Psychiatrists in Davidson County, TN

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Photo of Crystal Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Crystal Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37209
I'm a firm believer that our experiences make us who we are, however, they do not define us. We all have individual and unique paths to walk on this earth, and sometimes that means taking the road less traveled. I, for one have walked many a paths that have not yet been explored, and I would love the opportunity to walk along side you as you choose to move toward healing and wholeness. I believe your state of awareness changes everything, and once you are aware, you have the opportunity to make intentional decisions that will evoke change. I offer psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic modalities to treat the total person.
I'm a firm believer that our experiences make us who we are, however, they do not define us. We all have individual and unique paths to walk on this earth, and sometimes that means taking the road less traveled. I, for one have walked many a paths that have not yet been explored, and I would love the opportunity to walk along side you as you choose to move toward healing and wholeness. I believe your state of awareness changes everything, and once you are aware, you have the opportunity to make intentional decisions that will evoke change. I offer psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic modalities to treat the total person.
(615) 457-8395 View (615) 457-8395
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Kristian Dambrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
(615) 338-7960 View (615) 338-7960
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Trina Corley
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37214
I'm a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating mental illness in adults (17 and up). I enjoy working in a partnership with all individuals to achieve optimum quality of life. I will work collaboratively with psychologists and counselors and reinforce their therapy goals for you. Both prescription medications and holistic therapies are utilized for clients depending on their specific needs. Some of the holistic approaches include meditation and scripted muscle relaxation techniques. I welcome all patients and I am LGBT friendly. It's our goal to get patients usually seen the same week I'm contacted.
I'm a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in treating mental illness in adults (17 and up). I enjoy working in a partnership with all individuals to achieve optimum quality of life. I will work collaboratively with psychologists and counselors and reinforce their therapy goals for you. Both prescription medications and holistic therapies are utilized for clients depending on their specific needs. Some of the holistic approaches include meditation and scripted muscle relaxation techniques. I welcome all patients and I am LGBT friendly. It's our goal to get patients usually seen the same week I'm contacted.
(615) 454-9320 View (615) 454-9320
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Open Minds Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
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Photo of Lila Homan, MSN, APRN: Bloom Psychiatry Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Lila Homan, MSN, APRN: Bloom Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
Not accepting new clients
I believe in the power of listening with acceptance and compassion, and, most importantly, without judgement. My goal is to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help produce positive and meaningful change. Over a decade of experience as an Emergency Room nurse strengthened my belief in bringing empathy and respect to all individuals, regardless of their struggles. My office is a safe place, and I'm LGBTQ- and gender-affirming. Seeking assistance with personal challenges takes courage and vulnerability. You don't have to do this alone.
I believe in the power of listening with acceptance and compassion, and, most importantly, without judgement. My goal is to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help produce positive and meaningful change. Over a decade of experience as an Emergency Room nurse strengthened my belief in bringing empathy and respect to all individuals, regardless of their struggles. My office is a safe place, and I'm LGBTQ- and gender-affirming. Seeking assistance with personal challenges takes courage and vulnerability. You don't have to do this alone.
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. 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 Tennessee. 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.
(615) 437-4282 View (615) 437-4282
Photo of Justin Malais, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Justin Malais
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Common clients of mine are children, adolescents, and adults, struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and OCD among other psychiatric conditions. Individuals facing these symptoms may have interruptions of daily functioning. My clients need tools to manage their concerns and open communication to improve themselves and their relationships. Some goals are to control emotions and live a fulfilling life. The clients I see want lasting change because their conditions are keeping them from pursuing their passions and connecting with others.
Common clients of mine are children, adolescents, and adults, struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and OCD among other psychiatric conditions. Individuals facing these symptoms may have interruptions of daily functioning. My clients need tools to manage their concerns and open communication to improve themselves and their relationships. Some goals are to control emotions and live a fulfilling life. The clients I see want lasting change because their conditions are keeping them from pursuing their passions and connecting with others.
(629) 225-1754 View (629) 225-1754
Photo of Corinne (Cori) Powell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(615) 708-4950 View (615) 708-4950
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Rachael Tanner-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37207
Are you struggling to get the traction or depth in therapy that you want? Psychiatric medicines can help support your therapeutic gains. We can work together on a plan for how medicines can help support your healing journey so that you can create a life you love. As one of the only dualy licensed professional counselors & nurse practitioners in the middle TN area I’m uniquely qualified to treat the whole you. I provide compassionate, gentle care to people who are suffering through psychiatric evaluation & medication management.
Are you struggling to get the traction or depth in therapy that you want? Psychiatric medicines can help support your therapeutic gains. We can work together on a plan for how medicines can help support your healing journey so that you can create a life you love. As one of the only dualy licensed professional counselors & nurse practitioners in the middle TN area I’m uniquely qualified to treat the whole you. I provide compassionate, gentle care to people who are suffering through psychiatric evaluation & medication management.
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Photo of Corinne (Cori) Powell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Premier Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
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Emily Reeve
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
Welcome! I am glad you're here and are considering reaching out for help. I would be honored to help guide and support you through this journey. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides medication management services for clients across the lifespan. Whether this is your first time seeking out treatment, or you are searching for a new provider to help you better manage your symptoms, I want to work with you to create a treatment plan that is feasible and effective for you. I promise to provide you with a treatment environment that is therapeutic, welcoming, and non- judgmental.
Welcome! I am glad you're here and are considering reaching out for help. I would be honored to help guide and support you through this journey. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides medication management services for clients across the lifespan. Whether this is your first time seeking out treatment, or you are searching for a new provider to help you better manage your symptoms, I want to work with you to create a treatment plan that is feasible and effective for you. I promise to provide you with a treatment environment that is therapeutic, welcoming, and non- judgmental.
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Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Davidson County, TN
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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Stephen Rich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37221
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (accepting most insurance), and my goal is to help each of my patients build a greater sense of purpose & direction in their daily lives. My approach emphasizes affirming who you are while working on strategies to overcome negative assumptions, along with using appropriate medication. I see patients ages 21-69 for monthly visits, and I focus on depression and anxiety. With every patient, my goal is not just about "making you feel better" - it's about enabling you to be more of an active participant in your own life, especially in how you address the fears or sources of stress you face.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (accepting most insurance), and my goal is to help each of my patients build a greater sense of purpose & direction in their daily lives. My approach emphasizes affirming who you are while working on strategies to overcome negative assumptions, along with using appropriate medication. I see patients ages 21-69 for monthly visits, and I focus on depression and anxiety. With every patient, my goal is not just about "making you feel better" - it's about enabling you to be more of an active participant in your own life, especially in how you address the fears or sources of stress you face.
(615) 489-4274 View (615) 489-4274
Photo of Trey Perkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Trey Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
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Photo of Bethany Rhoten, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Bethany Rhoten
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076  (Online Only)
Bethany Rhoten, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, owner of Andrews Grace Behavioral Health, is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to enhancing the well-being of adults aged 18 and older. Drawing upon more than a decade of experience as a nurse scientist specializing in cancer survivorship research, Bethany has expertise in psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship. Bethany also sees adults 18+ without a cancer connection.
Bethany Rhoten, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, owner of Andrews Grace Behavioral Health, is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to enhancing the well-being of adults aged 18 and older. Drawing upon more than a decade of experience as a nurse scientist specializing in cancer survivorship research, Bethany has expertise in psychosocial aspects of cancer survivorship. Bethany also sees adults 18+ without a cancer connection.
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Dr. Joshua Anthony
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209  (Online Only)
In my practice, I encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds grappling with challenges that range from anxiety, depression, and addiction to complex mental health disorders like schizophrenia. My ideal clients are those seeking not just treatment but a deeper understanding and management of their mental health. They are individuals who yearn for a compassionate, informed approach to address their unique struggles and who are committed to a journey toward healing and growth.
In my practice, I encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds grappling with challenges that range from anxiety, depression, and addiction to complex mental health disorders like schizophrenia. My ideal clients are those seeking not just treatment but a deeper understanding and management of their mental health. They are individuals who yearn for a compassionate, informed approach to address their unique struggles and who are committed to a journey toward healing and growth.
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Photo of Yolanda Owens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Yolanda Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
(615) 558-5640 View (615) 558-5640
Photo of Nicole Libert, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Davidson County, TN
Nicole Libert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
I view all of my clients as the leaders in this journey towards improved wellbeing, and my goal is to act as a guide that gives options, a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities and maintain safety standards throughout the process. I look forward to hearing your story.
I view all of my clients as the leaders in this journey towards improved wellbeing, and my goal is to act as a guide that gives options, a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities and maintain safety standards throughout the process. I look forward to hearing your story.
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Photo of Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry, Psychiatrist in Davidson County, TN
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37218
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Davidson County, TN

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Davidson County, TN who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management
72% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Davidson County, TN see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
29% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Davidson County?

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.