Psychiatrists in Lakewood, OH

Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(216) 290-2547 View (216) 290-2547
Photo of Fiovdaliza Volenik, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Fiovdaliza Volenik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107
I am dedicated to bringing warmth and comfort to your mental health journey. I understand that the psychiatric experience is as much about personal connection as it is practical intervention. My areas of expertise include Autism, Depression, Life Changes, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
I am dedicated to bringing warmth and comfort to your mental health journey. I understand that the psychiatric experience is as much about personal connection as it is practical intervention. My areas of expertise include Autism, Depression, Life Changes, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
(216) 510-9844 View (216) 510-9844
Photo of Joseph Keppler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Joseph Keppler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107
Joseph Keppler has been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Greater Cleveland area for over five years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College and completed his graduate studies at Kent State University. Joe is committed to ensuring his patients feel supported, respected and valued in their mental health journey. In his free time, Joe enjoys hiking the national parks, skiing, gardening, and cuddling with his two wiener dogs. Areas of expertise include: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and LGBTQ+ Issues.
Joseph Keppler has been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Greater Cleveland area for over five years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College and completed his graduate studies at Kent State University. Joe is committed to ensuring his patients feel supported, respected and valued in their mental health journey. In his free time, Joe enjoys hiking the national parks, skiing, gardening, and cuddling with his two wiener dogs. Areas of expertise include: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and LGBTQ+ Issues.
(216) 616-8965 View (216) 616-8965
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(234) 657-4657 View (234) 657-4657
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(216) 340-9602 View (216) 340-9602
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Yassin Ghanem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107
Yassin Ghanem is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with both inpatient and outpatient experience. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cleveland State University and received his graduate degree from Maryville University. He discovered his passion for mental health while working at Lutheran Hospital as a teenager. Along with managing mental health conditions, Yassin’s heart lies with patients who suffer with comorbid conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune/neurological conditions. He has a special interest in integrative medicine and holistic psychiatry.
Yassin Ghanem is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with both inpatient and outpatient experience. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cleveland State University and received his graduate degree from Maryville University. He discovered his passion for mental health while working at Lutheran Hospital as a teenager. Along with managing mental health conditions, Yassin’s heart lies with patients who suffer with comorbid conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune/neurological conditions. He has a special interest in integrative medicine and holistic psychiatry.
(216) 606-8817 View (216) 606-8817
Photo of Linda Cunningham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Linda Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in adult psychiatry and addictions. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Akron. I have a wide variety of experience in the mental health field including both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatric consultation, psychiatric emergency medicine, geriatric psychiatry and addictions.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in adult psychiatry and addictions. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Akron. I have a wide variety of experience in the mental health field including both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatric consultation, psychiatric emergency medicine, geriatric psychiatry and addictions.
(216) 626-7299 View (216) 626-7299
Photo of Neil Tournoux, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Neil Tournoux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107  (Online Only)
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
(513) 643-5861 View (513) 643-5861
Photo of Julie Stone, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Julie Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in treating patients with mental health conditions. She has worked in community mental health settings, private practice settings, corrections, and addiction medicine. She obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and currently teaches up and coming Psych NP's for 2 universities.
(440) 709-8523 View (440) 709-8523

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Jehan F. Helmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44134
Jehan chose to become a psychiatrist to make a difference in everyone’s life. She believes she can see invisible wounds, heal them with hope, positivity, and compassion. While utilizing her medical, scientific, and interpersonal skills to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Using this treatment and support will change lives. Jehan’s philosophy is making Mental Health services her main focus by approaching it from different angles. She desires for all individuals to discover their passion, and greatest resilience, to live their life with hope, and joy with the coaching of a multidisciplinary team.
Jehan chose to become a psychiatrist to make a difference in everyone’s life. She believes she can see invisible wounds, heal them with hope, positivity, and compassion. While utilizing her medical, scientific, and interpersonal skills to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Using this treatment and support will change lives. Jehan’s philosophy is making Mental Health services her main focus by approaching it from different angles. She desires for all individuals to discover their passion, and greatest resilience, to live their life with hope, and joy with the coaching of a multidisciplinary team.
(657) 300-4208 View (657) 300-4208
Photo of Dr. Jackie Lanham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Dr. Jackie Lanham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44101  (Online Only)
Symphonic Minds is partnering with SonderMind, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company, to provide quality behavioral health care services to those seeking to improve their mental and emotional health care needs. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management services. Controlled substances are not prescribed. I provide unparalleled, non-judgmental care that is highly educational, up to date and genuine for anyone seeking help from a thorough provider. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare insurances at this time.
Symphonic Minds is partnering with SonderMind, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company, to provide quality behavioral health care services to those seeking to improve their mental and emotional health care needs. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management services. Controlled substances are not prescribed. I provide unparalleled, non-judgmental care that is highly educational, up to date and genuine for anyone seeking help from a thorough provider. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare insurances at this time.
(614) 441-8475 View (614) 441-8475
Photo of Richelle Jenkins-Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
Richelle Jenkins-Garrett MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is passionate about providing evidenced based, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan. Her focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and chronic mental illness through psychiatric assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapeutic intervention for clients across the lifespan with focus in clients ages 18-65+.
(440) 635-3447 View (440) 635-3447
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Thomas Crane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44101  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas Crane is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices general adult psychiatry, with a special interest in managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. He attended Calvin College for his Bachelor’s Degree and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for his Medical Degree. He then completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Ohio State University. After spending six months serving the prison population, he is back to doing what he finds most rewarding, which is one-on-one outpatient psychiatry.
Dr. Thomas Crane is a board-certified psychiatrist who practices general adult psychiatry, with a special interest in managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. He attended Calvin College for his Bachelor’s Degree and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for his Medical Degree. He then completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Ohio State University. After spending six months serving the prison population, he is back to doing what he finds most rewarding, which is one-on-one outpatient psychiatry.
(513) 450-6805 View (513) 450-6805
Photo of Lauren Mente, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Lauren Mente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
My name is Lauren Mente, and I was born and raised in Ohio. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. I received my first nursing degree as a registered nurse in 2001. I furthered my education at Ohio University in 2010 with a bachelor's in nursing, followed by a master's in nursing in 2013. My focus area as a NP has been in community mental health. I received my psychiatric mental health post-master's certification from Northern Kentucky University in 2021.
(440) 762-7206 View (440) 762-7206
Photo of Kerri Pearch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Kerri Pearch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44114  (Online Only)
My passion is helping people improve their quality of life through unpacking the past and working towards a better future through medication and therapy. I enjoy working with all patients struggling with mental health and find that being a genuine listener helps to create a bond between myself and my patients.
My passion is helping people improve their quality of life through unpacking the past and working towards a better future through medication and therapy. I enjoy working with all patients struggling with mental health and find that being a genuine listener helps to create a bond between myself and my patients.
(513) 845-3797 View (513) 845-3797
Photo of Joy J King, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Joy J King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Independence, OH 44131
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
I am accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Primary Care and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. I am a Cleveland native who completed my Undergraduate at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning home to complete my Master's Degree at Ursuline College in Lyndhurst, Ohio. I am comfortable working with a range of ages, from adolescents to geriatrics (13+). While I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
(216) 290-1695 View (216) 290-1695
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44101  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(234) 204-3191 View (234) 204-3191
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Lakewood, OH
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44106  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Photo of Jen Foren, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Jen Foren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44107
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in medication management for children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working in various mental health settings. I focus on improving a patient’s quality of life by looking at the whole picture and using a holistic approach.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in medication management for children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working in various mental health settings. I focus on improving a patient’s quality of life by looking at the whole picture and using a holistic approach.
(330) 325-4701 View (330) 325-4701
Photo of Kathy Royer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakewood, OH
Kathy Royer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44114
Hi, I am Kathy, a psychiatric/mental health board-certified nurse practitioner, who prescribes psychiatric medication for children and teens. I love working with these ages, 6 yo to 17 yo., in the telepsychiatry setting. As a parent are you concerned about your child's mental health and future well-being? In today's world, our children and teens are facing many issues: gun violence, suicide, social media pressures, self-harm, substance abuse, sexual assault, isolation, gender dysphoria/pressures, and peer pressure to name the biggies. You, as a parent, know how difficult it is out there for your child/teen.
Hi, I am Kathy, a psychiatric/mental health board-certified nurse practitioner, who prescribes psychiatric medication for children and teens. I love working with these ages, 6 yo to 17 yo., in the telepsychiatry setting. As a parent are you concerned about your child's mental health and future well-being? In today's world, our children and teens are facing many issues: gun violence, suicide, social media pressures, self-harm, substance abuse, sexual assault, isolation, gender dysphoria/pressures, and peer pressure to name the biggies. You, as a parent, know how difficult it is out there for your child/teen.
(234) 259-5590 View (234) 259-5590

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lakewood, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lakewood, OH who prioritize treating:

78% Depression
78% Bipolar Disorder
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Grief
56% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Lakewood, OH see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Male
15% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakewood?

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.