Psychiatrists in Troy, OH

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Kimberly Swartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Troy, OH 45373
Hello! I’m Kimberly. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in health care. I provide holistic integrative care, and I am glad you are here! Seeking help can be a bit overwhelming and perhaps even scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
Hello! I’m Kimberly. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in health care. I provide holistic integrative care, and I am glad you are here! Seeking help can be a bit overwhelming and perhaps even scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
(937) 230-7841 View (937) 230-7841
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Troy, OH 45373
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.
(380) 208-1756 View (380) 208-1756
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Troy, OH 45373
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.
(614) 683-4245 View (614) 683-4245
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Tyneah Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, OH 45373
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
(937) 731-3918 View (937) 731-3918
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Emily Rees
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, OH 45373  (Online Only)
After hours and weekend availability! When you’re struggling do you tell yourself “It could be worst”, “just push through”, “man up”, or wonder what’s wrong with you? Then you become frustrated with yourself for struggling and notice the joy in your life fading away. Angry that nothing seems to help? Maybe you’re contemplating starting medications, maybe your medications aren’t working, or maybe you’re sick of taking a thousand different medications. If this sounds like you, you ARE NOT alone!
After hours and weekend availability! When you’re struggling do you tell yourself “It could be worst”, “just push through”, “man up”, or wonder what’s wrong with you? Then you become frustrated with yourself for struggling and notice the joy in your life fading away. Angry that nothing seems to help? Maybe you’re contemplating starting medications, maybe your medications aren’t working, or maybe you’re sick of taking a thousand different medications. If this sounds like you, you ARE NOT alone!
(740) 883-3996 View (740) 883-3996

Online Psychiatrists

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Kelly Mcgee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Kelly and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! "I am a compassionate professional with 14+ years of experience in treating anxiety, depression and ADD. I'm a mother of four adult children, with a personal experience of losing my oldest son to in a motor vehicle accident in 2017. I have three fur babies that bring much joy to the day. My hobbies include gardening, traveling, spending time with family and friends. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Kelly and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! "I am a compassionate professional with 14+ years of experience in treating anxiety, depression and ADD. I'm a mother of four adult children, with a personal experience of losing my oldest son to in a motor vehicle accident in 2017. I have three fur babies that bring much joy to the day. My hobbies include gardening, traveling, spending time with family and friends. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(614) 660-5798 View (614) 660-5798
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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
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Dr. Kimberly M. Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been practicing for more than 14 years and hold multi-state licensures. As a doctorate-prepared practitioner, I have an affinity for education and thus, continue to expand my research and knowledge to provide exceptional treatment for optimal patient outcomes using evidence-based practice. It is my mission to promote life-long wellness by integrating spirituality in Christianity into my comprehensive model of psychiatric care, advocacy, and support for each of my patients.
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been practicing for more than 14 years and hold multi-state licensures. As a doctorate-prepared practitioner, I have an affinity for education and thus, continue to expand my research and knowledge to provide exceptional treatment for optimal patient outcomes using evidence-based practice. It is my mission to promote life-long wellness by integrating spirituality in Christianity into my comprehensive model of psychiatric care, advocacy, and support for each of my patients.
(740) 640-6648 View (740) 640-6648
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Mary T Harrison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Mason, OH 45040  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse with more 25 years of experience working with adults who experience a variety of mental health conditions.
I am a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse with more 25 years of experience working with adults who experience a variety of mental health conditions.
(216) 859-4497 View (216) 859-4497
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Katelyn Boldon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Kate and I have been working in the mental health field for 9 years. I started off my undergraduate degree working alongside top psychiatrists at OSU in identifying and treatment manic symptoms in what is now published research. I obtained my bachelors degree in both psychology and nursing at OSU. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing. I started off working as a psychiatric nurse in adolescent inpatient units. I then went on to community mental health, where I worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with clients from age 4 +, adolescents, adults to geriatric clients.
Hello! My name is Kate and I have been working in the mental health field for 9 years. I started off my undergraduate degree working alongside top psychiatrists at OSU in identifying and treatment manic symptoms in what is now published research. I obtained my bachelors degree in both psychology and nursing at OSU. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing. I started off working as a psychiatric nurse in adolescent inpatient units. I then went on to community mental health, where I worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with clients from age 4 +, adolescents, adults to geriatric clients.
(937) 756-9140 View (937) 756-9140
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Akeem Adeniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235  (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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Annamaria Pagani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
Welcome to my page! I am accepting patients ages 15 and up. My role involves addressing symptoms and challenges that patients face with medication, but also identifying other factors that could contribute to their mental health. This includes medical conditions, lifestyle factors, coping skills, and more. I always encourage my patients to participate in therapy. I offer genetic testing to help narrow down psychotropic medication options and to help patients understand why previous medications may not have worked. I empower my patients to actively participate in making decisions in their own care.
Welcome to my page! I am accepting patients ages 15 and up. My role involves addressing symptoms and challenges that patients face with medication, but also identifying other factors that could contribute to their mental health. This includes medical conditions, lifestyle factors, coping skills, and more. I always encourage my patients to participate in therapy. I offer genetic testing to help narrow down psychotropic medication options and to help patients understand why previous medications may not have worked. I empower my patients to actively participate in making decisions in their own care.
(614) 877-8627 View (614) 877-8627
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Dipika Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45230
I received my medical degree from Gujarat University, and completed residency in psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Prior to my work in psychiatry, I worked in private practice and as an assistant professor in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have been practicing for over 25 years in the Cincinnati area and have experience with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I keep current with new advances in medicine and use evidence-based guidelines for treatment, but am also constantly learning from my patients.
I received my medical degree from Gujarat University, and completed residency in psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. Prior to my work in psychiatry, I worked in private practice and as an assistant professor in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have been practicing for over 25 years in the Cincinnati area and have experience with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I keep current with new advances in medicine and use evidence-based guidelines for treatment, but am also constantly learning from my patients.
(513) 547-4366 View (513) 547-4366
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Bethany McCann
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Bethany McCann is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Kent State University, she received her medical degree from Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to complete her Psychiatry Residency training at The Ohio State University, where she served as a Chief Resident for two years. Following residency, Dr. McCann pursued an additional year of training through Ohio State, where she completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.
Bethany McCann is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Kent State University, she received her medical degree from Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to complete her Psychiatry Residency training at The Ohio State University, where she served as a Chief Resident for two years. Following residency, Dr. McCann pursued an additional year of training through Ohio State, where she completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.
(513) 982-5889 View (513) 982-5889
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Victor Arballo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cincinnati, OH 45249  (Online Only)
Dr. Arballo is board-certified psychiatrist who completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received residency training at University of Texas Health - San Antonio where in addition to clinical training was appointed resident chair of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee.
Dr. Arballo is board-certified psychiatrist who completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received residency training at University of Texas Health - San Antonio where in addition to clinical training was appointed resident chair of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee.
(513) 796-4961 View (513) 796-4961
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Calli Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milford, OH 45150
Specializing in anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, men’s and women’s issues, psychosis/schizophrenia, sleep disorders/insomnia, and grief, Calli is dedicated to helping her clients achieve optimal mental wellness. She is particularly passionate about addressing the mental health needs of individuals with medical comorbidities, including those with oncology, cardiology, and pulmonology issues. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other nonpharmacological interventions, Calli empowers her patients to manage psychiatric symptoms effectively.
Specializing in anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, men’s and women’s issues, psychosis/schizophrenia, sleep disorders/insomnia, and grief, Calli is dedicated to helping her clients achieve optimal mental wellness. She is particularly passionate about addressing the mental health needs of individuals with medical comorbidities, including those with oncology, cardiology, and pulmonology issues. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other nonpharmacological interventions, Calli empowers her patients to manage psychiatric symptoms effectively.
(513) 935-3706 View (513) 935-3706
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Sheryl List
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cincinnati, OH 45241  (Online Only)
I am a certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the nursing field 12 years. I have worked within a variety of areas including mental health, critical care, and emergency medicine. I can assist and coordinate with therapists to achieve optimal recovery from your psychiatric symptoms.
I am a certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the nursing field 12 years. I have worked within a variety of areas including mental health, critical care, and emergency medicine. I can assist and coordinate with therapists to achieve optimal recovery from your psychiatric symptoms.
(513) 540-3298 View (513) 540-3298
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Kelly LaPointe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Kelly LaPointe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Kelly has more than 2 decades of nursing experience in the psychiatric field, ranging from child to adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization as well as many years in medical critical care settings.
Kelly LaPointe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Kelly has more than 2 decades of nursing experience in the psychiatric field, ranging from child to adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization as well as many years in medical critical care settings.
(614) 482-2848 View (614) 482-2848
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Kristin Aguado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43219
"There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can’t. Yet, in your belief you’ll find the strength, you’ll find the ability, to do it anyway”. ~Ralph Marston~ Kristin is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Specialties of Psychiatry and Family Practice. She has strong expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide array of medical, addiction, and mental health conditions for patients of all ages, within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
"There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can’t. Yet, in your belief you’ll find the strength, you’ll find the ability, to do it anyway”. ~Ralph Marston~ Kristin is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Specialties of Psychiatry and Family Practice. She has strong expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide array of medical, addiction, and mental health conditions for patients of all ages, within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
(740) 921-1614 View (740) 921-1614
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Pamela Nkwenti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fairfield, OH 45014  (Online Only)
With a deep passion for mental health care and over three years of dedicated experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, which led me to pursue advanced training in psychiatric care, shaping me into the practitioner I am today.
With a deep passion for mental health care and over three years of dedicated experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, which led me to pursue advanced training in psychiatric care, shaping me into the practitioner I am today.
(614) 333-0629 View (614) 333-0629

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Troy, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Troy, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Troy, OH see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Troy?

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.