Psychiatrists in Scotland County, NC

Photo of Jacqueline Wait, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scotland County, NC
Jacqueline Wait
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
Hi! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background in both inpatient and outpatient care. I've worked with patients dealing with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach involves utilizing the latest diagnostic guidelines from the DSM and evidence-based treatments to support patients in reclaiming their well-being. I strongly believe in the significance of mental health, aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and encouraging others to prioritize their mental well-being. My mission is to educate and empower individuals to make their mental health a priority.
(336) 948-8918 View (336) 948-8918
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William Joshua Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Having practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2016 in several settings, William “Joshua” Johnson, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, understands the importance of complete wellness. He understands that chronic medical conditions, mental health, spiritual health, environment stressors, and relationships encompass our complete wellness. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Joshua will perform a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to formulate an diagnosis and treatment plan. Collaboratively, we will develop a holistic treatment plan with one goal – complete wellness!
Having practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2016 in several settings, William “Joshua” Johnson, MSN, FNP, PMHNP-BC, understands the importance of complete wellness. He understands that chronic medical conditions, mental health, spiritual health, environment stressors, and relationships encompass our complete wellness. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Joshua will perform a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to formulate an diagnosis and treatment plan. Collaboratively, we will develop a holistic treatment plan with one goal – complete wellness!
(910) 463-9507 View (910) 463-9507
Photo of Ariel Lucci, Physician Assistant in Scotland County, NC
Ariel Lucci
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Laurinburg, NC 28352  (Online Only)
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
I work with patients who are struggling with mental health issues. With the privilege of diverse experience, I've honed my skills in providing top-notch outpatient psychiatric care and medication management. My expertise covers a wide range of psychiatric conditions, and I'm well-equipped to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Armed with a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University and a background in Respiratory Therapy, I bring valuable insights to ensure effective care for your mental health.
(919) 276-8530 View (919) 276-8530
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Tammie Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurinburg, NC 28352
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

Online Psychiatrists

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William F Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28262  (Online Only)
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
I am the founder and psychiatrist at EirPax Psychiatry. I offer exceptional full spectrum psychiatric care in the comfort of your own home with telehealth services to help your busy lifestyle. With a foundation of psychotherapy ("talk therapy") and the ability to utilize medications if needed, I offer active ways to find help. I offer patient-centered and evidence-based treatments to assist in a wide spectrum of mental health and relationship issues - whether these issues have just arisen or have been present lifelong. Medication management appointments are also available to those stable with their current medication regimen.
(704) 327-0871 View (704) 327-0871
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Ayesha K. Chaudhary
Psychiatrist, M D
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27705
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
I'm a Board Certified, Duke-trained psychiatrist. I listen with compassion, warmth, and acumen to understand people's struggles and see their unique strengths. I'm trained and experienced in multiple psychotherapy modalities including biorhythm therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, acceptance commitment therapy, DBT, cognitive therapy for sleep, yoga, and psychodynamics. I have a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to medication therapy and strive to collaborate with my clients. After 20+ years of clinical practice and teaching at Duke, I'm new in private practice and accepting clients. In person on Broad St or remote.
(919) 886-7811 View (919) 886-7811
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Luis Emilio Betancourt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monroe, NC 28112
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
I specialize in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience caring for Depressive, Bipolar, Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Tic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress and psychotic disorders. I also have experience and interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry.
(980) 365-8429 View (980) 365-8429
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Rebecca Bailey
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Rebecca is passionate about helping people become the happiest, healthiest, and most productive version of themselves.
Rebecca is passionate about helping people become the happiest, healthiest, and most productive version of themselves.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Alexandra Koch
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Durham, NC 27707  (Online Only)
Ali is interested in perinatal mental health and anxiety disorders. She believes in a holistic approach to health care and educates her patients about evidence-based lifestyle modifications and complementary treatments.
Ali is interested in perinatal mental health and anxiety disorders. She believes in a holistic approach to health care and educates her patients about evidence-based lifestyle modifications and complementary treatments.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Emily Pevtsov
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
(919) 899-4461 View (919) 899-4461
Photo of Jessica Derreberry, Psychiatrist in Scotland County, NC
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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Elizabeth Morgan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
Elizabeth Morgan (Kaczor) PA-C, is a dedicated healthcare professional with a passion for integrated medicine and psychiatry. Having initially started her career in internal medicine after graduating from Wake Forest University in 2000, Elizabeth discovered her true calling in general psychiatry, where she found a profound connection with her patients. Her empathetic and collaborative approach to patient care sets her apart, as she believes in tailoring treatments to suit the unique needs of each individual.
Elizabeth Morgan (Kaczor) PA-C, is a dedicated healthcare professional with a passion for integrated medicine and psychiatry. Having initially started her career in internal medicine after graduating from Wake Forest University in 2000, Elizabeth discovered her true calling in general psychiatry, where she found a profound connection with her patients. Her empathetic and collaborative approach to patient care sets her apart, as she believes in tailoring treatments to suit the unique needs of each individual.
(919) 626-8461 View (919) 626-8461
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Kerry Mackey
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Kerry believes in the transformative power of peace of mind. He sees how stabilizing one’s mental health eases other health issues and life stressors. Kerry collaborates with his patients to create attainable and desirable goals that can be easily maintained through holistic care plans and medication management.
Kerry believes in the transformative power of peace of mind. He sees how stabilizing one’s mental health eases other health issues and life stressors. Kerry collaborates with his patients to create attainable and desirable goals that can be easily maintained through holistic care plans and medication management.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
Photo of Jason Lane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scotland County, NC
Jason Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Are you ready to prioritize yourself? New patient appointments for consultation and medication management are usually available within a week of contact. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients or individuals who may be otherwise marginalized. My professional passion lies in partnering with those facing mental health challenges and helping them enjoy the best quality of life possible! Combining medication management with behavior modification to address anxiety, major depression, ADHD, and bipolar mood disorders, can be empowering. Be empowered!
Are you ready to prioritize yourself? New patient appointments for consultation and medication management are usually available within a week of contact. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients or individuals who may be otherwise marginalized. My professional passion lies in partnering with those facing mental health challenges and helping them enjoy the best quality of life possible! Combining medication management with behavior modification to address anxiety, major depression, ADHD, and bipolar mood disorders, can be empowering. Be empowered!
(984) 223-4784 View (984) 223-4784
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Neuropsychiatric Care Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27455
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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Luke Romanow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Romanow is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and then attended Drexel University College of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he obtained a certificate in additional psychotherapy training.After residency, Dr. Romanow completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Romanow is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and then attended Drexel University College of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he obtained a certificate in additional psychotherapy training.After residency, Dr. Romanow completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(571) 946-6305 View (571) 946-6305
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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified 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
Photo of Jessica Curry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scotland County, NC
Jessica Curry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Durham, NC 27707
Jessica’s mission is to provide collaborative care to help her patients live healthier and more productive lives. She treats depression with psychosis, depression with suicidality, eating disorders, postpartum and pregnancy depression, psychosis with long-acting injectables, and treatment-resistant depression.
Jessica’s mission is to provide collaborative care to help her patients live healthier and more productive lives. She treats depression with psychosis, depression with suicidality, eating disorders, postpartum and pregnancy depression, psychosis with long-acting injectables, and treatment-resistant depression.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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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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M. Katie Macaluso
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Katie 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.
Katie 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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Number of Psychiatrists in Scotland County, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Scotland County, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management
75% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Medicare
75% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Scotland County, NC see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Scotland County?

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.