Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, PA

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Photo of Sudha Jairaj, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Sudha Jairaj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001  (Online Only)
Dr. Jairaj is an established and highly skilled psychiatrist with over 44 years of practice experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While she has extensive experience in understanding medication dosing and drug interactions, she provides holistic treatments, to ensure optimal patient care. Dr. Jairaj's passion is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients and the enjoyment she holds in keeping them healthy and well.
Dr. Jairaj is an established and highly skilled psychiatrist with over 44 years of practice experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While she has extensive experience in understanding medication dosing and drug interactions, she provides holistic treatments, to ensure optimal patient care. Dr. Jairaj's passion is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients and the enjoyment she holds in keeping them healthy and well.
(215) 888-8791 View (215) 888-8791
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Leorah M Walsh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Narberth, PA 19072
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism in children and adults. I have additional experience treating individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, medical causes of psychiatric illness, and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. I regularly treat student-athletes, and gifted students and have helped many people transition through many stages and positions in life. I also have experience helping people in the LGBTQ+ community.
I am a board-certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Autism in children and adults. I have additional experience treating individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, medical causes of psychiatric illness, and co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. I regularly treat student-athletes, and gifted students and have helped many people transition through many stages and positions in life. I also have experience helping people in the LGBTQ+ community.
(267) 609-8496 View (267) 609-8496
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Joshua Green
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
I am interested in the thoughtful integration of medication, psychotherapy, and mind-body practices in achieving emotional well-being. My approach is practical and ranges from concrete problem solving to deep emotional healing work. In other words, I can often be "one-stop shopping" for mental health issues. I can work with a wide range of issues such as attentional problems, mood disorders, relationship issues, and issues of "finding one's way in a stressful, confusing world." I work with adult individuals and couples. In all cases, I consider warmth and humor an important part of treatment.
I am interested in the thoughtful integration of medication, psychotherapy, and mind-body practices in achieving emotional well-being. My approach is practical and ranges from concrete problem solving to deep emotional healing work. In other words, I can often be "one-stop shopping" for mental health issues. I can work with a wide range of issues such as attentional problems, mood disorders, relationship issues, and issues of "finding one's way in a stressful, confusing world." I work with adult individuals and couples. In all cases, I consider warmth and humor an important part of treatment.
(215) 977-4867 View (215) 977-4867
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Scott Sees
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Stressful life events and symptoms like anxiety or depression can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, or stuck. My approach to treatment is to listen, first and foremost. We will work together to create an effective therapeutic space to explore who you are as a whole person, without judgment or pressure. As we identify the patterns in your history, feelings, and relationships, we will work towards a better understanding of what is getting in your way, and how you can move forward. A thoughtful use of psychiatric medications can also be an important part of feeling better.
Stressful life events and symptoms like anxiety or depression can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, or stuck. My approach to treatment is to listen, first and foremost. We will work together to create an effective therapeutic space to explore who you are as a whole person, without judgment or pressure. As we identify the patterns in your history, feelings, and relationships, we will work towards a better understanding of what is getting in your way, and how you can move forward. A thoughtful use of psychiatric medications can also be an important part of feeling better.
(484) 702-6212 View (484) 702-6212
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Limerick, PA 19468
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(484) 946-4188 View (484) 946-4188
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Samuel P Wyche
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Life is full of distractions, the expected and unexpected. Activities of daily living keep us from what we treasure most. These distractions cause problems in our relationships, at home, work, school and socially, disrupting the harmony between our inner self and the world around us. Talk therapy alone works in most situations. Talk treatments I use include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, insight oriented psychotherapy, supportive therapy and psychoanalysis. In some circumstances, the addition of medication is recommended and discussed.
Life is full of distractions, the expected and unexpected. Activities of daily living keep us from what we treasure most. These distractions cause problems in our relationships, at home, work, school and socially, disrupting the harmony between our inner self and the world around us. Talk therapy alone works in most situations. Talk treatments I use include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, insight oriented psychotherapy, supportive therapy and psychoanalysis. In some circumstances, the addition of medication is recommended and discussed.
(215) 346-7443 View (215) 346-7443
Photo of O'Nisha Lawrence, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
O'Nisha Lawrence
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
(484) 573-7214 View (484) 573-7214
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Sofia Jensen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Penn-trained psychiatrist who provides integrated psychotherapy and medication management in a discrete setting. I approach patients with compassion, respect, and a commitment to confidentiality. I value my work with those who are healing from past trauma, coping with personal or professional challenges, or facing life transitions.
I am a Penn-trained psychiatrist who provides integrated psychotherapy and medication management in a discrete setting. I approach patients with compassion, respect, and a commitment to confidentiality. I value my work with those who are healing from past trauma, coping with personal or professional challenges, or facing life transitions.
(484) 528-0092 View (484) 528-0092
Photo of Huma Mahmood, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Huma Mahmood
Psychiatrist
Verified 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
Photo of Diane Wieland, Psychiatric Nurse in Montgomery County, PA
Diane Wieland
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Lansdale, PA 19446
Are you having difficulty coping at work or at home with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Are you experiencing family issues, grief, job loss, or bullying? Are excessive computer use, and other forms of Internet addiction problematic? Do you have a sex addiction? I am credentialed to see adults, couples, families, and teens age 14 and older. I specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, women's issues, computer addiction, sex addiction, and workplace bullying. I will listen to you and not rush you during your appointments.I am active in NAMI and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Are you having difficulty coping at work or at home with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Are you experiencing family issues, grief, job loss, or bullying? Are excessive computer use, and other forms of Internet addiction problematic? Do you have a sex addiction? I am credentialed to see adults, couples, families, and teens age 14 and older. I specialize in treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, women's issues, computer addiction, sex addiction, and workplace bullying. I will listen to you and not rush you during your appointments.I am active in NAMI and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
(215) 688-5943 View (215) 688-5943
Photo of Chikodili Obi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Chikodili Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified 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
Photo of Laura Orsatti Weissflog, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Laura Orsatti Weissflog
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Are you looking for a new prescriber? I am accepting new clients at Inspire Behavioral Health, a group practice in Phoenixville, PA. If you are looking for a compassionate clinician to assist you in deciding whether you may benefit from adding medication to your current therapy to improve how you are feeling, I can help. If you are already taking medication and are looking for someone who listens, I will educate you about your medication and partner with you to make informed decision about next steps.
Are you looking for a new prescriber? I am accepting new clients at Inspire Behavioral Health, a group practice in Phoenixville, PA. If you are looking for a compassionate clinician to assist you in deciding whether you may benefit from adding medication to your current therapy to improve how you are feeling, I can help. If you are already taking medication and are looking for someone who listens, I will educate you about your medication and partner with you to make informed decision about next steps.
(610) 557-1538 View (610) 557-1538
Photo of Donald Cramer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Donald Cramer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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
Photo of Antony Krumbhaar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Antony Krumbhaar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
Tony Krumbhaar is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2016. He earned a BA in Psychology, a BSN in Nursing, and an MSN in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Tony believes that we all have a unique background that contributes to our well-being through our family history, upbringing, and the experiences that we have in life.
(484) 603-3987 View (484) 603-3987
Photo of Sehar Jessani, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Sehar Jessani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gladwyne, PA 19035
I specialize in anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, depression, eating disorders, autism and marital/family conflict. My extensive training across the lifespan allows me to understand the role of an individual's experiences on their well-being and integrate this under a comprehensive treatment plan. I am available for both therapy and medication management. As part of treatment, I am able to work with individuals, couples, and families and I have evening and weekend availability within the next two weeks.
I specialize in anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, depression, eating disorders, autism and marital/family conflict. My extensive training across the lifespan allows me to understand the role of an individual's experiences on their well-being and integrate this under a comprehensive treatment plan. I am available for both therapy and medication management. As part of treatment, I am able to work with individuals, couples, and families and I have evening and weekend availability within the next two weeks.
(484) 673-7400 View (484) 673-7400
Photo of Imran Posner, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Imran Posner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
The focus of my work is healing, not only mental, but also spiritual and emotional, so that one can reach their full potential. I work with clients of all ages. Having trained at CHOP and Tufts University, I incorporate evidence-based medicine and the latest research in the fields of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology when I practice. I work with almost all psychiatric disorders, with particular expertise in ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I am taking new patients at this time and either myself or someone in my practice is usually available to see a new client within four weeks.
The focus of my work is healing, not only mental, but also spiritual and emotional, so that one can reach their full potential. I work with clients of all ages. Having trained at CHOP and Tufts University, I incorporate evidence-based medicine and the latest research in the fields of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology when I practice. I work with almost all psychiatric disorders, with particular expertise in ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I am taking new patients at this time and either myself or someone in my practice is usually available to see a new client within four weeks.
(484) 494-2905 View (484) 494-2905
Photo of Aviva Zohar, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Aviva Zohar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Narberth, PA 19072
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based recovery program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well.
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based recovery program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well.
(610) 365-1743 View (610) 365-1743
Photo of Sharon R Katz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Sharon R Katz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, CNS, CRNP
Verified Verified
Abington, PA 19001
Have you been frustrated with not being able to understand your thoughts or being able to talk to your psychiatric provider? Have a complex family, medical or mental health illness that has frustrated other providers? I am very experienced: 25 years of working as a nurse and marriage and family therapist combined with an additional 13 years of prescribing holistic and traditional medications resulting in significant experience seeing patients for significant mental illnesses, I work to keep patients healthy, prescribing holistic as well as traditional methods of psychiatry and focused on improving functioning at home and work.
Have you been frustrated with not being able to understand your thoughts or being able to talk to your psychiatric provider? Have a complex family, medical or mental health illness that has frustrated other providers? I am very experienced: 25 years of working as a nurse and marriage and family therapist combined with an additional 13 years of prescribing holistic and traditional medications resulting in significant experience seeing patients for significant mental illnesses, I work to keep patients healthy, prescribing holistic as well as traditional methods of psychiatry and focused on improving functioning at home and work.
(267) 762-2765 View (267) 762-2765
Photo of Ife Ajuwon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, PA
Ife Ajuwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Willow Grove, PA 19090
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about working with clients to improve their quality of life as it relates to their mental health. I believe in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowering my patients, and proactive and timely pharmacological and psychitherapeutic interventions. My mission at Psychtitude NP is to treat you in a therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental environment while following evidence-based guidelines as well as clinical experience.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about working with clients to improve their quality of life as it relates to their mental health. I believe in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowering my patients, and proactive and timely pharmacological and psychitherapeutic interventions. My mission at Psychtitude NP is to treat you in a therapeutic, respectful, and nonjudgmental environment while following evidence-based guidelines as well as clinical experience.
(267) 490-4684 View (267) 490-4684
Photo of Geraldine Mayor, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, PA
Geraldine Mayor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Narberth, PA 19072
I am a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist with extensive experience treating Depression, Anxiety, and other Mood disorders. I work closely with my clients to create personalized treatment plans that include therapy, management of co-occurring medical conditions, and prescribing psychotropic medications when appropriate. For the last 20 years, I have been providing services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC), various Community Mental Health Centers in Philadelphia. I currently provide out-patient services at Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania.
I am a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist with extensive experience treating Depression, Anxiety, and other Mood disorders. I work closely with my clients to create personalized treatment plans that include therapy, management of co-occurring medical conditions, and prescribing psychotropic medications when appropriate. For the last 20 years, I have been providing services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC), various Community Mental Health Centers in Philadelphia. I currently provide out-patient services at Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania.
(484) 209-6544 View (484) 209-6544

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Number of Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, PA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, PA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
68% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, PA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montgomery County?

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.