Psychiatrists in Strongsville, OH

Photo of Cross My Heart Wellness Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
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.
(440) 553-8687 View (440) 553-8687
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Charlotte Steerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136
Char Steerman, PMHNP Char Steerman is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who started practicing in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in Nursing. Char believes in providing compassionate, dedicated, patient centered care to her clients. Her primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well-being.
Char Steerman, PMHNP Char Steerman is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who started practicing in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in Nursing. Char believes in providing compassionate, dedicated, patient centered care to her clients. Her primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well-being.
(440) 379-1334 View (440) 379-1334
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Courtney Brumfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, APRN
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
(440) 739-6138 View (440) 739-6138
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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).
(440) 336-8881 View (440) 336-8881
Photo of Justin William Havemann, Psychiatrist in Strongsville, OH
Justin William Havemann
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Strongsville, OH 44149
Born and raised in Ohio and educated in Cleveland, I have 10 years of experience as an attending psychiatrist with the Cleveland Clinic. As a member of the Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance, my new private practice in Rocky River leverages the resources of that large hospital system, including its electronic medical record system, to better serve my patients. I am a "complete" psychiatrist, paying particular attention to the ways that my patients' medical problems impact their emotional wellbeing. People are more than their parts - we treat the whole person in our comfortable and modern clinic every day.
Born and raised in Ohio and educated in Cleveland, I have 10 years of experience as an attending psychiatrist with the Cleveland Clinic. As a member of the Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance, my new private practice in Rocky River leverages the resources of that large hospital system, including its electronic medical record system, to better serve my patients. I am a "complete" psychiatrist, paying particular attention to the ways that my patients' medical problems impact their emotional wellbeing. People are more than their parts - we treat the whole person in our comfortable and modern clinic every day.
(216) 284-9203 View (216) 284-9203

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Ascension Counseling and Therapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, OH 44144
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
(216) 930-6350 View (216) 930-6350
Photo of Elizabeth Pfalzgraf, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Elizabeth Pfalzgraf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Elizabeth Pfalzgraf earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health care and serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. She sees ages 6 to 64 and specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and schizophrenia.
Elizabeth Pfalzgraf earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health care and serves as an educator for undergraduate nursing. She sees ages 6 to 64 and specializes in anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and schizophrenia.
(440) 616-8816 View (440) 616-8816
Photo of Tameshia Wiggins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Tameshia Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
Hello, my name is Tameshia, and I am a dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and adult geriatric primary care. I am nationally certified by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. My focus is on adults throughout their life span, and I provide medication management and therapy. I work with adults aged 18 and up. I am comfortable treating patients who are dealing with symptoms related to depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, addiction, weight issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder and more.
(440) 739-3024 View (440) 739-3024
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Ijeoma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, CNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, OH 44212
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live a fruitful and healthy life.
People with mental health disorders are affected in many ways due to the nature of the problem. These individuals need stability and want to be well. My goal of treatment is to reduce their symptoms so that it will not impact their daily functioning and so they can live a fruitful and healthy life.
(216) 279-6649 View (216) 279-6649
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Dr. Neal Swartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleveland, OH 44111
Dr. Swartz is a psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist, who is ready to empower you on your journey to mental wellness. With a rich educational background and extensive training, he brings a depth of knowledge and experience to Reach Behavioral Health. Working with a team of counselors and psychotherapists, he is confident he can help you reach your wellness goals.
Dr. Swartz is a psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist, who is ready to empower you on your journey to mental wellness. With a rich educational background and extensive training, he brings a depth of knowledge and experience to Reach Behavioral Health. Working with a team of counselors and psychotherapists, he is confident he can help you reach your wellness goals.
(216) 999-5116 View (216) 999-5116
Photo of Connor Stimpson, Physician Assistant in Strongsville, OH
Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Brunswick, OH 44212
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(216) 303-6163 View (216) 303-6163
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Steve Pessefall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brecksville, OH 44141
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
Steve is Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (CNP) with a focus on providing treatment for a broad-spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, as well as community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in psychiatric / behavioral health hospitals. Steve has also earned his credential for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from The University of Maryland.
(440) 530-6462 View (440) 530-6462
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, OH 44212
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
(216) 677-1483 View (216) 677-1483
Leah Stallworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Leah Stallworth is a Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2002. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University for undergraduate and graduate education. Leah's goal is to meet and accept each patient where they are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and work in conjunction with them and their chosen supports to achieve the person they desire to be. Outside of work Leah enjoys reading, aromatherapy, spending time with family and friends, and being a young hip "cat lady.
Leah Stallworth is a Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2002. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University for undergraduate and graduate education. Leah's goal is to meet and accept each patient where they are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and work in conjunction with them and their chosen supports to achieve the person they desire to be. Outside of work Leah enjoys reading, aromatherapy, spending time with family and friends, and being a young hip "cat lady.
(216) 616-7469 View (216) 616-7469
Photo of Kara Jeanine Reilly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Kara Jeanine Reilly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, LSW, LICDC, RN
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070  (Online Only)
I have worked in the behavioral health field for 12-years as a social worker, substance abuse counselor, nurse, and nurse practitioner. I obtained by Bachelors in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2009, obtained by Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, nursing license in 2017 and Master's in Nursing in 2018 with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. I am certified by ANCC. With my diverse background in mental health, I will be able to provide an eclectic treatment plan that is best suited for you. Services will be completed over a secure virtual platform. no in person visits will be needed.
I have worked in the behavioral health field for 12-years as a social worker, substance abuse counselor, nurse, and nurse practitioner. I obtained by Bachelors in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2009, obtained by Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, nursing license in 2017 and Master's in Nursing in 2018 with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. I am certified by ANCC. With my diverse background in mental health, I will be able to provide an eclectic treatment plan that is best suited for you. Services will be completed over a secure virtual platform. no in person visits will be needed.
(216) 358-0899 View (216) 358-0899
Photo of Rod Comforters, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Rod Comforters, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Parma, OH 44134
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!** Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then Welcome to Rod Comforters, LLC. At Rod Comforters, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better, take control of their circumstances and recognize that the power to improve is in their hands.
(216) 930-1844 View (216) 930-1844
Photo of Lydia Potoma, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Lydia Potoma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brook Park, OH 44142  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience as an Inpatient Psych Hospitalist, Outpatient Provider and Nursing Home Consultant. Extensive experience in Inpatient/Outpatient Adult Psychiatry, Psychiatric Emergency Department, Long-Term Care, and Memory Care. Received Master's of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience as an Inpatient Psych Hospitalist, Outpatient Provider and Nursing Home Consultant. Extensive experience in Inpatient/Outpatient Adult Psychiatry, Psychiatric Emergency Department, Long-Term Care, and Memory Care. Received Master's of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
(216) 290-2543 x102 View (216) 290-2543 x102
Photo of Dr. Allen Masry, Psychiatrist in Strongsville, OH
Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brunswick, OH 44212
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(216) 259-8927 View (216) 259-8927
Photo of Jennifer Seelie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, OH
Jennifer Seelie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Richfield, OH 44286  (Online Only)
I am Psych NP who specializes in depressive disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, and addiction medicine.
I am Psych NP who specializes in depressive disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, and addiction medicine.
(513) 450-3752 View (513) 450-3752
Photo of Lauren Mente, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Strongsville, 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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Strongsville, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Strongsville, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Humana
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Strongsville, OH see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Strongsville?

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.