Psychiatrists in Pottawatomie County, OK

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Photo of Karyn Taylor, APRN, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karyn Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shawnee, OK 74801  (Online Only)
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
(405) 450-7167 View (405) 450-7167

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Dr. Ifeoma Grace Ogbalu: Grace Springs Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73142  (Online Only)
Dr. Ifeoma graduated from the Maryville University of St Louis with her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. She provides psychiatric evaluation, prescriptive medication management, psychotherapy services to patients 18 years and older via telehealth.
Dr. Ifeoma graduated from the Maryville University of St Louis with her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. She provides psychiatric evaluation, prescriptive medication management, psychotherapy services to patients 18 years and older via telehealth.
(405) 931-0264 View (405) 931-0264
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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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Heath Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
(918) 553-5708 View (918) 553-5708
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Maris Mills
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
(405) 725-2696 View (405) 725-2696
Thrive Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Newcastle, OK 73065
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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Heidi Erickson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73131
Premier Psychiatric Care geared to the private pay patient needing the choice, flexibility, and confidentiality not found in today's behavioral health care world. Care is provided in a holistic context that encompasses the use of both conventional and complementary modalities. I currently provide services (Virtually only ) in South Florida and both in office and virtual visits in Oklahoma.
Premier Psychiatric Care geared to the private pay patient needing the choice, flexibility, and confidentiality not found in today's behavioral health care world. Care is provided in a holistic context that encompasses the use of both conventional and complementary modalities. I currently provide services (Virtually only ) in South Florida and both in office and virtual visits in Oklahoma.
(405) 504-1999 View (405) 504-1999
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Skye Helker
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
(405) 296-7026 View (405) 296-7026
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Safe space psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73105  (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
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Edmond Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, ABPN, ABPM, ABOM
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73013
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
(405) 285-2260 View (405) 285-2260
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Peteryne D Miller, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74105
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
(918) 203-7916 View (918) 203-7916
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Colby Pacheco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Colby Pacheco, NP Colby Pacheco is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University of Saint Louis. Colby has 10 years in healthcare as an RN and patient care technician. His nursing background includes Cardiothoracic ICU, Medical ICU, post-anesthesia, and hospice care. He utilizes nursing science to provide patient-centric holistic care and proudly offers LGBT+ affirming care.
Colby Pacheco, NP Colby Pacheco is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University of Saint Louis. Colby has 10 years in healthcare as an RN and patient care technician. His nursing background includes Cardiothoracic ICU, Medical ICU, post-anesthesia, and hospice care. He utilizes nursing science to provide patient-centric holistic care and proudly offers LGBT+ affirming care.
(405) 873-8059 View (405) 873-8059
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Meryl Aaron Msn Aprn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, and LGBT issues. I work with addiction medicine patients and would love to have an opportunity to help as many as I can reach. I am happy to provide medication management to address mental health needs as well as medication combined with therapy. Please call the office to verify insurance coverage, private pay is available as well. Do not email for an appointment, please call the office.
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, trauma, PTSD, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, and LGBT issues. I work with addiction medicine patients and would love to have an opportunity to help as many as I can reach. I am happy to provide medication management to address mental health needs as well as medication combined with therapy. Please call the office to verify insurance coverage, private pay is available as well. Do not email for an appointment, please call the office.
(405) 267-4788 View (405) 267-4788
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Ashley Wigington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73112  (Online Only)
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
(405) 775-9872 View (405) 775-9872
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Jillian Pollard
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
(405) 817-6328 View (405) 817-6328
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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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Oklahoma Integrated Care plc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Ardmore, OK 73401
Aiming to provide timely, high-quality mental health care, Oklahoma Integrated Care, PLC. (OIC) has built a multidisciplinary community mental health team. We are a group of local mental healthcare providers with a passion for enriching lives and building a stronger community by helping to restore balance and sense of well-being to our patients. The professionals in our group treat different age groups and have varying specialties. Older adults face a different set of emotional challenges adjusting to life’s transitions such as retirement, illness, loss of spouse.
Aiming to provide timely, high-quality mental health care, Oklahoma Integrated Care, PLC. (OIC) has built a multidisciplinary community mental health team. We are a group of local mental healthcare providers with a passion for enriching lives and building a stronger community by helping to restore balance and sense of well-being to our patients. The professionals in our group treat different age groups and have varying specialties. Older adults face a different set of emotional challenges adjusting to life’s transitions such as retirement, illness, loss of spouse.
(580) 238-4277 View (580) 238-4277
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Sarah Aafedt
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Sarah is a Physician Assistant in the Tulsa area and has over eighteen years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She was born and raised in Kansas where she first started working in health care and developed a love of helping other people with their medical needs. She attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Psychology in 2001. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Sarah is a Physician Assistant in the Tulsa area and has over eighteen years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She was born and raised in Kansas where she first started working in health care and developed a love of helping other people with their medical needs. She attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Psychology in 2001. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
(918) 731-3908 View (918) 731-3908
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Janefrances Ologolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
(918) 921-7043 View (918) 921-7043
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Annie Cloud
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Annie Cloud PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oklahoma City University in 2018. Prior to PA school, she received a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2011. Before joining LifeStance Health, she worked as a PA in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care. Her main goal is helping her patients feel their best mentally, physically, and emotionally. In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, running, and fostering dogs through a local rescue.
Annie Cloud PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oklahoma City University in 2018. Prior to PA school, she received a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2011. Before joining LifeStance Health, she worked as a PA in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care. Her main goal is helping her patients feel their best mentally, physically, and emotionally. In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, running, and fostering dogs through a local rescue.
(405) 925-0874 View (405) 925-0874

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pottawatomie County, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pottawatomie County, OK who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Pottawatomie County, OK see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pottawatomie 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.