Psychiatrists in Prior Lake, MN

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Emerald Bridge Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prior Lake, MN 55372  (Online Only)
Using an integrative approach, busy professional adults can receive a holistic approach to your care. Depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia are all ailments that can be approached by looking at the whole body and mind. Hormones, diet, weight can also play a role in your overall health and well-being.
Using an integrative approach, busy professional adults can receive a holistic approach to your care. Depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia are all ailments that can be approached by looking at the whole body and mind. Hormones, diet, weight can also play a role in your overall health and well-being.
(952) 522-4345 View (952) 522-4345
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Marquitta Trimnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Living with a mental illness can be challenging. Maybe you have sought out support from loved ones or are engaged in psychotherapy, but continue to struggle with symptoms that impact your daily life. If you are interested in discussing the other interventions we offer here at Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare, from supplements and medications to Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), please reach out and schedule a time for us to connect!
Living with a mental illness can be challenging. Maybe you have sought out support from loved ones or are engaged in psychotherapy, but continue to struggle with symptoms that impact your daily life. If you are interested in discussing the other interventions we offer here at Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare, from supplements and medications to Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), please reach out and schedule a time for us to connect!
(952) 295-3666 View (952) 295-3666

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Kadian Simmonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (Online Only)
Our mental health is essential in keeping us balanced in our daily lives. I can help you obtain balance in your mental health. My goal is to help you handle your interpretation and response to your daily stressors. I can assist you through psychotherapy or prescriptive medications. During my spare time I enjoy the oceans and rivers. My interpretation of life is like the ocean coming to shore, it is always a different wave symbolic for our opportunity to make a difference daily.
Our mental health is essential in keeping us balanced in our daily lives. I can help you obtain balance in your mental health. My goal is to help you handle your interpretation and response to your daily stressors. I can assist you through psychotherapy or prescriptive medications. During my spare time I enjoy the oceans and rivers. My interpretation of life is like the ocean coming to shore, it is always a different wave symbolic for our opportunity to make a difference daily.
(952) 209-7703 View (952) 209-7703
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Nicole Burkette Ikebata
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Shakopee, MN 55379
At Maple Psychiatry, I help children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with self acceptance, worry, irritability, sadness and difficulty in relationships who crave change for themselves. If you are creative and open to trying new things in order to change and grow, we will work great together!
At Maple Psychiatry, I help children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with self acceptance, worry, irritability, sadness and difficulty in relationships who crave change for themselves. If you are creative and open to trying new things in order to change and grow, we will work great together!
(763) 347-2235 View (763) 347-2235
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Afolake Adewumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
(952) 592-2485 View (952) 592-2485
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Olivia Grayson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
With a passion for mental health and a commitment to patient care, Olivia strives to provide personalized and holistic treatment plans that promote well-being and recovery. She is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of her patients and is driven by the belief that every individual deserves access to high-quality mental health care.
With a passion for mental health and a commitment to patient care, Olivia strives to provide personalized and holistic treatment plans that promote well-being and recovery. She is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of her patients and is driven by the belief that every individual deserves access to high-quality mental health care.
(952) 592-3755 View (952) 592-3755
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Brenna Christie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and have a particular interest in women’s mental health. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and what is important to you. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and have a particular interest in women’s mental health. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and what is important to you. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
(952) 900-3349 View (952) 900-3349
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Krista Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Shakopee, MN 55379
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
(952) 900-3693 View (952) 900-3693
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shakopee, MN 55379
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(253) 487-0709 View (253) 487-0709
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Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (Online Only)
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110
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Michael Omomo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
Immediate Telehealth and in person clinic appointments available. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and is willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Immediate Telehealth and in person clinic appointments available. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and is willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
(952) 213-6459 View (952) 213-6459
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Jeremiah Randall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
I welcome the diversity of all people and approach everyone as a priority. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. As your advocate, I strive to enhance your personal wellbeing through honest and transparent communication. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and for what is important to you. To me, you are not just my client, you are a unique and valuable person, who happens to be my client. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
I welcome the diversity of all people and approach everyone as a priority. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. As your advocate, I strive to enhance your personal wellbeing through honest and transparent communication. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and for what is important to you. To me, you are not just my client, you are a unique and valuable person, who happens to be my client. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
(952) 243-5545 View (952) 243-5545
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Grant Gregory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
Grant Gregory is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He has enjoyed working in the behavioral health field since 2006. He has worked and trained in a variety of settings including chemical dependency facilities, adult/child/adolescent inpatient hospitals, outpatient and forensic settings, and in residential treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Grant Gregory is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He has enjoyed working in the behavioral health field since 2006. He has worked and trained in a variety of settings including chemical dependency facilities, adult/child/adolescent inpatient hospitals, outpatient and forensic settings, and in residential treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
(952) 243-2159 View (952) 243-2159
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Joanne Howden-Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Hello, I'm Joanne, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to individuals of all ages, with a particular focus on children and adolescents. I offer the convenience of both in-office and telehealth appointments, ensuring you can access care in a way that best suits your needs. My approach is holistic, combining medication where necessary with therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues. I am not just a provider but a partner in your mental health journey.
Hello, I'm Joanne, a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to individuals of all ages, with a particular focus on children and adolescents. I offer the convenience of both in-office and telehealth appointments, ensuring you can access care in a way that best suits your needs. My approach is holistic, combining medication where necessary with therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues. I am not just a provider but a partner in your mental health journey.
(763) 951-1277 View (763) 951-1277
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Jessica Wettlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378  (Online Only)
Jessica is a highly trained and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Nursing and Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has spent over 21 years in mental health serving both child and adult clients and is passionate about helping others navigate their own mental health challenges. She started her career in mental health working in both the adult and juvenile correction settings, mental health group homes, and continued on into the Healthcare setting. She has since served in inpatient hospitals, supervised mental health lodging facilities, and taught mental health in Universities and hospitals.
Jessica is a highly trained and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Nursing and Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has spent over 21 years in mental health serving both child and adult clients and is passionate about helping others navigate their own mental health challenges. She started her career in mental health working in both the adult and juvenile correction settings, mental health group homes, and continued on into the Healthcare setting. She has since served in inpatient hospitals, supervised mental health lodging facilities, and taught mental health in Universities and hospitals.
(952) 592-4404 View (952) 592-4404
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Phoebe Nyabando
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nyaband
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55437
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
(952) 800-7442 View (952) 800-7442
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Melissa Buss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Welcome! My name is Melissa Buss, I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I possess the skills and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With over a decade of expertise, I have served as an outpatient clinician in Minnesota addressing the mental health needs of individuals in rural settings.
Welcome! My name is Melissa Buss, I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I possess the skills and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With over a decade of expertise, I have served as an outpatient clinician in Minnesota addressing the mental health needs of individuals in rural settings.
(651) 615-4661 View (651) 615-4661
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Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
(952) 314-4594 View (952) 314-4594
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Hanan Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnsville, MN 55306
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
(952) 592-9801 View (952) 592-9801
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AB Holistic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(763) 710-3772 View (763) 710-3772

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Prior Lake, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Prior Lake, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Geriatric and Seniors
50% Parenting

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Prior Lake, MN see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prior Lake?

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.