Psychiatrists in Moncks Corner, SC

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Juniper Tree Counseling, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified Verified
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
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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Melissa Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goose Creek, SC 29445
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I specialize in helping my adult clients explore whether medication could help alleviate their current symptoms and struggles. For over ten years I have partnered with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, and many other difficulties and life challenges.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I specialize in helping my adult clients explore whether medication could help alleviate their current symptoms and struggles. For over ten years I have partnered with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, and many other difficulties and life challenges.
(854) 205-5212 View (854) 205-5212

Online Psychiatrists

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Welcome to yOUR Journey with Dr. Walker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29201  (Online Only)
Dr. Walker's philosophy centers on an empathetic, holistic approach to psychiatric care, recognizing the intricate connections between mind, body, and spirit. She employs a biopsychosocial and cultural model, considering various aspects of your life in the journey toward mental wellness. Acknowledging that medication is not always the starting point for everyone, she provides education on a broad spectrum of options—from vitamins and supplements to traditional psychiatric treatments—ensuring you are well-informed to make decisions about your care.
Dr. Walker's philosophy centers on an empathetic, holistic approach to psychiatric care, recognizing the intricate connections between mind, body, and spirit. She employs a biopsychosocial and cultural model, considering various aspects of your life in the journey toward mental wellness. Acknowledging that medication is not always the starting point for everyone, she provides education on a broad spectrum of options—from vitamins and supplements to traditional psychiatric treatments—ensuring you are well-informed to make decisions about your care.
(803) 866-3843 View (803) 866-3843
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Mary Goldin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29223
Mary Goldin is an energetic, compassionate, and passionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who goes beyond traditional methods to focus on the complete well-being of each individual across the lifespan. Mary meets each person where they are in life, helping to build that bridge to where they strive to be.
Mary Goldin is an energetic, compassionate, and passionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who goes beyond traditional methods to focus on the complete well-being of each individual across the lifespan. Mary meets each person where they are in life, helping to build that bridge to where they strive to be.
(803) 886-9313 View (803) 886-9313
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Angel Oak Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Island, SC 29455
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
(843) 507-4957 View (843) 507-4957
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Belinda King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cayce, SC 29033
Belinda King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina. Belinda offers compassionate, relatable, holistic care that supports the client's overall mental wellness and functioning. Belinda strives to create relationships with clients that allow them the space to feel welcomed, heard, safe, and respected. Outside of work, Belinda enjoys spending time with family, being a Dog Mom of three, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Belinda King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina. Belinda offers compassionate, relatable, holistic care that supports the client's overall mental wellness and functioning. Belinda strives to create relationships with clients that allow them the space to feel welcomed, heard, safe, and respected. Outside of work, Belinda enjoys spending time with family, being a Dog Mom of three, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
(803) 866-5377 View (803) 866-5377
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Deshaunah Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
(843) 483-1474 View (843) 483-1474
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Charleston Medicine and Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29412
Dr. W. Rodney Andrews: I help clients who are experiencing difficulties from anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues. Additionally, I work with individuals suffering from a lack of motivation or having difficulty performing to their best at work, school, or on the playing field. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or past traumas you're not alone. If you are ready to reclaim your joy, find your inner peace, or if you're seeking relief from emotional pain let's navigate your challenges together and ignite positive transformation in your life. Allow me to guide your journey towards healing and empowerment.
Dr. W. Rodney Andrews: I help clients who are experiencing difficulties from anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues. Additionally, I work with individuals suffering from a lack of motivation or having difficulty performing to their best at work, school, or on the playing field. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or past traumas you're not alone. If you are ready to reclaim your joy, find your inner peace, or if you're seeking relief from emotional pain let's navigate your challenges together and ignite positive transformation in your life. Allow me to guide your journey towards healing and empowerment.
(843) 920-3891 View (843) 920-3891
Omega Psychiatric Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29203
Our practice motto is "Here your mental health matters." We provide both medication management and therapeutic counseling services. Our psychiatric provider has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and with various mental health diagnoses. Our therapist has been in the mental health field for almost 10 years. Both of our providers want to meet the client where they are to provide the best services to get our client back to their optimal mental health status.
Our practice motto is "Here your mental health matters." We provide both medication management and therapeutic counseling services. Our psychiatric provider has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and with various mental health diagnoses. Our therapist has been in the mental health field for almost 10 years. Both of our providers want to meet the client where they are to provide the best services to get our client back to their optimal mental health status.
(803) 941-5517 View (803) 941-5517
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Abbey Borich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Dr. Borich is a seasoned child and adolescent psychiatrist dedicated to providing extraordinary care to children, adolescents, and young adults. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, Dr. Borich brings a compassionate, individually tailored, and evidence-based approach to every patient interaction. Dr. Borich has extensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room experience, and specializes in a wide range of pathologies including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, psychosis, mania, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Borich is a seasoned child and adolescent psychiatrist dedicated to providing extraordinary care to children, adolescents, and young adults. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, Dr. Borich brings a compassionate, individually tailored, and evidence-based approach to every patient interaction. Dr. Borich has extensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room experience, and specializes in a wide range of pathologies including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, psychosis, mania, and behavioral disorders.
(843) 978-0450 View (843) 978-0450
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Madelyn Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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Dr. Juandalyn Peters
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29412  (Online Only)
Are you happy with your life: your career, your relationships, and the way you feel about yourself? If not, then it may be time for us to talk. I can help you to overcome problems with sadness, worrying, stress and difficult past experiences that are holding you back. Whether you are a child, adolescent or adult, a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation can help determine the cause of your struggles. Then, we will work together using talk therapy and/or medications to help you get back on the road to a happy and successful life. Compassionate care will help you get there!
Are you happy with your life: your career, your relationships, and the way you feel about yourself? If not, then it may be time for us to talk. I can help you to overcome problems with sadness, worrying, stress and difficult past experiences that are holding you back. Whether you are a child, adolescent or adult, a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation can help determine the cause of your struggles. Then, we will work together using talk therapy and/or medications to help you get back on the road to a happy and successful life. Compassionate care will help you get there!
(786) 255-0347 View (786) 255-0347
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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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Michael Casey Kundert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29414
My name is Casey Kundert and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, at Centerway Behavioral Health. I’m originally from Illinois and have lived in Charleston for fifteen years and love it here. While completing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program at the University of South Carolina, I worked as a charge nurse on the general adult unit at MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry. Through my education and experience, I’ve seen a very diverse range of mental illness, how it progresses, and the significant benefits of treatment over time.
My name is Casey Kundert and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, at Centerway Behavioral Health. I’m originally from Illinois and have lived in Charleston for fifteen years and love it here. While completing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner master’s program at the University of South Carolina, I worked as a charge nurse on the general adult unit at MUSC’s Institute of Psychiatry. Through my education and experience, I’ve seen a very diverse range of mental illness, how it progresses, and the significant benefits of treatment over time.
(843) 749-8212 View (843) 749-8212
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Nicholas Germano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29405
Nick Germano, MSN, PMHNP-BC Nick Germano is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2020. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick believes that the most essential component to medication management is collaboration.
Nick Germano, MSN, PMHNP-BC Nick Germano is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2020. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick believes that the most essential component to medication management is collaboration.
(843) 483-6455 View (843) 483-6455
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Hannah Kloch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
(843) 258-1595 View (843) 258-1595
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Living Healthy Body and Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, SC 29212
I am a licensed nurse practitioner with 14 years of professional experience who believes in empowering patients through compassionate and comprehensive care. My specialties include mental health and weight loss. Throughout my career, I observed how many patients ignore the body-mind connection, which can lead to mental health challenges. Oftentimes stress can be an underlying cause of weight gain and vice versa. It encouraged me to bridge the gap by focusing on psychotherapy and medication management. My patients receive practical guidance and individualized support to promote health and wellness.
I am a licensed nurse practitioner with 14 years of professional experience who believes in empowering patients through compassionate and comprehensive care. My specialties include mental health and weight loss. Throughout my career, I observed how many patients ignore the body-mind connection, which can lead to mental health challenges. Oftentimes stress can be an underlying cause of weight gain and vice versa. It encouraged me to bridge the gap by focusing on psychotherapy and medication management. My patients receive practical guidance and individualized support to promote health and wellness.
(803) 219-4116 View (803) 219-4116
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Patricia Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406  (Online Only)
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
(980) 220-5911 View (980) 220-5911
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Michael B Mefford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I believe in the therapeutic approach known as unconditional positive regard, which means I strive to be accepting, non-judgmental, and empathic. I practice the one skill I believe to be crucial in this field: I listen. After 13 years in child and adolescent psychiatry, I realized I had spent a great deal of my career treating ADHD. As psychiatry began to realize ADHD symptoms last into adulthood far more commonly than we previously thought, I became fascinated with this condition and its long term effects throughout the life cycle.
I believe in the therapeutic approach known as unconditional positive regard, which means I strive to be accepting, non-judgmental, and empathic. I practice the one skill I believe to be crucial in this field: I listen. After 13 years in child and adolescent psychiatry, I realized I had spent a great deal of my career treating ADHD. As psychiatry began to realize ADHD symptoms last into adulthood far more commonly than we previously thought, I became fascinated with this condition and its long term effects throughout the life cycle.
(843) 350-6393 View (843) 350-6393
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Gabriella Farkas Md Phd
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928  (Online Only)
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
(843) 960-3684 View (843) 960-3684

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Number of Psychiatrists in Moncks Corner, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Moncks Corner, SC who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% Grief
100% Parenting

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Moncks Corner, SC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Moncks Corner?

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.