Psychiatrists in Broomall, PA

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Jamie Kakkanattu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, CCRN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Broomall, PA 19008
Welcome! I'm a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health. I have the passion for helping adults and adolescents improve their mental health and emotional well-being. I understand that people often seek psychiatric support or therapy when they're experiencing emotional or psychological pain stemming from unrecognized beliefs, conflicts, or patterns. My goal as your mental health provider is to create a safe, private, trustworthy, and nonjudgemental place in which you can feel comfortable expressing your feelings and thoughts.
Welcome! I'm a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health. I have the passion for helping adults and adolescents improve their mental health and emotional well-being. I understand that people often seek psychiatric support or therapy when they're experiencing emotional or psychological pain stemming from unrecognized beliefs, conflicts, or patterns. My goal as your mental health provider is to create a safe, private, trustworthy, and nonjudgemental place in which you can feel comfortable expressing your feelings and thoughts.
(267) 490-3974 View (267) 490-3974
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Antony Krumbhaar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomall, PA 19008
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
(484) 603-3987 View (484) 603-3987
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Shari Y Baron
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CNS, GCP, FAGPA
Verified Verified
Broomall, PA 19008
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals, couples and in groups to help you move in new directions and explore new ways of interacting with others. Being in therapy is sometimes challenging. I will strive to help you verbalize your thoughts and feelings about what happens in your life, as well as what happens between you and me in our evolving relationship. The challenge will be to learn from whatever happens in this experience and to move toward the goals we have worked together to define for you. We will work in partnership to design the plan that will achieve your best results.
I work with individuals, couples and in groups to help you move in new directions and explore new ways of interacting with others. Being in therapy is sometimes challenging. I will strive to help you verbalize your thoughts and feelings about what happens in your life, as well as what happens between you and me in our evolving relationship. The challenge will be to learn from whatever happens in this experience and to move toward the goals we have worked together to define for you. We will work in partnership to design the plan that will achieve your best results.
(610) 880-2326 View (610) 880-2326
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Joyce Yablunksy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Broomall, PA 19008
Accepting new clients for medication management, evaluations, ketamine therapy, ADHD testing etc. Immediate appointments available.
Accepting new clients for medication management, evaluations, ketamine therapy, ADHD testing etc. Immediate appointments available.
(484) 232-3587 View (484) 232-3587
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Nadia Zandy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Broomall, PA 19008
Ms. Nadia has over 7 years of extensive expertise in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nadia utilizes a holistic and client centered approach and therapeutic communication to build and individualized treatment plan for each client. Nadia’s care is mainly based on the combination of pharmacotherapy when needed and psychotherapy for better treatment outcomes. Nadia specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with varying psychiatric diagnosis. In her spare time Nadia enjoys taking long walks in the park, reading and cooking.
Ms. Nadia has over 7 years of extensive expertise in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nadia utilizes a holistic and client centered approach and therapeutic communication to build and individualized treatment plan for each client. Nadia’s care is mainly based on the combination of pharmacotherapy when needed and psychotherapy for better treatment outcomes. Nadia specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with varying psychiatric diagnosis. In her spare time Nadia enjoys taking long walks in the park, reading and cooking.
(484) 218-2113 View (484) 218-2113

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Pranesh N Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Dr. Pranesh N. Patel is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Patel offers a whole lifestyle approach to mental health, the mind is affected by much more than just medications, sleep, diet, exercise, and psychotherapy alone. Mental health treatment is the combination of these things in conjunction with one another. Outside of work, Dr. Patel loves to work with his hands, he has renovated his kitchen and bathrooms on his own and enjoys the gratification of knowing that he built something with his hands.
Dr. Pranesh N. Patel is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Patel offers a whole lifestyle approach to mental health, the mind is affected by much more than just medications, sleep, diet, exercise, and psychotherapy alone. Mental health treatment is the combination of these things in conjunction with one another. Outside of work, Dr. Patel loves to work with his hands, he has renovated his kitchen and bathrooms on his own and enjoys the gratification of knowing that he built something with his hands.
(484) 209-2858 View (484) 209-2858
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KP Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083  (Online Only)
Helping people has always been Krista’s calling. And now, nearly two decades after starting her journey in medicine as a Nursing Assistant, Krista has accomplished her dream of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. While managing a full-time nursing career where she has worked in dual diagnosis centers, CRCs, emergency rooms, infusion therapy, MAT and young adult units, Krista worked tirelessly in her off hours dutifully earning her degree as a Master of Science PMHNP-BC.
Helping people has always been Krista’s calling. And now, nearly two decades after starting her journey in medicine as a Nursing Assistant, Krista has accomplished her dream of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. While managing a full-time nursing career where she has worked in dual diagnosis centers, CRCs, emergency rooms, infusion therapy, MAT and young adult units, Krista worked tirelessly in her off hours dutifully earning her degree as a Master of Science PMHNP-BC.
(484) 309-8097 View (484) 309-8097
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Faith Pettyjohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (Online Only)
Dr. Faith Pettyjohn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University. Faith specializes in many psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis and more. She is licensed and providing services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Telemedicine.
Dr. Faith Pettyjohn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University. Faith specializes in many psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis and more. She is licensed and providing services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Telemedicine.
(484) 930-1761 View (484) 930-1761
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Mutiat Ajibade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Havertown, PA 19083  (Online Only)
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat Ajibade has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat Ajibade has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
(610) 646-5620 View (610) 646-5620
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Tiffany Daye-Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care. She believes in meeting the needs of each patient individually to help improve their quality of life.
Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care. She believes in meeting the needs of each patient individually to help improve their quality of life.
(484) 696-2331 View (484) 696-2331
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Donald Cramer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
I am a Board Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Psychiatry trained across the lifespan. I have experience in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization and Intensive outpatient services. 10+ years as a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry and 17+ years as a nurse in Critical Care Units, Cardiology, Pediatric Medical Psychiatry, Emergency Departments, Telemetry, and many levels of Behavioral Health care. I very much enjoy working with patients across the lifespan from age 6- 70 years.
I am a Board Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Psychiatry trained across the lifespan. I have experience in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization and Intensive outpatient services. 10+ years as a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatry and 17+ years as a nurse in Critical Care Units, Cardiology, Pediatric Medical Psychiatry, Emergency Departments, Telemetry, and many levels of Behavioral Health care. I very much enjoy working with patients across the lifespan from age 6- 70 years.
(484) 759-7485 View (484) 759-7485
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Laura Moyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner based in Pennsylvania. I received my Masters from Purdue University Global and I have been practicing for 5 years. My specialties include treatment of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders base upon evidenced-based practice. My mission is to treat individuals with compassion and empathy to assist each individual become the best version of themselves.
Hello! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner based in Pennsylvania. I received my Masters from Purdue University Global and I have been practicing for 5 years. My specialties include treatment of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders base upon evidenced-based practice. My mission is to treat individuals with compassion and empathy to assist each individual become the best version of themselves.
(717) 482-6934 View (717) 482-6934
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Pamela Rootenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown Square, PA 19073
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
(610) 891-9352 View (610) 891-9352
Photo of Francine Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Broomall, PA
Francine Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
Fran Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. She has a BSN from Pennsylvania State University and Master's Degree: PMHNP from Desales University. Fran looks at the whole picture of an individual. She attempts to gain Insight about what in a person's life led to the mental health illness and the effects of outside influences, including life events or family dynamics. She believes people seeking help for mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported. Fran treats the individual and not the diagnosis.
Fran Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. She has a BSN from Pennsylvania State University and Master's Degree: PMHNP from Desales University. Fran looks at the whole picture of an individual. She attempts to gain Insight about what in a person's life led to the mental health illness and the effects of outside influences, including life events or family dynamics. She believes people seeking help for mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported. Fran treats the individual and not the diagnosis.
(484) 878-5602 View (484) 878-5602
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Karen Bendak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Karen Bendak and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my Diploma in Nursing at Aria Health School of Nursing. This extensive three-year program provided me with comprehensive clinical knowledge. I then received my bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pennsylvania State University. After over a decade serving the mental health population I obtained my master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. I provide psychiatric evaluations, supportive therapy and medication management within a safe space to foster a trusting therapeutic relationship.
Hello! My name is Karen Bendak and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my Diploma in Nursing at Aria Health School of Nursing. This extensive three-year program provided me with comprehensive clinical knowledge. I then received my bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pennsylvania State University. After over a decade serving the mental health population I obtained my master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. I provide psychiatric evaluations, supportive therapy and medication management within a safe space to foster a trusting therapeutic relationship.
(267) 297-3702 View (267) 297-3702
Photo of David T Springer, Psychiatrist in Broomall, PA
David T Springer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown Square, PA 19073
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
(610) 898-3267 View (610) 898-3267
Photo of Leorah M Walsh, Psychiatrist in Broomall, PA
Leorah M Walsh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lower Merion, PA 19083
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism in children and adults. I have additional experience treating individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, medical causes of psychiatric illness, and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. I regularly treat student-athletes, and gifted students and have helped many people transition through many stages and positions in life. I also have experience helping people in the LGBTQ+ community.
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism in children and adults. I have additional experience treating individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, medical causes of psychiatric illness, and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. I regularly treat student-athletes, and gifted students and have helped many people transition through many stages and positions in life. I also have experience helping people in the LGBTQ+ community.
(267) 609-8496 View (267) 609-8496
Photo of Dena Caplan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Broomall, PA
Dena Caplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
(267) 662-2840 View (267) 662-2840
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Treesa Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
(484) 218-4105 View (484) 218-4105
Photo of Lisa Smith, Psychiatric Nurse in Broomall, PA
Lisa Smith
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
Lisa Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters of Nursing- PMHNP from Desales University. Lisa is passionate about creating a space in which patients feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care. She uses a holistic treatment approach and values understanding each person's unique experiences, background, and attributes. Lisa believes every client should be an active participant in their care and it is her goal to support each client in reaching their individual treatment goals to achieve optimal functional and wellbeing.
Lisa Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters of Nursing- PMHNP from Desales University. Lisa is passionate about creating a space in which patients feel safe, informed, and comfortable when discussing their care. She uses a holistic treatment approach and values understanding each person's unique experiences, background, and attributes. Lisa believes every client should be an active participant in their care and it is her goal to support each client in reaching their individual treatment goals to achieve optimal functional and wellbeing.
(484) 739-8155 View (484) 739-8155

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Broomall, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Broomall, PA who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
60% Relationship Issues
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Broomall, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Broomall?

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.