Psychiatrists in Germantown, TN

Photo of Jaquay Brister, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. When not in clinic, I also work as a professor in a DNP: Mental Health program. In practice, I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
(901) 657-6459 View (901) 657-6459
Photo of Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(901) 459-3665 View (901) 459-3665
Photo of Dr. William C Wolters, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Dr. William C Wolters
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38139
We are medical doctors trained in psychiatry providing the highest level of individualized mental health care. Every patient is seen by a physician specializing in psychiatry every time.
We are medical doctors trained in psychiatry providing the highest level of individualized mental health care. Every patient is seen by a physician specializing in psychiatry every time.
(901) 676-7176 View (901) 676-7176
Photo of Gundu Reddy, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Germantown, TN 38138  (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.
(901) 665-3050 View (901) 665-3050
Photo of Schyler Webber, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Schyler Webber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38139
Psychiatry is one piece of the healthcare puzzle. It is my honor to be a part of the psychiatry puzzle piece because of the support and care I can provide patients when they are in a vulnerable state. Hearing patient’s stories, collaborating with them to find an individualized treatment plan, and walking through treatment with them from beginning to end is the reason I became a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I view each patient as a cornerstone member of their treatment team, collaborate with other providers, and prioritize the patient's individual treatment goals.
Psychiatry is one piece of the healthcare puzzle. It is my honor to be a part of the psychiatry puzzle piece because of the support and care I can provide patients when they are in a vulnerable state. Hearing patient’s stories, collaborating with them to find an individualized treatment plan, and walking through treatment with them from beginning to end is the reason I became a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I view each patient as a cornerstone member of their treatment team, collaborate with other providers, and prioritize the patient's individual treatment goals.
(901) 459-3753 View (901) 459-3753
Photo of Scott Balogh, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Scott Balogh
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABAM
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138
Not accepting new clients
I went to medical school at University of Nebraska College of Medicine and Residency at Creighton University. I have done neuropsychiatric research, and I have been published. I have also done quite a bit of researching medication. I trained to do therapy by national leaders including two psychoanalysts. I have worked in academics, private practice, inpatient, outpatient, as staff physician, as Medical Director, and even with the prisons in Georgia. My varied background enables me to be a Psychiatrist who provides premier medication management as well as excellent psychotherapy.
I went to medical school at University of Nebraska College of Medicine and Residency at Creighton University. I have done neuropsychiatric research, and I have been published. I have also done quite a bit of researching medication. I trained to do therapy by national leaders including two psychoanalysts. I have worked in academics, private practice, inpatient, outpatient, as staff physician, as Medical Director, and even with the prisons in Georgia. My varied background enables me to be a Psychiatrist who provides premier medication management as well as excellent psychotherapy.
Photo of Javina Driver, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Javina Driver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38139
I treat patients holistically, which involve addressing the interconnected aspects of an individuals well-being, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. I recognize mental wellnesses encompasses an overall state of wellness, which is why my treatment plans include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition and mindfulness practices. I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care. By working closely with other healthcare professionals, such as therapists, I can provide a comprehensive tailored approach to each individual's needs
I treat patients holistically, which involve addressing the interconnected aspects of an individuals well-being, including physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. I recognize mental wellnesses encompasses an overall state of wellness, which is why my treatment plans include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes such as exercise and nutrition and mindfulness practices. I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care. By working closely with other healthcare professionals, such as therapists, I can provide a comprehensive tailored approach to each individual's needs
(901) 673-9449 View (901) 673-9449
Photo of Justin McAdoo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Justin McAdoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
(901) 676-6486 View (901) 676-6486
Photo of Sheila Murphy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Sheila Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Germantown, TN 38138
My goal is to help people in need to achieve mental wellness. While meeting each patient where they are on their journey to a stronger healthier mental well-being. Assisting with symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD, PTSD, mood disorders and various other mental health concerns. I have been in healthcare for over 20 years. In those 20 years I have delveloped the skill to listen and strive to understand what my patients are going through. I want people to know that they are not alone. That someone cares and is willing to help. I see patients across the lifespan. Ages 6 years through 99 years.
My goal is to help people in need to achieve mental wellness. While meeting each patient where they are on their journey to a stronger healthier mental well-being. Assisting with symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD, PTSD, mood disorders and various other mental health concerns. I have been in healthcare for over 20 years. In those 20 years I have delveloped the skill to listen and strive to understand what my patients are going through. I want people to know that they are not alone. That someone cares and is willing to help. I see patients across the lifespan. Ages 6 years through 99 years.
(901) 589-7001 View (901) 589-7001
Photo of Kendra Butler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Kendra Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138
At Drop N Swap Psychiatry in Cordova, Tennessee, the board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Kendra Butler, PMHNP-BC, provides holistic and integrative care for all adults 18 and above. Kendra has a passion for connecting with her patients. She conducts comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listens to their story. This approach helps her create personalized mental health wellness plans. Her extensive experience includes managing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management plans.
At Drop N Swap Psychiatry in Cordova, Tennessee, the board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Kendra Butler, PMHNP-BC, provides holistic and integrative care for all adults 18 and above. Kendra has a passion for connecting with her patients. She conducts comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listens to their story. This approach helps her create personalized mental health wellness plans. Her extensive experience includes managing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management plans.
(901) 444-3851 View (901) 444-3851
Photo of Tami Sholar- Conard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Tami Sholar- Conard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
(629) 201-7648 View (629) 201-7648
Photo of Shannon Pitts, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Shannon Pitts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38139
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in Geriatric Psychiatry, I focus on the mental health challenges and needs of patients 65 years old and older, as well as, patients 55 years old or older with cognitive decline. My specialized training allows me to understand the complex interactions between physical and mental health. I recognize that aging can bring about a range of concerns from depression to anxiety to cognitive decline and dementia, which is why I approach each of my patients with compassion, patience and a deep understanding of the unique challenges they encounter.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in Geriatric Psychiatry, I focus on the mental health challenges and needs of patients 65 years old and older, as well as, patients 55 years old or older with cognitive decline. My specialized training allows me to understand the complex interactions between physical and mental health. I recognize that aging can bring about a range of concerns from depression to anxiety to cognitive decline and dementia, which is why I approach each of my patients with compassion, patience and a deep understanding of the unique challenges they encounter.
(901) 460-2612 View (901) 460-2612
Photo of Austin Osborn, Psychiatrist in Germantown, TN
Austin Osborn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, TN 38138  (Online Only)
I'm a Vanderbilt and University of Chicago trained, board certified psychiatrist and offer telepsychiatry appointments generally using Google Meet. I offer psychopharmacological treatment (medication management) and appointments often incorporate psychotherapy.
I'm a Vanderbilt and University of Chicago trained, board certified psychiatrist and offer telepsychiatry appointments generally using Google Meet. I offer psychopharmacological treatment (medication management) and appointments often incorporate psychotherapy.
(901) 531-9049 View (901) 531-9049

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Harriet Westbrook , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Harriet Westbrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Not accepting new clients
I am committed to the well-being of the mental health community. I have a passion for equality with the intent to offer superior services to those in need. I provide medication management based on safe guidelines and evidence-based practice. Initial psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups face to face or telepsychiatry are available. I also work with licensed Intensive outpatient (IOP) therapists. My focuses are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. I am currently taking patients from ages 6 and up across the lifespan.
I am committed to the well-being of the mental health community. I have a passion for equality with the intent to offer superior services to those in need. I provide medication management based on safe guidelines and evidence-based practice. Initial psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups face to face or telepsychiatry are available. I also work with licensed Intensive outpatient (IOP) therapists. My focuses are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. I am currently taking patients from ages 6 and up across the lifespan.
(901) 329-8218 View (901) 329-8218
Photo of Khristina Crawford, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Khristina Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38120
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
(901) 468-4157 View (901) 468-4157
Photo of Ashley Cooper, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Ashley Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with greater than 6 years of outpatient experience. I see patients in Southaven, MS at Bobby Scott & Associates Professional Counseling. I offer medication management as treatment for many psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder. In addition to medication management services, my office has multiple extensively trained therapists that can also assist with these issues if therapy is needed.
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with greater than 6 years of outpatient experience. I see patients in Southaven, MS at Bobby Scott & Associates Professional Counseling. I offer medication management as treatment for many psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder. In addition to medication management services, my office has multiple extensively trained therapists that can also assist with these issues if therapy is needed.
(662) 506-5151 View (662) 506-5151
Photo of MindRestorative Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
MindRestorative Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
At MindRestorative, our providers are highly skilled, compassionate, and experienced Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners specializing in treating adults, adolescents, children, and families dealing with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Insomnia, and Childhood mood Disorders.
(832) 662-8218 View (832) 662-8218
Photo of Berenese B Canady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Berenese B Canady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
(901) 289-9665 View (901) 289-9665
Photo of Latasha Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Latasha Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
Mental health disorders often go untreated & suppressed due to the stigma surrounding seeking help & treatment for mental health conditions. Symptoms often associated with depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, grief, attention deficit disorder can lead to disturbances in your personal and professional lives. Seeking professional help and treatment for mental health conditions can often be met with apprehension but at Peace of Mind Mental Health & Wellness Center, the goal is to ease that apprehension and provide a calm & stress free environment to meet your needs. We assure you will be seen and heard.
(901) 673-8032 View (901) 673-8032
Photo of Adam Nanaa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Germantown, TN
Adam Nanaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
(901) 899-5095 View (901) 899-5095

See more therapy options for Germantown

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Germantown, TN

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Germantown, TN who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
85% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
78% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Germantown, TN see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Germantown?

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.