Psychiatrists in Terrace Park, OH

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Meagan Hawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Terrace Park, OH 45174
Meagan Hawkins is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her master's degree in nursing from Walden University and has been working in outpatient settings providing care to adolescents and adults. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Current MAT certification for Suboxone and Methadone use. Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and substance use disorders.
Meagan Hawkins is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her master's degree in nursing from Walden University and has been working in outpatient settings providing care to adolescents and adults. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Current MAT certification for Suboxone and Methadone use. Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and substance use disorders.
(513) 647-2197 View (513) 647-2197
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Terrace Park, OH 45174  (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.
(440) 693-3884 View (440) 693-3884
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George Andrew Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Terrace Park, OH 45174
I diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health conditions in a safe, compassionate, and empathetic environment. In some cases, I may provide some adjunct, but limited Individual Therapy. The thing I want you to most understand - there is hope. I am a big proponent of helping clients see the end-goal of mental health treatment - to feel and function better. There are two things a client must do to accomplish this goal. One, effective therapy; and two, the right mental health medication(s). And in case you are wondering - yes, I believe you are normal!
I diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health conditions in a safe, compassionate, and empathetic environment. In some cases, I may provide some adjunct, but limited Individual Therapy. The thing I want you to most understand - there is hope. I am a big proponent of helping clients see the end-goal of mental health treatment - to feel and function better. There are two things a client must do to accomplish this goal. One, effective therapy; and two, the right mental health medication(s). And in case you are wondering - yes, I believe you are normal!
(937) 632-1118 View (937) 632-1118

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Akeem Adeniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received two Masters degree from University of Cincinnati, one in Family practice NP, and one as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC and AANP. I have been practicing for 5 years has Psych NP and i have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as bringing happiness to others through my job bring happiness to me as well. I am passionate about mental health and look forward to meeting you today!
Hi! I'm a licensed Professional Psychiatry NP base in Lima, Ohio. I received two Masters degree from University of Cincinnati, one in Family practice NP, and one as a Psychiatry NP and board certified by ANCC and AANP. I have been practicing for 5 years has Psych NP and i have been opportune to be of service to many patients. It is a great privilege in helping others, as bringing happiness to others through my job bring happiness to me as well. I am passionate about mental health and look forward to meeting you today!
(513) 866-4241 View (513) 866-4241
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Krishona Poignard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
My goal as a clinician is to provide comprehensive empathetic care by setting a foundation of collaboration and trust. Every patient is dealing with their own set of symptoms, stressors, triggers, and overall goals for treatment. I ambition to explore all symptoms and provide information and education, employ appropriate and evidence based diagnostics, and establish both short and long term goals for optimal outcomes for mental health and/or substance abuse/addiction disorders. The wide range of treatment options from psychotherapy, behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy will be discussed and incorporated into the plan of care
(513) 548-4120 View (513) 548-4120
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Brittany Hooten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45236
I am a nurse practitioner certified in psychiatric mental health. I pride my work on providing compassionate client-centered care. With a background in mental health, I know that there is not a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to an effective individualized client treatment plan. My goal is to create a safe and trusting relationship where we can work together as a team to guide you to live the life you desire.
I am a nurse practitioner certified in psychiatric mental health. I pride my work on providing compassionate client-centered care. With a background in mental health, I know that there is not a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to an effective individualized client treatment plan. My goal is to create a safe and trusting relationship where we can work together as a team to guide you to live the life you desire.
(513) 654-1389 View (513) 654-1389
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45201
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(330) 708-7210 View (330) 708-7210
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Sarah Morrison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Hello, I am Dr Sarah Morrison. I am an adolescent and young adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety or ADHD. I work closely with my patients to develop individualized treatments to help them reach their goals. I believe that healthy lifestyles are essential to feeling good, so I emphasize healthy choices when it comes to regular exercise, eating habits and sleep hygiene. I also believe that therapy plays an essential role in recovery. Finally I utilize evidence-based psychopharmacology to help patients fully achieve their mental health goals.
Hello, I am Dr Sarah Morrison. I am an adolescent and young adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety or ADHD. I work closely with my patients to develop individualized treatments to help them reach their goals. I believe that healthy lifestyles are essential to feeling good, so I emphasize healthy choices when it comes to regular exercise, eating habits and sleep hygiene. I also believe that therapy plays an essential role in recovery. Finally I utilize evidence-based psychopharmacology to help patients fully achieve their mental health goals.
(513) 957-3242 View (513) 957-3242
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Lynnea Carder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249  (Online Only)
Dr. Carder has been practicing for over 20 years in general adult psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a certification in Elder Law. She has advanced training in psychopharmacology which she earned with distinction. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed her internship with the Department of Family medicine and completed her residency with Department of Psychiatry both at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
Dr. Carder has been practicing for over 20 years in general adult psychiatry. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a certification in Elder Law. She has advanced training in psychopharmacology which she earned with distinction. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed her internship with the Department of Family medicine and completed her residency with Department of Psychiatry both at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
(513) 282-0269 View (513) 282-0269
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Ify Agudosi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Hello, and welcome! I’m delighted to introduce myself as a licensed Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in the heart of Ohio. With a Master’s degree from the esteemed University of Minnesota and three years of hands-on experience, I am passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of my clients. My focus is on helping both young and older adults navigate the challenges of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life full of joy, purpose, and fulfillment.
Hello, and welcome! I’m delighted to introduce myself as a licensed Professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in the heart of Ohio. With a Master’s degree from the esteemed University of Minnesota and three years of hands-on experience, I am passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of my clients. My focus is on helping both young and older adults navigate the challenges of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life full of joy, purpose, and fulfillment.
(614) 858-3287 View (614) 858-3287
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Jeremy Carpenter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
Dr. Carpenter has more than 12 years of experience in psychiatry with specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. where he completed additional training in Health Policy and Advocacy. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier's Healthcare Hero for improving the quality of Cincinnati healthcare through his patient care mission.
(513) 654-6256 View (513) 654-6256
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Dr. Davi Ann Hardy with Hardy Rx Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45255  (Online Only)
Serving clients in Ohio. I provide a nonjudgmental and active listening environment. This time is yours and we will work together as a team to construct a plan that will help you with your mental health goals. We can determine an accurate diagnosis, get you the right medications, continue medications already prescribed or I can simply listen and offer professional therapeutic guidance. You have made it this far on your mental health journey, take that one more step and reach out. You are not alone.
Serving clients in Ohio. I provide a nonjudgmental and active listening environment. This time is yours and we will work together as a team to construct a plan that will help you with your mental health goals. We can determine an accurate diagnosis, get you the right medications, continue medications already prescribed or I can simply listen and offer professional therapeutic guidance. You have made it this far on your mental health journey, take that one more step and reach out. You are not alone.
(513) 998-5484 View (513) 998-5484
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Neil Tournoux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236  (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
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Daniel S Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMGT-BC
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45227
Most of my clients are queer, neurodivergent, chronically ill, and/or disabled. They may seek help with transition concerns, psychiatric medication, identifying/confirming a diagnosis, or therapy/support for living in a society that's a poor fit. Whatever their need, they're seeking someone comfortable with the diversity of experiences that our identities bring and how these intersect in society.
Most of my clients are queer, neurodivergent, chronically ill, and/or disabled. They may seek help with transition concerns, psychiatric medication, identifying/confirming a diagnosis, or therapy/support for living in a society that's a poor fit. Whatever their need, they're seeking someone comfortable with the diversity of experiences that our identities bring and how these intersect in society.
(513) 845-3284 View (513) 845-3284
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Elizabeth Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Mental health is not a "one size fits all". Everyone deserves to have their individualized needs heard and validated. If you have symptoms of depression, mania, psychosis, anxiety, lack of focus, anger, sleeplessness, etc. I am here to provide support. My goal is to help you reach your goals.
Mental health is not a "one size fits all". Everyone deserves to have their individualized needs heard and validated. If you have symptoms of depression, mania, psychosis, anxiety, lack of focus, anger, sleeplessness, etc. I am here to provide support. My goal is to help you reach your goals.
(937) 770-8355 View (937) 770-8355
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Dr. Alyson Appleton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45221  (Online Only)
I pride myself on being a relatable psychiatrist with extensive knowledge about psychiatric diagnoses and medications. Family, nutrition, and outdoor activities are important to me. I look forward to learning what’s important to you.
I pride myself on being a relatable psychiatrist with extensive knowledge about psychiatric diagnoses and medications. Family, nutrition, and outdoor activities are important to me. I look forward to learning what’s important to you.
(614) 953-6051 View (614) 953-6051
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Divya Khosla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249  (Online Only)
Dr. Divya Khosla, MD, is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist and board eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from Ross University, completing all of her clinicals in Maryland, D.C., and NYC. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Khosla has participated in a variety of innovative academic clinical research, and has presented research at annual national meetings of the American Psychiatric Association. Her clinical experience with varying demographics at different clinical sites around the country has allowed her to treat patients i
Dr. Divya Khosla, MD, is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist and board eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from Ross University, completing all of her clinicals in Maryland, D.C., and NYC. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Khosla has participated in a variety of innovative academic clinical research, and has presented research at annual national meetings of the American Psychiatric Association. Her clinical experience with varying demographics at different clinical sites around the country has allowed her to treat patients i
(513) 828-0285 View (513) 828-0285
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Lonna Louise Larger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, BC
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Hi there! I am Lonna Larger and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your path to wellness. I practice evidence-based medicine with a focus on trauma-informed care. Are you struggling with anxiety or flashbacks? Do you feel as if no one listens? Please come see me. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you would like to schedule an intake with me, please call 859-572-0400.
Hi there! I am Lonna Larger and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your path to wellness. I practice evidence-based medicine with a focus on trauma-informed care. Are you struggling with anxiety or flashbacks? Do you feel as if no one listens? Please come see me. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you would like to schedule an intake with me, please call 859-572-0400.
(859) 572-0400 View (859) 572-0400
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Infinity Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
Currently serving individuals in NY, OH, WI via Telepsychiatric services. We believe the key to wellness is partnering with a physician who can ally themselves with the patient in order to empower and guide the individual to create positive change in their life. We strive to eliminate the obstacles many individuals face when making the decision to seek psychiatric care. Using videoconferencing you can be seen in your own home, ensuring privacy and expanding accessibility. We cater to busy professionals and offer non-traditional and expanded office hours for your convenience. To get started, visit: InfinityPsychiatry.org
(513) 817-0054 View (513) 817-0054
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Arnold G Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45236
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I've been in private practice in OH and KY for many years. My primary clinical focus is the treatment of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them and their families. I am proud to treat my patients who started as patients when they were children, who now also bring their children to me for treatment.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I've been in private practice in OH and KY for many years. My primary clinical focus is the treatment of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them and their families. I am proud to treat my patients who started as patients when they were children, who now also bring their children to me for treatment.
(513) 450-8296 View (513) 450-8296

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Number of Psychiatrists in Terrace Park, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Terrace Park, OH who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Terrace Park, OH see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Terrace Park?

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.