Psychiatrists in Lancaster, PA

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Roxanne C. Swistock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
(717) 942-9352 View (717) 942-9352
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EM&E Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, PA 17603
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
(717) 923-8183 View (717) 923-8183
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
(717) 864-8554 View (717) 864-8554
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Sarah N M Gatumu
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
Have you been dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder for months or years? Have you been on this medication then that medication and these seem to work for a while only for the symptoms to come back? Are you looking for a comprehensive functional approach that addresses these problems at a functional level? Do you want to live life on your terms? What are the five things you should be doing today to optimize your mental health? Have you heard of the Walsh protocol and you want a provider who can help you with this? The solution is closer than you think.
Have you been dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder for months or years? Have you been on this medication then that medication and these seem to work for a while only for the symptoms to come back? Are you looking for a comprehensive functional approach that addresses these problems at a functional level? Do you want to live life on your terms? What are the five things you should be doing today to optimize your mental health? Have you heard of the Walsh protocol and you want a provider who can help you with this? The solution is closer than you think.
(223) 215-3853 View (223) 215-3853
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Philadelphia Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works hard to practice psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in both a private & supportive setting. While I strongly believe in pharmacologic interventions backed by empirical evidence, I am a firm believer in the value of therapy & more holistic interventions (exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness). I understand the importance of shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues.
(484) 471-6024 View (484) 471-6024
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602  (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 using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some 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 using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 775-0571 View (833) 775-0571
Optimum Care Counseling Wellness Solutions
Psychiatrist
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17602
Optimum Care Counseling and Wellness Solutions is now Accepting New Patients for both medication management and psychotherapeutic appointments. Most patients are scheduled within 2-3 days. We are accepting all commercial insurances and cash. We are doing both in person and telepsychiatry appointments for both med management and psychotherapy. New in 2021, now offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program services for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders i.e. Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Optimum Care Counseling and Wellness Solutions is now Accepting New Patients for both medication management and psychotherapeutic appointments. Most patients are scheduled within 2-3 days. We are accepting all commercial insurances and cash. We are doing both in person and telepsychiatry appointments for both med management and psychotherapy. New in 2021, now offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program services for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders i.e. Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
(610) 601-2730 View (610) 601-2730
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, PA 17602  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 215-2536 View (610) 215-2536
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17601
Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 917-0368 View (484) 917-0368

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Renee Family Health and Psychiatric Nurse Practiti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MD, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
Manheim, PA 17545
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
Able to address most psychiatric needs- telephone consult is free, for all patient who are serious about mental health versus substance dependence. We will work with all income levels, and insurances. initial visit $125-200, follow up $50-125. For natural alternatives (CBD oils) regimens see: www.reneepsychhealth.com
(929) 295-7340 View (929) 295-7340

Online Psychiatrists

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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Emmaus, PA 18049
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(484) 573-7689 View (484) 573-7689
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(484) 451-7197 View (484) 451-7197
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Christine Arezzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Arezzi offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Arezzi can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Arezzi offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Arezzi can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
(570) 843-9376 View (570) 843-9376
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Gregory Pinsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
(267) 774-2393 View (267) 774-2393
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David Monheit
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
(267) 732-1749 View (267) 732-1749
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Renewing Mindsets
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Radnor, PA 19087
Psychiatric Services in Philadelphia & the Main Line, Sharon B. is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong focus on managing anxiety, ADHD, and depressive disorders. With over a decade of experience in the healthcare field, Sharon has developed a deep understanding of the complex nature of mental health and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. In her practice, Sharon uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. She combines evidence-based pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy techniques to address the underlying causes of mental health concerns.
Psychiatric Services in Philadelphia & the Main Line, Sharon B. is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong focus on managing anxiety, ADHD, and depressive disorders. With over a decade of experience in the healthcare field, Sharon has developed a deep understanding of the complex nature of mental health and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. In her practice, Sharon uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. She combines evidence-based pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy techniques to address the underlying causes of mental health concerns.
(484) 573-7750 View (484) 573-7750
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Jessica Plocher
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am currently scheduling new patients for initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We additionally have psychotherapists (within our network at Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates) whom we collaborate with if indicated. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, including working as a mental health resource specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (2003-2008), The Johns Hopkins Hospital in both clinical and supervisor roles (2009-2012) and have instructed at The University of Pennsylvania (where I completed my training including certification to prescribe psychiatric medications).
I am currently scheduling new patients for initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We additionally have psychotherapists (within our network at Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates) whom we collaborate with if indicated. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, including working as a mental health resource specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (2003-2008), The Johns Hopkins Hospital in both clinical and supervisor roles (2009-2012) and have instructed at The University of Pennsylvania (where I completed my training including certification to prescribe psychiatric medications).
(267) 331-4799 View (267) 331-4799
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Danielle M Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Allentown, PA 18109  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(570) 526-2394 View (570) 526-2394
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William (Bill) Sonis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a more sensitive, empathic, and understanding child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) because I have ADHD and several different learning disabilities. When I was young, I constantly worried about being unable to stay in my seat or complete my assignments without making “silly” mistakes. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I’ve learned how to treat hyperactivity, but as an adult, I know what it’s like to be a hyperactive youngster. With that knowledge, I can ask kids “insider” questions that can only arise from shared experiences. My “insider” knowledge facilitates rapport, a core indicator of successful treatment.
I am a more sensitive, empathic, and understanding child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) because I have ADHD and several different learning disabilities. When I was young, I constantly worried about being unable to stay in my seat or complete my assignments without making “silly” mistakes. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I’ve learned how to treat hyperactivity, but as an adult, I know what it’s like to be a hyperactive youngster. With that knowledge, I can ask kids “insider” questions that can only arise from shared experiences. My “insider” knowledge facilitates rapport, a core indicator of successful treatment.
(484) 246-7674 View (484) 246-7674

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lancaster, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Lancaster, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Behavioral Issues
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Autism

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Lancaster, PA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lancaster?

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.