Psychiatrists in Cleveland County, OK

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Norman Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069
We know that you are a unique individual and cater our treatment to your specific needs. We treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Problems, Addiction, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, etc. We believe in lifestyle change and other research-supported interventions, well as medication and therapy. Our staff work together as a team and communicate with each other regarding treatment progress. We have three Psychiatrists, three Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and 6 counselors on staff. We treat ages 5 and older. We have counselors who specialize in addiction, trauma, grief, and one who does marital and family therapy.
We know that you are a unique individual and cater our treatment to your specific needs. We treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Problems, Addiction, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, etc. We believe in lifestyle change and other research-supported interventions, well as medication and therapy. Our staff work together as a team and communicate with each other regarding treatment progress. We have three Psychiatrists, three Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and 6 counselors on staff. We treat ages 5 and older. We have counselors who specialize in addiction, trauma, grief, and one who does marital and family therapy.
(405) 384-4408 View (405) 384-4408
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Heather Rogers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norman, OK 73069
Heather Rogers is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Family Wellness Center of Norman. With a strong passion for mental health advocacy and a focus on patient well-being, Heather specializes in delivering personalized psychiatric treatment across all age groups, from children to adults. She leverages her family medicine and inpatient psychotherapy background to adopt a comprehensive and empathetic approach to mental health care. She seamlessly blends evidence-based practices with a holistic outlook, acknowledging the crucial interplay between mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of optimal mental health.
Heather Rogers is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Family Wellness Center of Norman. With a strong passion for mental health advocacy and a focus on patient well-being, Heather specializes in delivering personalized psychiatric treatment across all age groups, from children to adults. She leverages her family medicine and inpatient psychotherapy background to adopt a comprehensive and empathetic approach to mental health care. She seamlessly blends evidence-based practices with a holistic outlook, acknowledging the crucial interplay between mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of optimal mental health.
(405) 504-0461 View (405) 504-0461
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Patrick Ellis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
(405) 645-6371 View (405) 645-6371
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Caroline Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
(405) 645-5037 View (405) 645-5037
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Luci Gratch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Luci received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Oklahoma where she then continued to get her master's from The University of Texas Arlington for Adult Acute Care. After that, she received her Post-Masters for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She holds a National Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center along with State certification through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
Luci received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Oklahoma where she then continued to get her master's from The University of Texas Arlington for Adult Acute Care. After that, she received her Post-Masters for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She holds a National Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center along with State certification through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
(405) 477-1212 View (405) 477-1212
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Dr. Sun Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
(405) 592-7873 View (405) 592-7873
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Jared Keck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
(405) 925-1849 View (405) 925-1849
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Ketamine Therapy at LifeStance Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
(405) 927-5025 View (405) 927-5025
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Susan Barker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Susan Barker APRN-CNP, FNP, PMHNP, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Graceland University in 2015 and has also obtained a post-master's certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University in 2021. Prior to NP school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Central University in 2002, and worked at as a registered nurse at a local hospital for 13 years. Before joining LifeStance Health, Susan worked as an NP in a busy OB/GYN clinic.
Susan Barker APRN-CNP, FNP, PMHNP, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Graceland University in 2015 and has also obtained a post-master's certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University in 2021. Prior to NP school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Central University in 2002, and worked at as a registered nurse at a local hospital for 13 years. Before joining LifeStance Health, Susan worked as an NP in a busy OB/GYN clinic.
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Dr. Sean Whelan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Dr. Sean Whelan grew up in Oklahoma City where he graduated from Putnam City North High School. He earned his bachelor's degree of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He attended both medical school and residency for Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Whelan has experience in working with Native Americans and Veteran patients as well as those in the community mental health system.
Dr. Sean Whelan grew up in Oklahoma City where he graduated from Putnam City North High School. He earned his bachelor's degree of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He attended both medical school and residency for Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Whelan has experience in working with Native Americans and Veteran patients as well as those in the community mental health system.
(405) 925-0921 View (405) 925-0921
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Amanda Welch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Amanda graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her Master's of Nursing Science degree. Amanda is certified through ANCC as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through Oklahoma's Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients of all ages, races and backgrounds in all ranges of mental health including anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Amanda received her Bachelor's of Science Nursing through Western Governors University.
Amanda graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her Master's of Nursing Science degree. Amanda is certified through ANCC as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through Oklahoma's Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients of all ages, races and backgrounds in all ranges of mental health including anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Amanda received her Bachelor's of Science Nursing through Western Governors University.
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Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73071
Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen (M.D.) is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder center, an acute inpatient psychiatric facility and OU's Athletic Department caring for athletes. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen (M.D.) is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder center, an acute inpatient psychiatric facility and OU's Athletic Department caring for athletes. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
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Sylvie Mawoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
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Danielle Sandbothe
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Dr. Danielle Sandbothe found her way to Oklahoma from Missouri by way of Indiana. She grew up in Jefferson City, MO and had received her bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Feeling called to serve others in a different field, she pursued medicine which led to her receiving her medical degree from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Danielle Sandbothe found her way to Oklahoma from Missouri by way of Indiana. She grew up in Jefferson City, MO and had received her bachelor's degree in Agriculture Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Feeling called to serve others in a different field, she pursued medicine which led to her receiving her medical degree from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.
(405) 450-7249 View (405) 450-7249
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Rachel Dalthorp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
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Cassandra Gentry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Cassie completed her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2005. She received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 and has previously worked in primary care and urgent care. She has been working in psychiatry since 2018 and has a special interest in interventional psychiatry. Cassie maintains a professional membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Cassie completed her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2005. She received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 and has previously worked in primary care and urgent care. She has been working in psychiatry since 2018 and has a special interest in interventional psychiatry. Cassie maintains a professional membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
(405) 450-7634 View (405) 450-7634
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Lindsay Gavit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Lindsay completed her Masters of Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University and her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to practicing at LifeStance Health, Lindsay worked in urgent care.
Lindsay completed her Masters of Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University and her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to practicing at LifeStance Health, Lindsay worked in urgent care.
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TASEL Health LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73071
We are accepting new patients at Tasel Health. Our board-certified psychiatrist offers in-person and Telehealth appointments. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or feeling as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Then, welcome to Tasel Health. At Tasel Health, 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 and take control of their circumstances.
We are accepting new patients at Tasel Health. Our board-certified psychiatrist offers in-person and Telehealth appointments. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or feeling as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Then, welcome to Tasel Health. At Tasel Health, 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 and take control of their circumstances.
(405) 351-5218 View (405) 351-5218
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Safe space psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norman, OK 73019  (Online Only)
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
(405) 829-6403 View (405) 829-6403
Thrive Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
(405) 349-5861 View (405) 349-5861

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cleveland County, OK

20+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in Cleveland County, OK who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Medication Management
73% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
91% Health Choice
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Cleveland County, OK see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cleveland County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.