Psychiatrists in Twinsburg, OH

Photo of David McNair, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Twinsburg, OH
David McNair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
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
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Taylor Fredrickson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Dr. Taylor Fredrickson is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. He has a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University, a Doctor of Medicine from Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University, did his Residency in Psychiatry at SUMMA Health System/Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and was Chief Resident at SUMMA Health System/Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Fredrickson believes in medication management and individual psychotherapy for any/all psychiatric conditions. His psychotherapy style is a blend of personal centered therapy and experiential therapy.
Dr. Taylor Fredrickson is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. He has a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University, a Doctor of Medicine from Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University, did his Residency in Psychiatry at SUMMA Health System/Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and was Chief Resident at SUMMA Health System/Cleveland Clinic Akron General Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Fredrickson believes in medication management and individual psychotherapy for any/all psychiatric conditions. His psychotherapy style is a blend of personal centered therapy and experiential therapy.
(234) 351-3205 View (234) 351-3205
Photo of Karen Steffes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Twinsburg, OH
Karen Steffes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Karen Steffes is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has six years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse and over two years as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her both her master's degree in nursing and her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Akron. She has worked with patients who range in age from 6-75 in multiple settings including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She works with both individuals and families to provide medication management and patient education with a goal of achieving optimal mental health.
Karen Steffes is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has six years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse and over two years as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her both her master's degree in nursing and her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Akron. She has worked with patients who range in age from 6-75 in multiple settings including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She works with both individuals and families to provide medication management and patient education with a goal of achieving optimal mental health.
(234) 595-2118 View (234) 595-2118
Photo of Steven Long, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Twinsburg, OH
Steven Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, BC
Verified
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Steven Long PMHNP, BC graduated from Walden University with a master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric treatment. Steve has worked in this role for 1 year and previously has 3 years' experience as an RN on an acute care adult psychiatric facility. In the past year Steve has worked with individuals ranging from 15 to 92 years of age, offering a broad-spectrum of care. Individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism among other mental health ailments can be confident in the care provided by Steve.
Steven Long PMHNP, BC graduated from Walden University with a master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric treatment. Steve has worked in this role for 1 year and previously has 3 years' experience as an RN on an acute care adult psychiatric facility. In the past year Steve has worked with individuals ranging from 15 to 92 years of age, offering a broad-spectrum of care. Individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism among other mental health ailments can be confident in the care provided by Steve.
(234) 414-5473 View (234) 414-5473
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DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, CNS, LPCC, LISW-S
Verified
Twinsburg, OH 44087
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include individual psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include individual psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
(216) 831-2900 View (216) 831-2900

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Jodie Skillicorn
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hudson, OH 44236  (Online Only)
I integrate conventional psychiatric treatment options of psychotherapy with research-based complementary modalities including mindfulness, breath-work, yoga, qi qong, biofeedback, imagery, EMDR, nutrition, exercise, ecotherapy, and supplements, along with prescriptions, if and only if, absolutely necessary. Conditions treated include depression, anxiety, climate distress, and, trauma, as well as fatigue, pain, and general health issues that often have a stress induced component. For more information about my approach check out my book Healing Depression without Medications: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul.
I integrate conventional psychiatric treatment options of psychotherapy with research-based complementary modalities including mindfulness, breath-work, yoga, qi qong, biofeedback, imagery, EMDR, nutrition, exercise, ecotherapy, and supplements, along with prescriptions, if and only if, absolutely necessary. Conditions treated include depression, anxiety, climate distress, and, trauma, as well as fatigue, pain, and general health issues that often have a stress induced component. For more information about my approach check out my book Healing Depression without Medications: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul.
(330) 679-8477 View (330) 679-8477
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified
Hudson, OH 44236
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.
(740) 696-8553 View (740) 696-8553
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Robert Ussai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Robert Ussai is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. His previous experience includes work in hospital and community outpatient practice settings. He currently provides medication management for adults ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Robert Ussai is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Kent State University. His previous experience includes work in hospital and community outpatient practice settings. He currently provides medication management for adults ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(440) 762-6277 View (440) 762-6277
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Dawn Whitehair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brecksville, OH 44141
Dawn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in both adult and pediatric psychiatry. She has experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as having dedicated 10+ years to cancer research prior to her nursing career in several specialties. During her nursing career, she was a recipient of the DAISY award. Dawn brings empathy, compassion, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to engage with her patients and their family members. She is licensed to prescribe medications all across the lifespan and has full prescriptive authority.
Dawn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in both adult and pediatric psychiatry. She has experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as having dedicated 10+ years to cancer research prior to her nursing career in several specialties. During her nursing career, she was a recipient of the DAISY award. Dawn brings empathy, compassion, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to engage with her patients and their family members. She is licensed to prescribe medications all across the lifespan and has full prescriptive authority.
(440) 598-5044 View (440) 598-5044
Photo of Marnie McGrath Neill, Psychiatrist in Twinsburg, OH
Marnie McGrath Neill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Stow, OH 44224
Not accepting new clients
My approach as a psychiatrist is to form a collaborative doctor-patient relationship with you so we can make a plan to improve your overall quality of life. I'm experienced in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other concerns. I use evidence-based medical treatments and therapeutic strategies to individualize your treatment. My ultimate goal is to take into account your life circumstances, preferences, past experiences, and underlying health considerations to help you achieve your best mental health.
My approach as a psychiatrist is to form a collaborative doctor-patient relationship with you so we can make a plan to improve your overall quality of life. I'm experienced in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other concerns. I use evidence-based medical treatments and therapeutic strategies to individualize your treatment. My ultimate goal is to take into account your life circumstances, preferences, past experiences, and underlying health considerations to help you achieve your best mental health.
(234) 218-4523 View (234) 218-4523
Photo of Steve Pessefall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Twinsburg, OH
Steve Pessefall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
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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Synergy Therapeutics Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Macedonia, OH 44056  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Sharell, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently accepting patients virtually in Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, and New Mexico. I firmly believe that incorporating lifestyle modifications, as well as taking the right supplements, medication, and therapy can significantly improve your overall mental health. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, I am dedicated to helping you find the most effective solutions. At Synergy, we will work together towards achieving your mental health goals.
Hello, I'm Sharell, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently accepting patients virtually in Ohio, Maryland, Colorado, and New Mexico. I firmly believe that incorporating lifestyle modifications, as well as taking the right supplements, medication, and therapy can significantly improve your overall mental health. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, I am dedicated to helping you find the most effective solutions. At Synergy, we will work together towards achieving your mental health goals.
(234) 339-3330 View (234) 339-3330
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Dr. Mallery Neff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Specialized in guiding adolescents & teens through challenging mental health landscapes. If your teen is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help.
Specialized in guiding adolescents & teens through challenging mental health landscapes. If your teen is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help.
(216) 340-9591 View (216) 340-9591
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Becca Granger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified
Hudson, OH 44236
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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Jen Foren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hudson, OH 44236
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in medication management for children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working in various mental health settings. I focus on improving a patient’s quality of life by looking at the whole picture and using a holistic approach.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in medication management for children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working in various mental health settings. I focus on improving a patient’s quality of life by looking at the whole picture and using a holistic approach.
(330) 325-4701 View (330) 325-4701
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Hakim Nuru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cleveland, OH 44125  (Online Only)
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, make that visit our website and schedule an appointment now. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I believe in creating an individualized plan of care that values client involvement.
Are you ready to change? Are you ready to put in the work? Are you ready to go the distance to be the best you can be? I can help! I provide therapy with medication management in low doses for proven results. Together we can make changes that will last a lifetime. If you want to stop the cycle that you are in, make that visit our website and schedule an appointment now. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I believe in creating an individualized plan of care that values client involvement.
(330) 878-3638 View (330) 878-3638
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hudson, OH 44236
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(740) 675-6863 View (740) 675-6863
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Kara Forte-Sullen PMHNP - Seasons Of Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Macedonia, OH 44056
Hello, I'm Kara! I am currently accepting new patients in Ohio telehealth or office visits. Are you or your loved one feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or even skeptical about psychiatric care? Are you ready to open up about the emotional pain you are experiencing? I believe open communication and active listening are crucial to both understanding a persons struggles and making a diagnosis. I collaborate closely with my patients, crafting personalized treatment plans that incorporate therapy, medication, or a blend of both, tailored to their needs. My goal is to help you become your best self. Let's accomplish this as a team together!
Hello, I'm Kara! I am currently accepting new patients in Ohio telehealth or office visits. Are you or your loved one feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or even skeptical about psychiatric care? Are you ready to open up about the emotional pain you are experiencing? I believe open communication and active listening are crucial to both understanding a persons struggles and making a diagnosis. I collaborate closely with my patients, crafting personalized treatment plans that incorporate therapy, medication, or a blend of both, tailored to their needs. My goal is to help you become your best self. Let's accomplish this as a team together!
(216) 347-8498 View (216) 347-8498
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Kelly Davidson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Stow, OH 44224
I am a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. I believe in working with the child or adolescent, as well as their family. My goal is to listen and develop a treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the child or adolescent, and that helps them reach their true potential.
I am a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. I believe in working with the child or adolescent, as well as their family. My goal is to listen and develop a treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the child or adolescent, and that helps them reach their true potential.
(234) 272-3345 View (234) 272-3345
Anthony Smartnick
Psychiatrist, MD
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Twinsburg, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Twinsburg, OH who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medical Mutual

How Psychiatrists in Twinsburg, OH see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Twinsburg?

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.