Psychiatrists in Galena, OH

Photo of Messeret Mehari Tewolde, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Messeret Mehari Tewolde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Galena, OH 43021  (Online Only)
With more than 25 years of experience in the medical field, including 13 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse holding dual certifications as a PMHNP and FNP, I am a seasoned professional dedicated to delivering comprehensive psychiatric care. Proficient in diagnostic processes utilizing the DSM-5, the latest diagnostic tool, and well-versed in pharmacotherapy, I bring a depth of expertise to my practice. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of the body and mind, I approach patient care holistically. Over the past decade, my proficiency in Telehealth has allowed me to provide remote care effectively. I excel in leveraging technology
With more than 25 years of experience in the medical field, including 13 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse holding dual certifications as a PMHNP and FNP, I am a seasoned professional dedicated to delivering comprehensive psychiatric care. Proficient in diagnostic processes utilizing the DSM-5, the latest diagnostic tool, and well-versed in pharmacotherapy, I bring a depth of expertise to my practice. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of the body and mind, I approach patient care holistically. Over the past decade, my proficiency in Telehealth has allowed me to provide remote care effectively. I excel in leveraging technology
(740) 908-4980 View (740) 908-4980

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Barbara Jones Warren
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, PMH-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Verified Verified
Powell, OH 43065
My overall aim is to provide the best evidence-based level of care for my clients. I care about them and what they need. I work collaborative with clients to develop goals and how to achieve them. I also want to make certain that others the client cares about are included in our collaborative planning process. My ideal client is the one who I am working with at the time! I am Board Certified at the Doctorate level to provide therapies and biopsychosocial care for ages 13 years and throughout the lifespan. I use mindfulness and a calm atmosphere in order to meet individual, couple, family and even community needs.
My overall aim is to provide the best evidence-based level of care for my clients. I care about them and what they need. I work collaborative with clients to develop goals and how to achieve them. I also want to make certain that others the client cares about are included in our collaborative planning process. My ideal client is the one who I am working with at the time! I am Board Certified at the Doctorate level to provide therapies and biopsychosocial care for ages 13 years and throughout the lifespan. I use mindfulness and a calm atmosphere in order to meet individual, couple, family and even community needs.
(380) 212-2501 View (380) 212-2501
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Kathryn Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Westerville, OH 43082
Kathryn Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2008. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice and is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a psych mental health nurse practitioner with a background of nursing experience including family practice, Kathryn can offer the unique service of seeing the whole person when diagnosing and treating mental illness. Her background and experience have helped her to recognize both the risk and benefits of medication over the long term.
Kathryn Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2008. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice and is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a psych mental health nurse practitioner with a background of nursing experience including family practice, Kathryn can offer the unique service of seeing the whole person when diagnosing and treating mental illness. Her background and experience have helped her to recognize both the risk and benefits of medication over the long term.
(614) 660-5691 View (614) 660-5691
Ardent Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BS
Verified Verified
Lewis Center, OH 43035  (Online Only)
At Ardent Psychiatry, your recovery is our passion. We offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapeutic services for most psychiatric illnesses across the life span. With a focus on treatment of trauma informed care, we strive to provide an environment conducive to healing and hospitality. Illnesses and disorders treated include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum and schizophrenia.
At Ardent Psychiatry, your recovery is our passion. We offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapeutic services for most psychiatric illnesses across the life span. With a focus on treatment of trauma informed care, we strive to provide an environment conducive to healing and hospitality. Illnesses and disorders treated include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar spectrum and schizophrenia.
(740) 272-4868 View (740) 272-4868
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewis Center, OH 43035
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(740) 660-3831 View (740) 660-3831
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Maureen Chinyere Odemena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westerville, OH 43082  (Online Only)
My name is Maureen Odemena, I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with a total of 11 years' experience. I treat patients 12 years and older with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD, and ADHD, amongst other things. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best mental health care. We will build a therapeutic alliance so that together we can create a plan of care that best suits your need. My telehealth platform provides increased access to care to patients thereby optimizing their quality of life. My main focus is medication management.
My name is Maureen Odemena, I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with a total of 11 years' experience. I treat patients 12 years and older with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD, and ADHD, amongst other things. I utilize a holistic approach to provide the best mental health care. We will build a therapeutic alliance so that together we can create a plan of care that best suits your need. My telehealth platform provides increased access to care to patients thereby optimizing their quality of life. My main focus is medication management.
(614) 683-4572 View (614) 683-4572
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewis Center, OH 43035
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(740) 660-3748 View (740) 660-3748
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Ian Marconi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Westerville, OH 43082
Ian M. Marconi MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a 2002 graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a 2007 graduate of Mt. Carmel College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a 2021 graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Psych-Mental Health. I have 15 years of experience specializing in the care of complex surgical, trauma and burn patients, with 13 of those years at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center SICU.
Ian M. Marconi MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a 2002 graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a 2007 graduate of Mt. Carmel College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a 2021 graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in Psych-Mental Health. I have 15 years of experience specializing in the care of complex surgical, trauma and burn patients, with 13 of those years at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center SICU.
(614) 762-9214 View (614) 762-9214
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Kinsey Reeves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Worthington, OH 43085
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, care, and treatment from both a medication management and psychotherapeutic approach. I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal goals and treatment preferences. Our collaborative plan of care may include medications, lifestyle modifications, psychotherapeutic approaches, and supplements amongst other modalities. I am passionate in working with those with mood, anxiety, & attention concerns.
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, care, and treatment from both a medication management and psychotherapeutic approach. I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan based on your personal goals and treatment preferences. Our collaborative plan of care may include medications, lifestyle modifications, psychotherapeutic approaches, and supplements amongst other modalities. I am passionate in working with those with mood, anxiety, & attention concerns.
(614) 953-6088 View (614) 953-6088
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Dr. Justin Hendricks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Westerville, OH 43082  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Justin Hendricks, owner and operator of Mirror Health, a virtual psychiatry clinic in Ohio. As a Christian provider, my ideal client seeks a holistic, faith-integrated approach to mental health. They may face anxiety, depression, stress, or life transitions, and value the integration of physical, spiritual, and social well-being. They are motivated to make positive changes but need guidance to harness their strengths and set achievable goals. I provide a supportive environment that reflects their commitment to overall well-being, helping them move forward with a personalized, integrative plan.
My name is Dr. Justin Hendricks, owner and operator of Mirror Health, a virtual psychiatry clinic in Ohio. As a Christian provider, my ideal client seeks a holistic, faith-integrated approach to mental health. They may face anxiety, depression, stress, or life transitions, and value the integration of physical, spiritual, and social well-being. They are motivated to make positive changes but need guidance to harness their strengths and set achievable goals. I provide a supportive environment that reflects their commitment to overall well-being, helping them move forward with a personalized, integrative plan.
(614) 768-6236 View (614) 768-6236
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Scott Yoho
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Powell, OH 43065  (Online Only)
No wait time for appointments - we believe patients deserve access to real time mental health care Did you know Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center treats patients 13 years of age and older? This age group is severely underserved in the mental health community, and our goal is to provide real time mental health care for all.  Online appointments available now for adolescents in need! Serving Ohio through the convenience of online appointments and a growing network of locations.
No wait time for appointments - we believe patients deserve access to real time mental health care Did you know Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center treats patients 13 years of age and older? This age group is severely underserved in the mental health community, and our goal is to provide real time mental health care for all.  Online appointments available now for adolescents in need! Serving Ohio through the convenience of online appointments and a growing network of locations.
(614) 682-2383 View (614) 682-2383
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Megan Correll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westerville, OH 43082  (Online Only)
My name is Megan Correll PMHNP, CNP. I provide exclusively online services through my practice “Next Chapter Psychiatry.” I believe mental health care is NOT one size fits all, and because of this, it's my priority to tailor care specific to a person and their life experiences. I also want to make communication more effective and provide thorough all-around care and provide direct communication with your provider with prompt response times. Due to this, I offer longer appointment times, along with evening and weekend appointment availability. My goal is to eliminate as many barriers as possible to give you the treatment you deserve.
My name is Megan Correll PMHNP, CNP. I provide exclusively online services through my practice “Next Chapter Psychiatry.” I believe mental health care is NOT one size fits all, and because of this, it's my priority to tailor care specific to a person and their life experiences. I also want to make communication more effective and provide thorough all-around care and provide direct communication with your provider with prompt response times. Due to this, I offer longer appointment times, along with evening and weekend appointment availability. My goal is to eliminate as many barriers as possible to give you the treatment you deserve.
(380) 800-5952 View (380) 800-5952
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(740) 761-2270 View (740) 761-2270
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Mark Tuvelle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Delaware, OH 43015  (Online Only)
I strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment and want to always ensure that my clients feel they are “being listened to”. I believe a provider must truly listen to understand their client’s concerns, thus ensuring that the patient's priorities are being addressed. I prioritize health promotion, patient education, and psychotherapy.
I strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment and want to always ensure that my clients feel they are “being listened to”. I believe a provider must truly listen to understand their client’s concerns, thus ensuring that the patient's priorities are being addressed. I prioritize health promotion, patient education, and psychotherapy.
(380) 207-1922 View (380) 207-1922
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Amy Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Powell, OH 43065
Are you looking for a provider to partner with you to identify and treat the root causes of mental health symptoms and suffering? As a dually certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Amy Smith practices from an integrative psychiatric approach to exploring the mental health symptoms, physical health, environmental and lifestyle components of a person’s life to identify root causes and develop a comprehensive treatment map to reach optimal mental health wellness.
Are you looking for a provider to partner with you to identify and treat the root causes of mental health symptoms and suffering? As a dually certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Amy Smith practices from an integrative psychiatric approach to exploring the mental health symptoms, physical health, environmental and lifestyle components of a person’s life to identify root causes and develop a comprehensive treatment map to reach optimal mental health wellness.
(740) 245-3848 View (740) 245-3848
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Adam Scott Brandemihl
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified Verified
Powell, OH 43065
Sometimes therapy is not enough. As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I am trained in medication management and psychotherapy. There is no need to see another physician for your medication. Many overwhelmed clients are forced to see both a therapist and a primary care doctor. Busy primary care doctors are often more comfortable and accustomed to treating diabetes and hypertension, than depression and anxiety. Their overloaded schedules make it difficult to collaborate with your therapist. I can simplify the process and provide the comprehensive mental health expertise you are looking for. Together, we can address both your chemical and psychological needs.
Sometimes therapy is not enough. As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I am trained in medication management and psychotherapy. There is no need to see another physician for your medication. Many overwhelmed clients are forced to see both a therapist and a primary care doctor. Busy primary care doctors are often more comfortable and accustomed to treating diabetes and hypertension, than depression and anxiety. Their overloaded schedules make it difficult to collaborate with your therapist. I can simplify the process and provide the comprehensive mental health expertise you are looking for. Together, we can address both your chemical and psychological needs.
(614) 929-6617 View (614) 929-6617
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Emily Rees
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westerville, OH 43082  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management for both general psychiatric patients and caregivers of those living with special needs. Prior to practicing in the outpatient psychiatric setting, I practice Internal Medicine in inpatient psychiatric facilities. Prior to returning to graduate school I worked as and RN for 9 years at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the PICU and PACU.
Hello! I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management for both general psychiatric patients and caregivers of those living with special needs. Prior to practicing in the outpatient psychiatric setting, I practice Internal Medicine in inpatient psychiatric facilities. Prior to returning to graduate school I worked as and RN for 9 years at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the PICU and PACU.
(740) 883-3996 View (740) 883-3996
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Jill Pate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Powell, OH 43065
Jill Pate is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in family medicine and psychiatry/mental health. She has experience in Emergency Medicine, Urology, and Psychiatry. She loves learning and is known for making strong connections with her patients. Jill enjoys striving to enhance her knowledge in order to better the lives of the patients she serves. Jill's goal is to ensure her patients receive personalized, evidence-based care. She strives to improve positive self-image and improve overall functioning and well-being. She works with clients to ensure they are happy, healthy, & living as the best version of themselves.
Jill Pate is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in family medicine and psychiatry/mental health. She has experience in Emergency Medicine, Urology, and Psychiatry. She loves learning and is known for making strong connections with her patients. Jill enjoys striving to enhance her knowledge in order to better the lives of the patients she serves. Jill's goal is to ensure her patients receive personalized, evidence-based care. She strives to improve positive self-image and improve overall functioning and well-being. She works with clients to ensure they are happy, healthy, & living as the best version of themselves.
(614) 756-2143 View (614) 756-2143
Lisa Bond
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Not Verified Not Verified
Powell, OH 43065
An RN for over 25 years, I have successfully completed intensive training through Behavioral Tech in DBTI am passionate about helping individuals, their families and supports using the evidence based principles and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My enthusiasm for my work comes from seeing my clients experience relief from emotional suffering while they build mastery in making and keeping relationships, thrive in daily living, and build their lives in such a way as to make them worth embracing every day. In DBT we call this, "Having a Life Worth Living."
An RN for over 25 years, I have successfully completed intensive training through Behavioral Tech in DBTI am passionate about helping individuals, their families and supports using the evidence based principles and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My enthusiasm for my work comes from seeing my clients experience relief from emotional suffering while they build mastery in making and keeping relationships, thrive in daily living, and build their lives in such a way as to make them worth embracing every day. In DBT we call this, "Having a Life Worth Living."
(740) 617-1032 View (740) 617-1032
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Ivana Balic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Powell, OH 43065  (Online Only)
Our approach to medication management is client focused and collaborative with the main goal of providing compassionate and up to date psychiatric care for clients of all backgrounds, treating adult, children and adolescents. When developing a treatment plan we make sure all potential medical factors are treated or ruled out, as we continue to work on psychological wellness. Our goal is to educate about various evidence-based options for patient treatment so that individuals can make an informed decision that is the most helpful to their needs.
Our approach to medication management is client focused and collaborative with the main goal of providing compassionate and up to date psychiatric care for clients of all backgrounds, treating adult, children and adolescents. When developing a treatment plan we make sure all potential medical factors are treated or ruled out, as we continue to work on psychological wellness. Our goal is to educate about various evidence-based options for patient treatment so that individuals can make an informed decision that is the most helpful to their needs.
(614) 820-5241 View (614) 820-5241

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Number of Psychiatrists in Galena, OH

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Psychiatrists in Galena, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Eating Disorders
100% Life Coaching
100% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Galena, OH see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Galena?

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.