Psychiatrists in Sullivans Island, SC

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Victoria D. Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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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Casey Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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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MyNDSpace Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
(843) 890-0315 View (843) 890-0315
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Kate Kelley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29425  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Kelley, a board-certified integrative psychiatrist helping adult patients in CA, AZ, and SC since 2009. Integrative psychiatry is a holistic approach blending traditional psychiatric treatments with complementary therapies and lifestyle adjustments to produce effective, highly personal care. My attentive style goes above and beyond typical insurance-based care. I prioritize your comfort, listening to you, responding quickly to you, and collaborating with you on your care. I have extensive experience in women's mental health and am on the Board of Directors of the Internat'l Society for Reproductive Psychiatry.
Hi, I'm Dr. Kelley, a board-certified integrative psychiatrist helping adult patients in CA, AZ, and SC since 2009. Integrative psychiatry is a holistic approach blending traditional psychiatric treatments with complementary therapies and lifestyle adjustments to produce effective, highly personal care. My attentive style goes above and beyond typical insurance-based care. I prioritize your comfort, listening to you, responding quickly to you, and collaborating with you on your care. I have extensive experience in women's mental health and am on the Board of Directors of the Internat'l Society for Reproductive Psychiatry.
(520) 652-4999 View (520) 652-4999
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Nicholas Germano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
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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Living Healthy Body and Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29402
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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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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Amy James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
My 22 years of nursing experience has been dedicated to working with military Veterans in inpatient, outpatient, and community health care settings. In 2016, I started a DNP program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) specializing in Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice. During this time, I completed over 1160 clinical hours treating various mental health disorders.
My 22 years of nursing experience has been dedicated to working with military Veterans in inpatient, outpatient, and community health care settings. In 2016, I started a DNP program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) specializing in Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practice. During this time, I completed over 1160 clinical hours treating various mental health disorders.
(843) 699-8248 View (843) 699-8248
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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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Daniel J Balog
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Daniel Island, SC 29492
Dr. Balog practices adult psychiatry and specializes in the treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma-Related Disorders. Dr. Balog aims to provide high quality, collaborative, and patient-centered care for patients 18+ years of age.
Dr. Balog practices adult psychiatry and specializes in the treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma-Related Disorders. Dr. Balog aims to provide high quality, collaborative, and patient-centered care for patients 18+ years of age.
(803) 339-1563 View (803) 339-1563
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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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Stephanie L. Price, DO, LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29407
Thank you for visiting my profile. I admire the strength in you who have been, or currently are, active in this treatment process. A special welcome to everyone on the verge of this journey-to achieve health and wellness. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and work with all ages, though extended training to focus on children, adolescents and young adults. I do not accept insurance, but I am currently accepting new clients! I have telepsychiatry capability, too.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I admire the strength in you who have been, or currently are, active in this treatment process. A special welcome to everyone on the verge of this journey-to achieve health and wellness. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and work with all ages, though extended training to focus on children, adolescents and young adults. I do not accept insurance, but I am currently accepting new clients! I have telepsychiatry capability, too.
(843) 306-4339 View (843) 306-4339
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Jennifer Shierlock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
Not accepting new clients
I use a personalized approach to treatment, integrating evidence-based medicine and a holistic understanding of your unique needs and circumstances. I'm dedicated to understanding who you are as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. My style is one of warmth, compassion, and empathy. Through psychotherapy, medication management, and collaborative goal-setting, I want to help you navigate your mental health journey with confidence and resilience. I am here to help promote healing, growth and the achievement of your goals.
I use a personalized approach to treatment, integrating evidence-based medicine and a holistic understanding of your unique needs and circumstances. I'm dedicated to understanding who you are as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. My style is one of warmth, compassion, and empathy. Through psychotherapy, medication management, and collaborative goal-setting, I want to help you navigate your mental health journey with confidence and resilience. I am here to help promote healing, growth and the achievement of your goals.
(843) 954-0260 View (843) 954-0260
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Lanier Summerall
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
I was fortunate to grow up in Charleston where my family has lived for many generations. I spent my childhood playing on Sullivan's Island and sailing at my grandparents' House on Wadmalaw Island. I attended medical school at the university of Colorado and completed psychiatry residency at Dartmouth. I emphasize a holistic, patient focused treatment built on a foundation of a strong doctor-patient alliance. In 2014 I decided to return home to my family in Charleston. I was in a clinical leadership position downtown at the VA until joining Mt. Pleasant Psychiatry in 2017.
I was fortunate to grow up in Charleston where my family has lived for many generations. I spent my childhood playing on Sullivan's Island and sailing at my grandparents' House on Wadmalaw Island. I attended medical school at the university of Colorado and completed psychiatry residency at Dartmouth. I emphasize a holistic, patient focused treatment built on a foundation of a strong doctor-patient alliance. In 2014 I decided to return home to my family in Charleston. I was in a clinical leadership position downtown at the VA until joining Mt. Pleasant Psychiatry in 2017.
(843) 885-8052 View (843) 885-8052
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Donna C Orvin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29492  (Online Only)
Dr Orvin combines years of psychiatry experience with an avid concern for keeping up to date in the latest updates in psychiatric practice.  Dr. Orvin graduated from Duke University, from George Washington School of Medicine, and then completed her psychiatric residency at Tuft’s New England Medical Center. After her training, she practiced for several years in Harvard affiliated hospitals where her duties included the supervision of psychiatric residents. 
 Since returning to South Carolina, Dr Orvin has focused her practice on adults in outpatient settings.
Dr Orvin combines years of psychiatry experience with an avid concern for keeping up to date in the latest updates in psychiatric practice.  Dr. Orvin graduated from Duke University, from George Washington School of Medicine, and then completed her psychiatric residency at Tuft’s New England Medical Center. After her training, she practiced for several years in Harvard affiliated hospitals where her duties included the supervision of psychiatric residents. 
 Since returning to South Carolina, Dr Orvin has focused her practice on adults in outpatient settings.
(803) 879-5317 View (803) 879-5317
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Megen Barber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29403  (Online Only)
My approach integrates conventional psychiatry with holistic health. My experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and inpatient psychiatry allow me to provide a thorough evaluation that considers all elements of psychological imbalance. I provide diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, prescribe and manage psychotropic medications, and/or psychotherapy. Advanced laboratory testing is often recommended to address the root causes of imbalance.
My approach integrates conventional psychiatry with holistic health. My experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and inpatient psychiatry allow me to provide a thorough evaluation that considers all elements of psychological imbalance. I provide diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, prescribe and manage psychotropic medications, and/or psychotherapy. Advanced laboratory testing is often recommended to address the root causes of imbalance.
(844) 983-4794 View (844) 983-4794
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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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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
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Sullivans Island, SC

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Psychiatrists in Sullivans Island, SC who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Sullivans Island, 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 Sullivans Island?

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.