Psychiatrists in Nevada

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Photo of Jessica Hubbard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Jessica Hubbard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve. I treat all patients across the lifespan of all ages, and backgrounds.
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve. I treat all patients across the lifespan of all ages, and backgrounds.
(725) 999-4907 View (725) 999-4907
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sparks, NV 89431
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 522-3080 View (775) 522-3080
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Dr. Ashly J. Koehler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052
I am accepting new clients. Do you need an empathetic ear to listen and address your needs? Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with my clients is a priority and privilege. I am doctorate prepared mental health practitioner with extensive experience in managing acute and chronic mental health conditions. I graduated with my doctorate and mental health certification from Frontier Nursing University, Kentucky.
I am accepting new clients. Do you need an empathetic ear to listen and address your needs? Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with my clients is a priority and privilege. I am doctorate prepared mental health practitioner with extensive experience in managing acute and chronic mental health conditions. I graduated with my doctorate and mental health certification from Frontier Nursing University, Kentucky.
(725) 213-8645 View (725) 213-8645
Photo of Ebony Peterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Ebony Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you struggle managing meaningful relationships in your life? Do you often feel anxious and on edge? Do your thoughts feel like they are on a runaway train? Do you often feel sad and struggle to feel happy even when everything is going well in life? If this is you, we can work together to create a plan to help you get back on track in life. A plan to help you feel less anxious, depressed, lonely and to reduce the fatigue from the struggles you experience. Hello! I'm Ebony Peterson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I help individuals with mental health symptoms manage those symptoms mentioned above and many more.
Do you struggle managing meaningful relationships in your life? Do you often feel anxious and on edge? Do your thoughts feel like they are on a runaway train? Do you often feel sad and struggle to feel happy even when everything is going well in life? If this is you, we can work together to create a plan to help you get back on track in life. A plan to help you feel less anxious, depressed, lonely and to reduce the fatigue from the struggles you experience. Hello! I'm Ebony Peterson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I help individuals with mental health symptoms manage those symptoms mentioned above and many more.
(702) 596-9020 View (702) 596-9020
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Nevada Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146  (Online Only)
Nevada Mental Health’s mission is for people to experience the patience and attention we'd want for our own family. No more 5 or 10 minute visits, we take our time.
Nevada Mental Health’s mission is for people to experience the patience and attention we'd want for our own family. No more 5 or 10 minute visits, we take our time.
(702) 819-8843 View (702) 819-8843
Photo of Aubrey Klaich, Psychiatrist in Nevada
Aubrey Klaich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89502  (Online Only)
My passion lies in working with teens and young adults navigating the challenges of anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. I also help those going through life transitions, feeling overwhelmed by performance-related or everyday stressors, struggling with their emotional experience, or seeking a better understanding of themselves and/or their relationships. My integrative approach to treatment may combine a variety of techniques and modalities including psychotherapy, medication management, herbal medicine/neutraceutical supplementation, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle coaching (nutrition, sleep, exercise).
My passion lies in working with teens and young adults navigating the challenges of anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. I also help those going through life transitions, feeling overwhelmed by performance-related or everyday stressors, struggling with their emotional experience, or seeking a better understanding of themselves and/or their relationships. My integrative approach to treatment may combine a variety of techniques and modalities including psychotherapy, medication management, herbal medicine/neutraceutical supplementation, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle coaching (nutrition, sleep, exercise).
(775) 416-9547 View (775) 416-9547
Photo of Gregory P Brown, MD, Prof Corp, Psychiatrist in Nevada
Gregory P Brown, MD, Prof Corp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89014
The ideal client has motivation to give them the energy and focus to truly work with and on the problems that bring them for care. The ability to discuss life issues and symptoms is key to understanding and change. While treating anxiety and depression, a great goal is a focus on achieving more in life rather than simply the removal of symptoms. 7th Path Self Hypnosis training is included as part of sessions as a means of self work to be done between sessions, which is a unique form of insight generating self hypnosis.
The ideal client has motivation to give them the energy and focus to truly work with and on the problems that bring them for care. The ability to discuss life issues and symptoms is key to understanding and change. While treating anxiety and depression, a great goal is a focus on achieving more in life rather than simply the removal of symptoms. 7th Path Self Hypnosis training is included as part of sessions as a means of self work to be done between sessions, which is a unique form of insight generating self hypnosis.
(702) 941-6959 View (702) 941-6959
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Generaciónes Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89149
The ideal client is someone who seeks relief from mental health issues, has the goal of improved daily functioning and well-being, and wants a combination of medication management, therapy, and education to achieve these objectives. Their motivation stems from a desire for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. It's important to remember that each client's needs and goals will be unique, and the care provided by a PMHNP should always be tailored to the individual's specific circumstances and preferences.
The ideal client is someone who seeks relief from mental health issues, has the goal of improved daily functioning and well-being, and wants a combination of medication management, therapy, and education to achieve these objectives. Their motivation stems from a desire for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. It's important to remember that each client's needs and goals will be unique, and the care provided by a PMHNP should always be tailored to the individual's specific circumstances and preferences.
(702) 745-2631 View (702) 745-2631
Photo of Nippon Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Nippon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119
My practice is integrated care (Both psychiatric and primary care). I have two board certifications with medical and psychiatric care. I do physical assessment, neurocognitive assessment, and lab work to diagnose patients. I spend 60 minutes interviewing patients to identify psychiatric disease. I am specialized in treating Depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, insomnia, PMS, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease related psychosis. I also do ketamine therapy for chronic drug resistance depression. If you want to receive a detail assessment, you come to the right place.
My practice is integrated care (Both psychiatric and primary care). I have two board certifications with medical and psychiatric care. I do physical assessment, neurocognitive assessment, and lab work to diagnose patients. I spend 60 minutes interviewing patients to identify psychiatric disease. I am specialized in treating Depression, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, insomnia, PMS, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease related psychosis. I also do ketamine therapy for chronic drug resistance depression. If you want to receive a detail assessment, you come to the right place.
(702) 827-4167 View (702) 827-4167
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Kristy Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Worthiness has no prerequisites (Brene Brown) : My practice is based upon Victor Frankl's book called Man's search for meaning. Whether you feel lonely, afraid or helpless we are here for a purpose and I am here to help you find that purpose and balance so you can live your best life. I have gone to Brene Brown"s workshops for therapists and have embraced her idealistic ways for treatment. "When we spend our lives waiting until we are perfect or bullet proof before we walk into the arena of life, we also turn our backs to the gifts and those unique contributions that only we can make." Brene Brown
Worthiness has no prerequisites (Brene Brown) : My practice is based upon Victor Frankl's book called Man's search for meaning. Whether you feel lonely, afraid or helpless we are here for a purpose and I am here to help you find that purpose and balance so you can live your best life. I have gone to Brene Brown"s workshops for therapists and have embraced her idealistic ways for treatment. "When we spend our lives waiting until we are perfect or bullet proof before we walk into the arena of life, we also turn our backs to the gifts and those unique contributions that only we can make." Brene Brown
(702) 766-5949 View (702) 766-5949
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Grant Bullock
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
(725) 209-7413 View (725) 209-7413
Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89501  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(775) 383-8510 View (775) 383-8510
Photo of Chika Okechukwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Chika Okechukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Dr. Chika Okechukwu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Chika Okechukwu has more than 7 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She is involved in the management of various mental health and behavioral health conditions including, mood disorders, Attention deficit and Hyperactivity disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Insomnia and substance use disorder. Every patient receives a personalized care plan after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. She is passionate about patients having quick access to mental care.
Dr. Chika Okechukwu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Chika Okechukwu has more than 7 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She is involved in the management of various mental health and behavioral health conditions including, mood disorders, Attention deficit and Hyperactivity disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Insomnia and substance use disorder. Every patient receives a personalized care plan after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. She is passionate about patients having quick access to mental care.
(702) 766-5696 View (702) 766-5696
Photo of Sam Zand, Psychiatrist in Nevada
Sam Zand
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
(702) 710-0042 View (702) 710-0042
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 276-6692 View (702) 276-6692
Photo of Shanna Schreurs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Shanna Schreurs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89521
I am currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients for medication management, and adult patients for therapy. I am able to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a treatment that uses eye movements to help take the distressful emotions away from past situations that are troubling and painful and has been shown to have positive effects treating problems stemming from trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, or addictions.
I am currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients for medication management, and adult patients for therapy. I am able to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a treatment that uses eye movements to help take the distressful emotions away from past situations that are troubling and painful and has been shown to have positive effects treating problems stemming from trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, or addictions.
(775) 442-6692 View (775) 442-6692
Photo of Hagop Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89002
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(725) 900-2479 View (725) 900-2479
Photo of Bethany Heath, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nevada
Bethany Heath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(702) 803-3124 View (702) 803-3124
Photo of Desert Blossom Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Nevada
Desert Blossom Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103  (Online Only)
Our clients are people who are in the process of navigating changes and transitions that occur at major life stages: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing their identities, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a validating space for them to acknowledge that, yes, what they are doing is incredibly difficult and that we are here to help!
Our clients are people who are in the process of navigating changes and transitions that occur at major life stages: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing their identities, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a validating space for them to acknowledge that, yes, what they are doing is incredibly difficult and that we are here to help!
(702) 508-7335 View (702) 508-7335
Photo of Dustin Bui, Psychiatrist in Nevada
Dustin Bui
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Dr. Bui is a recent 2022 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Psychiatry Residency where he served as Chief resident in his final year. He has practiced in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, consult-liaison, addiction rehabilitation, and Telepsychiatry. He is experienced in treating a multitude of mental health illness using pharmacological and psychothearpy modalities.
Dr. Bui is a recent 2022 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Psychiatry Residency where he served as Chief resident in his final year. He has practiced in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, consult-liaison, addiction rehabilitation, and Telepsychiatry. He is experienced in treating a multitude of mental health illness using pharmacological and psychothearpy modalities.
(702) 473-1994 View (702) 473-1994

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Nevada who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
83% Depression
81% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Nevada see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nevada?

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.