Psychiatrists in Fuquay Varina, NC

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Vinesprings Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
I provide patient-centered and comprehensive services that include assessing, diagnosing, treating, and ongoing management of a wide range of mental illnesses and behavioral problems. I provide exceptional care to patients with conditions including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am specialized in psychiatric medication management for the adult population and brief individual psychotherapy.
I provide patient-centered and comprehensive services that include assessing, diagnosing, treating, and ongoing management of a wide range of mental illnesses and behavioral problems. I provide exceptional care to patients with conditions including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am specialized in psychiatric medication management for the adult population and brief individual psychotherapy.
(984) 237-8189 View (984) 237-8189
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Katasha L. Jarrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Katasha Jarrin, PMHNP, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic conditions.
Hi! I'm Katasha Jarrin, PMHNP, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic conditions.
(984) 237-2825 View (984) 237-2825
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Dr. Lindsey Renee Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN-Ed, PMHNP
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
I focus on mindfulness, lifestyle, nutrition, spiritual and natural methods, as well as medication management. The foundation matters I take my time, and with that, I get to know my clients and our safe space emerges. I have training in working with all ages, predominantly 14-95, any gender, sexuality, polyamorous or open relationships, sex work/er. pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), trauma, body image, PTSD, grief & loss, anxiety, depressive disorders, bipolarity/mood, neurodivergent disorders, personality, and anyone in recovery (or guests to listen).
I focus on mindfulness, lifestyle, nutrition, spiritual and natural methods, as well as medication management. The foundation matters I take my time, and with that, I get to know my clients and our safe space emerges. I have training in working with all ages, predominantly 14-95, any gender, sexuality, polyamorous or open relationships, sex work/er. pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), trauma, body image, PTSD, grief & loss, anxiety, depressive disorders, bipolarity/mood, neurodivergent disorders, personality, and anyone in recovery (or guests to listen).
(919) 736-6328 View (919) 736-6328
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Stephanie Lastra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
My goal is to bring personalized and understanding mental health care to those struggling with issues related to stress, depression, adhd, and more.
My goal is to bring personalized and understanding mental health care to those struggling with issues related to stress, depression, adhd, and more.
(984) 369-9056 View (984) 369-9056
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Magnolia Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
A genuine place where evidence-based research informs the best patient care. We use a knowledgeable and caring approach to give you the tools to improve your quality of life. We offer pharmacologic and therapeutic treatments for healing. Treating a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, eating disorders, phobias, and more.
A genuine place where evidence-based research informs the best patient care. We use a knowledgeable and caring approach to give you the tools to improve your quality of life. We offer pharmacologic and therapeutic treatments for healing. Treating a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, eating disorders, phobias, and more.
(984) 254-3568 View (984) 254-3568
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Shela West Illusions Dissolved Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
Welcome to Illusions Dissolved Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC, where we believe that unraveling the illusions that cloud our minds is the key to unlocking genuine mental well-being. Changing one's perception and letting go of societal pressures, external expectations, and illusions that hinder self-expression can be an essential step towards healing. Shela A. West is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in addressing complex mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Welcome to Illusions Dissolved Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC, where we believe that unraveling the illusions that cloud our minds is the key to unlocking genuine mental well-being. Changing one's perception and letting go of societal pressures, external expectations, and illusions that hinder self-expression can be an essential step towards healing. Shela A. West is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in addressing complex mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(919) 756-5415 View (919) 756-5415
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Best Day Psychiatry & Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
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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Maimouna Diop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
Maimouna Diop, “May” founder of Freedom Mind PLLC is a highly qualified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate degree and over 18 years of experience in mental health. She began her career as a Behavioral Health Technician and holds a Bachelor's in Art (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors. She continued her education at the University of South Alabama, where she earned a Master's in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors, focused on improving patient care for those at risk of Tardive Dyskinesia. She is certified by the ANCC and has trained with leading psychiatrists in various settin
Maimouna Diop, “May” founder of Freedom Mind PLLC is a highly qualified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate degree and over 18 years of experience in mental health. She began her career as a Behavioral Health Technician and holds a Bachelor's in Art (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors. She continued her education at the University of South Alabama, where she earned a Master's in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors, focused on improving patient care for those at risk of Tardive Dyskinesia. She is certified by the ANCC and has trained with leading psychiatrists in various settin
(919) 213-6745 View (919) 213-6745
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Sarah Creekmore
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
5 Endorsed
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526  (Online Only)
Animo Sano Psychiatry is your trusted partner for a wide range of behavioral health conditions. Our dedicated team specializes in delivering expert care for various mental health challenges, including Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sleep disorders, and more. Additionally, we proudly operate an ADHD Specialty Clinic as part of our comprehensive services.
Animo Sano Psychiatry is your trusted partner for a wide range of behavioral health conditions. Our dedicated team specializes in delivering expert care for various mental health challenges, including Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sleep disorders, and more. Additionally, we proudly operate an ADHD Specialty Clinic as part of our comprehensive services.
(919) 276-8359 View (919) 276-8359

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Heather Herman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Apex, NC 27539
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) 485-4668 View (336) 485-4668
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Jordan Espersen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Apex, NC 27502
An ideal client is someone with a mindset for progress and growth. They may struggle with any mental health symptoms daily, but they are honest, open, and willing to work hard to feel better.
An ideal client is someone with a mindset for progress and growth. They may struggle with any mental health symptoms daily, but they are honest, open, and willing to work hard to feel better.
(919) 551-7961 View (919) 551-7961
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Chris Pfeifer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMH-CNS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Sometimes medication therapy is warranted for symptoms related to depressive, anxiety, OCD and PTSD disorders. Medication therapy can be effective to treat imbalances in the brain's circuitry and provide relief of physical symptoms that can occur with psychiatric conditions. It is my goal to to have full understanding of your symptoms so treatment goals and treatment options can be discussed and implemented.
Sometimes medication therapy is warranted for symptoms related to depressive, anxiety, OCD and PTSD disorders. Medication therapy can be effective to treat imbalances in the brain's circuitry and provide relief of physical symptoms that can occur with psychiatric conditions. It is my goal to to have full understanding of your symptoms so treatment goals and treatment options can be discussed and implemented.
(919) 646-2951 View (919) 646-2951
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Holistic Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Dr. Ose is an integrative psychiatrist whose treatment approach combines psychiatric, therapeutic, and alternative options to help individuals maximize mental wellness! Dr. Ose works with individuals age 17 years old and up, and he has extensive experience working with the military and college students.
Dr. Ose is an integrative psychiatrist whose treatment approach combines psychiatric, therapeutic, and alternative options to help individuals maximize mental wellness! Dr. Ose works with individuals age 17 years old and up, and he has extensive experience working with the military and college students.
(919) 948-1383 View (919) 948-1383
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Adam James Cheyunski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Holly Springs, NC 27540  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and has been working in mental health since 2013. He brings his past experiences of being an educator and a coach into his psychiatric practice with a unique blend of coaching, motivation, education and psychopharmacology. Adam highly encourages the integration of diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle practices with conventional medicine. He emphasizes the interconnectivity between the mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of an individual and that total wellness depends on optimal health in all 3 areas.
Adam is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and has been working in mental health since 2013. He brings his past experiences of being an educator and a coach into his psychiatric practice with a unique blend of coaching, motivation, education and psychopharmacology. Adam highly encourages the integration of diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle practices with conventional medicine. He emphasizes the interconnectivity between the mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of an individual and that total wellness depends on optimal health in all 3 areas.
(919) 729-9415 View (919) 729-9415
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Reshmi Saranga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Holly Springs, NC 27540
If you feel confused at times, distracted, have trouble focusing, overwhelmed, sad, difficulty coping with life changes... you may need to see a psychiatrist for evaluation. I'm a board certified- adult and geriatric trained psychiatrist that can help you experience freedom from overwhelming emotions that make your life difficult to enjoy. My passion has always been for helping the elderly, because I enjoy learning about their life experiences hence trained in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
If you feel confused at times, distracted, have trouble focusing, overwhelmed, sad, difficulty coping with life changes... you may need to see a psychiatrist for evaluation. I'm a board certified- adult and geriatric trained psychiatrist that can help you experience freedom from overwhelming emotions that make your life difficult to enjoy. My passion has always been for helping the elderly, because I enjoy learning about their life experiences hence trained in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
(919) 842-5840 View (919) 842-5840
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Vinay Saranga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Childhood is a time of innocence and wonder. A time of discovering the world, and learning about oneself. But what happens when that innocence is marred by mental illness or emotional disturbance? How can you tell if a child is needing treatment or just in a difficult phase? It's easy to miss the signs. As parents we tend to take things as they come, and we learn as we go. If you have a child who cries often and hard, it may be that this is his way of dealing with frustration or tension in his life.
Childhood is a time of innocence and wonder. A time of discovering the world, and learning about oneself. But what happens when that innocence is marred by mental illness or emotional disturbance? How can you tell if a child is needing treatment or just in a difficult phase? It's easy to miss the signs. As parents we tend to take things as they come, and we learn as we go. If you have a child who cries often and hard, it may be that this is his way of dealing with frustration or tension in his life.
(919) 729-5215 View (919) 729-5215
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Lori Sloan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Apex, NC 27539
Lori Sloan, PMHNP-BC Lori Sloan is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 1995. She is Board certified by the ANCC in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as a registered nurse prior to becoming an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mount Olive and a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. Lori has an ability to cultivate therapeutic relationships with patients with empathy and respect by allowing them to express concerns and worries without fear of judgment.
Lori Sloan, PMHNP-BC Lori Sloan is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina who has been practicing since 1995. She is Board certified by the ANCC in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as a registered nurse prior to becoming an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mount Olive and a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. Lori has an ability to cultivate therapeutic relationships with patients with empathy and respect by allowing them to express concerns and worries without fear of judgment.
(919) 804-0171 View (919) 804-0171
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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
(919) 647-7378 View (919) 647-7378
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Mary Macaluso
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Mary Macaluso is a physician assistant who specializes in medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She completed her PA program at Philadelphia University and began her career in psychiatry working in a crisis response center. She has treated patients in inpatient, detox, rehab and outpatient settings. She has worked with an array of patient populations and treats conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood, and psychotic disorders. She collaborates with a NC board certified physician as required by the states and utilizes evidence-based approach in her care plan.
Mary Macaluso is a physician assistant who specializes in medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She completed her PA program at Philadelphia University and began her career in psychiatry working in a crisis response center. She has treated patients in inpatient, detox, rehab and outpatient settings. She has worked with an array of patient populations and treats conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood, and psychotic disorders. She collaborates with a NC board certified physician as required by the states and utilizes evidence-based approach in her care plan.
(984) 223-5367 View (984) 223-5367
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Bravo Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
(919) 769-1910 View (919) 769-1910

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fuquay Varina, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fuquay Varina, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fuquay Varina, NC see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fuquay Varina?

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.