Psychiatrists in Ballwin, MO

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Angela Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballwin, MO 63011
I enjoy providing my patients with a therapeutic, non-judgmental environment in which they can feel heard and understood. One cannot heal in an environment where they continue to feel shame for symptoms or past experiences, so I do my best to put patients' minds at ease while we develop a strong therapeutic relationship.
I enjoy providing my patients with a therapeutic, non-judgmental environment in which they can feel heard and understood. One cannot heal in an environment where they continue to feel shame for symptoms or past experiences, so I do my best to put patients' minds at ease while we develop a strong therapeutic relationship.
(314) 912-1156 View (314) 912-1156
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Ajit Trikha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63011
Helping You Get Healthy With over 25 years of psychiatric experience, I understand how to work with my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. My thoughtful and personalized approach means I'm fully committed to the health and well-being of all my patients. Treatment for a complete spectrum of psychiatric and psychological disorders include Depressive and Bipolar disorders, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, Stress disorders, Addiction disorders, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Dual diagnosis, Adult Hyperactivity Disorder, Grief, Bereavement, and Anger management. DATA-Certified Physician eligible to provide buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment for opioid dependency.
Helping You Get Healthy With over 25 years of psychiatric experience, I understand how to work with my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. My thoughtful and personalized approach means I'm fully committed to the health and well-being of all my patients. Treatment for a complete spectrum of psychiatric and psychological disorders include Depressive and Bipolar disorders, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, Stress disorders, Addiction disorders, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Dual diagnosis, Adult Hyperactivity Disorder, Grief, Bereavement, and Anger management. DATA-Certified Physician eligible to provide buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment for opioid dependency.
(636) 275-1957 View (636) 275-1957
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Haley Koepp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63011
Dr. Haley Koepp is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2018. She holds a Bachelor's degree in pPychology from Webster University and a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Barnes-Jewish Goldfarb School of Nursing. She also holds a Master's degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Purdue University Global. Dr. Koepp treats acute and chronic mental health disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings and all ages of the lifespan.
Dr. Haley Koepp is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2018. She holds a Bachelor's degree in pPychology from Webster University and a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Barnes-Jewish Goldfarb School of Nursing. She also holds a Master's degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Purdue University Global. Dr. Koepp treats acute and chronic mental health disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings and all ages of the lifespan.
(314) 934-2794 View (314) 934-2794
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Dr. Michelle Hill
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63011
Dr. Michelle Hill received her medical degree from A. T. Still University "“ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. She served honorably in the Army for 8 years before working as a civilian in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Hill is board certified in General Psychiatry. She is also a member of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians.
Dr. Michelle Hill received her medical degree from A. T. Still University "“ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. She served honorably in the Army for 8 years before working as a civilian in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Hill is board certified in General Psychiatry. She is also a member of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians.
(314) 270-1970 View (314) 270-1970
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Anna Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63011
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
(314) 897-7162 View (314) 897-7162
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Aspire Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63021  (Online Only)
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
(636) 435-2586 View (636) 435-2586
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63021
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dr. Anjuli Maharaj Shah
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63021  (Online Only)
Dr. Shah is more than just your typical psychiatrist. She embraces a harmonious blend of innovative practices alongside traditional clinical approaches, attuned to your individual needs. To provide bespoke treatment, Dr. Shah is trained in a diversity of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and trauma-focused therapy as well as motivational interviewing. With Board certification in psychiatry, Dr. Shah stands as your expert ally, ready to unlock mental and emotional health through a truly whole-person approach.
Dr. Shah is more than just your typical psychiatrist. She embraces a harmonious blend of innovative practices alongside traditional clinical approaches, attuned to your individual needs. To provide bespoke treatment, Dr. Shah is trained in a diversity of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and trauma-focused therapy as well as motivational interviewing. With Board certification in psychiatry, Dr. Shah stands as your expert ally, ready to unlock mental and emotional health through a truly whole-person approach.
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James Mikolajczak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ladue, MO 63124
I strongly believe a good psychotherapy experience is based on a good healthy connection between the patient and therapist. Within this relationship the two can both explore the internal and external world in which the patient lives. The internal world arises from both present and past experiences. An understanding of these worlds and the conflicts within these worlds, leads to an easing of the patient's symptoms and an improved resilience to handle life's events. Lasting results come gradually in psychotherapy. I offer meeting with a patient to listen and discuss one's history. I will provide my assessment of some of the important life experiences and make a recommendation of what treatment I might offer to relieve symptoms. As a physician, I offer medication management along with psychotherapy. I treat children, adolescents, and adults in psychotherapy and medical psychotherapy.
I strongly believe a good psychotherapy experience is based on a good healthy connection between the patient and therapist. Within this relationship the two can both explore the internal and external world in which the patient lives. The internal world arises from both present and past experiences. An understanding of these worlds and the conflicts within these worlds, leads to an easing of the patient's symptoms and an improved resilience to handle life's events. Lasting results come gradually in psychotherapy. I offer meeting with a patient to listen and discuss one's history. I will provide my assessment of some of the important life experiences and make a recommendation of what treatment I might offer to relieve symptoms. As a physician, I offer medication management along with psychotherapy. I treat children, adolescents, and adults in psychotherapy and medical psychotherapy.
(314) 828-1343 View (314) 828-1343
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Dr. Leena Kurre
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clayton, MO 63124
Hello and welcome! I'm Dr. Leena Kurre, I specialize in treating individuals who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders with medication.   My approach to psychiatry is centered around the well-being and individual needs of each patient. I believe that a comprehensive assessment, combined with a warm and empathetic therapeutic relationship, can pave the way to effective treatment and lasting recovery. Together, we will work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
Hello and welcome! I'm Dr. Leena Kurre, I specialize in treating individuals who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders with medication.   My approach to psychiatry is centered around the well-being and individual needs of each patient. I believe that a comprehensive assessment, combined with a warm and empathetic therapeutic relationship, can pave the way to effective treatment and lasting recovery. Together, we will work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
(573) 508-0720 View (573) 508-0720
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Oladayo (Dayo) Farodoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
(314) 876-6846 View (314) 876-6846
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Nicole Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Clayton, MO 63124
Nicole Parker graduated with her Master's Degree in Nursing from Maryville University in 2020 and became a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to graduation she spent time working as an RN in a fast-paced Emergency Department and in acute inpatient behavioral units. She also spent time teaching the specialized focus of mental health clinical rotation to future registered nurses. Nicole's primary focus has been working with inner city children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health disorders.
Nicole Parker graduated with her Master's Degree in Nursing from Maryville University in 2020 and became a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to graduation she spent time working as an RN in a fast-paced Emergency Department and in acute inpatient behavioral units. She also spent time teaching the specialized focus of mental health clinical rotation to future registered nurses. Nicole's primary focus has been working with inner city children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health disorders.
(314) 916-3616 View (314) 916-3616
Monica Bishop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkwood, MO 63122
My goal is to build a lasting relationship with my patients, helping them to live a life that is authentic. I get to know the whole person, and we will work collaboratively to help you meet your needs. I have a relaxed style and try to foster a comfortable environment. I individualize treatment to each person, using a combination of medications and therapy as appropriate. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 20 years. I specialize in treating patients with eating disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, and other co-morbid disorders. I work with patients ages 10 and up.
My goal is to build a lasting relationship with my patients, helping them to live a life that is authentic. I get to know the whole person, and we will work collaboratively to help you meet your needs. I have a relaxed style and try to foster a comfortable environment. I individualize treatment to each person, using a combination of medications and therapy as appropriate. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 20 years. I specialize in treating patients with eating disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, and other co-morbid disorders. I work with patients ages 10 and up.
(314) 947-3528 View (314) 947-3528
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Kelly M McKinney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017  (Online Only)
My name is Kelly McKinney, I am a Nurse Practitioner, dual certified in Family/Primary Care and Mental Health. I have eleven years of experience as a registered nurse in the areas of Pediatrics, Oncology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Public Health, Primary Care and Mental Health. I have been practicing as a certified Nurse Practitioner for six of those years. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Goldfarb School of Nursing in 2010. Later, I earned a Master of Science in Nursing and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) from Walden University in 2015.
My name is Kelly McKinney, I am a Nurse Practitioner, dual certified in Family/Primary Care and Mental Health. I have eleven years of experience as a registered nurse in the areas of Pediatrics, Oncology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Public Health, Primary Care and Mental Health. I have been practicing as a certified Nurse Practitioner for six of those years. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Goldfarb School of Nursing in 2010. Later, I earned a Master of Science in Nursing and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) from Walden University in 2015.
(636) 202-1772 View (636) 202-1772
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Abraham Medaris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Not accepting new clients
Patients suffering from: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mood related symptoms.
Patients suffering from: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mood related symptoms.
(636) 259-4513 View (636) 259-4513
Chido Zvirawa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Accepting NEW clients. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health.
Accepting NEW clients. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals, with a passion for promoting mental well-being. I am committed to helping you navigate life's challenges and achieve optimal mental health.
(636) 745-4624 View (636) 745-4624
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Rachel Kranz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
(636) 324-8653 View (636) 324-8653
Photo of Susan Dawson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ballwin, MO
Susan Dawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD , PMHNP
High Ridge, MO 63049
I am a licensed and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, in practice for over 25yrs. I have served as a Professor, Dean and Director of nursing programs. My passion is in helping people in need of substantial management of mental health issues. Helping patients with addiction and adult psychiatry issues is essential for the success of those in these situations. I'm looking forward to serving patients who are ready to deal with their mental health issues, head on. If you need a provider who cares, believes in being honest and trustworthy consider care here is the place.
I am a licensed and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, in practice for over 25yrs. I have served as a Professor, Dean and Director of nursing programs. My passion is in helping people in need of substantial management of mental health issues. Helping patients with addiction and adult psychiatry issues is essential for the success of those in these situations. I'm looking forward to serving patients who are ready to deal with their mental health issues, head on. If you need a provider who cares, believes in being honest and trustworthy consider care here is the place.
(314) 730-1975 View (314) 730-1975
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Tamara Runge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122
Tamara Runge is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passion is in providing care and treatment for adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to help her clients achieve a better quality of life using a combination of both medicinal and holistic treatment approaches, each dependent on her clients' unique and individual needs. Tamara practices with LifeStance Health in offices in Kirkwood and Clayton, Missouri. She also has the ability to see patients from home via telehealth services.
Tamara Runge is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passion is in providing care and treatment for adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health conditions. Her goal is to help her clients achieve a better quality of life using a combination of both medicinal and holistic treatment approaches, each dependent on her clients' unique and individual needs. Tamara practices with LifeStance Health in offices in Kirkwood and Clayton, Missouri. She also has the ability to see patients from home via telehealth services.
(314) 626-8235 View (314) 626-8235
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Mary Weiss
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63126
Dr. Mary Weiss is a Psychiatrist in Missouri who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Weiss approaches patients with empathy and respect. She primarily manages medications but may also incorporate therapy modalities. Dr. Weiss enjoys mystery books, word puzzles, and spending time with family.
Dr. Mary Weiss is a Psychiatrist in Missouri who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Weiss approaches patients with empathy and respect. She primarily manages medications but may also incorporate therapy modalities. Dr. Weiss enjoys mystery books, word puzzles, and spending time with family.
(314) 347-3582 View (314) 347-3582

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ballwin, MO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ballwin, MO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
88% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Grief

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% UMR

How Psychiatrists in Ballwin, MO see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ballwin?

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.