Psychiatrists in Mount Pleasant, SC

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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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Fermo Psychiatric Solutions, INC.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I am a double board certified psychiatrist in Adult / Child and Adolescent who has been practicing for over 25 years. I practice on the principle of "Biopsychosocial Model", providing a psychiatric evaluation, building a strong therapeutic alliance, being patient oriented, providing psychoeducation on diagnosis(s), treatment options and interventions. I practice evidence based medicine, standard of care, and cutting edge psychotropic interventions when necessary. I provide psycho-educational support to my patients and their families.
I am a double board certified psychiatrist in Adult / Child and Adolescent who has been practicing for over 25 years. I practice on the principle of "Biopsychosocial Model", providing a psychiatric evaluation, building a strong therapeutic alliance, being patient oriented, providing psychoeducation on diagnosis(s), treatment options and interventions. I practice evidence based medicine, standard of care, and cutting edge psychotropic interventions when necessary. I provide psycho-educational support to my patients and their families.
(843) 593-9626 View (843) 593-9626
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Casey Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Casey Lee is a registered Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science from West Coast University in Orange County, CA and her Master's degree in Nursing Science from Northern Kentucky University. Casey focuses on evaluation, treatment, and medication management of a wide variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Her clinical experience includes trauma and inpatient psychiatric nursing as an RN and outpatient psychiatric medication management as a Nurse Practitioner.
Casey Lee is a registered Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science from West Coast University in Orange County, CA and her Master's degree in Nursing Science from Northern Kentucky University. Casey focuses on evaluation, treatment, and medication management of a wide variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Her clinical experience includes trauma and inpatient psychiatric nursing as an RN and outpatient psychiatric medication management as a Nurse Practitioner.
(843) 894-3096 View (843) 894-3096
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Laura Burdette
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Hi there, I'm Dr. Laura Burdette, and I'm here to support you on your journey to mental well-being. As a board certified forensic psychiatrist and trained therapist, I specialize in helping individuals navigate life's challenges to achieve lasting mental wellness. In my practice, I prioritize understanding your unique experiences and collaboratively tailoring a holistic treatment plan that suits your needs. Whether you're facing mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health concerns, I'm here to provide support on your path to healing.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Laura Burdette, and I'm here to support you on your journey to mental well-being. As a board certified forensic psychiatrist and trained therapist, I specialize in helping individuals navigate life's challenges to achieve lasting mental wellness. In my practice, I prioritize understanding your unique experiences and collaboratively tailoring a holistic treatment plan that suits your needs. Whether you're facing mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health concerns, I'm here to provide support on your path to healing.
(843) 920-5636 View (843) 920-5636
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Dr. Ashley Royer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CCRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Hi, I’m Ashley! I help children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults with anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, and addictions build self-confidence, clarify their inner purpose, establish calmness of mind, and find fulfillment in life and in love. I am an animal lover and nurse, with decades of experience, who has overcome depression and alcohol use disorder through nutritional psychiatry, holistic wellness, mindfulness, and spiritual exploration - these experiences are close to my heart and inform my practice. if you are ready to leave behind what no longer serves you, I’m here and ready to help!
Hi, I’m Ashley! I help children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults with anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, and addictions build self-confidence, clarify their inner purpose, establish calmness of mind, and find fulfillment in life and in love. I am an animal lover and nurse, with decades of experience, who has overcome depression and alcohol use disorder through nutritional psychiatry, holistic wellness, mindfulness, and spiritual exploration - these experiences are close to my heart and inform my practice. if you are ready to leave behind what no longer serves you, I’m here and ready to help!
(843) 738-2361 View (843) 738-2361
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Patrick Mcarthur
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Not accepting new clients
I have practiced Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in Mount Pleasant for over 19 years, and in Murrell's Inlet, SC for two years. I offer experienced, confidential and solution-focused treatment for all ages. In every session I do both talk therapy and (when indicated) medication management. The success of my practice is based on my taking the time to really know each patient and his/her needs and to develop mutual trust with each patient.
I have practiced Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry in Mount Pleasant for over 19 years, and in Murrell's Inlet, SC for two years. I offer experienced, confidential and solution-focused treatment for all ages. In every session I do both talk therapy and (when indicated) medication management. The success of my practice is based on my taking the time to really know each patient and his/her needs and to develop mutual trust with each patient.
(843) 628-2140 View (843) 628-2140
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John Ganz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I recognize the importance of a client-centered medical experience, which inspires me to create strong and long-lasting bonds with each of my patients. It's a privilege to serve the community of Charleston by providing quality medical attention through sound therapeutic advice and evidence-based treatment. For years, patients have depended on me to provide therapy in combination with medication management to best treat a multitude of conditions. I offer this and other individualized options to clients in need of a Psychiatrist they can trust. I'm dedicated to building long-lasting relationships based on trust and medical integrity.
I recognize the importance of a client-centered medical experience, which inspires me to create strong and long-lasting bonds with each of my patients. It's a privilege to serve the community of Charleston by providing quality medical attention through sound therapeutic advice and evidence-based treatment. For years, patients have depended on me to provide therapy in combination with medication management to best treat a multitude of conditions. I offer this and other individualized options to clients in need of a Psychiatrist they can trust. I'm dedicated to building long-lasting relationships based on trust and medical integrity.
(843) 284-6165 View (843) 284-6165
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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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Dr. Abby Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Dr. Abby Kent, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats children, adolescents, and adults. She has an integrative and family-centered approach to care and believes all aspects of a person’s life affect one’s well-being. She works closely with other physicians, therapists, teachers, and guidance counselors. Dr. Kent has worked in the mental health field for ten years with patients of all ages. She has experience working on inpatient units with all spans of life, most notably Active Duty Military members and their families, patients suffering with substance use, and pediatric patients.
Dr. Abby Kent, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats children, adolescents, and adults. She has an integrative and family-centered approach to care and believes all aspects of a person’s life affect one’s well-being. She works closely with other physicians, therapists, teachers, and guidance counselors. Dr. Kent has worked in the mental health field for ten years with patients of all ages. She has experience working on inpatient units with all spans of life, most notably Active Duty Military members and their families, patients suffering with substance use, and pediatric patients.
(843) 755-6382 View (843) 755-6382
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Dr. Alex M McNabb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
To request an appointment, please go to mcnabbpsych.com and then click on the request appointment link. This is a required first step!
To request an appointment, please go to mcnabbpsych.com and then click on the request appointment link. This is a required first step!
(843) 608-0077 View (843) 608-0077
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Dr. Amanda Allen-Sands
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Being alive in today's world can often mean feeling overworked, under-supported, and filled with insecurities and instability. Navigating this on our best day can be challenging, and if you find yourself dealing with sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, rage, it starts to feel nearly impossible to put one foot in front of the other day by day. Because so much of today's world is out of our control, it is important to grasp onto the things we do have control of, namely our mental health. If you, your job, your relationships, your world are struggling because of your mental health, I am here to help.
Being alive in today's world can often mean feeling overworked, under-supported, and filled with insecurities and instability. Navigating this on our best day can be challenging, and if you find yourself dealing with sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, rage, it starts to feel nearly impossible to put one foot in front of the other day by day. Because so much of today's world is out of our control, it is important to grasp onto the things we do have control of, namely our mental health. If you, your job, your relationships, your world are struggling because of your mental health, I am here to help.
(843) 612-6836 View (843) 612-6836
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Sweetgrass Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
YES, we are accepting new in person and virtual clients age 6+. YES, many of our providers take insurance (BCBS, Aetna, United/Optum, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Humana). We firmly believe you deserve integrative, holistic care and the best, most cutting edge treatments that work quickly with the least amount of risks. We are proud to offer the most groundbreaking new, FDA approved/cleared treatments for major depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and Spravato/esketamine which are covered by most commercial insurance plans. We also offer primary care services for our patients and have an in house family medicine MD.
YES, we are accepting new in person and virtual clients age 6+. YES, many of our providers take insurance (BCBS, Aetna, United/Optum, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Humana). We firmly believe you deserve integrative, holistic care and the best, most cutting edge treatments that work quickly with the least amount of risks. We are proud to offer the most groundbreaking new, FDA approved/cleared treatments for major depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and Spravato/esketamine which are covered by most commercial insurance plans. We also offer primary care services for our patients and have an in house family medicine MD.
(843) 279-5563 View (843) 279-5563
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Debbie White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464  (Online Only)
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
(843) 800-2303 View (843) 800-2303
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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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Sarah Dalechek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
We offer collaborative and patient-centered care through the use of medication and therapy as forms of treatment for a wide array of mental health needs. Whether you have been experiencing mental health issues your whole life or have just recently developed disruptions in mood, anxiety, etc. we are here to assist you. Also, we help those who are stable on their current medication regimens with medication management appointments for ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder just to name a few.
We offer collaborative and patient-centered care through the use of medication and therapy as forms of treatment for a wide array of mental health needs. Whether you have been experiencing mental health issues your whole life or have just recently developed disruptions in mood, anxiety, etc. we are here to assist you. Also, we help those who are stable on their current medication regimens with medication management appointments for ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder just to name a few.
(843) 806-3401 View (843) 806-3401
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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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Victoria D. Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Victoria D. Simpson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master of Science Nursing (MSN), Summa Cum Laude, a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), Summa Cum Laude, and an Associate in Applied Science, Nursing. With her thirty years of nursing experience, Victoria provides a non-judgmental environment to anyone struggling with any aspect of their mental health. Her role is multifaceted including educator, mental health advocate, and medication management.
Victoria D. Simpson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master of Science Nursing (MSN), Summa Cum Laude, a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), Summa Cum Laude, and an Associate in Applied Science, Nursing. With her thirty years of nursing experience, Victoria provides a non-judgmental environment to anyone struggling with any aspect of their mental health. Her role is multifaceted including educator, mental health advocate, and medication management.
(843) 773-5030 View (843) 773-5030
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Mallory Darnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience with children and adults, I am aware that all individuals are unique and bring with them their own experiences and beliefs. In our work together, I will provide you with an open and supportive environment, so you will feel comfortable sharing and discussing your concerns. I will partner with you in your treatment process and truly listen to ensure you meet your personal mental health goals. I believe in treating each of my patients with a holistic approach, incorporating lifestyle and medication changes when beneficial.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience with children and adults, I am aware that all individuals are unique and bring with them their own experiences and beliefs. In our work together, I will provide you with an open and supportive environment, so you will feel comfortable sharing and discussing your concerns. I will partner with you in your treatment process and truly listen to ensure you meet your personal mental health goals. I believe in treating each of my patients with a holistic approach, incorporating lifestyle and medication changes when beneficial.
(843) 920-3183 View (843) 920-3183
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466  (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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Zen Therapeutic Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
(854) 458-7920 View (854) 458-7920

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mount Pleasant, SC

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Mount Pleasant, SC who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
79% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
91% Humana
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Mount Pleasant, SC see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mount Pleasant?

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.