Psychiatrists in Summerfield, NC

Photo of Sheila Marano, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Marano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Summerfield, NC 27358  (Online Only)
The journey towards mental health and wellness is a marathon and not a race. As a dually certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner, the foundation of my training is seeing and treating the person holistically. My goal is to partner with each individual client to foster the highest quality of life which is sustainable over time. Most clients benefit from a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy.
The journey towards mental health and wellness is a marathon and not a race. As a dually certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner, the foundation of my training is seeing and treating the person holistically. My goal is to partner with each individual client to foster the highest quality of life which is sustainable over time. Most clients benefit from a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(910) 718-9486 View (910) 718-9486

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Whitney Andrew
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
When I worked in oncology, I witnessed the profound connection between mental health and physical well-being. It became evident to me that I had a genuine interest in mental healthcare and believed I could significantly enhance patients' quality of life by pursuing a career in psychiatry. I chose to join Animo Sano Psychiatry because we share a commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients while prioritizing the well-being of our team.
When I worked in oncology, I witnessed the profound connection between mental health and physical well-being. It became evident to me that I had a genuine interest in mental healthcare and believed I could significantly enhance patients' quality of life by pursuing a career in psychiatry. I chose to join Animo Sano Psychiatry because we share a commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients while prioritizing the well-being of our team.
(919) 568-5886 View (919) 568-5886
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Kairos Medical Consulting
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
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
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Tiara Shackleford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Welcome! As a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support and guidance in managing psychiatric concerns. With a holistic approach to mental wellness, I collaborate with clients to address their unique needs and empower them to achieve optimal mental health and well-being. My ideal client is someone who is navigating various mental health challenges and is motivated to prioritize their mental wellness. They desire compassionate evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy referrals, and holistic support.
Welcome! As a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support and guidance in managing psychiatric concerns. With a holistic approach to mental wellness, I collaborate with clients to address their unique needs and empower them to achieve optimal mental health and well-being. My ideal client is someone who is navigating various mental health challenges and is motivated to prioritize their mental wellness. They desire compassionate evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy referrals, and holistic support.
(984) 213-5289 View (984) 213-5289
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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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Brea Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27405  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing holistic telepsychiatry care to improve the management of symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, grief, and daily life stressors. I offer psychotherapy, remote ADHD testing, medication management, as well as guidance with self-care practices, healthy nutrition, and staying physically active for overall wellness.
I specialize in providing holistic telepsychiatry care to improve the management of symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, grief, and daily life stressors. I offer psychotherapy, remote ADHD testing, medication management, as well as guidance with self-care practices, healthy nutrition, and staying physically active for overall wellness.
(704) 459-3930 View (704) 459-3930
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Caedora M Benton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27405  (Online Only)
Book with me now by clicking on my website! My name is Caedora Benton and I am a mental health nurse practitioner. I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field since high school, so I decided to pursue my dream. After graduating nursing school, I worked in the hospital for a total of 8 years before making the decision to advance my education to become a nurse practitioner. I wanted to ensure that I spent time educating and promoting exceptional care so that I could end the loop of continuous hospitalizations.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! My name is Caedora Benton and I am a mental health nurse practitioner. I knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field since high school, so I decided to pursue my dream. After graduating nursing school, I worked in the hospital for a total of 8 years before making the decision to advance my education to become a nurse practitioner. I wanted to ensure that I spent time educating and promoting exceptional care so that I could end the loop of continuous hospitalizations.
(984) 230-3670 View (984) 230-3670
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Ashley Susko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
Ashley Susko is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 2 years of professional experience. She spent over 10 years working as a Registered Nurse at the bedside. Possessing an immense passion towards helping the mental health population, Ashley has made it her life-long mission to help those suffering from these complex issues.
(336) 850-5381 View (336) 850-5381
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Holsan Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408
Accepting New Patients. Tenishia is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management with psychotherapy to ages six and older. She offers in person in Raleigh, NC, and telehealth services across the state of North Carolina, ensuring convenient access to quality mental health care. We offer in person services out of our Raleigh, NC office at this time. Other locations to be added soon. We also see BCBS of Massachusetts and Horizon New Jersey BCBS, Washington state, and Oregon for patients with Aetna and Cigna. Other insurances coming soon for WA and OR.
Accepting New Patients. Tenishia is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management with psychotherapy to ages six and older. She offers in person in Raleigh, NC, and telehealth services across the state of North Carolina, ensuring convenient access to quality mental health care. We offer in person services out of our Raleigh, NC office at this time. Other locations to be added soon. We also see BCBS of Massachusetts and Horizon New Jersey BCBS, Washington state, and Oregon for patients with Aetna and Cigna. Other insurances coming soon for WA and OR.
(984) 206-3956 View (984) 206-3956
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Natasha Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Natasha Cooper is a Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience. She aims to restore her patients' to a place of health and healing through collaboration on an individualized treatment plan of care.
Natasha Cooper is a Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience. She aims to restore her patients' to a place of health and healing through collaboration on an individualized treatment plan of care.
(336) 999-6483 View (336) 999-6483
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Ken Dunham
Psychiatrist, MD, MAEd, FAPA
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27408
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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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27408  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(980) 409-5334 View (980) 409-5334
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Laurie Arena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSWA, RYT-200
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410  (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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Fred Amematsro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
Fred Amematsro is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in managing major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, sleep disorders, and other mood disorders. He has over 6 years of experience, and works with clients ages 5 and up.
(336) 948-8612 View (336) 948-8612
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Teah Doles-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Teah Doles-Johnson is a double board certified Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degree as well as her initial master's degree in Adult-Gerontological medicine. After 5 years of medical practice she saw an unfulfilled need within the geriatric population pertaining to psychiatry sparking her interest in obtaining a post-master's certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Teah Doles-Johnson is a double board certified Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degree as well as her initial master's degree in Adult-Gerontological medicine. After 5 years of medical practice she saw an unfulfilled need within the geriatric population pertaining to psychiatry sparking her interest in obtaining a post-master's certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(336) 589-6034 View (336) 589-6034
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Travonia Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410  (Online Only)
Travonia Davis is a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience. Travonia's main goal is to assist individuals in understanding their challenges with mental health and work towards a plan of care that allows for optimal well-being. Travonia has experience with depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, and bipolar disorder. In addition to mental health, her interests include forensic psychiatry and holistic and naturopathic medicine. She creates an environment of compassion and advocacy for patients of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Travonia Davis is a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience. Travonia's main goal is to assist individuals in understanding their challenges with mental health and work towards a plan of care that allows for optimal well-being. Travonia has experience with depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, and bipolar disorder. In addition to mental health, her interests include forensic psychiatry and holistic and naturopathic medicine. She creates an environment of compassion and advocacy for patients of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
(336) 502-2052 View (336) 502-2052
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Kashea Moser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
KaShea, PMHNP-BC graduated with a master’s from Maryville University in Saint Louis Missouri. Prior to Nurse Practitioner school, she received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kashea has experience in assisting individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the outpatient and community setting. She believes in meeting people where they are to provide hope, support, and compassion. Kashea also lives by the golden rule and treats everyone with respect. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and attending sporting events.
KaShea, PMHNP-BC graduated with a master’s from Maryville University in Saint Louis Missouri. Prior to Nurse Practitioner school, she received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kashea has experience in assisting individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses in the outpatient and community setting. She believes in meeting people where they are to provide hope, support, and compassion. Kashea also lives by the golden rule and treats everyone with respect. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and attending sporting events.
(336) 810-1629 View (336) 810-1629
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Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensboro, NC 27410  (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
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Apogee Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Apogee Behavioral Medicine is outpatient behavioral health clinic that comprises psychiatrists, therapists, and wellness coaches. Across our locations, we offer a multitude of services, ranging from medication management, psychotherapy, family counseling, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. We have specialists that care for all ages, from early childhood through late adulthood. We provide evidence-based medication and therapy services. We have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, mood disorder, trauma, ADHD, and many other conditions.
Apogee Behavioral Medicine is outpatient behavioral health clinic that comprises psychiatrists, therapists, and wellness coaches. Across our locations, we offer a multitude of services, ranging from medication management, psychotherapy, family counseling, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. We have specialists that care for all ages, from early childhood through late adulthood. We provide evidence-based medication and therapy services. We have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, mood disorder, trauma, ADHD, and many other conditions.
(336) 489-4439 View (336) 489-4439
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Byeolah Henson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensboro, NC 27410
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
Byeolah Henson PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of South Florida. Prior to PA school, she received a B.S in Biology from the University of Florida. Byeolah is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse, and more. She is fluent in English and Korean, both of which play a important role in her day to day clinical work.
(336) 933-6802 View (336) 933-6802

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Number of Psychiatrists in Summerfield, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Summerfield, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Summerfield, NC see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Summerfield?

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.