Psychiatrists in Westland, MI

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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48185
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
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Taylor Hennrick
Physician Assistant
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
Taylor is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Taylor was a collegiate athlete competing in Track & Field while majoring in Biology. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and then went on to the finish his Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Taylor has worked all over Southeast Michigan providing care to individuals of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. He specializes in adult psychiatry offering psychiatric evaluations as well as psychotropic medication treatment and management.
(734) 442-2750 View (734) 442-2750
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Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
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Lindsay Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing, belting showtunes, petting cats.
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Zain Choudhry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
My name is Zain Choudhry. I am currently 32 years old and have started my psychiatric practice here at Lifestance Health located in Taylor, MI. I was born and raised in Michigan in a small town called Grosse Ile. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences. Afterwards, I started medical school at St. George's University and graduated in 2018. I then started my residency back in the state of Michigan at Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. The bulk of my experience is outpatient based and is where my expertise lies.
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Angela Goodson
Psychiatrist, PMHNP
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
Angela Goodson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has practicing since 2022. She has a Post Masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner. Angela's treatment philosophy is to build a partnership with each and every individual that is focused on developing a treatment plan together that aims to achieve remission of symptoms while improving quality and quantity of life. In her spare time, Angela enjoys running, biking, reading, and traveling.
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Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Malini works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Malini believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
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Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
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Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Canton, MI 48187  (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
Premier Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
(248) 918-2273 View (248) 918-2273
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Steven L. Gotlib MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170  (Online Only)
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
(734) 931-6688 View (734) 931-6688
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Chidinma (Chichi) Okogbue
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, PMHNP
Verified
6 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, feeling disconected from yourself, have a hard time concentrating, wondering what needs to be done. Chichi believes in helping you figure it out and plan the best care that suits you. I see people of all ages, here for you. My goal is to help and support you in your mental Health Journey.
If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, feeling disconected from yourself, have a hard time concentrating, wondering what needs to be done. Chichi believes in helping you figure it out and plan the best care that suits you. I see people of all ages, here for you. My goal is to help and support you in your mental Health Journey.
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Mosaic Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
10 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48228
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
(281) 524-2184 View (281) 524-2184
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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
Nicole Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent & adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Dr Lemmen, Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. If counseling is needed we can refer you to one of our Best Fit Counseling specialists.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent & adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Dr Lemmen, Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. If counseling is needed we can refer you to one of our Best Fit Counseling specialists.
(734) 548-9953 View (734) 548-9953
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Canton, MI 48187
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 (734) 436-2217 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 (734) 436-2217 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
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Dwarakanath Rao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
(734) 329-5251 View (734) 329-5251
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GT Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170  (Online Only)
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
(248) 266-9880 View (248) 266-9880
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Redford, MI 48239
Hello, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your children to address behavioral health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care, long-term care, wound care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
Hello, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your children to address behavioral health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care, long-term care, wound care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
(313) 255-2650 View (313) 255-2650

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Westland, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Westland, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
89% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Westland, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westland?

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.