Psychiatrists in Telford, PA

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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Telford, PA 18969
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(215) 608-6928 View (215) 608-6928
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Telford, PA 18969
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(215) 631-3346 View (215) 631-3346
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Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Telford, PA 18969
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(215) 709-6199 View (215) 709-6199
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Telford, PA 18969
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.
(215) 372-8108 View (215) 372-8108
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Telford, PA 18969
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 883-9770 View (215) 883-9770

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Tranquil & Serene Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Colmar, PA 18915  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are open to sharing their lives with me. They are open to education and exploring treatment plans that suit their needs. My goal is to provide options for patients to be empowered. We can also use Genesight testing to help determine how your DNA interacts with medications to determine best treatment options. Genesight test results are usually returned within 48 hours, making it a fast efficient tool for selection of medications.
My ideal clients are open to sharing their lives with me. They are open to education and exploring treatment plans that suit their needs. My goal is to provide options for patients to be empowered. We can also use Genesight testing to help determine how your DNA interacts with medications to determine best treatment options. Genesight test results are usually returned within 48 hours, making it a fast efficient tool for selection of medications.
(484) 946-4199 View (484) 946-4199
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Adjoa Amoah - Aya Integrative Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Harleysville, PA 19438
Hello and Welcome! Are you looking for services for you or your child? Our practice is accepting new clients. Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication treatment, coaching, yoga, nutritional assessment & supplementation, herbs, Ayurveda, and genetic testing. A thorough history, including that of traumatic experiences helps us identify the root cause of the presenting problem for a more comprehensive solution. Additional support for parents is included in our mindful parent coaching sessions. We address behavioral challenges in children including children diagnosed with autism.
Hello and Welcome! Are you looking for services for you or your child? Our practice is accepting new clients. Call us for psychiatric evaluations, medication treatment, coaching, yoga, nutritional assessment & supplementation, herbs, Ayurveda, and genetic testing. A thorough history, including that of traumatic experiences helps us identify the root cause of the presenting problem for a more comprehensive solution. Additional support for parents is included in our mindful parent coaching sessions. We address behavioral challenges in children including children diagnosed with autism.
(267) 668-0205 View (267) 668-0205
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Diane Wieland
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS, BC
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
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Patricia M Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Lansdale, PA 19446
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
(215) 709-8320 View (215) 709-8320
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Brightside Medical Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Schwenksville, PA 19473
WE NOW PROVIDE TELEHEALTH FOR ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA! MED MANAGEMENT AT THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME! WE ALSO DO GENETIC TESTING TO HELP DETERMINE WHAT MEDICATION WORKS BEST FOR YOU!! Brightside Medical Associates (BMA) is a Private Psychiatric practice which services children, adolescents, teens and adults. BMA prides itself in providing high quality psychopharmacologic medication management services to individuals suffering from various mental health disorders. By using the most up to date resources and wholistic patient-first methods, BMA’s goal is to provide our clients with opportunities for an improved quality of life.
WE NOW PROVIDE TELEHEALTH FOR ALL OF PENNSYLVANIA! MED MANAGEMENT AT THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME! WE ALSO DO GENETIC TESTING TO HELP DETERMINE WHAT MEDICATION WORKS BEST FOR YOU!! Brightside Medical Associates (BMA) is a Private Psychiatric practice which services children, adolescents, teens and adults. BMA prides itself in providing high quality psychopharmacologic medication management services to individuals suffering from various mental health disorders. By using the most up to date resources and wholistic patient-first methods, BMA’s goal is to provide our clients with opportunities for an improved quality of life.
(484) 552-9319 View (484) 552-9319
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Amanda Decker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Lansdale, PA 19446  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi, my name is Mandy and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry. I work with all ages and my goal is to promote optimal wellness, rather than just stick a bandage on a wound via a pill. Integrative psychiatry means western medicine and eastern medicine. I do prescribe medication, however I may also recommend nutraceuticals, mind body approaches, and/or other therapeutic, holistic, energetic, or complementary means. My goal is to help you heal and help YOU get to know YOU better!
Hi, my name is Mandy and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in integrative psychiatry. I work with all ages and my goal is to promote optimal wellness, rather than just stick a bandage on a wound via a pill. Integrative psychiatry means western medicine and eastern medicine. I do prescribe medication, however I may also recommend nutraceuticals, mind body approaches, and/or other therapeutic, holistic, energetic, or complementary means. My goal is to help you heal and help YOU get to know YOU better!
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LifeBack of PA
Psychiatrist, LCSW, LPC, MD, LSW
Verified
Chalfont, PA 18914
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
(267) 337-7857 View (267) 337-7857
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Yun Mi Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Quakertown, PA 18951  (Online Only)
Yun Mi is board certified in psychiatry. She offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and genetic testing services to those 18+. She believes in providing patient-led care in an environment that is validating, compassionate, and free of judgment. Yun Mi is a firm believer that diagnoses do not define an individual. Her approach to psychopharmacological treatment is evidence-based, individualized, and collaborative. She takes her time to provide optimal care, and her overall goal is to help her patients achieve psychological well-being and the quality of life they deserve. Appointments are available within 1 week.
Yun Mi is board certified in psychiatry. She offers diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and genetic testing services to those 18+. She believes in providing patient-led care in an environment that is validating, compassionate, and free of judgment. Yun Mi is a firm believer that diagnoses do not define an individual. Her approach to psychopharmacological treatment is evidence-based, individualized, and collaborative. She takes her time to provide optimal care, and her overall goal is to help her patients achieve psychological well-being and the quality of life they deserve. Appointments are available within 1 week.
(215) 631-8228 View (215) 631-8228

Online Psychiatrists

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Muhamad Aly Rifai
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FACP, FACLP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Easton, PA 18042
Blue Mountain Psychiatry under the direction of Dr. Rifai provides comprehensive premium care integrating a thorough medical workup, psychotherapy and medication treatments. We also provide non-medication treatment options including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. We are a center for excellence in providing Ketamine treatments. Dr. Rifai is board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Medical Management and has practiced in the Greater Lehigh Valley for more than 20 years. Dr. Rifai currently serves as the president of the Lehigh Valley psychiatric Society
Blue Mountain Psychiatry under the direction of Dr. Rifai provides comprehensive premium care integrating a thorough medical workup, psychotherapy and medication treatments. We also provide non-medication treatment options including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. We are a center for excellence in providing Ketamine treatments. Dr. Rifai is board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Medical Management and has practiced in the Greater Lehigh Valley for more than 20 years. Dr. Rifai currently serves as the president of the Lehigh Valley psychiatric Society
(610) 816-6383 View (610) 816-6383
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Leigh Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Morrisville, PA 19067  (Online Only)
You are more than your diagnoses. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my goal is to be one part of a multi-disciplinary team. I will provide insight into the use of medications and how they can aid you in reaching your life goals. I also provide supportive psychotherapy with medication to ensure you are being heard and your goals are being met. Your journey will be met with honesty, warmth, multidisciplinary collaboration, supportive therapy, and health education.
You are more than your diagnoses. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my goal is to be one part of a multi-disciplinary team. I will provide insight into the use of medications and how they can aid you in reaching your life goals. I also provide supportive psychotherapy with medication to ensure you are being heard and your goals are being met. Your journey will be met with honesty, warmth, multidisciplinary collaboration, supportive therapy, and health education.
(215) 987-4082 View (215) 987-4082
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Eagle Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, PA 17102
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(717) 276-4371 View (717) 276-4371
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lancaster, PA 17603  (Online Only)
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
(717) 864-8554 View (717) 864-8554
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Brian Frankel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102  (Online Only)
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
(267) 214-3177 View (267) 214-3177
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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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Anthony R Carlino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Johns Hopkins and University of Pennsylvania trained psychiatrist offering both psychotherapy and medication management. I have extensive experience in treating individuals who struggle with anxiety and/or emotional challenges, in addition to life transitions, professional development, and relationship difficulties. Most of my patients seek care with me to receive psychotherapy with the option of medications (if appropriate) under a single provider in a discrete private practice setting. I also work with couples seeking relationship counseling.
Johns Hopkins and University of Pennsylvania trained psychiatrist offering both psychotherapy and medication management. I have extensive experience in treating individuals who struggle with anxiety and/or emotional challenges, in addition to life transitions, professional development, and relationship difficulties. Most of my patients seek care with me to receive psychotherapy with the option of medications (if appropriate) under a single provider in a discrete private practice setting. I also work with couples seeking relationship counseling.
(267) 263-7595 View (267) 263-7595

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Number of Psychiatrists in Telford, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Telford, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Telford, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Telford?

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.