Psychiatrists in Aberdeen, NC

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Kelly Teabo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Aberdeen, NC 28315  (Online Only)
Kelly is now offering telehealth visits to help with Behavioral Health, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care, and much more. We have dual board-certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today.
Kelly is now offering telehealth visits to help with Behavioral Health, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care, and much more. We have dual board-certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today.
(218) 308-2925 View (218) 308-2925
Philip Russell Couch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified
Aberdeen, NC 28315
I am a provider who believes in treating the "whole person" which is why I am credentialed as an FNP and a PMHNP. I can help patients with their medical issues as well as their mental health needs. We also have therapists on staff to help those who benefit best from therapy. I believe if the medical side can speak to the mental health side it ensures a more thorough level of care. I enjoy working with elderly, adults, teens who present with a variety of medical and mental health needs.
I am a provider who believes in treating the "whole person" which is why I am credentialed as an FNP and a PMHNP. I can help patients with their medical issues as well as their mental health needs. We also have therapists on staff to help those who benefit best from therapy. I believe if the medical side can speak to the mental health side it ensures a more thorough level of care. I enjoy working with elderly, adults, teens who present with a variety of medical and mental health needs.
(910) 469-1135 View (910) 469-1135
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Deanna Hercik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Aberdeen, NC 28315  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in health care. My goal is to help patients live their best lives by treating the whole person. We will work together to determine the treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. I will provide individualized care, not "one size fits all" approach to medication management.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in health care. My goal is to help patients live their best lives by treating the whole person. We will work together to determine the treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. I will provide individualized care, not "one size fits all" approach to medication management.
(757) 919-3209 View (757) 919-3209

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TelePsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pinehurst, NC 28374
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video across North Carolina. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
(910) 386-0162 View (910) 386-0162
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Agape Counseling Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pinehurst, NC 28374
I love what I do! I have been working as a Psych NP for over 4 years with experience in an outpatient setting, PHP and inpatient setting. I specialize in seeing children and adolescents. I can help you with issues of ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders and relationship problems. I will listen to your needs and we will make a plan together. I can’t wait to meet you and provide you with the best help I can. You are already taking the first step and I’m so glad you are. You are not alone.
I love what I do! I have been working as a Psych NP for over 4 years with experience in an outpatient setting, PHP and inpatient setting. I specialize in seeing children and adolescents. I can help you with issues of ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders and relationship problems. I will listen to your needs and we will make a plan together. I can’t wait to meet you and provide you with the best help I can. You are already taking the first step and I’m so glad you are. You are not alone.
(910) 543-3461 View (910) 543-3461
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Redeem Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, insomnia or fatigue, perhaps divorce or toxic relationships? You're not alone. I understand how isolating and overwhelming it can be to seek mental health services in our healthcare system. But here's the good news: I am here to help you. As a family physician specializing in medical and integrative psychiatry, I offer the professional and personal experience you need to overcome these challenges. Together, we can navigate your journey towards healing and reclaiming your wellbeing.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression, insomnia or fatigue, perhaps divorce or toxic relationships? You're not alone. I understand how isolating and overwhelming it can be to seek mental health services in our healthcare system. But here's the good news: I am here to help you. As a family physician specializing in medical and integrative psychiatry, I offer the professional and personal experience you need to overcome these challenges. Together, we can navigate your journey towards healing and reclaiming your wellbeing.
(910) 900-6066 View (910) 900-6066
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Bryan L Bacon
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Pinehurst, NC 28374
I was an Army Psychiatrist for more than 20 years and treated everyone from privates to general officers. My clinical duties took me from Hawaii to Afghanistan and many places in between. I am best suited to help you with problems related to PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and relationship problems.
I was an Army Psychiatrist for more than 20 years and treated everyone from privates to general officers. My clinical duties took me from Hawaii to Afghanistan and many places in between. I am best suited to help you with problems related to PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse and relationship problems.
(910) 684-3382 View (910) 684-3382
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Tammie Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Pinehurst, NC 28374
My desire is to provide comprehensive outpatient mental healthcare by providing holistic care to improve your mental well-being. My goal is to collaborate with you to discover your personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment. We provide services for all ages (children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics). We offer a thorough clinical evaluation and personalized treatment approach to determine your needs. We provide treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, ODD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
My desire is to provide comprehensive outpatient mental healthcare by providing holistic care to improve your mental well-being. My goal is to collaborate with you to discover your personal treatment goals and formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment. We provide services for all ages (children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics). We offer a thorough clinical evaluation and personalized treatment approach to determine your needs. We provide treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, ODD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
(910) 387-5913 View (910) 387-5913
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Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Pinehurst, NC 28374  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(910) 537-6828 View (910) 537-6828

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Clearis Anujeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Hope For All LLC is a general adult psychiatry practice located in Raleigh, NC. Currently, all services are provided via telehealth. Accepting clients ages 18-65 for psychiatric consultation and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, and/or medication management. our goal is to advocate for patients who struggle with mental illness to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, a non-judgemental approach, and focus on holistic care.
Accepting New Clients. Hope For All LLC is a general adult psychiatry practice located in Raleigh, NC. Currently, all services are provided via telehealth. Accepting clients ages 18-65 for psychiatric consultation and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, and/or medication management. our goal is to advocate for patients who struggle with mental illness to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, a non-judgemental approach, and focus on holistic care.
(984) 230-8494 View (984) 230-8494
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Best Day Psychiatry & Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
At Best Day Psychiatry, we pride ourselves in providing the time necessary to render excellent care to all age groups, assist our clients in navigating a complex system, finding the best supporting specialists and enabling excellent communication to ensure the highest quality services. Our collaborative approach includes specialized and creative interventions based on your specific needs, whether it is psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. We are passionate about helping our clients live happier lives and approach each client’s challenges with a caring optimism.
At Best Day Psychiatry, we pride ourselves in providing the time necessary to render excellent care to all age groups, assist our clients in navigating a complex system, finding the best supporting specialists and enabling excellent communication to ensure the highest quality services. Our collaborative approach includes specialized and creative interventions based on your specific needs, whether it is psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. We are passionate about helping our clients live happier lives and approach each client’s challenges with a caring optimism.
(919) 364-6492 View (919) 364-6492
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Bret Guidry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
(980) 575-0518 View (980) 575-0518
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Heather Herman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Weddington, NC 28104
Being an adult is hard work-especially during life transitions! You want to feel good, function at your best, and enjoy your life but sometimes, despite your best efforts, you get stuck. You want to do whatever you need to to feel better, but you don't know where to start. Maybe you've had negative experiences in healthcare. Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, or general feelings of being overwhelmed, can lead to physical and emotional symptoms. These struggles affect self-confidence, relationships, and overall well-being. That's where I come in to help you find the best plan for your individual needs.
Being an adult is hard work-especially during life transitions! You want to feel good, function at your best, and enjoy your life but sometimes, despite your best efforts, you get stuck. You want to do whatever you need to to feel better, but you don't know where to start. Maybe you've had negative experiences in healthcare. Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, or general feelings of being overwhelmed, can lead to physical and emotional symptoms. These struggles affect self-confidence, relationships, and overall well-being. That's where I come in to help you find the best plan for your individual needs.
(336) 620-2085 View (336) 620-2085
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Levina Kumar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
(919) 737-2880 View (919) 737-2880
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Joseph Vincent Jordan
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(919) 355-0667 View (919) 355-0667
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Susan Schleith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
(919) 646-3099 View (919) 646-3099
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Denise Dechow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
As a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, I provide medication evaluation and management for for teens, college students, and adults who are struggling with common mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. In addition, I can also help IBS, tension headaches, and migraines. As part of a holistic approach, I often incorporate bind body techniques and lifestyle recommendations into your treatment plan. Together, we will create a comprehensive plan to help you feel better, mentally and physically. Please reach out for free phone consultation to determine if my practice is a good fit for you!
As a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, I provide medication evaluation and management for for teens, college students, and adults who are struggling with common mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. In addition, I can also help IBS, tension headaches, and migraines. As part of a holistic approach, I often incorporate bind body techniques and lifestyle recommendations into your treatment plan. Together, we will create a comprehensive plan to help you feel better, mentally and physically. Please reach out for free phone consultation to determine if my practice is a good fit for you!
(984) 364-8201 View (984) 364-8201
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Excel Psychiatric Associates, PA
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
Hello and welcome. My name is Timothy Balisky and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that I am a nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification focused on psychiatric mental healthcare. Three particular areas that I focus on within this specialty of mental health are treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have a real passion for understanding the details that make up every person’s history, particularly as it relates to their struggle with mental illness.
Hello and welcome. My name is Timothy Balisky and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that I am a nurse practitioner with specialty training and board certification focused on psychiatric mental healthcare. Three particular areas that I focus on within this specialty of mental health are treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have a real passion for understanding the details that make up every person’s history, particularly as it relates to their struggle with mental illness.
(704) 457-9292 View (704) 457-9292
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Urvashi Goswami
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28287
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
Dr. Urvashi Goswami chose psychiatry when she realized “whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body.”
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Navjyot Binning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
Mental health has always been my passion and I strive to deliver compassionate care to my clients. I started working as a psychiatric nurse in 2019 and the opportunity to work with people who have/had difficulties is a very honorable thing that I have done in my life. In addition, I have worked as a charge nurse and gained leadership skills. My passion for helping others struggling with mental health problems has led me to pursue a career as a PMHNP. I'm a board-certified PMHNP with a lot of experience under my belt. I intend to use my experience and knowledge in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to help patients.
Mental health has always been my passion and I strive to deliver compassionate care to my clients. I started working as a psychiatric nurse in 2019 and the opportunity to work with people who have/had difficulties is a very honorable thing that I have done in my life. In addition, I have worked as a charge nurse and gained leadership skills. My passion for helping others struggling with mental health problems has led me to pursue a career as a PMHNP. I'm a board-certified PMHNP with a lot of experience under my belt. I intend to use my experience and knowledge in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to help patients.
(614) 756-2822 View (614) 756-2822

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Number of Psychiatrists in Aberdeen, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Aberdeen, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
67% Relationship Issues

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Aberdeen, NC see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Aberdeen?

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.