Psychiatrists in Old Hickory, TN

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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.
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Rebecca Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Old Hickory, TN 37138
Rebecca Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She graduated Belmont University’s BSN, RN program in 2015 and Frontier Nursing University’s MSN, PMHNP program in 2022. Rebecca primarily provides medication management services with light, supportive therapy. Rebecca’s philosophy centers around the principles of active listening, thoughtful inquiry, and collaborative partnership with her clients. This dialogue forms the foundation upon which she builds unique and personalized treatment plans that cater to each client’s specific needs.
Rebecca Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She graduated Belmont University’s BSN, RN program in 2015 and Frontier Nursing University’s MSN, PMHNP program in 2022. Rebecca primarily provides medication management services with light, supportive therapy. Rebecca’s philosophy centers around the principles of active listening, thoughtful inquiry, and collaborative partnership with her clients. This dialogue forms the foundation upon which she builds unique and personalized treatment plans that cater to each client’s specific needs.
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Kara Darretta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Old Hickory, TN 37138
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.
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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Old Hickory, TN 37138
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Old Hickory, TN 37138
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
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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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Juliet, TN 37122  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
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Stanley Chima
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
Stanley Chima is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2021. Stanley's great experience in different healthcare settings over the past 15 years has prepared him as mental health provider with great compassion who strives to organically find a lasting solution. In his spare time, Stanley likes to travel the world with his family and he loves sports, especially the NBA.
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Brian Glass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hendersonville, TN 37075
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Epiphany Wellness Tennessee
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
Our facility caters to a diverse clientele facing behavioral health challenges, specifically those with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. Their needs span from medical and psychiatric care, holistic therapies, and recovery resources to comprehensive case management and family support. These individuals often seek a community that understands their unique challenges and offers holistic, tailored solutions to guide them towards recovery and well-being.
(615) 488-8023 View (615) 488-8023
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Corinne (Cori) Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Corinne (Cori) 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): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Trey Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
Trey is double board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Trey’s experience ranges from inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Trey specializes in depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. Trey is accepting new clients to help you with your mental health journey.
(615) 205-8905 View (615) 205-8905
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072  (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.
(615) 502-4022 View (615) 502-4022
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Seth Christman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37216
East Nashville Wellness Center is a nonprofit mental health clinic focusing on the mental health needs of Nashvillians. We use integrated care to work with a broad range of mental health problems including mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use.
East Nashville Wellness Center is a nonprofit mental health clinic focusing on the mental health needs of Nashvillians. We use integrated care to work with a broad range of mental health problems including mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use.
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David Wells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
David Wells PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for patient-centered care. With extensive hospital nursing experience, he saw the urgent need for mental health services in his community. Motivated to make a difference, he pursued higher education to become a PMHNP. David believes in holistic care, prioritizing trust and empathy in patient relationships. He creates safe spaces for open dialogue and personalized and evidence based treatment plans. Practice specialties include anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
David Wells PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for patient-centered care. With extensive hospital nursing experience, he saw the urgent need for mental health services in his community. Motivated to make a difference, he pursued higher education to become a PMHNP. David believes in holistic care, prioritizing trust and empathy in patient relationships. He creates safe spaces for open dialogue and personalized and evidence based treatment plans. Practice specialties include anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
(615) 212-8887 View (615) 212-8887
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Eric Avent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Old Hickory, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Old Hickory, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Psychosis
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% MultiPlan

How Psychiatrists in Old Hickory, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Old Hickory?

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.