Psychiatrists in Washington County, PA

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Photo of Alexandria Baker, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alexandria Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, PA 15301
My ideal client would be someone seeking assistance with making life changes to promote optimal mental health. An ideal client is someone in need of support from an empathetic provider to establish short and long-term goals. They would be willing to develop a plan with me and put in the work to reach these goals. The ideal client would be open to different treatment options including non-pharmacological interventions. I believe in the holistic approach, focusing on the entire person, rather than solely treating their mental health needs.
My ideal client would be someone seeking assistance with making life changes to promote optimal mental health. An ideal client is someone in need of support from an empathetic provider to establish short and long-term goals. They would be willing to develop a plan with me and put in the work to reach these goals. The ideal client would be open to different treatment options including non-pharmacological interventions. I believe in the holistic approach, focusing on the entire person, rather than solely treating their mental health needs.
(412) 900-5093 View (412) 900-5093
Photo of Samantha Pavlick, PMHNP, WHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Pavlick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, WHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Samantha Pavlick is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP as well as a Women's Health NP. She earned her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania and post-masters certificate in mental health from Robert Morris University. She has extensive experience in women's health and a special interest in women's behavioral health as well as reproductive psychiatry. She works with women of all ages to address the unique concerns that can present during a woman's life. Samantha is trained in providing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Spravato.
Samantha Pavlick is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP as well as a Women's Health NP. She earned her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania and post-masters certificate in mental health from Robert Morris University. She has extensive experience in women's health and a special interest in women's behavioral health as well as reproductive psychiatry. She works with women of all ages to address the unique concerns that can present during a woman's life. Samantha is trained in providing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Spravato.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
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PsyCare Inc
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
For 30 years, PsyCare has provided comprehensive mental healthcare to the communities we serve. We provide a full range of services including psychiatric consultations, medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato. We are the leading provider of advanced non-pharmaceutical treatments for patients struggling to obtain lasting relief using traditional therapies alone. Our clinical and office support team focus to provide a caring patient-centered healthcare experience.
For 30 years, PsyCare has provided comprehensive mental healthcare to the communities we serve. We provide a full range of services including psychiatric consultations, medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato. We are the leading provider of advanced non-pharmaceutical treatments for patients struggling to obtain lasting relief using traditional therapies alone. Our clinical and office support team focus to provide a caring patient-centered healthcare experience.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
Photo of Katey Thiry, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katey Thiry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Katey (Kat) Thiry, a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), completed her master’s degree while working as a full-time employee and mother in August of 2023 from Wilkes University. After finishing her nursing diploma in 2014, then her bachelor’s degree in 2017, Kat worked in a variety of settings. Gaining invaluable experience, Kat has a background in abdominal transplant, emergency medicine, substance use and mental health. Kat recently started with PsyCare in January of 2024 as a new provider.
Katey (Kat) Thiry, a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), completed her master’s degree while working as a full-time employee and mother in August of 2023 from Wilkes University. After finishing her nursing diploma in 2014, then her bachelor’s degree in 2017, Kat worked in a variety of settings. Gaining invaluable experience, Kat has a background in abdominal transplant, emergency medicine, substance use and mental health. Kat recently started with PsyCare in January of 2024 as a new provider.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
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Muhammad Ilyas Shaikh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, PA 15301
I am board certified psychiatrist for children, teens and adults in the greater Pittsburgh area. My goal is to relieve your stress, improve your self esteem and help coping with trauma with medication management. It is crucial to seek out help especially in these challenging times. I individualize psychiatric care where you feel safe and respected regardless of gender, race, orientation or religion. Please call Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care to start your journey with us. We have a wonderful support team to guide you on your path to recovery.
I am board certified psychiatrist for children, teens and adults in the greater Pittsburgh area. My goal is to relieve your stress, improve your self esteem and help coping with trauma with medication management. It is crucial to seek out help especially in these challenging times. I individualize psychiatric care where you feel safe and respected regardless of gender, race, orientation or religion. Please call Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care to start your journey with us. We have a wonderful support team to guide you on your path to recovery.
(412) 899-2645 View (412) 899-2645
Photo of Amanda Hillen, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Hillen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Washington, PA 15301  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating clients aged 18 and older, I focus on addressing a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach prioritizes building a fair and trusting relationship with patients, ensuring they feel respected, heard, and empowered throughout their mental wellness journey. By recognizing the unique needs of each individual, I utilize a comprehensive method that combines medication management with therapeutic interventions.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating clients aged 18 and older, I focus on addressing a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach prioritizes building a fair and trusting relationship with patients, ensuring they feel respected, heard, and empowered throughout their mental wellness journey. By recognizing the unique needs of each individual, I utilize a comprehensive method that combines medication management with therapeutic interventions.
(412) 455-8438 View (412) 455-8438
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Elizabeth Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (Online Only)
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services 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.
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services 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) 605-4353 View (724) 605-4353
Photo of Ashley Barczok, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Barczok
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McDonald, PA 15057
Ashley Barczok is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University. Ashley likes to take the time to get to know each client as an individual rather than as a diagnosis and works with that individual to find an approach to treatment that works best. She keeps an open door to feedback and concerns at any point. Outside of work, Ashley spends a majority of her home time with her young daughter as she develops and explores her own interests.
Ashley Barczok is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University. Ashley likes to take the time to get to know each client as an individual rather than as a diagnosis and works with that individual to find an approach to treatment that works best. She keeps an open door to feedback and concerns at any point. Outside of work, Ashley spends a majority of her home time with her young daughter as she develops and explores her own interests.
(412) 837-0773 View (412) 837-0773
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 274-8510 View (412) 274-8510
Photo of Tara Burkholder - T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Allen Masry - Harmony Bay, MD, Psychiatrist
Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(724) 885-2824 View (724) 885-2824
Photo of Shiela Hopkins, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shiela Hopkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232  (Online Only)
Shiela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns that include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, and other concerns not listed. Shiela is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Shiela's role includes providing education, advocating for mental health, providing therapy, and managing medication.
Shiela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns that include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, and other concerns not listed. Shiela is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Shiela's role includes providing education, advocating for mental health, providing therapy, and managing medication.
(412) 520-3176 View (412) 520-3176
Photo of Michael Werb - Cognitive Behavior Institute, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15221  (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.
(412) 775-3454 View (412) 775-3454
Photo of Frank A. Fetterolf, MD, Psychiatrist
Frank A. Fetterolf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
My ideal client is a curious individual who desires a solution to their problems by utilizing their existing talents. They need another perspective to restructure their relationship with themselves with the courage to learn something new. They aim to achieve sustainable change through self-affirmation rather than forced surrender. They want to feel empowered and in control, motivated by the desire for long-term health and well-being. They seek to integrate their psychological desires with physical actions, ultimately enhancing their self-esteem and mastery.
My ideal client is a curious individual who desires a solution to their problems by utilizing their existing talents. They need another perspective to restructure their relationship with themselves with the courage to learn something new. They aim to achieve sustainable change through self-affirmation rather than forced surrender. They want to feel empowered and in control, motivated by the desire for long-term health and well-being. They seek to integrate their psychological desires with physical actions, ultimately enhancing their self-esteem and mastery.
(412) 832-9949 View (412) 832-9949
Photo of Edena Walden, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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.
(412) 946-0805 View (412) 946-0805
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Presto, PA 15142
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
Photo of Nichelle Jones, DNP , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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.
(412) 455-8343 View (412) 455-8343
Photo of Courtney Kimack, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Courtney Kimack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monroeville, PA 15146
My ideal client would include someone who is looking to better themselves mentally. They have tried alternatives before reaching out for help, and they just can't find the right treatment for them. I want to work with someone who is going to work with me to better themselves through treatment, whether that includes therapy, medications, or both
My ideal client would include someone who is looking to better themselves mentally. They have tried alternatives before reaching out for help, and they just can't find the right treatment for them. I want to work with someone who is going to work with me to better themselves through treatment, whether that includes therapy, medications, or both
(412) 743-9072 View (412) 743-9072
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Beth Bremner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
I am excited to be working for The Bradley Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of their outpatient program. In this capacity, I will serve to evaluate and treat children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health and psychiatric concerns.
I am excited to be working for The Bradley Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of their outpatient program. In this capacity, I will serve to evaluate and treat children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health and psychiatric concerns.
(412) 776-0424 x5205 View (412) 776-0424 x5205
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15229  (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.
(412) 312-5979 View (412) 312-5979

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Number of Psychiatrists in Washington County, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Washington County, PA who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Trauma and PTSD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Bipolar Disorder
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Washington County, PA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Washington 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.