Psychiatrists in Pittston, PA

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Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified
Pittston, PA 18640  (Online Only)
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
(570) 479-2398 View (570) 479-2398
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Integrative Healing and Guidance
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittston, PA 18640  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, psychological and spiritual issues? With over 20 years of experience in providing traditional psychiatric care, integrated medicine and energy healing modalities, I am offering complementary and alternative healing techniques to enhance your traditional care. I believe traditional psychiatric and medical treatment are necessary; however, sometimes traditional care is not sufficient to achieve wholeness and wellness. NOTE: I do NOT provide traditional psychiatric care, medication management, nor psychotherapy. Clients must be already in treatment with a traditional provider.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, psychological and spiritual issues? With over 20 years of experience in providing traditional psychiatric care, integrated medicine and energy healing modalities, I am offering complementary and alternative healing techniques to enhance your traditional care. I believe traditional psychiatric and medical treatment are necessary; however, sometimes traditional care is not sufficient to achieve wholeness and wellness. NOTE: I do NOT provide traditional psychiatric care, medication management, nor psychotherapy. Clients must be already in treatment with a traditional provider.

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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701  (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) 981-2413 View (610) 981-2413
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Christine Arezzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
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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Cagel Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
(272) 203-3102 View (272) 203-3102
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Joseph Ungvarsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Accepting new clients for medication management with Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. NO medicaid/medicare ,Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Accepting new clients for medication management with Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. NO medicaid/medicare ,Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(570) 600-6692 View (570) 600-6692
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Breeze Mental Health, specializing in stress
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, GAD, expert
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, PA 18612
Seeking help is hard. At Breeze getting care is easy. — Immediate openings for new pts — Here skilled clinicians treat the mind while nurturing the spirit. We provide personalized care of the mind & body using a combination of medication, therapy, and coaching. Board certified specialists treat most major mental illnesses and symptoms, including chronic feelings of emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, trauma, and sleep problems. Caring clinicians partner with patients to create custom treatment plans with patient-driven goals. First responders, veterans, single parents and shift workers with busy schedules can easily get care.
Seeking help is hard. At Breeze getting care is easy. — Immediate openings for new pts — Here skilled clinicians treat the mind while nurturing the spirit. We provide personalized care of the mind & body using a combination of medication, therapy, and coaching. Board certified specialists treat most major mental illnesses and symptoms, including chronic feelings of emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, trauma, and sleep problems. Caring clinicians partner with patients to create custom treatment plans with patient-driven goals. First responders, veterans, single parents and shift workers with busy schedules can easily get care.
(740) 685-4720 View (740) 685-4720
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SolCentered Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, PA 18704
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
(272) 200-4618 View (272) 200-4618
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Sarah (Reid) Red Specializing In Anxiety
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified
17 Endorsed
Dallas, PA 18612
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
(380) 600-9930 View (380) 600-9930
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Sunshine Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scranton, PA 18505
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
(272) 225-6331 View (272) 225-6331
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Scranton, PA 18504  (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
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Scranton, PA 18501  (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) 490-8436 View (610) 490-8436
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Scranton, PA 18504  (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.
(570) 682-5433 View (570) 682-5433
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Marjorie Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, PNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Scranton, PA 18504
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
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Newton Psychiatric Clinic, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc, DABPN
Verified
Scranton, PA 18501
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
(570) 673-0954 View (570) 673-0954
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Millmark Health Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scranton, PA 18503
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

Online Psychiatrists

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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
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Sondra Corgan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
As an adult and child psychiatrist I provide psychotherapy and medication management services. I see patients with a variety of concerns. I have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, PTSD, addiction, psychosis and more. I also recognizes that many people do not fit into a specific diagnosis but may still feel that they could be getting more out of life. I also specialize in helping these individuals explore their minds in order to achieve a more fulfilling life.
As an adult and child psychiatrist I provide psychotherapy and medication management services. I see patients with a variety of concerns. I have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, PTSD, addiction, psychosis and more. I also recognizes that many people do not fit into a specific diagnosis but may still feel that they could be getting more out of life. I also specialize in helping these individuals explore their minds in order to achieve a more fulfilling life.
(484) 214-2917 View (484) 214-2917
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Gracie Yeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
Dr. Yeo is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board certified psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. She offers evidence-based treatment that is individualized to the unique needs of each patient with psychotherapy and medication management. She has experience working with all ages from school aged children to older adults. She often coordinates with other providers (school counselors, teachers, therapists, family physicians) to ensure comprehensive and integrated care. Member of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 professionals in the Philadelphia area
Dr. Yeo is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board certified psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. She offers evidence-based treatment that is individualized to the unique needs of each patient with psychotherapy and medication management. She has experience working with all ages from school aged children to older adults. She often coordinates with other providers (school counselors, teachers, therapists, family physicians) to ensure comprehensive and integrated care. Member of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 professionals in the Philadelphia area
(610) 854-8391 x17 View (610) 854-8391 x17
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Javier G. Taboada
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP, FAAN
Yardley, PA 19067
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
(215) 392-2285 View (215) 392-2285

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pittston, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pittston, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Substance Use
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% ADHD
50% Geriatric and Seniors

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Pittston, PA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pittston?

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.