Psychiatrists in York County, PA

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
York, PA 17401
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
York, PA 17401
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Photo of Erin Knowlton, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erin Knowlton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
York, PA 17408
I have a huge passion for helping the mental health population. I often feel we just need someone who will not judge us, and will listen to what is going on, and get us back to the person we want to feel like again. I have a very upbeat, wanting to help personality and wish the best for everyone. Our goals will be to talk about what is going on, figure out what the right treatment options are, and get you back to feeling like the person you want to be. I am currently only offering medication management, but work very closely with many therapists, to ensure you are getting the well rounded care you need.
I have a huge passion for helping the mental health population. I often feel we just need someone who will not judge us, and will listen to what is going on, and get us back to the person we want to feel like again. I have a very upbeat, wanting to help personality and wish the best for everyone. Our goals will be to talk about what is going on, figure out what the right treatment options are, and get you back to feeling like the person you want to be. I am currently only offering medication management, but work very closely with many therapists, to ensure you are getting the well rounded care you need.
(717) 759-7940 View (717) 759-7940
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Epiphany Psych Services
Psychiatrist, MD, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hanover, PA 17331
Welcome to EpiphanyPsychServices! If traditional psychiatric medications and therapy have not helped, we have treatment that provides relief. Epiphany can provide medical and psychological recommendations to guide you on your healing journey. If you struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, end of life issues and can imagine a future where the past and present no longer hurts quite as much, please know this is quite possible. EpiphanyPsychServices wants to help make this future a likelihood rather than a mere possibility. Heal Here!
Welcome to EpiphanyPsychServices! If traditional psychiatric medications and therapy have not helped, we have treatment that provides relief. Epiphany can provide medical and psychological recommendations to guide you on your healing journey. If you struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, end of life issues and can imagine a future where the past and present no longer hurts quite as much, please know this is quite possible. EpiphanyPsychServices wants to help make this future a likelihood rather than a mere possibility. Heal Here!
(717) 398-3828 View (717) 398-3828
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Angel Marie Augustin
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
York, PA 17404  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
(484) 977-3269 View (484) 977-3269
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
York, PA 17401  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 890-9649 View (610) 890-9649
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EM&E Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
York, PA 17404
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
1 in 5 adults suffers from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. Unfortunately, stigma leads to so many individuals not receiving the care they need. Hi, I am Evelyn Mensah and I am here to partner with you to provide you with the needed psychiatric /behavioral health care. Evelyn uses a holistic and person-centered approach to care.
(717) 923-8183 View (717) 923-8183

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Dana Leshok, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dana Leshok
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bethlehem, PA 18017  (Online Only)
Dana Leshok is a double Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of collective experience in the field. Before entering the field as a clinician, she was a Registered Nurse (RN) for over 15 years. Dana is dedicated to treating adolescents, adults, and seniors experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, panic disorders, substance addiction, and bipolar disorder.
Dana Leshok is a double Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of collective experience in the field. Before entering the field as a clinician, she was a Registered Nurse (RN) for over 15 years. Dana is dedicated to treating adolescents, adults, and seniors experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, panic disorders, substance addiction, and bipolar disorder.
(484) 759-9324 View (484) 759-9324
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Emmaus, PA 18049
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.
(484) 573-7689 View (484) 573-7689
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, PA 18067
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(717) 937-8709 View (717) 937-8709
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, PA 18067
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.
(717) 883-6316 View (717) 883-6316
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quakertown, PA 18951
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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Rosaline Stevenson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nazareth, PA 18064  (Online Only)
Rosaline Stevenson is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about caring for people with mental health disorders, therefore I pride myself on taking care of them. I try to understand and appreciate where they’re coming from and all aspects of their life when treating them. What I love about my job is getting to know the people that I care for.
Rosaline Stevenson is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about caring for people with mental health disorders, therefore I pride myself on taking care of them. I try to understand and appreciate where they’re coming from and all aspects of their life when treating them. What I love about my job is getting to know the people that I care for.
(484) 909-8937 View (484) 909-8937
Photo of Allison Lyavdansky, PMHNP-C, AGNP-C, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Allison Lyavdansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, AGNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clarks Summit, PA 18411  (Online Only)
Imagine feeling more calm and balanced, ready to take on the day! Together we will help you to work toward becoming the best version of you! Our practice takes a holistic view at preserving and promoting mental health. With flexible scheduling and remote access, we are available for appointments long after traditional offices have closed for the day and from whatever location is most comfortable for you! Avoid the commute, lets meet online!
Imagine feeling more calm and balanced, ready to take on the day! Together we will help you to work toward becoming the best version of you! Our practice takes a holistic view at preserving and promoting mental health. With flexible scheduling and remote access, we are available for appointments long after traditional offices have closed for the day and from whatever location is most comfortable for you! Avoid the commute, lets meet online!
(272) 213-3319 View (272) 213-3319
Photo of Sheila Jourdain, CRNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Allentown, PA 18106  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients I am a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals.
Accepting New Patients I am a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals.
(610) 798-1041 View (610) 798-1041
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Gregory Pinsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carversville, PA 18913
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
(267) 774-2393 View (267) 774-2393
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Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Appointments available within the same week! Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center offers the most comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment in the Northeast. Water Gap Wellness outpatient center can bill insurance and offers attractive cash pay rates. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut. Christine Arezzi is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who can perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluations as well as recommend treatment options including medication management, TMS, Spravato, ADHD testing, and more as appropriate.
Appointments available within the same week! Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center offers the most comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment in the Northeast. Water Gap Wellness outpatient center can bill insurance and offers attractive cash pay rates. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut. Christine Arezzi is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who can perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluations as well as recommend treatment options including medication management, TMS, Spravato, ADHD testing, and more as appropriate.
(570) 521-9409 x18301 View (570) 521-9409 x18301
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Mahmoud Elfatah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Center Valley, PA 18034
Dr. Mahmoud Elfatah is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Elfatah believes that helping others to better their quality of life makes him happy. It's a win-win equation! Outside of work, Dr. Elfatah enjoys philosophy and politics.
Dr. Mahmoud Elfatah is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2009. Dr. Elfatah believes that helping others to better their quality of life makes him happy. It's a win-win equation! Outside of work, Dr. Elfatah enjoys philosophy and politics.
(484) 946-4293 View (484) 946-4293
Photo of Eileen Ruth Teyim, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eileen Ruth Teyim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Allentown, PA 18106
Dr Eileen Teyim is an ANCC board certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner and is a graduate of Desales University, Center Valley, Pa. She strives to provide culturally informed and patient centered care tailored to each individual and values the meaningful connections made with her patients. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This allows her to treat each patient with a holistic approach. She has extensive experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia. We are an approved center for Spravato (Ketamine).
Dr Eileen Teyim is an ANCC board certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner and is a graduate of Desales University, Center Valley, Pa. She strives to provide culturally informed and patient centered care tailored to each individual and values the meaningful connections made with her patients. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This allows her to treat each patient with a holistic approach. She has extensive experience in dealing with diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia. We are an approved center for Spravato (Ketamine).
(610) 421-0243 View (610) 421-0243
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Easton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Easton, PA 18042
My name is Nathan Kadan. I am licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania, and am certified in the specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health. I treat adults with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, thought disorders, sleep disorders, addiction, and most other psychiatric conditions. Patients who are ready and willing to take an active role in their recovery get the most out of our therapeutic relationship.
My name is Nathan Kadan. I am licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania, and am certified in the specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health. I treat adults with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, thought disorders, sleep disorders, addiction, and most other psychiatric conditions. Patients who are ready and willing to take an active role in their recovery get the most out of our therapeutic relationship.
(484) 789-8305 View (484) 789-8305

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in York County, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in York County, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% Grief

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in York County, PA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in York 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.