Psychiatrists in Hermitage, TN

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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.
(615) 857-0876 View (615) 857-0876
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Stefanie Kreidler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hermitage, TN 37076
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
(629) 400-8061 View (629) 400-8061
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LeTizia Baxter Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
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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Taylor Newsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
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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Heather Greer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
I am accepting new clients! I'm Heather, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in mental health. We'll collaborate and navigate your goals in a safe, professional, yet totally approachable space. With a commitment to evidence-based practices and continuous education, I ensure that your treatment plan is not only effective but also tailored to your unique needs. If you're ready for a professional yet personable approach to mental health, let's embark on this journey towards lasting well-being.
I am accepting new clients! I'm Heather, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in mental health. We'll collaborate and navigate your goals in a safe, professional, yet totally approachable space. With a commitment to evidence-based practices and continuous education, I ensure that your treatment plan is not only effective but also tailored to your unique needs. If you're ready for a professional yet personable approach to mental health, let's embark on this journey towards lasting well-being.
(615) 307-4403 View (615) 307-4403
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Ben Leven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
(615) 903-5193 View (615) 903-5193

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Antonio L Eddings Sr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
Antonio is a Dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about helping all people have the best physical and mental health as possible. He is the owner and founder of All About You Healthcare Family Practice & Behavioral Health that was founded in 2017. He has been in healthcare for over 24 years working in various clinical settings. He graduated from TSU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in IDS with concentration in Psychology and Social Work, 2005 with BSN, 2012 with MSN/FNP, and Aug 2021 Post Certification as PMHNP from Western Kentucky University.
Antonio is a Dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that is passionate about helping all people have the best physical and mental health as possible. He is the owner and founder of All About You Healthcare Family Practice & Behavioral Health that was founded in 2017. He has been in healthcare for over 24 years working in various clinical settings. He graduated from TSU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in IDS with concentration in Psychology and Social Work, 2005 with BSN, 2012 with MSN/FNP, and Aug 2021 Post Certification as PMHNP from Western Kentucky University.
(615) 709-6180 View (615) 709-6180
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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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Andrew Dudley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
Not accepting new clients
I work with depression, anxiety, attention issues, and addictions. I can also help people navigate questions about substance use. I work to try to quickly help people to help bring about restoration of wellness, but not at the expense of lasting and durable freedom from a disintegrated state. My approach is to empower people to not only return to a state of wellness but understand what maintenance of the wellness state entails. I realize recovery looks different depending upon the person.
I work with depression, anxiety, attention issues, and addictions. I can also help people navigate questions about substance use. I work to try to quickly help people to help bring about restoration of wellness, but not at the expense of lasting and durable freedom from a disintegrated state. My approach is to empower people to not only return to a state of wellness but understand what maintenance of the wellness state entails. I realize recovery looks different depending upon the person.
(615) 437-8428 View (615) 437-8428
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(615) 422-6170 View (615) 422-6170
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Karyn L Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37213
**I am unable to accept new patients at this time** As a physician, my goal is to perform a thorough diagnostic examination and to develop a treatment plan that allows for improvement in daily quality of life and function. Psychiatric care is my specialty area, but I believe in treating patients as a whole and considering how other medical conditions may be affecting a person's overall mental health.
**I am unable to accept new patients at this time** As a physician, my goal is to perform a thorough diagnostic examination and to develop a treatment plan that allows for improvement in daily quality of life and function. Psychiatric care is my specialty area, but I believe in treating patients as a whole and considering how other medical conditions may be affecting a person's overall mental health.
(615) 645-3383 View (615) 645-3383
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Brandee Madden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
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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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
(629) 299-2662 View (629) 299-2662
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Belmont Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37202
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
(931) 218-6158 View (931) 218-6158
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Marilyn D Haymaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Originally from Columbia Falls, Montana, Marilyn has lived in Tennessee since the late 80’s. She attended Tennessee State University, where she received her RN in 1992. Marilyn was drawn to the field of mental health after working in substance abuse treatment as a registered nurse, and returned to graduate school to further her education, earning her MSN and certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. With over 29 years in healthcare, including 11 in mental health, Marilyn brings extensive knowledge to her practice. She draws from experience in a multitude of settings.
Originally from Columbia Falls, Montana, Marilyn has lived in Tennessee since the late 80’s. She attended Tennessee State University, where she received her RN in 1992. Marilyn was drawn to the field of mental health after working in substance abuse treatment as a registered nurse, and returned to graduate school to further her education, earning her MSN and certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. With over 29 years in healthcare, including 11 in mental health, Marilyn brings extensive knowledge to her practice. She draws from experience in a multitude of settings.
(615) 412-5405 View (615) 412-5405
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John Lambert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
My primary role as a psychiatrist is to explore the numerous factors that can be involved in mental distress. I have a unique background with training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. These issues often coincide and consideration needs to be given to both. The connection between mind and body is of paramount importance and each treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. My practice primarily consists of therapy plus medication management. Medication is often indicated but other treatment options are always willing to be considered for the best interests of the patient.
My primary role as a psychiatrist is to explore the numerous factors that can be involved in mental distress. I have a unique background with training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. These issues often coincide and consideration needs to be given to both. The connection between mind and body is of paramount importance and each treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. My practice primarily consists of therapy plus medication management. Medication is often indicated but other treatment options are always willing to be considered for the best interests of the patient.
(615) 492-3257 View (615) 492-3257
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Lauren Foreman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211  (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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Kalietta Webb
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
(615) 821-2216 View (615) 821-2216
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Dr. Elizabeth Ault
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206  (Online Only)
I specialize in guiding young and middle-aged adults through difficult life transitions. Facing new academic or work demands, becoming a parent, or navigating relationship dynamics can present many challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma related symptoms, insomnia, or a variety of other mental health symptoms, I want to guide you through these difficult times by building a supportive, non-judgmental relationship through which to collaborate to discover your ideal self. Psychiatry should not be one-size fits all. It is a dynamic art that takes time, attention to detail, and passion.
I specialize in guiding young and middle-aged adults through difficult life transitions. Facing new academic or work demands, becoming a parent, or navigating relationship dynamics can present many challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma related symptoms, insomnia, or a variety of other mental health symptoms, I want to guide you through these difficult times by building a supportive, non-judgmental relationship through which to collaborate to discover your ideal self. Psychiatry should not be one-size fits all. It is a dynamic art that takes time, attention to detail, and passion.
(865) 351-0119 View (865) 351-0119
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Caleb Gulley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
(931) 283-2484 View (931) 283-2484

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hermitage, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hermitage, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Hermitage, TN see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hermitage?

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.