Psychiatrists in Exton, PA

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Samantha Huyett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341
Samantha Huyett is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University and an MSN, PMHNP-BC from Wilkes University. Samantha believes in meeting people wherever they may be in life and partnering to develop a treatment plan specific to their needs. She strives to create a trusting relationship and provide an environment where the individual feels safe to express themselves. Her approach is patient centered, strength based and focused on the individual as a whole.
Samantha Huyett is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University and an MSN, PMHNP-BC from Wilkes University. Samantha believes in meeting people wherever they may be in life and partnering to develop a treatment plan specific to their needs. She strives to create a trusting relationship and provide an environment where the individual feels safe to express themselves. Her approach is patient centered, strength based and focused on the individual as a whole.
(484) 282-7310 View (484) 282-7310
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Anjum Irfan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341
We have been serving Chester county for last 25 years. We take pride in providing client oriented and customized treatment plan. We specialize in treatment of Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, job stress, marital problems and family adjustments. We use both biochemical /medical principles and psychological theory and practices. We also use alternative and spiritual methods when needed. Ultimately our goal is patient’s wellbeing, and outcome based treatment plans implemented with our patient as our team player.
We have been serving Chester county for last 25 years. We take pride in providing client oriented and customized treatment plan. We specialize in treatment of Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, job stress, marital problems and family adjustments. We use both biochemical /medical principles and psychological theory and practices. We also use alternative and spiritual methods when needed. Ultimately our goal is patient’s wellbeing, and outcome based treatment plans implemented with our patient as our team player.
(610) 989-7618 View (610) 989-7618
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Marina Makous
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Makous a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry-trained, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Psychiatry and Counseling. In the past she established mental health clinics around the world, treating individuals from different cultures for a variety of mental illnesses. After a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry, she stayed on as an Assistant Professor. She recently relocated to Exton, PA, where she treats adults with depression, anxiety, neuropsychiatric complications of Lyme, etc. Dr. Marina Makous is astute, warm, and collaborative: she listens to her patients and follows them to ensure the best treatment outcome possible.
Dr. Makous a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry-trained, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Psychiatry and Counseling. In the past she established mental health clinics around the world, treating individuals from different cultures for a variety of mental illnesses. After a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry, she stayed on as an Assistant Professor. She recently relocated to Exton, PA, where she treats adults with depression, anxiety, neuropsychiatric complications of Lyme, etc. Dr. Marina Makous is astute, warm, and collaborative: she listens to her patients and follows them to ensure the best treatment outcome possible.
(484) 997-7075 View (484) 997-7075
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Jill Rodger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341
Jill Roger is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2022. Jill believes in approaching each person with compassion and understanding to foster a positive professional relationship. She provides medication management, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation. Jill believes individuals have their own personal and unique needs based on their symptoms and past experiences. Individuals should be actively involved in their treatment planning and setting goals they desire to achieve.
Jill Roger is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2022. Jill believes in approaching each person with compassion and understanding to foster a positive professional relationship. She provides medication management, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation. Jill believes individuals have their own personal and unique needs based on their symptoms and past experiences. Individuals should be actively involved in their treatment planning and setting goals they desire to achieve.
(484) 232-3507 View (484) 232-3507
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Caroline Elizabeth Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exton, PA 19341
I help those from adolescents to adults with psychotherapy and medication management. I am happy to work with you on your journey to finding a good medication plan for you- your body, your life, and your values! I specialize in providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients experiencing mood ups and downs, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and women's emotional wellness. I value a collaborative relationship with my clients, in which clients can feel comfortable sharing their treatment goals and preferences.
I help those from adolescents to adults with psychotherapy and medication management. I am happy to work with you on your journey to finding a good medication plan for you- your body, your life, and your values! I specialize in providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients experiencing mood ups and downs, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and women's emotional wellness. I value a collaborative relationship with my clients, in which clients can feel comfortable sharing their treatment goals and preferences.
(717) 987-7150 View (717) 987-7150
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Sheil Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341  (Online Only)
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 370-4655 View (484) 370-4655
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Andrea Favini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Exton, PA 19341  (Online Only)
Dr. Favini is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is currently accepting new patients. She has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. She has expertise in perinatal psychiatry as well as infertility and mood changes related to the menstrual cycle and perimenopause.
Dr. Favini is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is currently accepting new patients. She has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. She has expertise in perinatal psychiatry as well as infertility and mood changes related to the menstrual cycle and perimenopause.
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Ashok Bharucha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Exton, PA 19341
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
(272) 225-5551 View (272) 225-5551

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Dr. Daisy Lara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downingtown, PA 19335
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
(610) 609-7414 View (610) 609-7414
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Anna Marie DiPietro
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Downingtown, PA 19335
Tired of waiting for weeks or months for an appointment? Feeling depressed, anxious, angry? Having trouble concentrating? Insomnia or not wanting to do your normal activities? Looking for personalized, thorough, & thoughtful medication management? Interested in knowing what medications work for your specific genetic profile? If you're fed up with the months/years of failed treatment and medication trials, then come see me for psychiatric evaluation, medication, & GeneSight testing. I see adults and children! Note: I do not process insurance, but I provide receipts for which many of my clients receive over 80% reimbursement!
Tired of waiting for weeks or months for an appointment? Feeling depressed, anxious, angry? Having trouble concentrating? Insomnia or not wanting to do your normal activities? Looking for personalized, thorough, & thoughtful medication management? Interested in knowing what medications work for your specific genetic profile? If you're fed up with the months/years of failed treatment and medication trials, then come see me for psychiatric evaluation, medication, & GeneSight testing. I see adults and children! Note: I do not process insurance, but I provide receipts for which many of my clients receive over 80% reimbursement!
(610) 546-2895 View (610) 546-2895
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 559-6648 View (484) 559-6648
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Sherifat Forcey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
(717) 482-6062 View (717) 482-6062
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Pottsville Peace of Mind, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MBA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chester Springs, PA 19425  (Online Only)
Teresa Blatt is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to the management of psychiatric patient care addressing the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. We take a holistic approach and consider the needs of each individual patient. Email the office at pottsvillepeaceofmind.com to make an appointment today.
Teresa Blatt is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to the management of psychiatric patient care addressing the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. We take a holistic approach and consider the needs of each individual patient. Email the office at pottsvillepeaceofmind.com to make an appointment today.
(717) 276-1563 View (717) 276-1563
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Dr. Heather John
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
In this Chester County & Wilmington practice, Dr. Heather John, MD, works with adults (18 or older) with a variety of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, interpersonal issues, & sleep issues. For more details, to initiate a referral, or contact Dr. John, visit www.terrafirmapsychiatry.com. This practice is currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy, with the addition of medications when appropriate; it is not currently accepting new patients for medication management-only, or for split treatment (medication management in this practice, & psychotherapy with another professional).
In this Chester County & Wilmington practice, Dr. Heather John, MD, works with adults (18 or older) with a variety of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, interpersonal issues, & sleep issues. For more details, to initiate a referral, or contact Dr. John, visit www.terrafirmapsychiatry.com. This practice is currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy, with the addition of medications when appropriate; it is not currently accepting new patients for medication management-only, or for split treatment (medication management in this practice, & psychotherapy with another professional).
(215) 515-6504 View (215) 515-6504
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Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC is a private, fee-for service psychiatric practice in Berwyn PA. Dr. Naser's team includes Ms. Maria Capriotti and Ms. Terri Leone, both Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. We provide psychiatric assessment, second opinions and medication management for children, teens and adults. We have significant experience working with a range of psychiatric challenges including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, OCD, PTSD, and others. Our initial evalations are done in-person. We offer a choice for follow up visits, either remote or in-person. We work hard to provide a trusting and collaborative relationship.
Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC is a private, fee-for service psychiatric practice in Berwyn PA. Dr. Naser's team includes Ms. Maria Capriotti and Ms. Terri Leone, both Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. We provide psychiatric assessment, second opinions and medication management for children, teens and adults. We have significant experience working with a range of psychiatric challenges including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, OCD, PTSD, and others. Our initial evalations are done in-person. We offer a choice for follow up visits, either remote or in-person. We work hard to provide a trusting and collaborative relationship.
(484) 623-5966 View (484) 623-5966
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Terri Geiger Leone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
Terri Leone, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new clients at the office of Jeffrey Naser, MD and Associates (voted one of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021), a group practice in Berwyn, PA. Ms. Leone is trained in all areas of psychiatry, including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Trauma-Related Disorders.
Terri Leone, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new clients at the office of Jeffrey Naser, MD and Associates (voted one of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021), a group practice in Berwyn, PA. Ms. Leone is trained in all areas of psychiatry, including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Trauma-Related Disorders.
(484) 285-4473 View (484) 285-4473
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Novitsky MD - boutique mind doctors
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chester Springs, PA 19425
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
(610) 708-1521 View (610) 708-1521
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Domonique Louis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19382  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
(484) 613-3408 View (484) 613-3408
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row psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Malvern, PA 19355
Miss Fordjour has over 13 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from cardiology to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Rosemary focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Rosemary'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.
Miss Fordjour has over 13 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from cardiology to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Rosemary focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Rosemary'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.
(610) 576-7833 View (610) 576-7833

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Exton, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Exton, PA who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
75% Bipolar Disorder
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

26 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Exton, PA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Exton?

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.