Psychiatrists in Madison, TN

Photo of Katharine Beecham, FNP-BC, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katharine Beecham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN
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.
(615) 219-2542 View (615) 219-2542
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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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NOVO Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
NOVO Healthcare, LLC. Provides psychiatric services for Nashville and its surrounding communities. We specialized in providing tiered levels of care for individuals to help them recover from life's challenges ranging from everyday stress to fully diagnose clinical syndromes. NOVO Healthcare, LLC is a professional, private, service oriented, behavioral and lifestyle management firm comprised of associates who compassionately assist our clients to renew, refresh, revive and recover form the effects of life's challenges.
(615) 374-7131 View (615) 374-7131
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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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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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Novus Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, PA-C
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
Experienced, compassionate psychiatric medication management services provided in Clarksville, TN in office or online. We're honored to join our patients on their journey from mental illness to mental wellness - we will not only react to symptoms of mental illness, we will work together to identify and implement a proactive plan to attain mental wellness . Our practice is comprised of experienced psychiatric providers. Veteran owned & operated. Please visit the website, call or email for further information.
Experienced, compassionate psychiatric medication management services provided in Clarksville, TN in office or online. We're honored to join our patients on their journey from mental illness to mental wellness - we will not only react to symptoms of mental illness, we will work together to identify and implement a proactive plan to attain mental wellness . Our practice is comprised of experienced psychiatric providers. Veteran owned & operated. Please visit the website, call or email for further information.
(931) 240-2134 View (931) 240-2134
Photo of Brian Glass, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brian Glass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
Brian is an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with almost 30 years’ experience working with severe and persistently mentally ill patients in the middle Tennessee area. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2007. Over the last 14 years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner Brian has been a provider for teams in Nashville, Gallatin, Madison and Clarksville.
Brian is an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with almost 30 years’ experience working with severe and persistently mentally ill patients in the middle Tennessee area. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2007. Over the last 14 years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner Brian has been a provider for teams in Nashville, Gallatin, Madison and Clarksville.
(615) 909-4575 View (615) 909-4575
Photo of Gundu Reddy, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in 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 in 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.
(931) 288-5153 View (931) 288-5153
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Ben Leven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, TN 37115
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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Lauren Louise Hansen: Bloom Medical
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MEd, APRN, WHNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37207
I provide comprehensive, holistic, medical-based mental health care.
I provide comprehensive, holistic, medical-based mental health care.
(615) 551-5941 View (615) 551-5941
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Caleb Gulley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37201
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
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Sarah McKinley Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNP-BC, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37202  (Online Only)
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
Sarah welcomes you to a safe space where you can feel confident that she will work with you to achieve optimal results. She has experience meeting with clients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care that considers your concerns, values, and health history. Sarah has over 10 years of experience treating patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs, working together with clients and families to achieve their best overall health. She has a special interest in holistic treatment, integrating all aspects of health. We believe in Diversity and Inclusion, that each person has their unique story to tell.
(720) 807-8610 View (720) 807-8610
Madison Blume
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
As a provider, I hope to create a safe and collaborative environment where we can work together to improve your overall quality of life. My goal is to assist you in your wellness journey by utilizing a holistic approach that includes evidence-based medical practices. I look forward to supporting your endeavors in finding healing, fulfillment, and peace.
As a provider, I hope to create a safe and collaborative environment where we can work together to improve your overall quality of life. My goal is to assist you in your wellness journey by utilizing a holistic approach that includes evidence-based medical practices. I look forward to supporting your endeavors in finding healing, fulfillment, and peace.
(629) 265-9160 View (629) 265-9160
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Old Hickory, TN 37138
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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Miriam Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
(615) 905-1389 View (615) 905-1389
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Dr. Seth Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
(615) 558-4175 View (615) 558-4175
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Teresa Arnold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37202  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
(615) 437-9767 View (615) 437-9767
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In Focus Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37201
Our patients are seeking to understand and manage emotions, navigate life's challenges, and achieve personal growth. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, or life transitions and seek a supportive, empathic environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and enhance their overall well-being. They desire a deeper understanding of themselves and a meaningful, fulfilled life.
Our patients are seeking to understand and manage emotions, navigate life's challenges, and achieve personal growth. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, or life transitions and seek a supportive, empathic environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and enhance their overall well-being. They desire a deeper understanding of themselves and a meaningful, fulfilled life.
(469) 949-3916 View (469) 949-3916
Photo of Lori Jenkins, MSN, APN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lori Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37207  (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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Renewed Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37201
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
(931) 391-3852 View (931) 391-3852

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Madison, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Madison, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
89% Depression
89% Anxiety
78% Addiction
78% ADHD
78% Substance Use

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Madison, TN see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Madison?

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.