Psychiatrists in Wayne, PA

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Michael Silverberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Dr. Silverberg offers unparalleled diagnostic evaluations and ongoing treatment recommendations for patients of all ages and needs. He serves the greater Philadelphia western suburbs and offer a wide array of programming and treatment options. Dr. Silverberg grew up in Devon, PA and graduated from The Haverford School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and then continued on to earn his Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Silverberg did his psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Silverberg offers unparalleled diagnostic evaluations and ongoing treatment recommendations for patients of all ages and needs. He serves the greater Philadelphia western suburbs and offer a wide array of programming and treatment options. Dr. Silverberg grew up in Devon, PA and graduated from The Haverford School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and then continued on to earn his Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Silverberg did his psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(484) 310-9132 View (484) 310-9132
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Dena Caplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
(267) 662-2840 View (267) 662-2840
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Evergreen Psychiatry- Dr. Sara Harmon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Dr. Harmon is double-board certified in psychiatry and pediatrics, and completed child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training as a part of her medical residency at the University of Pittsburgh medical center in Pittsburgh, PA. At her private outpatient psychiatry practice, Evergreen Psychiatry, she treats patients ranging from toddlers through young adulthood. She enjoys working with families struggling with a variety of issues, ranging from navigating common behavioral and parenting issues to treating neurodevelopmental, anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders that arise in childhood.
Dr. Harmon is double-board certified in psychiatry and pediatrics, and completed child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training as a part of her medical residency at the University of Pittsburgh medical center in Pittsburgh, PA. At her private outpatient psychiatry practice, Evergreen Psychiatry, she treats patients ranging from toddlers through young adulthood. She enjoys working with families struggling with a variety of issues, ranging from navigating common behavioral and parenting issues to treating neurodevelopmental, anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders that arise in childhood.
(484) 209-0781 View (484) 209-0781
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Glenne Fletcher
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, MEd
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
(267) 493-1272 View (267) 493-1272
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Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional issues . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional issues . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(215) 337-2831 View (215) 337-2831
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David Danish
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Clients typically seek me out when they are looking for help with various psychiatric conditions. My training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, work in area crisis centers and emergency rooms, years of inpatient work at the University of Pennsylvania followed by The Horsham Clinic, and starting ketamine infusion for treatment resistant depression, have all shaped me into the psychiatrist I am today.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Clients typically seek me out when they are looking for help with various psychiatric conditions. My training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, work in area crisis centers and emergency rooms, years of inpatient work at the University of Pennsylvania followed by The Horsham Clinic, and starting ketamine infusion for treatment resistant depression, have all shaped me into the psychiatrist I am today.
(610) 999-6414 View (610) 999-6414
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Anna Reynolds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
I am a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a keen interest in child and adolescent mental health. I practice at North Star Psychiatry, a private outpatient clinic in Malvern, PA. I am under the direct supervision of Dr. Brian Rogers, a Harvard-trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. I consult with Dr. Rogers on all of my cases and work closely with him to develop treatment plans for my patients. Using this collaborative approach, I am able to see patients under 18 with any psychiatric diagnosis.
I am a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a keen interest in child and adolescent mental health. I practice at North Star Psychiatry, a private outpatient clinic in Malvern, PA. I am under the direct supervision of Dr. Brian Rogers, a Harvard-trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. I consult with Dr. Rogers on all of my cases and work closely with him to develop treatment plans for my patients. Using this collaborative approach, I am able to see patients under 18 with any psychiatric diagnosis.
(484) 559-7733 View (484) 559-7733
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North Star Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! North Star Psychiatry offers medication management and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. We accept new patients between ages 4 and 25 years. Patients outside of this age range may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We offer a hybrid treatment model with in-person visits at our physical location in Malvern, PA and telepsychiatry visits anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania. We have extensive experience working with young people who are living with mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! North Star Psychiatry offers medication management and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. We accept new patients between ages 4 and 25 years. Patients outside of this age range may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We offer a hybrid treatment model with in-person visits at our physical location in Malvern, PA and telepsychiatry visits anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania. We have extensive experience working with young people who are living with mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
(484) 214-2971 View (484) 214-2971
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Raena Khorram
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
(484) 813-4864 View (484) 813-4864
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Charles Chip Altman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Casual, relaxed setting to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, unstable mood (bipolar), insomnia, and issues with focus/concentration. I specialize in working with older adolescents, college/graduate students, and young adults launching careers and building relationships. Of course I work with adults of all ages.
Casual, relaxed setting to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, unstable mood (bipolar), insomnia, and issues with focus/concentration. I specialize in working with older adolescents, college/graduate students, and young adults launching careers and building relationships. Of course I work with adults of all ages.
(484) 372-3820 View (484) 372-3820
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Complete Mind Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wayne, PA 19080
I like to set realistic goals for patients and partner with them in meeting these goals. Ultimately, I am here to help guide them in their journey to wellness. I enjoy complementary alternative medicine and will integrate it into practice when it is appropriate.
I like to set realistic goals for patients and partner with them in meeting these goals. Ultimately, I am here to help guide them in their journey to wellness. I enjoy complementary alternative medicine and will integrate it into practice when it is appropriate.
(484) 265-9165 View (484) 265-9165
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Nick Speeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
(724) 286-4253 View (724) 286-4253
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Michael Bondar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
(267) 622-4611 View (267) 622-4611
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Carrie Malanga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MEd, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, working with individuals ranging from young adults through the lifespan. My clinical approach to Psychopharmacology is solution focused and evidence based. I allow for 30-minute follow up sessions, in order to best meet the needs of my clients and offer a personalized and integrated approach to Psychiatry. I incorporate the strengths of western medicine as well as eastern philosophies, including contemplative psychology. In order to provide the highest level of patient care, our work together will extend beyond medication, allowing for holistic and co-created treatment planning.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, working with individuals ranging from young adults through the lifespan. My clinical approach to Psychopharmacology is solution focused and evidence based. I allow for 30-minute follow up sessions, in order to best meet the needs of my clients and offer a personalized and integrated approach to Psychiatry. I incorporate the strengths of western medicine as well as eastern philosophies, including contemplative psychology. In order to provide the highest level of patient care, our work together will extend beyond medication, allowing for holistic and co-created treatment planning.
(484) 222-4135 View (484) 222-4135
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Mo Dattu, MD Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
My aim is to understand you, not just medicate you. My work is in depth, encompassing current and past treatments, relationship and professional history, family history and other important areas of your life. I see patients from age 18 to 60, primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. My sessions are very interactive utilizing strength based approaches, cognitive therapy, behavioral modification and other modalities. Goals are identified as are obstacles to achieving them. Validated rating scales are used to further explore areas of concern and genetic testing is used when considering best medications.
My aim is to understand you, not just medicate you. My work is in depth, encompassing current and past treatments, relationship and professional history, family history and other important areas of your life. I see patients from age 18 to 60, primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. My sessions are very interactive utilizing strength based approaches, cognitive therapy, behavioral modification and other modalities. Goals are identified as are obstacles to achieving them. Validated rating scales are used to further explore areas of concern and genetic testing is used when considering best medications.
(717) 775-6189 View (717) 775-6189
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Eileen Peirce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, NP
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
(267) 754-2507 View (267) 754-2507
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PS Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
(267) 756-2276 View (267) 756-2276
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Hannah Baumstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, CRNP, RN, BSN
Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
(484) 309-3924 View (484) 309-3924
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Sherifat Forcey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
(717) 482-6062 View (717) 482-6062
Photo of Christine Mulligan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wayne, PA
Christine Mulligan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19080
Suffering with a condition such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem is no way to live. There are many treatment options available to provide relief. I am a Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience helping individuals recover to remission. I assisted in developing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UPenn and received awards for faculty of the year (2016) and preceptor of the year ( 2018). Let's work together to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Suffering with a condition such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem is no way to live. There are many treatment options available to provide relief. I am a Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience helping individuals recover to remission. I assisted in developing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UPenn and received awards for faculty of the year (2016) and preceptor of the year ( 2018). Let's work together to determine the best course of treatment for you.
(484) 854-2176 View (484) 854-2176

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Number of Psychiatrists in Wayne, PA

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Wayne, PA who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
88% ADHD
83% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Wayne, PA see their clients

96% In Person and Online
4% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wayne?

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.