Psychiatrists in Seneca County, OH

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Melissa Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Tiffin, OH 44883  (Online Only)
Melissa Fox is a nurse practitioner in Ohio who works with adults & provides care for concerns like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, OCD, and sleep issues. Melissa has been board-certified for over 10 years. She attended Frontier Nursing University where she received advanced training in psychiatry and family medicine. She has broad experience in both fields as well as neurology / neurosurgery, all of which lend to her comprehensive care planning capability. She has additionally completed training in Integrative Psychiatry which further explores the root cause of symptoms and considers holistic treatment approaches.
Melissa Fox is a nurse practitioner in Ohio who works with adults & provides care for concerns like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, OCD, and sleep issues. Melissa has been board-certified for over 10 years. She attended Frontier Nursing University where she received advanced training in psychiatry and family medicine. She has broad experience in both fields as well as neurology / neurosurgery, all of which lend to her comprehensive care planning capability. She has additionally completed training in Integrative Psychiatry which further explores the root cause of symptoms and considers holistic treatment approaches.
(419) 845-8504 View (419) 845-8504
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Resolute Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tiffin, OH 44883  (Online Only)
Melissa Fox is a nurse practitioner in Ohio who works with adults & provides care for concerns like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, OCD, and sleep issues. Melissa has been board-certified for over 10 years. She attended Frontier Nursing University where she received advanced training in psychiatry and family medicine. She has broad experience in both fields as well as neurology / neurosurgery, all of which lend to her comprehensive care planning capability. She has additionally completed training in Integrative Psychiatry which explores the root cause of symptoms and holistic treatment approaches.
Melissa Fox is a nurse practitioner in Ohio who works with adults & provides care for concerns like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, OCD, and sleep issues. Melissa has been board-certified for over 10 years. She attended Frontier Nursing University where she received advanced training in psychiatry and family medicine. She has broad experience in both fields as well as neurology / neurosurgery, all of which lend to her comprehensive care planning capability. She has additionally completed training in Integrative Psychiatry which explores the root cause of symptoms and holistic treatment approaches.
(419) 945-4375 View (419) 945-4375

Online Psychiatrists

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Nicole Mccrackin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
Nicole McCrackin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. She has previously worked for government and community-based organizations providing psychiatric services and supportive therapy to the adult population. She currently provides medication management to adults ages 18 to 65+. Her treatment areas of specialty include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
Nicole McCrackin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. She has previously worked for government and community-based organizations providing psychiatric services and supportive therapy to the adult population. She currently provides medication management to adults ages 18 to 65+. Her treatment areas of specialty include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
(380) 333-9875 View (380) 333-9875
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Tiffani Gallimore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, DEA
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43211  (Online Only)
You're not alone in this journey. If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, or mood/personality disorders, I understand. You seek understanding and relief, longing for peace of mind and a path to healing. You want someone who respects your journey, validates your struggles, and offers compassionate guidance towards a brighter future.
You're not alone in this journey. If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, or mood/personality disorders, I understand. You seek understanding and relief, longing for peace of mind and a path to healing. You want someone who respects your journey, validates your struggles, and offers compassionate guidance towards a brighter future.
(614) 918-4500 View (614) 918-4500
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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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Sunlight Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toledo, OH 43623  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder and seeking a comprehensive approach to managing their mental health. They may feel overwhelmed by their symptoms, experiencing mood swings, or finding it difficult to cope with daily stressors. This client is ready to take proactive steps towards their well-being, desiring a balanced and fulfilling life. They need a supportive environment where they can openly discuss their feelings without judgment, as well as evidence-based treatments to address their unique challenges.
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder and seeking a comprehensive approach to managing their mental health. They may feel overwhelmed by their symptoms, experiencing mood swings, or finding it difficult to cope with daily stressors. This client is ready to take proactive steps towards their well-being, desiring a balanced and fulfilling life. They need a supportive environment where they can openly discuss their feelings without judgment, as well as evidence-based treatments to address their unique challenges.
(419) 484-3290 View (419) 484-3290
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Becca Granger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Mansfield, OH 44902
Are you a high functioning individual who has mastered the art of, "I'm fine. It's fine. Everything's fine?" Wondering how much longer you can keep up the pace and who will be impacted if you cannot? Looking for a confidential space where you don’t have to be “on?” A space to be real and address the stress, anxiety, burnout, depression, and insomnia that often come with great responsibility? Space to breathe, be heard, gain perspective, develop solutions, and leave with hope?
Are you a high functioning individual who has mastered the art of, "I'm fine. It's fine. Everything's fine?" Wondering how much longer you can keep up the pace and who will be impacted if you cannot? Looking for a confidential space where you don’t have to be “on?” A space to be real and address the stress, anxiety, burnout, depression, and insomnia that often come with great responsibility? Space to breathe, be heard, gain perspective, develop solutions, and leave with hope?
(419) 664-5378 View (419) 664-5378
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Amy Ogden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43212
Amy Ogden is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Master of Nursing degree from The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Capital University. She has over 10 years of combined experience as a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Amy Ogden is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Master of Nursing degree from The Ohio State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Capital University. She has over 10 years of combined experience as a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
(380) 208-0687 View (380) 208-0687
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Carly Hamaoui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
(440) 797-4226 View (440) 797-4226
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Kristen M. Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136
Kristen M. Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an MSN from Kent State University. Kristen is a dedicated provider with experience in the treatment of the lifespan for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, Panic DO, ADHD, Insomnia, Social Anxiety DO, ODD, Cyclothymic DO, Bipolar DO I and II, Schizoaffective DO, Schizophrenia, and more. Outside of work, Kristen is a mother a varsity softball coach, enjoys 4wheeling, bonfires, decorating, and is an animal lover (she has two Labradors and a cat).
Kristen M. Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an MSN from Kent State University. Kristen is a dedicated provider with experience in the treatment of the lifespan for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, Panic DO, ADHD, Insomnia, Social Anxiety DO, ODD, Cyclothymic DO, Bipolar DO I and II, Schizoaffective DO, Schizophrenia, and more. Outside of work, Kristen is a mother a varsity softball coach, enjoys 4wheeling, bonfires, decorating, and is an animal lover (she has two Labradors and a cat).
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Cross My Heart Wellness Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136  (Online Only)
Accepting new Patients! Copy and paste this link to schedule your appointment today! crossmyheartwellnessllc.clientsecure.me Dr. Brandy McKinney is now welcoming New Clients for video appointments. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in multiple states, her goal is to establish therapeutic relationships with her clients to ensure they are comfortable and feel free of judgment. She specializes in ADHD diagnostic testing, providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
Accepting new Patients! Copy and paste this link to schedule your appointment today! crossmyheartwellnessllc.clientsecure.me Dr. Brandy McKinney is now welcoming New Clients for video appointments. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in multiple states, her goal is to establish therapeutic relationships with her clients to ensure they are comfortable and feel free of judgment. She specializes in ADHD diagnostic testing, providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
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Alana Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mentor, OH 44060  (Online Only)
As I see it, mental health is the basis and center of everything. When you are struggling silently in your mind, I can help. Having the opportunity to help treat mental health and improve someone's life and outlook on life is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding professions. I am currently accepting new clients, age 18+, and would be honored to help you become a better version of yourself.
As I see it, mental health is the basis and center of everything. When you are struggling silently in your mind, I can help. Having the opportunity to help treat mental health and improve someone's life and outlook on life is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding professions. I am currently accepting new clients, age 18+, and would be honored to help you become a better version of yourself.
(216) 306-4487 View (216) 306-4487
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Independence, OH 44131
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Now offering TMS and Ketamine therapy. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Now offering TMS and Ketamine therapy. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(216) 626-7742 View (216) 626-7742
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David McNair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Twinsburg, OH 44087
David McNair is an Ohio native that earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Kent State University and master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, he has over a decade of clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic mental health care and also serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. He sees patients ages 6 to 75 and specializes in treating anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
David McNair is an Ohio native that earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from Kent State University and master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, he has over a decade of clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic mental health care and also serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. He sees patients ages 6 to 75 and specializes in treating anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.
(234) 348-3792 View (234) 348-3792
Anthony Smartnick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Dr. Smartnick holds lifetime certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has more than 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and private practice psychiatry working with adults. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School and served his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he was chief resident.
Dr. Smartnick holds lifetime certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has more than 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and private practice psychiatry working with adults. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School and served his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he was chief resident.
(440) 739-6200 View (440) 739-6200
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Jessica Huffman
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Jessica Huffman is a dual certified nurse practitioner. Initially, Jessica graduated from Wright State University and worked years as an intensive care nurse. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State with a post graduate degree as an adult- geriatric primary care CNP working inpatient at University Hospitals. Later, Jessica, returned to schooling to specialize in mental health and addiction. Upholding two graduate degrees has allowed Jessica to provide integrative and holistic care. She hold a national certification with both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(440) 762-7088 View (440) 762-7088
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Nikki Glass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairlawn, OH 44333
Nikki Glass is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating mood and anxiety disorders across the lifespan. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Akron. Nikki employs a blend of psychiatric medication management and holistic approaches to help people alleviate mental health symptoms and lead a more meaningful life. Beyond her profession, Nikki finds joy in family time, nature, home renovations, gardening, and indulging in a compelling Netflix show.
Nikki Glass is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating mood and anxiety disorders across the lifespan. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Akron. Nikki employs a blend of psychiatric medication management and holistic approaches to help people alleviate mental health symptoms and lead a more meaningful life. Beyond her profession, Nikki finds joy in family time, nature, home renovations, gardening, and indulging in a compelling Netflix show.
(330) 583-1813 View (330) 583-1813
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
Elyria, OH 44035
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(937) 909-0557 View (937) 909-0557
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Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare of Ohio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Ifeoma Uzoh-Anigbogu is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years experience in mental health, addiction, and family services to diversified patient population. My mission is the desensitization of the stigma to mental health and substance abuse disorder in providing individualized holistic care. Meeting patients where they are and in upholding their dignity.
Ifeoma Uzoh-Anigbogu is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years experience in mental health, addiction, and family services to diversified patient population. My mission is the desensitization of the stigma to mental health and substance abuse disorder in providing individualized holistic care. Meeting patients where they are and in upholding their dignity.
(614) 782-8779 View (614) 782-8779
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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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Seneca County, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Seneca County, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Other
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Seneca County, OH see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Seneca County?

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.