Psychiatrists in Drexel Hill, PA

Photo of Nadine Nelson, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nadine Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (Online Only)
Hi there, my name is Nadine. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner whose mission is to help you live a balanced life. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey to get to the goals that you have for your own life. I enjoy educating patients, their families, clinicians, and other prescribers on psychopharmacology, lifestyle modifications, nutritional support and pharmacogenomics. I value conservative but effective, medication management paired with thorough evaluation and rapport-building with my clients.
Hi there, my name is Nadine. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner whose mission is to help you live a balanced life. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey to get to the goals that you have for your own life. I enjoy educating patients, their families, clinicians, and other prescribers on psychopharmacology, lifestyle modifications, nutritional support and pharmacogenomics. I value conservative but effective, medication management paired with thorough evaluation and rapport-building with my clients.
(484) 642-8279 View (484) 642-8279
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Faith Pettyjohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Faith Pettyjohn PMHNP-BC, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University.
I am Dr. Faith Pettyjohn PMHNP-BC, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University.
(484) 930-1761 View (484) 930-1761
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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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Mutiat Ajibade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (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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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
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KetaMinds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Havertown, PA 19083
If you suffer from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Prolonged grief or other mental health concerns and have tried a variety of medications and treatments without success, ketamine may be a good option for you. Ketamine can be utilized alone or in conjunction with your current medication regimen. It also pairs well with therapy and it works on different receptors than other medications, which can help improve mood and lower anxiety when other medications can not. It's also increases the neuroplasticity of the brain, which can help you alter the negative behaviors related to anxiety and OCD.
If you suffer from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Prolonged grief or other mental health concerns and have tried a variety of medications and treatments without success, ketamine may be a good option for you. Ketamine can be utilized alone or in conjunction with your current medication regimen. It also pairs well with therapy and it works on different receptors than other medications, which can help improve mood and lower anxiety when other medications can not. It's also increases the neuroplasticity of the brain, which can help you alter the negative behaviors related to anxiety and OCD.
(410) 453-1480 View (410) 453-1480
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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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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
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Sharon Bell-East
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Havertown, PA 19083
Sharon B. East is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and the founder of Renewing Mindsets. With over 26 years of healthcare experience, 19 of which were spent in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sharon is a reliable psychiatric mental health support resource. She specializes in treating adolescents and adults struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADD,Stress mental health challenges. Sharon is a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, believing that patients can become empowered to make the right decisions for themselves with the right coping skills.
Sharon B. East is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and the founder of Renewing Mindsets. With over 26 years of healthcare experience, 19 of which were spent in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sharon is a reliable psychiatric mental health support resource. She specializes in treating adolescents and adults struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADD,Stress mental health challenges. Sharon is a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, believing that patients can become empowered to make the right decisions for themselves with the right coping skills.
(484) 255-4970 View (484) 255-4970
Photo of Jamie Kakkanattu, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, CCRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jamie Kakkanattu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, CCRN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Havertown, PA 19083  (Online Only)
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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Darby, PA 19082  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website for a video/phone visit today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting Insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website for a video/phone visit today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting Insurances.
(267) 440-7825 View (267) 440-7825
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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
Photo of Alison Ercole, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Ercole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Darby, PA 19023
Have you been struggling with mental health symptoms despite your best effort to employ coping skills? Are you looking for individualized medication options? I am a PMHNP who utilizes a strengths-based approach. In our sessions together, I’ll meet you with compassion and evidenced-based psychopharmacological approaches so you can overcome life’s challenges.
Have you been struggling with mental health symptoms despite your best effort to employ coping skills? Are you looking for individualized medication options? I am a PMHNP who utilizes a strengths-based approach. In our sessions together, I’ll meet you with compassion and evidenced-based psychopharmacological approaches so you can overcome life’s challenges.
(610) 508-4534 View (610) 508-4534
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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
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Shari Y Baron
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CNS, GCP, FAGPA
Verified Verified
Springfield, PA 19064
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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Yun Mi Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, PA 19064  (Online Only)
Yun Mi is board certified in psychiatry. She offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and genetic testing services to those 18+. She believes in providing patient-led care in an environment that is validating, compassionate, and free of judgment. Yun Mi is a firm believer that diagnoses do not define an individual. Her approach to psychopharmacological treatment is evidence-based, individualized, and collaborative. She takes her time to provide optimal care, and her overall goal is to help her patients achieve psychological well-being and the quality of life they deserve.
Yun Mi is board certified in psychiatry. She offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and genetic testing services to those 18+. She believes in providing patient-led care in an environment that is validating, compassionate, and free of judgment. Yun Mi is a firm believer that diagnoses do not define an individual. Her approach to psychopharmacological treatment is evidence-based, individualized, and collaborative. She takes her time to provide optimal care, and her overall goal is to help her patients achieve psychological well-being and the quality of life they deserve.
(215) 631-8228 View (215) 631-8228
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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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Juliana Ifeoma Omile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Upper Darby, PA 19082  (Online Only)
Dr. Juliana Omile has over 22 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from internal medicine to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Juliana focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Juliana's care is based on the premise that patients who require mental health care respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. She places special emphasis on the integration of a psychotherapeutic approach with careful and limited use of medication prescribed only when necessary.
Dr. Juliana Omile has over 22 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from internal medicine to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Juliana focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Juliana's care is based on the premise that patients who require mental health care respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. She places special emphasis on the integration of a psychotherapeutic approach with careful and limited use of medication prescribed only when necessary.
(484) 989-9808 View (484) 989-9808
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Pranesh N Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, PA 19064
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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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Drexel Hill, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Drexel Hill, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Grief
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Drexel Hill, PA see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Drexel Hill?

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.