Psychiatrists in Florence, SC

Photo of Shanika Bostic Smith, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shanika Bostic Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Florence, SC 29501
Living with mental health challenges can be exhausting. Is your life driven by fear, uncertainties, sadness and worry? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you fighting a daily battle to stay afloat? Would you like to improve your mental clarity? I understand the complexities of mental health and the impact that it can have on an individual's life and overall health. I recognize that seeking mental health treatment can be a daunting experience. If you are going through a difficult time with conditions such as anxiety, depression, or mood/panic disorders then the correct diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve your life.
Living with mental health challenges can be exhausting. Is your life driven by fear, uncertainties, sadness and worry? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you fighting a daily battle to stay afloat? Would you like to improve your mental clarity? I understand the complexities of mental health and the impact that it can have on an individual's life and overall health. I recognize that seeking mental health treatment can be a daunting experience. If you are going through a difficult time with conditions such as anxiety, depression, or mood/panic disorders then the correct diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve your life.
(843) 755-6946 x1 View (843) 755-6946 x1
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Florence, SC 29501  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(843) 508-8883 View (843) 508-8883
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Julia Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Florence, SC 29501  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with clients who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. I also work with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship. My approach to care is tailored to your needs and may include medication, nutritional supplementation, and therapy. If you desire, we may incorporate your loved ones in your treatment to help them learn to support you on the pathway to recovery.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I work with clients who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia. I also work with clients struggling with overwhelming life difficulties, such the death of a loved one or the end of relationship. My approach to care is tailored to your needs and may include medication, nutritional supplementation, and therapy. If you desire, we may incorporate your loved ones in your treatment to help them learn to support you on the pathway to recovery.
(843) 970-9955 View (843) 970-9955

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Karen Jackson Fulwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Darlington, SC 29532
(843) 396-8956 View (843) 396-8956

Online Psychiatrists

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Bret Guidry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
Dr. Guidry graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his psychiatry residency training in Augusta Georgia. He is uniquely qualified a psychiatrist and a surgeon. Dr. Guidry is board certified in Psychiatry and OBGYN. His specialties include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, anger management, sexual assault, and trauma. Dr. Guidry is a combat veteran, who retired from the United States Army after 25 years of service. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing novels, playing his guitar, and riding his motorcycle on mountain backroads.
(980) 372-8112 View (980) 372-8112
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Jeffrey Cluver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29492
Throughout his career, Dr. Cluver has provided clinical care for patients along the full spectrum of mental illnesses and treatment settings, from in-patient care to outpatient clinics, addiction recovery, and therapeutic interventions. He is especially interested in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social and other phobias, PTSD, and panic disorder) using a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cluver has provided clinical care for patients along the full spectrum of mental illnesses and treatment settings, from in-patient care to outpatient clinics, addiction recovery, and therapeutic interventions. He is especially interested in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, social and other phobias, PTSD, and panic disorder) using a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
(843) 919-4658 View (843) 919-4658
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Mary Jane McManus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
(843) 491-3344 View (843) 491-3344
Photo of Michelle Yvette Pinckney - We Care Healthcare, LLC, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
We Care Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29407
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
(843) 417-0261 View (843) 417-0261
Photo of Ryan Johnson - Law of Tranquility, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Law of Tranquility
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29485
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
Hello! I am Ryan Johnson, a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC) who will be practicing in the Summerville area. My focus is the identification and treatment of various psychiatric conditions. It is my desire to serve those who are often overlooked or underserved.
(854) 842-3750 View (854) 842-3750
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Maihan Yazmine Aurah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Cayce, SC 29033
Maihan Yazmine Aurah is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina. She received her PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati in 2022. Maihan has more than 12 years of experience and success as a registered nurse in direct patient care and nursing management positions in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her experience spans ER, OB, Acute Care, Peds, and public health environments. Her experience demonstrated the gap between medical and psychiatric care, and how the mind/body/spiritual connection is often ignored.
Maihan Yazmine Aurah is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina. She received her PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati in 2022. Maihan has more than 12 years of experience and success as a registered nurse in direct patient care and nursing management positions in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her experience spans ER, OB, Acute Care, Peds, and public health environments. Her experience demonstrated the gap between medical and psychiatric care, and how the mind/body/spiritual connection is often ignored.
(803) 805-1262 View (803) 805-1262
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Juniper Tree Counseling, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, my goal is to help you identify troubling thoughts that cause dysfunctional behaviors and emotional distress. We can work together to modify behaviors. I specialize in mood disorders, behavioral issues, anxiety disorders. sleep disorders, marital conflict, and problems secondary to chronic medical conditions. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for clients ages 6 to 75. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, please contact me for individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.
As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, my goal is to help you identify troubling thoughts that cause dysfunctional behaviors and emotional distress. We can work together to modify behaviors. I specialize in mood disorders, behavioral issues, anxiety disorders. sleep disorders, marital conflict, and problems secondary to chronic medical conditions. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for clients ages 6 to 75. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, please contact me for individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.
(843) 751-4477 View (843) 751-4477
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Mettā Vita Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP-PC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Fostering healing, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. We help you gain control of the issues affecting your life. Our practice truly values people – your experiences, feelings, relationships, and unique lives. Our goal is to look at the big picture and treat each person and family holistically, uniquely, and wholeheartedly. Healthy habits and self-awareness are integral to our approach. Our in-depth evaluation process helps us get to the root of the problem. Our next step is to help you gain the necessary insight to move forward. Together we tailor a detailed treatment plan specific to your needs.
Fostering healing, resiliency, mindfulness, and healthy relationships. We help you gain control of the issues affecting your life. Our practice truly values people – your experiences, feelings, relationships, and unique lives. Our goal is to look at the big picture and treat each person and family holistically, uniquely, and wholeheartedly. Healthy habits and self-awareness are integral to our approach. Our in-depth evaluation process helps us get to the root of the problem. Our next step is to help you gain the necessary insight to move forward. Together we tailor a detailed treatment plan specific to your needs.
(803) 590-7684 View (803) 590-7684
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Southern Om Telepsychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29424
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
(725) 226-4541 View (725) 226-4541
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Grand Strand Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MBA
Verified Verified
Little River, SC 29566
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
(843) 279-4698 View (843) 279-4698
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A Practitioner's Touch, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29204  (Online Only)
Demetris Wright is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Nurse Practitioner, she realizes the challenges to accessible care. As a tele-health provider she will focus on providing convenient but comprehensive care. With a unique perspective in treating patients, Demetris allows the patient to be the center and spokesperson of their own care. She understands wellness extends well beyond medical care but involves both the mind and body.
Demetris Wright is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Nurse Practitioner, she realizes the challenges to accessible care. As a tele-health provider she will focus on providing convenient but comprehensive care. With a unique perspective in treating patients, Demetris allows the patient to be the center and spokesperson of their own care. She understands wellness extends well beyond medical care but involves both the mind and body.
(803) 962-7306 View (803) 962-7306
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Erik Cantrell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
(843) 806-1071 View (843) 806-1071
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Juan Pablo Galindo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Over my years of practice, I have realized the limitations of the standard tools and medicines within psychiatry. At times the best our standard treatments can do was help people “get by” and as one veteran patient once told me, “survive by numbness.” This way of helping is not enough. It is through the extensive studying of psychedelics and their potential for profound healing that has given me renewed hope in this field.
Over my years of practice, I have realized the limitations of the standard tools and medicines within psychiatry. At times the best our standard treatments can do was help people “get by” and as one veteran patient once told me, “survive by numbness.” This way of helping is not enough. It is through the extensive studying of psychedelics and their potential for profound healing that has given me renewed hope in this field.
(843) 896-3873 View (843) 896-3873
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Van Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I am board certified adult psychiatrist with fellowship child / adolescent training. I believe that every child and young adult can shine to his/her fullest potential with the right support and nurturing approach. I assess each patient and crafts individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their short and long term treatment goals.
I am board certified adult psychiatrist with fellowship child / adolescent training. I believe that every child and young adult can shine to his/her fullest potential with the right support and nurturing approach. I assess each patient and crafts individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their short and long term treatment goals.
(843) 279-8614 View (843) 279-8614
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Kimberly Hammonds
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29210
Dr. Kimberly Hammonds is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Hammonds is trauma informed and provides patient centered care. Dr. Hammonds believes it's important to provide collaborative care, involving patients in their own care and treatment. She feels providing well-rounded care is essential to meeting the needs of each person. In her free time, Dr. Hammonds enjoys going to church, spending time with family, baking, cake decorating, and reading.
Dr. Kimberly Hammonds is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Hammonds is trauma informed and provides patient centered care. Dr. Hammonds believes it's important to provide collaborative care, involving patients in their own care and treatment. She feels providing well-rounded care is essential to meeting the needs of each person. In her free time, Dr. Hammonds enjoys going to church, spending time with family, baking, cake decorating, and reading.
(803) 489-8471 View (803) 489-8471
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The Greater Works of Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN/Ed, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Summerville, SC 29486
I possess the experience, qualities, personality, and credentials for your needs. I am a passionate and seasoned professional with over 30 years of high-profile nursing experience. The experience encompasses a profession in medicine and psychiatry, healthcare, education, and clinical nursing practice in face-to-face and online settings. I am also a 30+ year veteran-spouse and mother of a current active-duty military family that fosters the ability to empathize and aid with military-affiliated patients. The tenants of my nursing practice primary aim are to deliver customized, purpose-driven care to all clients.
I possess the experience, qualities, personality, and credentials for your needs. I am a passionate and seasoned professional with over 30 years of high-profile nursing experience. The experience encompasses a profession in medicine and psychiatry, healthcare, education, and clinical nursing practice in face-to-face and online settings. I am also a 30+ year veteran-spouse and mother of a current active-duty military family that fosters the ability to empathize and aid with military-affiliated patients. The tenants of my nursing practice primary aim are to deliver customized, purpose-driven care to all clients.
(854) 212-7671 View (854) 212-7671

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Florence, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Florence, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Florence, SC see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Florence?

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.