Psychiatrists in State College, PA

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Angela Heffner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16803
Proud resident of the Penn State University area in State College, PA, and an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. My nursing journey began with earning my ASN in 2006 and BSN in 2020, followed by achieving my graduate degree as a PMHNP from Walden University. Driven by a profound passion for aiding others, I have amassed a wealth of expertise, boasting certifications in perinatal loss/bereavement, perinatal psychopharmacology, PMH-C, certified school nursing, DBT, and CCTP. My journey into nursing was deeply influenced by my eldest son's health challenges, navigating through NICU struggles and mental health issues.
Proud resident of the Penn State University area in State College, PA, and an alumnus of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. My nursing journey began with earning my ASN in 2006 and BSN in 2020, followed by achieving my graduate degree as a PMHNP from Walden University. Driven by a profound passion for aiding others, I have amassed a wealth of expertise, boasting certifications in perinatal loss/bereavement, perinatal psychopharmacology, PMH-C, certified school nursing, DBT, and CCTP. My journey into nursing was deeply influenced by my eldest son's health challenges, navigating through NICU struggles and mental health issues.
(814) 501-4386 View (814) 501-4386
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Katrina Denise Scannelli
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
State College, PA 16801  (Online Only)
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We value you and put you while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We value you and put you while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
(814) 787-0582 View (814) 787-0582
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Trilessence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/PHN, CRNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
(814) 954-7819 View (814) 954-7819
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(814) 261-3729 View (814) 261-3729
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Patricia Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801
Hello, I'm Dr. Patricia Webb, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad background in holistic mental health care. My private practice is a client-centered, safe space where you can find in-depth, whole-person care offered with respect for you and compassion for your experiences. I partner with you and draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which we tailor to match your unique priorities and concerns. Together, we'll identify your goals and construct a path toward the life you seek.
Hello, I'm Dr. Patricia Webb, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad background in holistic mental health care. My private practice is a client-centered, safe space where you can find in-depth, whole-person care offered with respect for you and compassion for your experiences. I partner with you and draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which we tailor to match your unique priorities and concerns. Together, we'll identify your goals and construct a path toward the life you seek.
(814) 926-0124 View (814) 926-0124
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
State College, PA 16801  (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.
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.
(610) 798-1041 View (610) 798-1041
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Thomas Scary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
State College, PA 16802
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
I am currently scheduling patients for both in-person (PA/NJ) and telehealth (PA/NJ/MA) appointments. I welcome patients who are looking for medication management, therapy, a second opinion, or any combination of the above. My interests include diagnostic clarification of mood/anxiety/attention disorders, evaluation of young adults who may be seeking help for the first time, and treatment of substance use disorders that often present with other common diagnoses.
(856) 672-7720 View (856) 672-7720

Online Psychiatrists

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Beverly Ann Curtis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, PPCNP-B
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Dr. Beverly Ann Curtis helps families with concerns regarding child and adolescent behavioral issues. She brings 16 years of NP experience to LifeStance as she is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Curtis evaluates her patient's mental health status by reviewing the medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying risk factors that might affect mental health. With this information, Dr. Curtis provides support and education to families regarding medication management and/or the need for therapy.
Dr. Beverly Ann Curtis helps families with concerns regarding child and adolescent behavioral issues. She brings 16 years of NP experience to LifeStance as she is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Curtis evaluates her patient's mental health status by reviewing the medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying risk factors that might affect mental health. With this information, Dr. Curtis provides support and education to families regarding medication management and/or the need for therapy.
(717) 493-8474 View (717) 493-8474
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Wanda Hedian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
I have devoted my time caring for patients as a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to create an impact in the health and mental well being of individuals in diverse communities. By providing unconditional acceptance of their symptoms in a stigma free-environment and encouraging self-advocacy, I have been able to encourage physical, emotional, and mental health recovery. Through encouragement, acceptance, and advocacy my patients have found recovery and healing that is meaningful and attainable, thereby influencing their personal desire for health promotion and self care.
I have devoted my time caring for patients as a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to create an impact in the health and mental well being of individuals in diverse communities. By providing unconditional acceptance of their symptoms in a stigma free-environment and encouraging self-advocacy, I have been able to encourage physical, emotional, and mental health recovery. Through encouragement, acceptance, and advocacy my patients have found recovery and healing that is meaningful and attainable, thereby influencing their personal desire for health promotion and self care.
(717) 452-4583 View (717) 452-4583
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(717) 937-8709 View (717) 937-8709
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Alexandra (Sopher) Ruane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17111  (Online Only)
As a mental health consumer myself, I understand what it feels like to have mental health affect your life. You may have tried therapy or medication, which may have helped a little or not at all. I believe that you and I are a team in deciding the best treatment for you and that by explaining the options available, you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. I believe that listening to your treatment goals gives us the best chance of success in helping you. Please be advised that Brightside Health does not allow prescribing of controlled substances.
As a mental health consumer myself, I understand what it feels like to have mental health affect your life. You may have tried therapy or medication, which may have helped a little or not at all. I believe that you and I are a team in deciding the best treatment for you and that by explaining the options available, you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. I believe that listening to your treatment goals gives us the best chance of success in helping you. Please be advised that Brightside Health does not allow prescribing of controlled substances.
(415) 360-3348 View (415) 360-3348
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T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 997-6199 View (724) 997-6199
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(717) 923-5120 View (717) 923-5120
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Samantha O'Donnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603
My name is Samantha O'Donnell. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 7 years of experience treating teens (12+) and adults. Unlike traditional approaches, I focus on the root cause of your struggles. I find and treat the "why" behind your symptoms to help you achieve lasting mental well-being and lead a happier, healthier life. Mental health is unique to each person, and I believe treatments should be tailored to each person as well! Together, we will work to understand your symptoms by exploring biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors.
My name is Samantha O'Donnell. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 7 years of experience treating teens (12+) and adults. Unlike traditional approaches, I focus on the root cause of your struggles. I find and treat the "why" behind your symptoms to help you achieve lasting mental well-being and lead a happier, healthier life. Mental health is unique to each person, and I believe treatments should be tailored to each person as well! Together, we will work to understand your symptoms by exploring biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors.
(717) 837-9952 View (717) 837-9952
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Roxanne C. Swistock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603
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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Lisa M. Cordek Pediatric Np- Agency Has Immediate Openings!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Johnstown, PA 15904
I am a dedicated Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with many years experience with a love for mental health. If your child is in need of mental health, please call to schedule an appointment with me. I accept clients 21 years of age and younger. Your childs health is VERY important tol me.
I am a dedicated Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with many years experience with a love for mental health. If your child is in need of mental health, please call to schedule an appointment with me. I accept clients 21 years of age and younger. Your childs health is VERY important tol me.
(814) 517-7646 View (814) 517-7646
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Kathleen Mcewen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Kathleen is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders
Kathleen is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders
(724) 306-6932 View (724) 306-6932
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Ashok Bharucha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
(272) 225-5551 View (272) 225-5551

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in State College, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in State College, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Stress
78% Grief
78% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in State College, PA see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in State College?

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.