Psychiatrists in Antioch, TN

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Kindril Climer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to transitioning to mental health, she worked as a family nurse practitioner. Her background in primary care laid the foundation for her encouraging, holistic approach to mental health. In addition to utilizing evidence-based medication, individuals are empowered to set achievable goals related to nutrition, movement, and sleep hygiene to optimize overall health and wellness.
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to transitioning to mental health, she worked as a family nurse practitioner. Her background in primary care laid the foundation for her encouraging, holistic approach to mental health. In addition to utilizing evidence-based medication, individuals are empowered to set achievable goals related to nutrition, movement, and sleep hygiene to optimize overall health and wellness.
(865) 505-7885 View (865) 505-7885
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Judy Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Judy Allen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She is also Board Certified. Judy has more than 29 years of experience providing care to those suffering from mental illness. She treats clients with compassion, respect, and dignity, while meeting them where they are. She takes the time to get to know the client so she can treat the person and not just the disorder. In her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
Judy Allen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She is also Board Certified. Judy has more than 29 years of experience providing care to those suffering from mental illness. She treats clients with compassion, respect, and dignity, while meeting them where they are. She takes the time to get to know the client so she can treat the person and not just the disorder. In her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
(615) 437-8135 View (615) 437-8135
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Eboni D. Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Mrs. Eboni Burns is a board-certified PMHNP whose goal is to continue to be an oasis of hope within the community by serving as a compassionate clinician to individuals throughout lifespan. Eboni has served eleven years within the mental health field and is passionate about helping individuals reach their personal goals by using a holistic approach with medication and non-medication-based interventions. Eboni obtained a Bachelors of Nursing from Belmont University and completed her Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Master's in Business Administration from Bethel University.
Mrs. Eboni Burns is a board-certified PMHNP whose goal is to continue to be an oasis of hope within the community by serving as a compassionate clinician to individuals throughout lifespan. Eboni has served eleven years within the mental health field and is passionate about helping individuals reach their personal goals by using a holistic approach with medication and non-medication-based interventions. Eboni obtained a Bachelors of Nursing from Belmont University and completed her Masters of Science from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Master's in Business Administration from Bethel University.
(629) 249-6925 View (629) 249-6925
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Shristi Shrestha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Dr. Shrestha is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, proficient in treating clients who are 15 years and older. She holds a very strong belief in healing work with her clients through an integrative wellness approach. This holistic method to healing work combines medical treatment, psychotherapy, pharmacogenetics, the physical domain, and spiritual domain, for a truly holistic approach. Dr. Shrestha helps her clients struggling with problems regarding life stressors, adjustment issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional turmoil, and learning deficiencies.
Dr. Shrestha is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, proficient in treating clients who are 15 years and older. She holds a very strong belief in healing work with her clients through an integrative wellness approach. This holistic method to healing work combines medical treatment, psychotherapy, pharmacogenetics, the physical domain, and spiritual domain, for a truly holistic approach. Dr. Shrestha helps her clients struggling with problems regarding life stressors, adjustment issues, maladaptive coping skills, emotional turmoil, and learning deficiencies.
(615) 265-0982 View (615) 265-0982
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Angela Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Angela Wood, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides diagnostic services and medication management for patients with mental health disorders. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a specialty in mental health in 1999. She has been practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2000.
Angela Wood, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides diagnostic services and medication management for patients with mental health disorders. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a specialty in mental health in 1999. She has been practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2000.
(615) 903-0127 View (615) 903-0127
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Brei Chisholm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Brei Chisholm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose journey into mental health care was sparked by a profound passion for guiding individuals toward mental wellness. Brei's approach seamlessly integrates evidence-based with personalized care, emphasizing a holistic perspective that delves beyond symptoms to address the underlying causes.
Brei Chisholm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose journey into mental health care was sparked by a profound passion for guiding individuals toward mental wellness. Brei's approach seamlessly integrates evidence-based with personalized care, emphasizing a holistic perspective that delves beyond symptoms to address the underlying causes.
(629) 260-3035 View (629) 260-3035
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Caroline Drake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013
Stacie (Caroline) Drake, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-BC. She practices with the belief that people need empathy, compassion, and the whole person understanding to live authentically. Caroline meets patients where they are. She treats mental health issues holistically from a patient-centered perspective: Supportive Therapy, Medications, Patient Education, and Integrative Natural Approaches Caroline is a graduate of Maryville University in St Louis, MO; she graduated Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; She is also a member of the American Nurses Association.
Stacie (Caroline) Drake, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-BC. She practices with the belief that people need empathy, compassion, and the whole person understanding to live authentically. Caroline meets patients where they are. She treats mental health issues holistically from a patient-centered perspective: Supportive Therapy, Medications, Patient Education, and Integrative Natural Approaches Caroline is a graduate of Maryville University in St Louis, MO; she graduated Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; She is also a member of the American Nurses Association.
(615) 240-2397 View (615) 240-2397
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Lauren Foreman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Antioch, TN 37013  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
(629) 529-4650 View (629) 529-4650
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LeTizia Baxter Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Antioch, TN 37013
Welcome! I am proud of you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. I would be honored to hear your story and walk along side you in your healing journey. With over 17 years of experience in the mental health field, I have a variety of tools and knowledge to turn to in order to help assist you with overcoming whatever obstacles you feel are in your way. I am here to help you put all the pieces back together, and get you to the place you deserve to be.
Welcome! I am proud of you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. I would be honored to hear your story and walk along side you in your healing journey. With over 17 years of experience in the mental health field, I have a variety of tools and knowledge to turn to in order to help assist you with overcoming whatever obstacles you feel are in your way. I am here to help you put all the pieces back together, and get you to the place you deserve to be.
(629) 262-5096 View (629) 262-5096
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Melissa S
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Antioch, TN 37013  (Online Only)
Hey! I am Melissa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I love working with individuals experiencing anxiety, and depression. I have a trauma informed approach to process feelings of shame or guilt, low self-esteem, excessive working, trouble concentrating, etc. in a judgement free zone. The more you feel comfortable with me, the more you share, leading to a more effective treatment plan.
Hey! I am Melissa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I love working with individuals experiencing anxiety, and depression. I have a trauma informed approach to process feelings of shame or guilt, low self-esteem, excessive working, trouble concentrating, etc. in a judgement free zone. The more you feel comfortable with me, the more you share, leading to a more effective treatment plan.
(423) 455-8610 View (423) 455-8610

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Sricharan Moturi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
My predominant clinical focuses include areas of Childhood and adult Sleep Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ ADHD), Mood& Anxiety Disorders, Early-onset Psychotic Disorders and Psychopharmacology (medication use). I believe in conservative medication management, holistic approaches, and building healthy lifestyles through sleep-wake training. I hope to bring a new perspective to how to tackle mental health and sleep issues that affect you personally, within your family or your workplace. Please click on my website for more info on how to set up an appointment. (Adult Psychiatry, Child& Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult and Pediatric Sleep Medicine)
My predominant clinical focuses include areas of Childhood and adult Sleep Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ ADHD), Mood& Anxiety Disorders, Early-onset Psychotic Disorders and Psychopharmacology (medication use). I believe in conservative medication management, holistic approaches, and building healthy lifestyles through sleep-wake training. I hope to bring a new perspective to how to tackle mental health and sleep issues that affect you personally, within your family or your workplace. Please click on my website for more info on how to set up an appointment. (Adult Psychiatry, Child& Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult and Pediatric Sleep Medicine)
(615) 229-6187 View (615) 229-6187
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Taylor Newsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(615) 437-6802 View (615) 437-6802
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37219
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Scot Mckay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
I enjoy working with patients in life transitions from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to college, and college to adult life. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and ADHD as well as trouble with relationships and family conflict.
I enjoy working with patients in life transitions from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to college, and college to adult life. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and ADHD as well as trouble with relationships and family conflict.
(615) 697-6457 View (615) 697-6457
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Carrie Lewey Psychiatric Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
(629) 205-0637 View (629) 205-0637
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Brandee Madden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, RN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37201
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
(629) 200-6626 View (629) 200-6626
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Erin Fish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212  (Online Only)
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
(615) 576-8433 View (615) 576-8433
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Diana Santiago
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37201
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
Dr. Santiago is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Her treatment is provided in English or Spanish. Serving the States of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Appointments are available via telemedicine, at the comfort of your home or your own space. In Person appointments available in GA only.
(678) 647-6396 View (678) 647-6396
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Elise Scott, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
I believe connection is the foundation of healing, and strong therapeutic relationships begin from a place of compassion and mutual respect. You are the expert of your mind and body, and I am an experienced partner when stress and mental illness get in the way of a healthy and joyful life. I take a holistic, neuroscience-informed, and integrated approach to mental health treatment, combining a thorough medical assessment with open-minded listening, psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and brain-based medication management to help individuals heal, grow, and work toward authentic, value-driven lives.
I believe connection is the foundation of healing, and strong therapeutic relationships begin from a place of compassion and mutual respect. You are the expert of your mind and body, and I am an experienced partner when stress and mental illness get in the way of a healthy and joyful life. I take a holistic, neuroscience-informed, and integrated approach to mental health treatment, combining a thorough medical assessment with open-minded listening, psychotherapy, lifestyle interventions, and brain-based medication management to help individuals heal, grow, and work toward authentic, value-driven lives.
(629) 263-7573 View (629) 263-7573
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Renewed Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37201
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
(931) 391-3852 View (931) 391-3852

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Antioch, TN

10+

Average cost per session

$142

Psychiatrists in Antioch, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Trauma and PTSD
90% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
90% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Antioch, TN see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Antioch?

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.