Psychiatrists in Shelbyville, TN

Photo of Haley Stovall, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Haley Stovall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Now welcoming new patients ages 12+! Let's work together to help you live your best life. I understand that life is complex and sometimes overwhelming and would like to take the time to get to know you and your own unique story. I will be your partner in creating a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal health vision.
Now welcoming new patients ages 12+! Let's work together to help you live your best life. I understand that life is complex and sometimes overwhelming and would like to take the time to get to know you and your own unique story. I will be your partner in creating a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal health vision.
(615) 502-4193 View (615) 502-4193
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Brock Carter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Shelbyville, TN 37160
I work with patients who are usually struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. If you are seeking help to manage stress, improve your overall well-being, and find ways to achieve a better life balance, let's work together. We can find effective treatments and coping strategies to support your mental health challenges and improve your quality of life, so you can achieve mental and emotional stability, happiness, and fulfillment in your personal and professional lives. My goal is to empower you to take control of your mental health, and overcome your challenges.
I work with patients who are usually struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. If you are seeking help to manage stress, improve your overall well-being, and find ways to achieve a better life balance, let's work together. We can find effective treatments and coping strategies to support your mental health challenges and improve your quality of life, so you can achieve mental and emotional stability, happiness, and fulfillment in your personal and professional lives. My goal is to empower you to take control of your mental health, and overcome your challenges.
(865) 345-5353 View (865) 345-5353

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Michael Ferri - InSight Recovery & Wellness, MD, Psychiatrist
InSight Recovery & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
(615) 437-9643 View (615) 437-9643
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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
Photo of Amber Kerby, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amber Kerby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(629) 276-7430 View (629) 276-7430
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Dominique Holley
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Dominique Holley is a triple board-certified psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Holley completed her post-doctoral residency and fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has served as an active US Army officer and recently separated from the US Army after 11 years of service. In her most recent role, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Fort Campbell, KY where she provided clinical and administrative supervision, as well as mentorship and guidance for an interdisciplinary team of over 140 personnel.
Dr. Dominique Holley is a triple board-certified psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Holley completed her post-doctoral residency and fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has served as an active US Army officer and recently separated from the US Army after 11 years of service. In her most recent role, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Fort Campbell, KY where she provided clinical and administrative supervision, as well as mentorship and guidance for an interdisciplinary team of over 140 personnel.
(629) 222-9713 View (629) 222-9713
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Renewed Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spring Hill, TN 37174
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
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Carrie Lewey Psychiatric Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
(629) 205-0637 View (629) 205-0637
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Toksy Akinleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
(801) 890-5307 View (801) 890-5307
Photo of Debra Poplar, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Debra Poplar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
(615) 249-1511 View (615) 249-1511
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Tami Sholar- Conard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (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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Alicia Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Crossville, TN 38572  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
Hello! I'm Alicia Ellis. Choosing you is the first step towards gaining control over your mental health because, honestly – initiating therapy can be scary and enlightening all at the same time. I am passionate about assisting patients who have experienced trauma-related experiences. I can assist Veterans that experienced PTSD, anxiety, substance use disorders, and depression. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows my clients to explore their triggers that have caused them undue trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and/or self-care.
(931) 391-3301 View (931) 391-3301
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Sabrina Poydras
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37042  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in nursing since 1999. Specializing in psychiatric nursing over the past five years. My focus is on treating a spectrum of conditions, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, among others. I have cared for individuals ranging from 17 to old age. I am dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate, and comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care while creating individualized care plans that prioritize each client's needs, fostering an environment free of stigma.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in nursing since 1999. Specializing in psychiatric nursing over the past five years. My focus is on treating a spectrum of conditions, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, among others. I have cared for individuals ranging from 17 to old age. I am dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate, and comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care while creating individualized care plans that prioritize each client's needs, fostering an environment free of stigma.
(931) 716-2075 View (931) 716-2075
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Katelyn Thompson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238
Dr. Katelyn Thompson is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Patients looking for a psychiatric provider will find that Dr. Thompson has a gentle and approachable style. She believes that each patient was created on purpose and for a purpose. The brain is deeply wired for resilience and Dr. Thompson is blessed to witness while supporting that in her patients. She focuses on medication management with supportive psychotherapy as she treats a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
Dr. Katelyn Thompson is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Patients looking for a psychiatric provider will find that Dr. Thompson has a gentle and approachable style. She believes that each patient was created on purpose and for a purpose. The brain is deeply wired for resilience and Dr. Thompson is blessed to witness while supporting that in her patients. She focuses on medication management with supportive psychotherapy as she treats a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
(515) 854-8647 View (515) 854-8647
Photo of Mackenzie Grimes, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mackenzie Grimes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Solstice Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With a holistic approach, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to adults and teens aged 16 and older. My goal is to empower my patients to overcome their challenges, enhance their quality of life, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. Considering the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit, my approach to psychiatric care encompasses all aspects of an individual's life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and owner of Solstice Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With a holistic approach, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to adults and teens aged 16 and older. My goal is to empower my patients to overcome their challenges, enhance their quality of life, and achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment. Considering the intricate connection between mind, body, and spirit, my approach to psychiatric care encompasses all aspects of an individual's life.
(615) 436-5973 View (615) 436-5973
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Belmont Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37040
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
(931) 218-6158 View (931) 218-6158
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Rex Sparks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thompsons Station, TN 37179  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
(615) 697-6754 View (615) 697-6754
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Lebanon Healthcare Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lebanon, TN 37087
Accepting new patients-I have twenty years of health care experience with a large variety of specialties. I am board certified in mental health and family health. I also specialize in aesthetics and weight loss. I am eager to work with you on your journey to better health. Full body health is important to mental health and helping you find that balance is my hope. We can work together to find a treatment plan that best fits you.
Accepting new patients-I have twenty years of health care experience with a large variety of specialties. I am board certified in mental health and family health. I also specialize in aesthetics and weight loss. I am eager to work with you on your journey to better health. Full body health is important to mental health and helping you find that balance is my hope. We can work together to find a treatment plan that best fits you.
(615) 721-2776 View (615) 721-2776
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Margot Feintuch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
My private practice provides psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management. I work collaboratively with each person to tailor the most current treatment modalities to meet their individual needs.
(615) 789-8083 View (615) 789-8083
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Mercy Community Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Mercy Community Healthcare offers comprehensive primary and mental healthcare to adults and children. Mercy’s psychiatric services enhance the quality of excellence in assessment, diagnosis, medication administration, re-evaluation and psychiatric education. Mercy employs board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
Mercy Community Healthcare offers comprehensive primary and mental healthcare to adults and children. Mercy’s psychiatric services enhance the quality of excellence in assessment, diagnosis, medication administration, re-evaluation and psychiatric education. Mercy employs board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.
(931) 356-6191 View (931) 356-6191

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Number of Psychiatrists in Shelbyville, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Shelbyville, TN who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Shelbyville, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shelbyville?

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.