Psychiatrists in Clemmons, NC

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Jessica Derreberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Clemmons, NC 27012
Please visit our website envisionbehavioralhealth.com and select "request a consultation" to request an appointment. Dr. Jessica Derreberry is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults age 18 and older. She completed her psychiatric residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. She obtained her medical degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. In person or telehealth appointments available.
Please visit our website envisionbehavioralhealth.com and select "request a consultation" to request an appointment. Dr. Jessica Derreberry is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults age 18 and older. She completed her psychiatric residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. She obtained her medical degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. In person or telehealth appointments available.
(336) 344-9110 View (336) 344-9110
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Forsyth Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD, LCAS, LCSW, LPC, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
Forsyth Psychiatric Associates is comprised of a strong team of knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, compassionate, caring professionals, including the psychiatrist and therapists. Our therapist team has extensive training and experience in depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief and loss, trauma, family and marriage struggle, substance use, etc. Our goals are to meet our clients where they are in their journey, and to tailor our interventions to meet the needs of each individual.
Forsyth Psychiatric Associates is comprised of a strong team of knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, compassionate, caring professionals, including the psychiatrist and therapists. Our therapist team has extensive training and experience in depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief and loss, trauma, family and marriage struggle, substance use, etc. Our goals are to meet our clients where they are in their journey, and to tailor our interventions to meet the needs of each individual.
(336) 606-1640 View (336) 606-1640
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Karen Shugart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
With a focus primarily on medication evaluation and management, I offer a warm, open, and non-judgmental approach that empowers clients to share freely and fully participate as they move toward their goals. My goal is to offer evidence-based, inclusive treatment that helps clients function at their highest level.
(336) 360-5711 View (336) 360-5711
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Martha L Eseh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Clemmons, NC 27012
Hello, my name is Martha Eseh and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. My ideal clients are those suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD, Mood disorders, sleep issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia etc. & weight related issues. I diagnose, treat & manage mental health related medications. I provide compassionate care, listen keenly and partner with my clients to provide a personalized treatment plan. Contact me today and lets work together to get your headspace in the right space.
Hello, my name is Martha Eseh and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field. My ideal clients are those suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD, Mood disorders, sleep issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia etc. & weight related issues. I diagnose, treat & manage mental health related medications. I provide compassionate care, listen keenly and partner with my clients to provide a personalized treatment plan. Contact me today and lets work together to get your headspace in the right space.
(336) 739-5119 View (336) 739-5119
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Todd Derreberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clemmons, NC 27012
**I am now accepting medication management patients** I have had the privilege of working in outpatient mental healthcare since 2014. I left my employed position in 2019 with a vision to create a clinic that would offer a more individualized patient experience and allow me to provide the care that I know that my patients need and deserve. Our clinic offers a comforting, caring, and non-judgmental environment for our patients. To allow time to understand your needs our first appointment will be up to 90 minutes in length and we have flexible follow-up appointment lengths ranging from 25 minutes to 1 hour.
**I am now accepting medication management patients** I have had the privilege of working in outpatient mental healthcare since 2014. I left my employed position in 2019 with a vision to create a clinic that would offer a more individualized patient experience and allow me to provide the care that I know that my patients need and deserve. Our clinic offers a comforting, caring, and non-judgmental environment for our patients. To allow time to understand your needs our first appointment will be up to 90 minutes in length and we have flexible follow-up appointment lengths ranging from 25 minutes to 1 hour.
(336) 537-5902 View (336) 537-5902
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Mood Treatment Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clemmons, NC 27012
A nationally recognized center with offices in Boone, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see http://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle).
A nationally recognized center with offices in Boone, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see http://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle).
(828) 949-1718 View (828) 949-1718
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Sarah Goldston
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
As a PA with over 8 years of experience, I work collaboratively with other providers and therapists to provide quality mental health care to clients. This care includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and management (including education, medication prescribing and monitoring) of adults with mental health problems with the goal of helping to restore them to their highest level of functioning. I love to work alongside clients to achieve their goals as I strive to always provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based psychiatric care in a warm and inclusive environment.
As a PA with over 8 years of experience, I work collaboratively with other providers and therapists to provide quality mental health care to clients. This care includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and management (including education, medication prescribing and monitoring) of adults with mental health problems with the goal of helping to restore them to their highest level of functioning. I love to work alongside clients to achieve their goals as I strive to always provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based psychiatric care in a warm and inclusive environment.
(336) 932-8236 View (336) 932-8236
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Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
Certus is Latin for determined. At Certus Psychiatric & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem, we are determined to help our patients emotionally and physically to achieve balance by being active participants in their own care. At Certus, we are a "stigma-free zone." You can come to us with peace of mind in knowing no one will stand in judgment of you. Our primary objectives are to evaluate your symptoms and develop strategies to help put you on a path to recovery and wellness. Believe in WE, and together we will work to help you realize a better quality of life and improved mental wellness.
Certus is Latin for determined. At Certus Psychiatric & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem, we are determined to help our patients emotionally and physically to achieve balance by being active participants in their own care. At Certus, we are a "stigma-free zone." You can come to us with peace of mind in knowing no one will stand in judgment of you. Our primary objectives are to evaluate your symptoms and develop strategies to help put you on a path to recovery and wellness. Believe in WE, and together we will work to help you realize a better quality of life and improved mental wellness.
(833) 701-3111 View (833) 701-3111
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Kairos Medical Consulting
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clemmons, NC 27012
At Kairos Medical Consulting, we believe your voice is important and provide care that is driven by your own views as well as your needs. We recognize that you are more than your diagnosis and your care much more than a compilation of therapies and medications. That is why we offer an opportunity for collaboration at every step of your journey with Dr. Ikwechegh & Dr. Dunham (Board Certified Psychiatrists) who are dedicated to your success. With unique treatment plans tailored to fit your specific needs, we take into account your bio-psychosocial as well as spiritual constructs. We recognize the hidden strength of our patients.
At Kairos Medical Consulting, we believe your voice is important and provide care that is driven by your own views as well as your needs. We recognize that you are more than your diagnosis and your care much more than a compilation of therapies and medications. That is why we offer an opportunity for collaboration at every step of your journey with Dr. Ikwechegh & Dr. Dunham (Board Certified Psychiatrists) who are dedicated to your success. With unique treatment plans tailored to fit your specific needs, we take into account your bio-psychosocial as well as spiritual constructs. We recognize the hidden strength of our patients.
(336) 560-8836 View (336) 560-8836

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Neuropsychiatric Care Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27103
My name is Mojeed Akintayo(aka Dr. A). I am a practicing psychiatrist in Greensboro, NC. I completed my medical education at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. I proceeded to Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center in New York City where I completed my training in Adult/General Psychiatry. I attended fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. I am Board Certified in Adult and general Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked as a staff psychiatrist at various hospitals.
My name is Mojeed Akintayo(aka Dr. A). I am a practicing psychiatrist in Greensboro, NC. I completed my medical education at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. I proceeded to Columbia University, Harlem Hospital Center in New York City where I completed my training in Adult/General Psychiatry. I attended fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. I am Board Certified in Adult and general Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have worked as a staff psychiatrist at various hospitals.
(336) 397-4428 View (336) 397-4428
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Lydia Ramos
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, NC 27023
As your dedicated healthcare provider, I firmly believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, encompassing all aspects of life that contribute to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. I recognize that the mind and body are intricately connected, and we prioritize an integrated perspective on your wellness. In our practice, we take the time to understand you and consider how various factors, including nutrition, physical activity, career, hobbies, community involvement, identity, values, and other life components, impact your mental health.
As your dedicated healthcare provider, I firmly believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, encompassing all aspects of life that contribute to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. I recognize that the mind and body are intricately connected, and we prioritize an integrated perspective on your wellness. In our practice, we take the time to understand you and consider how various factors, including nutrition, physical activity, career, hobbies, community involvement, identity, values, and other life components, impact your mental health.
(919) 701-4525 View (919) 701-4525
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Katherine Rahenkamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103  (Online Only)
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 17 years of extensive experience in healthcare, I have honed my skills across a spectrum of clinical settings, encompassing acute and maternal inpatient care, as well as outpatient care. My commitment lies in delivering comprehensive and compassionate mental health services to patients spanning all age groups, addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 17 years of extensive experience in healthcare, I have honed my skills across a spectrum of clinical settings, encompassing acute and maternal inpatient care, as well as outpatient care. My commitment lies in delivering comprehensive and compassionate mental health services to patients spanning all age groups, addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and ADHD.
(336) 560-9212 View (336) 560-9212
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Jade Montana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
The Sage Institute is a private practice that encourages and empowers individuals to live their optimal lives. I provide psychiatric medication management services integrated with supportive therapy. I practice with patience and open-mindedness to help meet you where you are. Visits are tailored toward your needs and goals. The mind, body, and soul are at the core of each individual. We are all unique and should be treated as such. I can help you decide if psychiatric medication is right for you and work with you to optimize your medication plan as well as consider a range of interventions to support your mental health.
The Sage Institute is a private practice that encourages and empowers individuals to live their optimal lives. I provide psychiatric medication management services integrated with supportive therapy. I practice with patience and open-mindedness to help meet you where you are. Visits are tailored toward your needs and goals. The mind, body, and soul are at the core of each individual. We are all unique and should be treated as such. I can help you decide if psychiatric medication is right for you and work with you to optimize your medication plan as well as consider a range of interventions to support your mental health.
(336) 443-6857 View (336) 443-6857
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Michael Maggio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103  (Online Only)
In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Bluesky Telepsych, I am dedicated to providing the best quality of care that I can in order to improve each patient’s quality of living. I am privileged to serve our patients and will constantly seek to earn the trust placed in my care. My main goal in this field is to elevate a patient’s quality of living and to assist them in achieving their fullest potential. I genuinely care about the patient as a whole and that my main goal is to provide the best care that I am able to provide in order to improve the patient’s quality of life.
In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Bluesky Telepsych, I am dedicated to providing the best quality of care that I can in order to improve each patient’s quality of living. I am privileged to serve our patients and will constantly seek to earn the trust placed in my care. My main goal in this field is to elevate a patient’s quality of living and to assist them in achieving their fullest potential. I genuinely care about the patient as a whole and that my main goal is to provide the best care that I am able to provide in order to improve the patient’s quality of life.
(336) 396-7894 View (336) 396-7894
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Mood Treatment Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27104
A nationally recognized center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see https://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle/).
A nationally recognized center with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Boone NC. We offer counseling, medication, natural treatments, DBT, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and esketamine. When people take medications, we help them build a lifestyle to further their recovery (see https://www.moodtreatmentcenter.com/lifestyle/).
(336) 439-3504 View (336) 439-3504
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Laurie Arena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSWA, RYT-200
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
Mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. This is why a holistic approach to mental health care is so imperative. I prescribe psychiatric medications and can help you walk through the decision of whether or not medication might be helpful for you, how to optimize your current medication plan, or even the process of coming off of or taking less medication. I can make recommendations about lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification. I also offer individual therapy with or without medication management.
Mental, physical, and spiritual health are all intertwined. This is why a holistic approach to mental health care is so imperative. I prescribe psychiatric medications and can help you walk through the decision of whether or not medication might be helpful for you, how to optimize your current medication plan, or even the process of coming off of or taking less medication. I can make recommendations about lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and behavior modification. I also offer individual therapy with or without medication management.
(336) 815-4270 View (336) 815-4270
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Catherine Browning
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Catherine Browning, PA-C is a "triple deac". She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program in 2019. She also has a Masters in Management from Wake Forest University School of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Health and Excercise Science from Wake Forest University. Catherine has 4 years experience treating anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizoprenia, PTSD, and substance use disorder. With previous experience in internal medicine, she has a holistic approach to treating patients. She is a good listener and a dedicated patient advocate.
Catherine Browning, PA-C is a "triple deac". She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program in 2019. She also has a Masters in Management from Wake Forest University School of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Health and Excercise Science from Wake Forest University. Catherine has 4 years experience treating anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizoprenia, PTSD, and substance use disorder. With previous experience in internal medicine, she has a holistic approach to treating patients. She is a good listener and a dedicated patient advocate.
(336) 933-9799 View (336) 933-9799
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Ken Dunham
Psychiatrist, MD, MAEd, FAPA
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103
You can find out more information about Dr. Dunham and schedule an appointment online at: https://provider.kareo.com/ken-dunham. Also, you can get an introduction to Dr. Dunham and his approach to clients from Dr. Dunham's nationally broadcasted interview on Business Talk Radio online at: https://businesstalkradio1.com/dr-ken-charles-dunham-08-20-20-psychiatry-and-internal-medicine/
You can find out more information about Dr. Dunham and schedule an appointment online at: https://provider.kareo.com/ken-dunham. Also, you can get an introduction to Dr. Dunham and his approach to clients from Dr. Dunham's nationally broadcasted interview on Business Talk Radio online at: https://businesstalkradio1.com/dr-ken-charles-dunham-08-20-20-psychiatry-and-internal-medicine/
(336) 481-7189 View (336) 481-7189
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Omotomike Kuku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103  (Online Only)
Tomi Kuku is a Nurse practitioner that graduated from Northern Kentucky University as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am married and blessed with 3 wonderful children. My passion is to advocate and provide compassionate care to patients and their family members.
Tomi Kuku is a Nurse practitioner that graduated from Northern Kentucky University as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am married and blessed with 3 wonderful children. My passion is to advocate and provide compassionate care to patients and their family members.
(336) 396-7869 View (336) 396-7869
Photo of Tabitha Bowman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clemmons, NC
Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winston Salem, NC 27101  (Online Only)
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
(336) 459-3409 View (336) 459-3409

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Clemmons, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Clemmons, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
89% ADHD
89% Sleep or Insomnia
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Clemmons, NC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clemmons?

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.