medical issues affect mental health directly and indirectly. Our experienced clinicians are able to provide comprehensive treatment. We also started treating patients with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), which is proven to be the most advanced treatment for depression.
(248) 934-0274 View (248) 934-0274
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez NP and I 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 collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling 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 NP and I 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 collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling providers.
(734) 346-7654 View (734) 346-7654
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Lacretia Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48324  (Online Only)
Lacretia Fisher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2015 after completing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Wayne State University in 2015. ​ She began her mental health nursing career in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Oakland University. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wayne State University in 2002.
Lacretia Fisher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2015 after completing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Wayne State University in 2015. ​ She began her mental health nursing career in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Oakland University. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wayne State University in 2002.
(248) 609-1878 View (248) 609-1878
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Austin Powell
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
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 View (810) 255-4089
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Natalie Poole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Are you stressed? Has life left you feeling drained and overwhelmed? Do you experience days of depression where leaving the house feels insurmountable? Do you long to find inner PEACE and quiet those negative thoughts? My staff and I work to help you restore emotional stability and wellness in your life. Together we create goal directed coping skills and strategies that work to create balance. We are solution centric, and compassionate.
Are you stressed? Has life left you feeling drained and overwhelmed? Do you experience days of depression where leaving the house feels insurmountable? Do you long to find inner PEACE and quiet those negative thoughts? My staff and I work to help you restore emotional stability and wellness in your life. Together we create goal directed coping skills and strategies that work to create balance. We are solution centric, and compassionate.
(248) 780-7060 View (248) 780-7060
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Fulfilled Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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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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.
(248) 636-1320 View (248) 636-1320
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Jeremy M. Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Birmingham, MI 48009  (Online Only)
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
(734) 472-2514 View (734) 472-2514
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Bloom Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
(248) 629-1380 View (248) 629-1380
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Mansi S Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP, CNL, RN
Verified
5 Endorsed
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
(313) 254-6805 View (313) 254-6805
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Dominic Misiak
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Novi, MI 48375
Dr. Dominic Misiak is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his undergraduate at the University of Michigan with a degree in Neuroscience. He completed his doctorate at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed psychiatry residency training at Trinity Health Livonia Hospital. Dr. Misiak advocates for a person-centered, non-judgmental approach to treating a wide variety of mental health issues in adults. In his spare time, Dr. Misiak enjoys yoga, meditation, music, playing guitar, investing, and cryptocurrencies/Web3.
Dr. Dominic Misiak is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his undergraduate at the University of Michigan with a degree in Neuroscience. He completed his doctorate at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed psychiatry residency training at Trinity Health Livonia Hospital. Dr. Misiak advocates for a person-centered, non-judgmental approach to treating a wide variety of mental health issues in adults. In his spare time, Dr. Misiak enjoys yoga, meditation, music, playing guitar, investing, and cryptocurrencies/Web3.
(248) 671-6513 View (248) 671-6513
Barry M Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
(248) 855-0698 View (248) 855-0698
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Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Physician Assistant, PAC
Novi, MI 48377
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 View (810) 641-1749
Photo of Alexis Lykins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in West Bloomfield, MI
Alexis Lykins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, MI 48084
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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Howard and Barbara Belkin, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD, DDS, JD
Verified
Birmingham, MI 48009
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
(248) 644-3605 View (248) 644-3605

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in West Bloomfield, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in West Bloomfield, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Bipolar Disorder
82% Medication Management
73% Sleep or Insomnia
73% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

29 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Aetna
78% Blue Care Network

How Psychiatrists in West Bloomfield, MI see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Bloomfield?

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.