Psychiatrists in McMinnville, TN

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April Ebersole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , ANP
Verified Verified
McMinnville, TN 37110
My office is located in Cookeville. I hold two board certifications in Psychiatry & Adult Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes 25 years working as a nurse practitioner in mental health, hospital medicine, ER, long term care, and primary care. I sincerely enjoy helping people and want to share my experience to help patients feel better. My interests include helping patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, sleep issues, family issues, narcissist abuse, grief/loss, ADHD, struggles with medication choices, THC & alcohol dependence, and PTSD. Visit our website to book appointments. www.cookevillepsych.com
My office is located in Cookeville. I hold two board certifications in Psychiatry & Adult Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes 25 years working as a nurse practitioner in mental health, hospital medicine, ER, long term care, and primary care. I sincerely enjoy helping people and want to share my experience to help patients feel better. My interests include helping patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, dementia, sleep issues, family issues, narcissist abuse, grief/loss, ADHD, struggles with medication choices, THC & alcohol dependence, and PTSD. Visit our website to book appointments. www.cookevillepsych.com
(931) 342-4702 View (931) 342-4702

Online Psychiatrists

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Tanitha Moncier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Every journey begins with one step. Perhaps you are feeling “stuck” and repeating the same patterns? I am committed to creating the possibility of well-being for you and helping you live a more fulfilling life, let’s work together so you can feel your best. With my expertise as a double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, the focus of care in my practice is flexible and individualized to each client.
Every journey begins with one step. Perhaps you are feeling “stuck” and repeating the same patterns? I am committed to creating the possibility of well-being for you and helping you live a more fulfilling life, let’s work together so you can feel your best. With my expertise as a double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, the focus of care in my practice is flexible and individualized to each client.
(615) 619-4204 View (615) 619-4204
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Myrvienne Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37128  (Online Only)
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne, but you can call me Mimi! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne, but you can call me Mimi! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
(615) 551-4980 View (615) 551-4980
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Denise Y O'Neil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Chattanooga, TN 37421
I am dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner here to help you make the best decision in regard to your mental health. I am a compassionate provider who encourages my clients to actively participate in the decision-making process, which results in autonomy, empowerment, and overall improvement in their wellbeing. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
I am dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner here to help you make the best decision in regard to your mental health. I am a compassionate provider who encourages my clients to actively participate in the decision-making process, which results in autonomy, empowerment, and overall improvement in their wellbeing. If you find yourself wondering if medication may be an option for you and/or if you think you may need an adjustment to your current medication regimen, give me a call. We can work together to get your questions answered and determine the best approach for you.
(423) 560-7180 View (423) 560-7180
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Brei Chisholm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
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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Kast Dynamic Therapy and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
(615) 237-7238 View (615) 237-7238
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Karla Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37932
Karla Carroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She has a Masters in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University. Karla has experience with interventional psych in major depressive disorder, personality disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, ODD, DMDD, and substance use disorders. Outside of work, Karla enjoys walking with her two dachshunds, working out, and baking cakes.
Karla Carroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She has a Masters in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University. Karla has experience with interventional psych in major depressive disorder, personality disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, ODD, DMDD, and substance use disorders. Outside of work, Karla enjoys walking with her two dachshunds, working out, and baking cakes.
(865) 412-4044 View (865) 412-4044
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Heather Greer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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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Edy Cerone, PMHNP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
I am very passionate about providing care to those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, and other mental disorders. It is important for me to listen to my patient and include their concerns and needs in the plan of care. I started my own business in order to be able to spend time getting to know my patients. My goal is to assist my patients in ways to improve their mental wellbeing and have a more fulfilling life through medication management and counseling.
I am very passionate about providing care to those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, and other mental disorders. It is important for me to listen to my patient and include their concerns and needs in the plan of care. I started my own business in order to be able to spend time getting to know my patients. My goal is to assist my patients in ways to improve their mental wellbeing and have a more fulfilling life through medication management and counseling.
(865) 213-7363 View (865) 213-7363
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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
Photo of Hannah Hutchins, BS-Edu, BSN-RN, MSN-APN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hannah Hutchins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BS-Edu, BSN-RN, MSN-APN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37922
My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation.
My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation.
(865) 509-9483 x125 View (865) 509-9483 x125
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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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Shannon Leah Hutchison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37923  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 22 years of nursing experience. I am accepting new patients ages 18 and older and have experience treating anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 22 years of nursing experience. I am accepting new patients ages 18 and older and have experience treating anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.
(865) 290-7471 View (865) 290-7471
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Samantha Hopkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cottontown, TN 37048  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Samantha is committed to providing top-tier mental health care to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the intricate complexities of mental health, she offers a holistic approach that encompasses medication management, evidenced-based treatments, and unwavering support on the journey to mental well-being.
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Samantha is committed to providing top-tier mental health care to individuals of all ages. With a deep understanding of the intricate complexities of mental health, she offers a holistic approach that encompasses medication management, evidenced-based treatments, and unwavering support on the journey to mental well-being.
(615) 552-6186 View (615) 552-6186
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Dr. Nicholas Hatcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CIPP
Verified Verified
Cleveland, TN 37311  (Online Only)
Improve trauma symptoms rapidly with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART is an evidence-based therapy modality that involves reworking traumatic memories through the use of eye movements and visualization techniques. After ART, the memory remains in the factual side of memory, but the pain is released. Instead of several months of therapy, ART can help you resolve traumatic memories in 1-3 60-minute sessions, oftentimes with noticeable results after the first session.Visit www.acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com for more information about ART.
Improve trauma symptoms rapidly with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART is an evidence-based therapy modality that involves reworking traumatic memories through the use of eye movements and visualization techniques. After ART, the memory remains in the factual side of memory, but the pain is released. Instead of several months of therapy, ART can help you resolve traumatic memories in 1-3 60-minute sessions, oftentimes with noticeable results after the first session.Visit www.acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com for more information about ART.
(423) 264-2268 View (423) 264-2268
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Corinne (Cori) Powell is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Corinne (Cori) Powell is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her training and experience qualify her to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Cori's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. She offers telemedicine and in-person services. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
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Kara Darretta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Dr. Kara Darretta is a boardcertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing. Dr Darretta's experience working with individuals of all ages spans anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, thought disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. She also has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Dr. Kara Darretta is a boardcertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing. Dr Darretta's experience working with individuals of all ages spans anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, thought disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. She also has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
(615) 645-2065 View (615) 645-2065
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Mark Varela
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Varela is a board-eligible psychiatrist joining Talkiatry directly out of residency. He focuses primarily on medication management, often accompanied by brief cognitive, motivational, or supportive therapy. He may request that you also meet with a therapist regularly for your benefit.
Dr. Mark Varela is a board-eligible psychiatrist joining Talkiatry directly out of residency. He focuses primarily on medication management, often accompanied by brief cognitive, motivational, or supportive therapy. He may request that you also meet with a therapist regularly for your benefit.
(629) 209-9337 View (629) 209-9337
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Betty Jane Kohal
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I have been in private practice for over 30 years and my best source of referrals are satisfied clients. I work with individuals experiencing all aspects of trauma, grief, bereavement concerns and assist them into recovery. I use a variety of approaches in my therapy with the core being cognitive psychotherapy. I am experienced in marital therapy and assisting individuals to meet their goals. I also have much experience assisting individuals with both depression and anxiety finding healthy coping mechanisms so they can be at their optimum level of functioning. I strive to see clients on a regular basis.
I have been in private practice for over 30 years and my best source of referrals are satisfied clients. I work with individuals experiencing all aspects of trauma, grief, bereavement concerns and assist them into recovery. I use a variety of approaches in my therapy with the core being cognitive psychotherapy. I am experienced in marital therapy and assisting individuals to meet their goals. I also have much experience assisting individuals with both depression and anxiety finding healthy coping mechanisms so they can be at their optimum level of functioning. I strive to see clients on a regular basis.
(615) 987-0993 View (615) 987-0993
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Dr. Tongtong Zhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Mental distress is not simply confined to the mind. It also manifests in our bodies and impairs our sense of wellbeing. I employ pharmacological interventions and psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat everyone as a person rather than a disorder. I account for the context of his or her community and culture. I have a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained my medical degree from the University of Tennessee, where I grew up. I completed my psychiatry residency at UCLA/Greater LA VA with an additional fellowship in geriatric psychiatry from UCLA.
Mental distress is not simply confined to the mind. It also manifests in our bodies and impairs our sense of wellbeing. I employ pharmacological interventions and psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat everyone as a person rather than a disorder. I account for the context of his or her community and culture. I have a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained my medical degree from the University of Tennessee, where I grew up. I completed my psychiatry residency at UCLA/Greater LA VA with an additional fellowship in geriatric psychiatry from UCLA.
(424) 533-1926 View (424) 533-1926

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Number of Psychiatrists in McMinnville, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in McMinnville, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in McMinnville, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McMinnville?

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.