Psychiatrists in Wyandotte, MI

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Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Wyandotte, MI 48193
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.
(734) 636-5965 View (734) 636-5965
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Lindsay Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wyandotte, MI 48193
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.
(734) 849-4654 View (734) 849-4654
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Zain Choudhry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wyandotte, MI 48193
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.
(734) 428-3884 View (734) 428-3884

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Anthony E Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
Hello and congratulations on the first step of your mental health journey! My name is Anthony Opara, Sr. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with psychiatric clients for sixteen years across my broad nursing career. This experience allows me to help restore the client to their fullest potential by helping to develop a solution that is individualized, thoughtful and non-judgmental. I take the time to help uncover the many factors that contribute to the breakdown of the client’s mental health and together, with the input of the client, develop solutions that are meaningful.
Hello and congratulations on the first step of your mental health journey! My name is Anthony Opara, Sr. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with psychiatric clients for sixteen years across my broad nursing career. This experience allows me to help restore the client to their fullest potential by helping to develop a solution that is individualized, thoughtful and non-judgmental. I take the time to help uncover the many factors that contribute to the breakdown of the client’s mental health and together, with the input of the client, develop solutions that are meaningful.
(313) 209-9917 View (313) 209-9917
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
(313) 825-4818 View (313) 825-4818
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Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allen Park, MI 48101
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(248) 453-7513 View (248) 453-7513
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Shanta Nicole Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, C
Verified Verified
Brownstown, MI 48134  (Online Only)
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
My belief is that you can overcome any obstacle you are facing. My mission is for you to achieve personal growth, symptom reduction/resolution, and obtain a functional and satisfying life. Furthermore, my goal is to provide you with an environment that is relaxing and therapeutic by using a holistic approach to treating the mind, spirit, and body. Having a trusting and professional relationship with your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner should be long-lasting, personal, and fulfilling. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and families, and I have experience in a wide range of mental health disorders.
(947) 208-4181 View (947) 208-4181
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
(313) 546-9643 View (313) 546-9643
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(406) 282-8320 View (406) 282-8320
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Eucheria Mbata
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements
(929) 412-1179 View (929) 412-1179
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48121
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers.
(734) 294-5776 View (734) 294-5776
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Falon (Simpson) Pollifrone
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Inkster, MI 48141
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
(734) 245-8875 View (734) 245-8875
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Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn, MI 48124  (Online Only)
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
(248) 218-9429 View (248) 218-9429
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Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
(313) 456-9932 View (313) 456-9932
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New Oakland Family Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Southgate, MI 48195
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
(800) 393-3223 View (800) 393-3223
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Steven Clevenger
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dearborn, MI 48120  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
(313) 450-9318 View (313) 450-9318
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Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Allen Park, MI 48101
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+.
(734) 802-1997 View (734) 802-1997
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Zeeshan Choudhry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Southgate, MI 48195
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223
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Cody Shinavier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southgate, MI 48195
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223

Online Psychiatrists

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Steven L. Gotlib MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wyandotte, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wyandotte, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
67% Anxiety
67% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Wyandotte, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wyandotte?

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.