Psychiatrists in Jackson, TN

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Tracey Epperson Puckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38301
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
(731) 206-2423 View (731) 206-2423
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Lori Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38301  (Online Only)
TREATMENT VIA TELEHEALTH ONLY. In my over 20 years experience I have worked with patients of all ages, ethnicities, and gender/ sexual orientations. After a wholistic assessment identifying which symptoms are causing greatest distress a treatment plan to target those symptoms will be developed. Your input is vital in development and choosing an effective treatment plan that will work best for you. With proper medication and therapy the most troubling times will be more manageable. You may send a message from here or access MindandBodyHealthcare.com website with the button on the left to make an online appointment request.
TREATMENT VIA TELEHEALTH ONLY. In my over 20 years experience I have worked with patients of all ages, ethnicities, and gender/ sexual orientations. After a wholistic assessment identifying which symptoms are causing greatest distress a treatment plan to target those symptoms will be developed. Your input is vital in development and choosing an effective treatment plan that will work best for you. With proper medication and therapy the most troubling times will be more manageable. You may send a message from here or access MindandBodyHealthcare.com website with the button on the left to make an online appointment request.
(731) 200-1354 View (731) 200-1354
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Alicia Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38305
I am dual dual-certified, doctorally prepared FNP as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated in 2005 from UT Martin with my initial nursing degree. I then returned to school to obtain my Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Union University in 2009 and again in 2020 for my post-master certification in mental health. I utilize my diverse experience as a provider in the emergency room, a family medicine clinic, hospice, urgent care, and a nursing home to apply thorough treatment. With my vast knowledge, I am motivated and dedicated to helping treat a person physically, emotionally, and mentally.
I am dual dual-certified, doctorally prepared FNP as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated in 2005 from UT Martin with my initial nursing degree. I then returned to school to obtain my Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Union University in 2009 and again in 2020 for my post-master certification in mental health. I utilize my diverse experience as a provider in the emergency room, a family medicine clinic, hospice, urgent care, and a nursing home to apply thorough treatment. With my vast knowledge, I am motivated and dedicated to helping treat a person physically, emotionally, and mentally.
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Tasma Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
(731) 202-2952 View (731) 202-2952
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MB, BHC, BAO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305
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.
(731) 467-5515 View (731) 467-5515
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iMind Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305
Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Licensed therapists provide comprehensive Mental Health Care services for individuals with Psychiatric and Mental Health Disorders. We use a person-centered approach to meet the individual needs of our clients to improve their overall quality of life.
Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Licensed therapists provide comprehensive Mental Health Care services for individuals with Psychiatric and Mental Health Disorders. We use a person-centered approach to meet the individual needs of our clients to improve their overall quality of life.
(731) 868-4034 View (731) 868-4034
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Jenny Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38305
I know that the road to finding personal peace can be a bumpy one that may be lengthy and can have many detours. I am committed to offering compassionate, tailored care to guide you towards your individual sense of peace. My expertise lies in medication management for an array of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
I know that the road to finding personal peace can be a bumpy one that may be lengthy and can have many detours. I am committed to offering compassionate, tailored care to guide you towards your individual sense of peace. My expertise lies in medication management for an array of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
(731) 535-7644 View (731) 535-7644
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Talley Flowers, PMHNP at LifeWorks Resources LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38301
Have you recently encountered feelings of sadness, depression, or a pervasive lack of motivation to engage in tasks? Are you grappling with the ceaseless torrent of racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed by their incessant barrage? Perhaps the weight of constant worry about impending responsibilities has begun to bear down on you. It is plausible that you may have maintained a façade of composure for an extended period, yet now find yourself in need of supplementary assistance. Is your struggle with mental health more pronounced than before, prompting contemplation of counseling or medication management?
Have you recently encountered feelings of sadness, depression, or a pervasive lack of motivation to engage in tasks? Are you grappling with the ceaseless torrent of racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed by their incessant barrage? Perhaps the weight of constant worry about impending responsibilities has begun to bear down on you. It is plausible that you may have maintained a façade of composure for an extended period, yet now find yourself in need of supplementary assistance. Is your struggle with mental health more pronounced than before, prompting contemplation of counseling or medication management?
(731) 206-2350 View (731) 206-2350
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38305
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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Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38301  (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
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Hannah Street
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
(629) 465-4388 View (629) 465-4388
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Dr. Avanti Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38308
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an aim to provide client-centered, expert mental health services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication management to all communities with an intent to treat conditions in 5 year olds and up. I provide flexible & affordable telehealth, mobile, & in person appointments w/ some evenings & weekends. BBHS also offers primary care services, MS Medical Cannabis certification, weight loss, Suboxone clinic, & DUI School. We accept most insurance plans, CareCredit, and ScratchPay. We also provide personalized payment plans to meet your needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with an aim to provide client-centered, expert mental health services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication management to all communities with an intent to treat conditions in 5 year olds and up. I provide flexible & affordable telehealth, mobile, & in person appointments w/ some evenings & weekends. BBHS also offers primary care services, MS Medical Cannabis certification, weight loss, Suboxone clinic, & DUI School. We accept most insurance plans, CareCredit, and ScratchPay. We also provide personalized payment plans to meet your needs.
(731) 202-9012 View (731) 202-9012

Online Psychiatrists

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Jakeisha T Goston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38134
Integrative Healthcare Solutions, PLLC is a psychiatric/minor medical practice established by Dr. Jakeisha Goston, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am committed to treating the whole person utilizing an integrative approach to assist persons in reaching full potential/purpose and live in optimal health. I treat patient of all ages with various mental health disorders. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing.
Integrative Healthcare Solutions, PLLC is a psychiatric/minor medical practice established by Dr. Jakeisha Goston, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am committed to treating the whole person utilizing an integrative approach to assist persons in reaching full potential/purpose and live in optimal health. I treat patient of all ages with various mental health disorders. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing.
(901) 472-3306 View (901) 472-3306
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Fast Pace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
(931) 281-2743 View (931) 281-2743
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ripley, TN 38063
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(901) 403-0480 View (901) 403-0480
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Tonia Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 37501  (Online Only)
Though we may all suffer from stressors of the world and trauma, we all deserve to be treated as individuals. At Tailored Psychiatric Wellness Center, the goal is to understand the needs of each client and create a treatment plan specialized for them. I bring a unique perspective to psychiatric care, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I understand the importance of addressing the root cause of mental health concerns and working with my patients to develop individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs.
Though we may all suffer from stressors of the world and trauma, we all deserve to be treated as individuals. At Tailored Psychiatric Wellness Center, the goal is to understand the needs of each client and create a treatment plan specialized for them. I bring a unique perspective to psychiatric care, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I understand the importance of addressing the root cause of mental health concerns and working with my patients to develop individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs.
(901) 673-8797 View (901) 673-8797
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Tami Sholar- Conard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38135  (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
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Melanie Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
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Tipton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, TN 38011
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
(901) 910-1795 View (901) 910-1795
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Heather Delay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38133
Hello! I’m Heather, a family nurse practitioner who’s excited to help you reach your full potential. I understand just how scary it can be to take the first step towards seeking help for your mental wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created a safe space for healing and growth, where you’re free to ask as many questions as you need, and are encouraged to be honest about your struggles, fears, and hesitations when it comes to mental health. At Life Wellness Clinic, we offer individual and couples/marriage counseling, as well as medication management for anyone who is struggling with the pressures of life.
Hello! I’m Heather, a family nurse practitioner who’s excited to help you reach your full potential. I understand just how scary it can be to take the first step towards seeking help for your mental wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created a safe space for healing and growth, where you’re free to ask as many questions as you need, and are encouraged to be honest about your struggles, fears, and hesitations when it comes to mental health. At Life Wellness Clinic, we offer individual and couples/marriage counseling, as well as medication management for anyone who is struggling with the pressures of life.
(901) 546-4751 View (901) 546-4751

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Jackson, TN

10+

Average cost per session

$130

Psychiatrists in Jackson, TN who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Bipolar Disorder
83% Anxiety
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jackson, TN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jackson?

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.