Psychiatrists in Lehighton, PA

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Marjorie Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, PNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Lehighton, PA 18235
Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, extreme mood changes, or issues with focus? Are you plagued by addictions? Is this all affecting your work, physical health, and relationships? Hi, my name is Marjorie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If you're ready to begin your journey to mental wellness, I can help you navigate the path to living your best life. I believe in the mind-body connection and use a holistic approach to care. This can mean taking psychiatric medication, having psychotherapy sessions, making changes in your diet, or a combination.
Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, extreme mood changes, or issues with focus? Are you plagued by addictions? Is this all affecting your work, physical health, and relationships? Hi, my name is Marjorie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If you're ready to begin your journey to mental wellness, I can help you navigate the path to living your best life. I believe in the mind-body connection and use a holistic approach to care. This can mean taking psychiatric medication, having psychotherapy sessions, making changes in your diet, or a combination.
(272) 204-3140 View (272) 204-3140

Online Psychiatrists

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Reading, PA 19606  (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 your appointment online 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 your appointment online today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 303-0897 View (833) 303-0897
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Marja Elina Mattila-Evenden
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hi! My name is Marja Evenden, and I am a psychiatrist in Philadelphia area. In addition to my hospital work, I am also treating private patients. I would like to offer my extensive professional training to help you to feel better and to improve your quality of life, and to help you to thrive. My special interests include: diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, biological psychiatry/biomarkers, dual diagnoses, and low dose benzodiazepine dependence. By training I am well rounded to master the whole spectrum of psychiatric treatment types. My main research work has been on benzodiazepines and safe clinical use.
Hi! My name is Marja Evenden, and I am a psychiatrist in Philadelphia area. In addition to my hospital work, I am also treating private patients. I would like to offer my extensive professional training to help you to feel better and to improve your quality of life, and to help you to thrive. My special interests include: diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, biological psychiatry/biomarkers, dual diagnoses, and low dose benzodiazepine dependence. By training I am well rounded to master the whole spectrum of psychiatric treatment types. My main research work has been on benzodiazepines and safe clinical use.
(484) 626-5382 View (484) 626-5382
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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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Samantha Powell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
I am a Columbia trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Psychiatry Residency Program at Columbia University. I also worked as the director of Women's Mental Health at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. I have a small private practice in Bala Cynwyd, where I offer a warm and collaborative approach to each patient's needs. My treatment model includes a focus on therapy and on thoughtful use of medication when appropriate. I also incorporate healthy lifestyle improvements to strive for mind-body wellness.
I am a Columbia trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Psychiatry Residency Program at Columbia University. I also worked as the director of Women's Mental Health at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. I have a small private practice in Bala Cynwyd, where I offer a warm and collaborative approach to each patient's needs. My treatment model includes a focus on therapy and on thoughtful use of medication when appropriate. I also incorporate healthy lifestyle improvements to strive for mind-body wellness.
(484) 502-1742 View (484) 502-1742
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Pranesh N Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Media, PA 19063
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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Millmark Health Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Dr. Asif is a licensed physician and board certified psychiatrist by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He provides medication management and psychotherapy via telemedicine for adults across the State of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others.
Dr. Asif is a licensed physician and board certified psychiatrist by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He provides medication management and psychotherapy via telemedicine for adults across the State of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others.
(570) 673-0738 View (570) 673-0738
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Dr. Sehar N Jessani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Sehar Jessani, MD, is a physician who specializes in both therapy and medication management of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, attention concerns, autism, eating disorders, and immigrant mental health. Dr. Jessani utilizes a holistic approach to treatment, emphasizing not only the individual’s biology, but also other life factors that contribute to their mental health. As part of treatment, Dr. Jessani is able to work with individuals, couples, and families.
Sehar Jessani, MD, is a physician who specializes in both therapy and medication management of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, attention concerns, autism, eating disorders, and immigrant mental health. Dr. Jessani utilizes a holistic approach to treatment, emphasizing not only the individual’s biology, but also other life factors that contribute to their mental health. As part of treatment, Dr. Jessani is able to work with individuals, couples, and families.
(484) 673-7400 View (484) 673-7400
Syed H Viqar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Allentown, PA 18106
There is really no such thing as a ideal client. Many people struggle with internal conflicts which need to be resolved . The conflicts maybe resolved with counseling and sometime with medications when the conflict begin to affect the relationships and themselves .
There is really no such thing as a ideal client. Many people struggle with internal conflicts which need to be resolved . The conflicts maybe resolved with counseling and sometime with medications when the conflict begin to affect the relationships and themselves .
(484) 314-3592 View (484) 314-3592
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Tiara Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
(484) 857-1018 View (484) 857-1018
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Raena Khorram
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
(484) 813-4864 View (484) 813-4864
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Chikodili Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Gilbertsville, PA 19525  (Online Only)
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
(610) 510-6813 View (610) 510-6813
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Better Stories in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19110  (Online Only)
As board certified mental health providers at Better Stories, we want to help you destress and improve your quality life with our years of experience and expertise in treating patients with a broad range of mental health disorders. Your care involves us working together, you provide your life experiences and perspective, we use our skills and experience in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Together we will create a treatment plan that we agree will help you reduce your symptoms and yield a greater quality of life.
As board certified mental health providers at Better Stories, we want to help you destress and improve your quality life with our years of experience and expertise in treating patients with a broad range of mental health disorders. Your care involves us working together, you provide your life experiences and perspective, we use our skills and experience in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Together we will create a treatment plan that we agree will help you reduce your symptoms and yield a greater quality of life.
(412) 467-0237 View (412) 467-0237
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row psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
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
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Faith Pettyjohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (Online Only)
Dr. Faith Pettyjohn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University. Faith specializes in many psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis and more. She is licensed and providing services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Telemedicine.
Dr. Faith Pettyjohn is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a Doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Rutgers University. Faith specializes in many psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis and more. She is licensed and providing services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Telemedicine.
(484) 930-1761 View (484) 930-1761
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Andrea Favini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown Square, PA 19073  (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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Southeastern Executive Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
(484) 435-8987 View (484) 435-8987
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Conboy Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Jenkintown, PA 19046  (Online Only)
Dr. CONBOY DOES NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE. Dr. Conboy’s treatment philosophy centers around an empathic view of the person as a whole, and explores the patient’s past and present in order to understand his/her/their current thoughts and feelings. As a person attains a deeper understanding of self, this awareness may help with his/her/their life struggles. While psychotherapy is Dr. Conboy’s primary form of treatment, she also prescribes medications, and offers counseling in other evidence based treatments such as cardiovascular exercise, meditation, and yoga.
Dr. CONBOY DOES NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE. Dr. Conboy’s treatment philosophy centers around an empathic view of the person as a whole, and explores the patient’s past and present in order to understand his/her/their current thoughts and feelings. As a person attains a deeper understanding of self, this awareness may help with his/her/their life struggles. While psychotherapy is Dr. Conboy’s primary form of treatment, she also prescribes medications, and offers counseling in other evidence based treatments such as cardiovascular exercise, meditation, and yoga.
(215) 791-8467 View (215) 791-8467
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Milena Goldshmidt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
Dr. Milena Goldshmidt is a new addition to the Talkiatry network which allows her the luxury of working from home after the new addition to her family. She is double boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. She has been practicing for 10 years. Dr. Goldshmidt's focus is on medication management as well as supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She gives ample time during new patient appointments and has 30-minute follow sessions. She also is a believer in additional therapy is needed and/or additional medical and procedural therapies if needed to provide the best care and outcomes to her patients.
Dr. Milena Goldshmidt is a new addition to the Talkiatry network which allows her the luxury of working from home after the new addition to her family. She is double boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. She has been practicing for 10 years. Dr. Goldshmidt's focus is on medication management as well as supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She gives ample time during new patient appointments and has 30-minute follow sessions. She also is a believer in additional therapy is needed and/or additional medical and procedural therapies if needed to provide the best care and outcomes to her patients.
(215) 631-8965 View (215) 631-8965
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Huma Mahmood
Psychiatrist
Verified
Narberth, PA 19072
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
(724) 374-8626 View (724) 374-8626

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lehighton, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lehighton, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

27 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Lehighton, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lehighton?

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.