Psychiatrists in High Point, NC

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Dr. Crystal Montague
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
Dr. Crystal Montague, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with several years of training and expertise treating patients across the lifespan (child to elderly) in a variety of practice settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics. Dr. Montague provides compassionate, therapeutic care, utilizing an evidenced-based, collaborative approach with patients while formulating treatment plans. She strongly advocates for patients to receive appropriate community and school resources, and psychological testing. She is always happy to assist with bridging those connections.
(336) 849-5585 View (336) 849-5585
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Monica Bartorelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27265
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
As a health care provider with over 10 years of nurse practitioner experience, I would love to learn more about you and how we can work together to improve your mental health. I believe in providing quality care that is client focused and education driven while using the most current treatment guidelines. I provide care that focuses on the whole person, and I seek to provide mental health services to anyone in NC in a virtual setting to those ages 16 and up. Part of my treatment model will evaluate your social determinants of health to ensure there are no barriers to your overall goals that directly impacts your mental health.
(336) 891-9391 View (336) 891-9391
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Dr. Tina A Okonkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27260
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
(336) 559-3594 View (336) 559-3594
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Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27260
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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Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27260
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
Hello and welcome to Integrative Psychological Medicine (IPM). Our practice will focus on helping patients and their families with current evidence-based treatment. We will provide behavioral health evaluation encompassing a broad spectrum of psychiatric diagnosis, medication management and providing psychotherapeutic resources. At IPM we consider the patient as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will examine the patient's mind, body and spirit to help enhance the patient's total well-being. We place the patient in an active role as a key partner of all aspects of his or her health and treatment plan. We will help the p
(336) 234-3634 View (336) 234-3634
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Laurie Arena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSWA, RYT-200
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265  (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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Mood Treatment Center Winston-Salem & Greensboro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27261
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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Animo Sano Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, LCSW, LCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27264
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
(919) 648-1780 View (919) 648-1780
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Ken Dunham
Psychiatrist, MD, MAEd, FAPA
Verified Verified
High Point, NC 27262
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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Jean Jubert
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
(919) 849-3904 View (919) 849-3904
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Karen Shugart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27409
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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Shuntrickia Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27395  (Online Only)
Shuntrickia is committed to delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a patient-centered approach, Shuntrickia emphasizes collaborative care, actively involving patients in treatment planning and decision-making processes. Through empathetic listening and effective communication, she establishes a therapeutic alliance built on trust and mutual respect, fostering a supportive environment.
Shuntrickia is committed to delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a patient-centered approach, Shuntrickia emphasizes collaborative care, actively involving patients in treatment planning and decision-making processes. Through empathetic listening and effective communication, she establishes a therapeutic alliance built on trust and mutual respect, fostering a supportive environment.
(910) 901-8581 View (910) 901-8581
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Mind You Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27395  (Online Only)
Rather than treating disorders, at Mind You Wellness, we focus on evaluating how limitations or symptoms impact life and goals. Then we come up with a plan to optimize individual functioning together. Twelve years of nursing experience allowed me to treat and gain familiarity with people from all walks of life; I also had the opportunity to understand their barriers to functioning at their best. I was born in the United Kingdom, then I lived in the inner city of Philadelphia, and suburbs of NJ until I moved to rural areas of NC. Living in various places contributes to my ability to understand various cultural nuances and impact.
Rather than treating disorders, at Mind You Wellness, we focus on evaluating how limitations or symptoms impact life and goals. Then we come up with a plan to optimize individual functioning together. Twelve years of nursing experience allowed me to treat and gain familiarity with people from all walks of life; I also had the opportunity to understand their barriers to functioning at their best. I was born in the United Kingdom, then I lived in the inner city of Philadelphia, and suburbs of NJ until I moved to rural areas of NC. Living in various places contributes to my ability to understand various cultural nuances and impact.
(704) 459-4208 View (704) 459-4208
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Megan Freeman
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
(919) 373-6899 View (919) 373-6899
Photo of Michele Schaefer, Psychiatrist in High Point, NC
Michele Schaefer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395  (Online Only)
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
(919) 705-0016 View (919) 705-0016
Photo of Xiomara Nieves Alvarado, Psychiatrist in High Point, NC
Xiomara Nieves Alvarado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395
Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is a recent psychiatry graduate from Duke Psychiatry Residency program. She is board-certified and has experience with psychodynamic and supportive therapy. Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is originally from Puerto Rico and practices psychiatry in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is a recent psychiatry graduate from Duke Psychiatry Residency program. She is board-certified and has experience with psychodynamic and supportive therapy. Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is originally from Puerto Rico and practices psychiatry in both English and Spanish.
(919) 891-1097 View (919) 891-1097
Photo of Siera Kirkland, Psychiatrist in High Point, NC
Siera Kirkland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395  (Online Only)
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(919) 344-0934 View (919) 344-0934
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Meredith Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395
Waitlist for new clients
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
(919) 328-3474 View (919) 328-3474
Photo of Shari Sengupta, Psychiatrist in High Point, NC
Shari Sengupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27395
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
(919) 739-3253 View (919) 739-3253
Photo of Monica Fuller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in High Point, NC
Monica Fuller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27395  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients from anywhere in North Carolina via telehealth. All inquiries answered same day or within 24 hours. Are you wanting to feel motivated? Do you want to be able to focus & concentrate ? Do you want to feel less anxiety? Is your depression keeping you from functioning at your best? I specialize in medication management treating adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood . Please call or send an email to show interest or leave a voicemail message or text. Insurances accepted are Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Health Care, UMR. NO Medicare or NO Medicaid plans accepted at this time.
Accepting NEW patients from anywhere in North Carolina via telehealth. All inquiries answered same day or within 24 hours. Are you wanting to feel motivated? Do you want to be able to focus & concentrate ? Do you want to feel less anxiety? Is your depression keeping you from functioning at your best? I specialize in medication management treating adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood . Please call or send an email to show interest or leave a voicemail message or text. Insurances accepted are Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Health Care, UMR. NO Medicare or NO Medicaid plans accepted at this time.
(984) 538-9216 View (984) 538-9216

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in High Point, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in High Point, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
89% ADHD
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in High Point, NC see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in High Point?

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.