Psychiatrists in Sumner County, TN

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Stanley Chima
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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.
(615) 805-5325 View (615) 805-5325
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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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Epiphany Wellness Tennessee
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
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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Brian Glass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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
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Marina Alane Pincock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gallatin, TN 37066
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
(615) 359-6317 View (615) 359-6317
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John Lambert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gallatin, TN 37066
My primary role as a psychiatrist is to explore the numerous factors that can be involved in mental distress. I have a unique background with training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. These issues often coincide and consideration needs to be given to both. The connection between mind and body is of paramount importance and each treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. My practice primarily consists of therapy plus medication management. Medication is often indicated but other treatment options are always willing to be considered for the best interests of the patient.
My primary role as a psychiatrist is to explore the numerous factors that can be involved in mental distress. I have a unique background with training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. These issues often coincide and consideration needs to be given to both. The connection between mind and body is of paramount importance and each treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. My practice primarily consists of therapy plus medication management. Medication is often indicated but other treatment options are always willing to be considered for the best interests of the patient.
(615) 492-3257 View (615) 492-3257
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Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jodi Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinically trained mental health therapist. She is currently accepting patients ages 10+ in her private practice, Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC. Jodi provides psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management to children, adolescents, and adults. As a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, she has vast experience working with a variety of diagnosis and ages, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD.
Jodi Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinically trained mental health therapist. She is currently accepting patients ages 10+ in her private practice, Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC. Jodi provides psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management to children, adolescents, and adults. As a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, she has vast experience working with a variety of diagnosis and ages, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD.
(615) 903-4442 View (615) 903-4442
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Ilu Amin @ Tennessee Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Gallatin, TN 37066
As a mental health nurse practitioner, I connect deeply with people facing anxiety, depression, trauma, other mental health challenges. I offer my deepest support and guidance. Understanding your pain and isolation, I provide validation without judgment, fostering trust and rapport. I do not discriminate your background regarding gender, race, and welcome LGBTQIA+, etc. By recognizing these influences, I tailor treatment to empower you to reclaim agency and pursue your aspirations with confidence. My approach combines medication management and psychotherapy to address your specific mental health needs, holistically.
As a mental health nurse practitioner, I connect deeply with people facing anxiety, depression, trauma, other mental health challenges. I offer my deepest support and guidance. Understanding your pain and isolation, I provide validation without judgment, fostering trust and rapport. I do not discriminate your background regarding gender, race, and welcome LGBTQIA+, etc. By recognizing these influences, I tailor treatment to empower you to reclaim agency and pursue your aspirations with confidence. My approach combines medication management and psychotherapy to address your specific mental health needs, holistically.
(615) 307-9196 View (615) 307-9196
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Kalietta Webb
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
Kalietta Webb is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been working in the mental health field for six years. Kalietta has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment that includes helping all walks of life of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, addictions, psychosis such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and substance induced psychosis. She advocates for holistic care for individuals with the collaboration of medication management and therapy.
(615) 821-2216 View (615) 821-2216
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Marilyn D Haymaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Originally from Columbia Falls, Montana, Marilyn has lived in Tennessee since the late 80’s. She attended Tennessee State University, where she received her RN in 1992. Marilyn was drawn to the field of mental health after working in substance abuse treatment as a registered nurse, and returned to graduate school to further her education, earning her MSN and certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. With over 29 years in healthcare, including 11 in mental health, Marilyn brings extensive knowledge to her practice. She draws from experience in a multitude of settings.
Originally from Columbia Falls, Montana, Marilyn has lived in Tennessee since the late 80’s. She attended Tennessee State University, where she received her RN in 1992. Marilyn was drawn to the field of mental health after working in substance abuse treatment as a registered nurse, and returned to graduate school to further her education, earning her MSN and certification as Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. With over 29 years in healthcare, including 11 in mental health, Marilyn brings extensive knowledge to her practice. She draws from experience in a multitude of settings.
(615) 412-5405 View (615) 412-5405
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hendersonville, TN 37075  (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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Yolanda Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
(615) 558-5640 View (615) 558-5640
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NOVO Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
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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Premier Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
(615) 857-5587 View (615) 857-5587
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Tipton Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Masters from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and have been practicing for three years.
(901) 910-1795 View (901) 910-1795
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Angie Janicek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
(615) 437-5245 View (615) 437-5245
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Jaquay Brister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hendersonville, TN 37075  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
Hello! I'm a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Tennessee. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I completed a 1 year residency at a VA Medical Center and have been practicing for 3 years. I collaborate closely with clients to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, with a focus on promoting holistic wellness and empowering individuals to achieve their mental health goals.
(901) 883-7760 View (901) 883-7760
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Spring Creek Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gallatin, TN 37066
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Spring Creek Mental Health consists of Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Their training and experience qualify them to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Our primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. We offer telemedicine and in-person services. Some of our practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQIA community.
(615) 708-4950 View (615) 708-4950
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Luis Dulin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
At Open Minds Mental Health Services we believe in evidence based treatment with a collaborative approach. We practice holistic interventions that incorporate a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to better your overall mental health.
(615) 433-6334 View (615) 433-6334
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Dr. Patrick Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hendersonville, TN 37075  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
(206) 203-7325 View (206) 203-7325

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sumner County, TN

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Sumner County, TN who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
89% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Sumner County, TN see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sumner County?

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.