Psychiatrists in Willmar, MN

Photo of Tracy Zimmerman-DeSchepper ( Modern Mojo), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Willmar, MN
Tracy Zimmerman-DeSchepper ( Modern Mojo)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Willmar, MN 56201
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
(218) 975-0525 View (218) 975-0525

Online Psychiatrists

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Sonja Theobald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55413
• I am an empathetic Psych & Mental Health NP with a diverse nursing background; I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, med management & psychotherapy for all ages. • My special interest & focus is children, adolescents, perinatal & substance abuse populations. • Each person, adolescent & child is their own unique person & we can together work towards a holistic, integrated & individualized plan that is unique to your needs & goals. • My goal is that you feel heard, respected & find what works for you and your mental health. ❈ ~ ❈ ~ ❈ ~• “Relentless kindness has the power to restore, inspire, rescue & unite.” - Hal Donaldson
• I am an empathetic Psych & Mental Health NP with a diverse nursing background; I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, med management & psychotherapy for all ages. • My special interest & focus is children, adolescents, perinatal & substance abuse populations. • Each person, adolescent & child is their own unique person & we can together work towards a holistic, integrated & individualized plan that is unique to your needs & goals. • My goal is that you feel heard, respected & find what works for you and your mental health. ❈ ~ ❈ ~ ❈ ~• “Relentless kindness has the power to restore, inspire, rescue & unite.” - Hal Donaldson
(612) 453-4351 View (612) 453-4351
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Sarah Shrader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to build a collaborative relationships with my clients by getting to know them as a person and gaining an understanding of what their unique needs and concerns are. I value taking a holistic approach to treatment and believe that medication is only one part of the solution – often the best outcomes are seen with a combination of therapy and medication.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to build a collaborative relationships with my clients by getting to know them as a person and gaining an understanding of what their unique needs and concerns are. I value taking a holistic approach to treatment and believe that medication is only one part of the solution – often the best outcomes are seen with a combination of therapy and medication.
(651) 564-9216 View (651) 564-9216
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Eduard Tsyrulnykov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopkins, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Will use comprehensive/integrative approach to provide targeted medication therapy.Will explore possible underlying medical condiiton that could be responsible for mental problems.Will perform medication wash out in case patient has "too many medications without much effect" .
Will use comprehensive/integrative approach to provide targeted medication therapy.Will explore possible underlying medical condiiton that could be responsible for mental problems.Will perform medication wash out in case patient has "too many medications without much effect" .
(786) 833-6850 View (786) 833-6850
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Titilope Omisakin - Dr. T
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55442
I enjoy working with clients across the life-span. I possess a wealth of knowledge having worked with clients in adult psychiatry, dual diagnosis, and child and adolescent psychiatry. My expertise covers a range of diagnoses, including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, Psychotic Disorders, and ASD. I adopt a patient-centered approach, aiming to empower clients to lead their best lives by employing a biopsychosocial framework. I firmly believe in the inherent hope within every individual and collaborates closely with my clients to cultivate insight toward achieving their goals
I enjoy working with clients across the life-span. I possess a wealth of knowledge having worked with clients in adult psychiatry, dual diagnosis, and child and adolescent psychiatry. My expertise covers a range of diagnoses, including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, Psychotic Disorders, and ASD. I adopt a patient-centered approach, aiming to empower clients to lead their best lives by employing a biopsychosocial framework. I firmly believe in the inherent hope within every individual and collaborates closely with my clients to cultivate insight toward achieving their goals
(612) 682-7960 View (612) 682-7960
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Sharon Schultz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, CNP
Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416  (Online Only)
You are more than just a mental health diagnosis. There is an underlying reason for mental health issues, often unexplored or unexplained. When these are recognized, the goal of treatment can be clarified and is often easier to accept. I am a nurse first and strive to see and treat the patient as a whole person. I have a special interest in working with clients with mental health issues and comorbid chronic pain. By addressing physical wellness and combining medication management with diet, exercise, and vitamin supplementation, I add a holistic approach to the treatment of mental health.
You are more than just a mental health diagnosis. There is an underlying reason for mental health issues, often unexplored or unexplained. When these are recognized, the goal of treatment can be clarified and is often easier to accept. I am a nurse first and strive to see and treat the patient as a whole person. I have a special interest in working with clients with mental health issues and comorbid chronic pain. By addressing physical wellness and combining medication management with diet, exercise, and vitamin supplementation, I add a holistic approach to the treatment of mental health.
(612) 230-8768 View (612) 230-8768
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Dr. Jose Rengifo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
(612) 482-7011 View (612) 482-7011
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Olivia Grayson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
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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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
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 trauma 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 virtual 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 trauma 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 virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(603) 207-3133 View (603) 207-3133
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Haley Carlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
(763) 294-7972 View (763) 294-7972
Dr. Anna Ludowese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hello there! I provide medication management and psychotherapy services both in person in Minneapolis and online. I work with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other psychiatric illnesses. I see individuals aged 14 and up with a special interest in working with ages 16 to 40 years old. I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment so that you feel comfortable and safe as we address your mental health concerns.
Hello there! I provide medication management and psychotherapy services both in person in Minneapolis and online. I work with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other psychiatric illnesses. I see individuals aged 14 and up with a special interest in working with ages 16 to 40 years old. I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment so that you feel comfortable and safe as we address your mental health concerns.
(612) 662-5958 View (612) 662-5958
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Telemental Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Are you feeling the weight of a demanding career, the academic demands of school, or the general stresses of everyday life? If you or your loved ones, aged 12 and up, are navigating the challenges of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or burnout, I'm here to extend a helping hand. My name is Gerard Balan, a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner who understands you need mental health support that adapts to your lifestyle. With our services, you'll find discrete, effective care without having to step away from your work, school, or personal commitments.
Are you feeling the weight of a demanding career, the academic demands of school, or the general stresses of everyday life? If you or your loved ones, aged 12 and up, are navigating the challenges of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or burnout, I'm here to extend a helping hand. My name is Gerard Balan, a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner who understands you need mental health support that adapts to your lifestyle. With our services, you'll find discrete, effective care without having to step away from your work, school, or personal commitments.
(612) 314-8967 View (612) 314-8967
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Nexus Of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently 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.
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently 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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James Tutu Fiske
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
(952) 260-8537 View (952) 260-8537
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Jeremiah Randall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
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
Jeannie Campe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55401
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minneapolis whose treatment approach focuses on warm and compassionate care. I treat individuals living with various mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and insomnia. I will work with you, treating you as a whole person, to help you feel more like yourself, and to find balance in your life. My practice offers a non-judgmental and empathetic environment that ensures you feel heard and respected.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minneapolis whose treatment approach focuses on warm and compassionate care. I treat individuals living with various mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and insomnia. I will work with you, treating you as a whole person, to help you feel more like yourself, and to find balance in your life. My practice offers a non-judgmental and empathetic environment that ensures you feel heard and respected.
(763) 265-7124 View (763) 265-7124
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Barb Bryant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
(952) 243-5531 View (952) 243-5531
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Nicole Peluso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
Coming into a new year can be a difficult time. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, with the shared goal of helping you to be at your best in your mental health or addiction recovery. Medication management often serves as a foundation for your treatment, alongside lifestyle changes and whole-body interventions. Working in the mental health field for over 12yrs has given me a unique understanding of the ways in which mental health and/or addiction can intersect to impact your wellbeing. By fully exploring and understanding your experience and needs, we will partner in getting you concrete help.
Coming into a new year can be a difficult time. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, with the shared goal of helping you to be at your best in your mental health or addiction recovery. Medication management often serves as a foundation for your treatment, alongside lifestyle changes and whole-body interventions. Working in the mental health field for over 12yrs has given me a unique understanding of the ways in which mental health and/or addiction can intersect to impact your wellbeing. By fully exploring and understanding your experience and needs, we will partner in getting you concrete help.
(952) 234-8600 View (952) 234-8600
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Tami L Kittleson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
(952) 234-8637 View (952) 234-8637
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Kirby Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, PMH-C
Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
(763) 878-8823 View (763) 878-8823

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Number of Psychiatrists in Willmar, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Willmar, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Willmar, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Willmar?

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.