Psychiatrists in Rochester, NY

Photo of La Carla Denise Holmes, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
La Carla Denise Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14615
La Carla is a Rochester native who has been in the nursing field for almost 25 years. During this time, she has gained abundant experience in various areas, including Hospice, Long-Term Care, and Mental Health. She has been instrumental in helping aspiring nursing professionals succeed. Intrigued by helping individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders reach their fullest potential, she has embarked on a rewarding journey that offers fulfillment to lifelong happiness.
La Carla is a Rochester native who has been in the nursing field for almost 25 years. During this time, she has gained abundant experience in various areas, including Hospice, Long-Term Care, and Mental Health. She has been instrumental in helping aspiring nursing professionals succeed. Intrigued by helping individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders reach their fullest potential, she has embarked on a rewarding journey that offers fulfillment to lifelong happiness.
(585) 636-3555 View (585) 636-3555
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Marjorie Baker Price
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, CH
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14607
Ideal clients come to me with a level of desperation after having tried unsuccessfully with some traditional psychological modalities. Clients typically need assistance with traumas and stress as well as self-care maintenance.
Ideal clients come to me with a level of desperation after having tried unsuccessfully with some traditional psychological modalities. Clients typically need assistance with traumas and stress as well as self-care maintenance.
(585) 597-7340 View (585) 597-7340
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Kate Tredwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Are you or a loved one struggling? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I’m here to help. My mission is to transform the experience of receiving mental health care and to support you in reaching your goals. My approach to care is both holistic and collaborative, with you at the center of the treatment team. Using evidence based treatment, I provide an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment or referral focused around meeting your individual needs.
Are you or a loved one struggling? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I’m here to help. My mission is to transform the experience of receiving mental health care and to support you in reaching your goals. My approach to care is both holistic and collaborative, with you at the center of the treatment team. Using evidence based treatment, I provide an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment or referral focused around meeting your individual needs.
(585) 257-2932 View (585) 257-2932
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Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14624
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
(585) 522-2125 View (585) 522-2125
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Terry Jean Yonker Psychiatric NP PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14623  (Online Only)
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
(315) 310-7148 View (315) 310-7148
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Kara Naylor-Krupka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MHA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Waitlist for new clients
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
(585) 448-0035 View (585) 448-0035
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14626  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(315) 618-2566 View (315) 618-2566
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Estelle “Stella” Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14616  (Online Only)
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
(585) 513-2437 View (585) 513-2437
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Asia L Todd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14626
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
(585) 207-6123 View (585) 207-6123
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John Connors, M.D., P.C.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14610
Not accepting new clients
Hello and Welcome! My name is John Connors, and I am a Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with additional training in Family Therapy. I hope to help you work towards restoring and/or creating wellness in the "challenged areas" of your life . My overall goal is to help you to identify concerns that interfere with your potential, and help define a plan of treatment that will help you to think clearly, communicate effectively, act with confidence, and feel better emotionally. As a Physician I approach assessment from a Neurobiologic, Psychological and Social perspective to best understand the context of your strengths and challenges.
Hello and Welcome! My name is John Connors, and I am a Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with additional training in Family Therapy. I hope to help you work towards restoring and/or creating wellness in the "challenged areas" of your life . My overall goal is to help you to identify concerns that interfere with your potential, and help define a plan of treatment that will help you to think clearly, communicate effectively, act with confidence, and feel better emotionally. As a Physician I approach assessment from a Neurobiologic, Psychological and Social perspective to best understand the context of your strengths and challenges.
(855) 971-1546 View (855) 971-1546
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Paige Cool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610  (Online Only)
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
(585) 648-1141 View (585) 648-1141
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Kristina M Moss Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, NPP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14626
Now accepting new patients! Finding the right match, the one person you feel like you can truly trust to tell your story to is one of the biggest challenges in finding someone to help you. Today, I accept this challenge. My name is Kristina Moss and I am proud to have been trained locally at the University of Rochester. I have over 17 years of experience with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics and private practice.
Now accepting new patients! Finding the right match, the one person you feel like you can truly trust to tell your story to is one of the biggest challenges in finding someone to help you. Today, I accept this challenge. My name is Kristina Moss and I am proud to have been trained locally at the University of Rochester. I have over 17 years of experience with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics and private practice.
(585) 270-6411 View (585) 270-6411
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14620
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(914) 506-5391 View (914) 506-5391
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Steven Burr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14620
Hello! If you’ve made it here, it’s safe to assume that- as many of us do at times- you’ve encountered stressful situations in life that have impacted your mental health. Pulling yourself out of bed in the morning and facing the day may seem like a miserable task. Considering all of the places to be, things to do, and people to interact with may spark anxiety before you’ve even opened the front door. You may find yourself feeling “scattered” and unable to focus on a single task. Maybe your moods feel out of control. Perhaps these issues have begun to feel overwhelming, and you’re looking for additional help moving forward.
Hello! If you’ve made it here, it’s safe to assume that- as many of us do at times- you’ve encountered stressful situations in life that have impacted your mental health. Pulling yourself out of bed in the morning and facing the day may seem like a miserable task. Considering all of the places to be, things to do, and people to interact with may spark anxiety before you’ve even opened the front door. You may find yourself feeling “scattered” and unable to focus on a single task. Maybe your moods feel out of control. Perhaps these issues have begun to feel overwhelming, and you’re looking for additional help moving forward.
(585) 575-1615 View (585) 575-1615
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Rural 40 NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14617
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I offer an inclusive experience focused on your needs. Utilizing the most up to date Evidence Based Practices to ensure your mental health is the best it can be. Utilizing a non-judgmental confidential setting to support your individualized needs. Working together to explore and identify your mental health needs. Therapy includes motivational interviewing along with a commonsense approach.
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I offer an inclusive experience focused on your needs. Utilizing the most up to date Evidence Based Practices to ensure your mental health is the best it can be. Utilizing a non-judgmental confidential setting to support your individualized needs. Working together to explore and identify your mental health needs. Therapy includes motivational interviewing along with a commonsense approach.
(585) 378-4447 View (585) 378-4447
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Kathleen Noe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
With over 20 years of experience, in research, inpatient, outpatient and ED settings, I have seen it all! I offer a wide range of mental health care solutions focus on the unique and innate strengths of each client and individuals are empowered to be active participants in their care.
With over 20 years of experience, in research, inpatient, outpatient and ED settings, I have seen it all! I offer a wide range of mental health care solutions focus on the unique and innate strengths of each client and individuals are empowered to be active participants in their care.
(585) 326-8558 View (585) 326-8558
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Adam DeNault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610
Welcome! I am taking New Medication & Functional Medicine Clients For A Limited Time - All Ages. Are you ready to reclaim your well-being and embark on a transformative journey towards a more healthy and fulfilling life? As a Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused in functional Psychiatry, I utilize nearly ten years of experience in the field in my work with you and provide an unwavering commitment to your family's mental & physical health, providing a personalized & attentive experience to each patient I see. I utilize cutting edge diagnostic, lab, and assessment tools to maximize positive outcomes for my patients.
Welcome! I am taking New Medication & Functional Medicine Clients For A Limited Time - All Ages. Are you ready to reclaim your well-being and embark on a transformative journey towards a more healthy and fulfilling life? As a Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused in functional Psychiatry, I utilize nearly ten years of experience in the field in my work with you and provide an unwavering commitment to your family's mental & physical health, providing a personalized & attentive experience to each patient I see. I utilize cutting edge diagnostic, lab, and assessment tools to maximize positive outcomes for my patients.
(585) 524-0008 View (585) 524-0008
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Laura Jean Capuano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14607
If you are a health care worker who is looking for a Psychiatric Provider feel free to reach out- I will be accepting patients very shortly.
If you are a health care worker who is looking for a Psychiatric Provider feel free to reach out- I will be accepting patients very shortly.
(585) 523-1742 View (585) 523-1742
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Stephanie Carletta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610
*OPENINGS AVAILABLE for a limited time.* Have you struggled emotionally despite engaging in talk therapy? Have you experienced difficulty in finding the mental health medication plan that works best for you without side effects or impersonal, ineffective treatment? Are you dually experiencing physical health concerns without an informed medical team? I'm here to help you through these difficulties with expertise, empathy, and the patience needed to explore your symptoms thoroughly with the goal of finding the right solutions for you. I have advanced training in functional psychiatry that will make your experience with me unique.
*OPENINGS AVAILABLE for a limited time.* Have you struggled emotionally despite engaging in talk therapy? Have you experienced difficulty in finding the mental health medication plan that works best for you without side effects or impersonal, ineffective treatment? Are you dually experiencing physical health concerns without an informed medical team? I'm here to help you through these difficulties with expertise, empathy, and the patience needed to explore your symptoms thoroughly with the goal of finding the right solutions for you. I have advanced training in functional psychiatry that will make your experience with me unique.
(585) 540-1199 View (585) 540-1199
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14605  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rochester, NY

60+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Rochester, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder
67% Stress
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Rochester, NY see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rochester?

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.