Psychiatrists in Wilson County, TN

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Photo of Adrienne Hlavati, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adrienne Hlavati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing mental health conditions, in a variety of settings. I have worked with individuals in outpatient clinics as well as emergency crisis services. I approach each person as an individual who has unique experiences and needs. My goal is to help people take charge of their illness and
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals who are experiencing mental health conditions, in a variety of settings. I have worked with individuals in outpatient clinics as well as emergency crisis services. I approach each person as an individual who has unique experiences and needs. My goal is to help people take charge of their illness and
(629) 209-1957 View (629) 209-1957
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Reform Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, B, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087  (Online Only)
****Serving the entire state of TN through telepsychiatry ***** Jemima Mensah, PMHNP, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner serving patients of all ages at Reform Psychiatry LLC in Smyrna, Tennessee. Jemima offers compassionate mental health care in a safe and welcoming environment, helping patients to feel comfortable while improving their mental health. Jemima works with her patients as their partner in health, taking time to answer questions and discuss all treatment options so they can make informed decisions.
****Serving the entire state of TN through telepsychiatry ***** Jemima Mensah, PMHNP, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner serving patients of all ages at Reform Psychiatry LLC in Smyrna, Tennessee. Jemima offers compassionate mental health care in a safe and welcoming environment, helping patients to feel comfortable while improving their mental health. Jemima works with her patients as their partner in health, taking time to answer questions and discuss all treatment options so they can make informed decisions.
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Jordan Roundtree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087
I'm the owner of Roundtree Mental Health Group, which is an in-person and telehealth practice offering psychiatric diagnostics and psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. We offer a highly individualized and attentive focus on our clients’ difficulties, maintaining an interest in medication management. Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. We want our patients to feel heard and valued. We want to help you discover the root cause of your symptoms to allow for true healing and understanding. We truly want you to feel the best you can!
I'm the owner of Roundtree Mental Health Group, which is an in-person and telehealth practice offering psychiatric diagnostics and psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. We offer a highly individualized and attentive focus on our clients’ difficulties, maintaining an interest in medication management. Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. We want our patients to feel heard and valued. We want to help you discover the root cause of your symptoms to allow for true healing and understanding. We truly want you to feel the best you can!
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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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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Leslie Daschner
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
I believe in a collaborative, individualized approach to medicine. It is a privilege to hear my patient’s stories and to serve as a support system as they walk through life. Combining evidence-based practice and patient preference is what makes psychiatry my passion and each patient case unique. I look forward to meeting you and joining you on your journey!
I believe in a collaborative, individualized approach to medicine. It is a privilege to hear my patient’s stories and to serve as a support system as they walk through life. Combining evidence-based practice and patient preference is what makes psychiatry my passion and each patient case unique. I look forward to meeting you and joining you on your journey!
(629) 300-6659 View (629) 300-6659
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Megan Steinmetz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Taking the first step towards well-being can feel daunting. I am here to make the process as comfortable as possible by providing a safe, inclusive space that promotes healing. Throughout our time together, I will strive to understand your unique experiences and goals as we collaborate to develop your treatment plan.
Taking the first step towards well-being can feel daunting. I am here to make the process as comfortable as possible by providing a safe, inclusive space that promotes healing. Throughout our time together, I will strive to understand your unique experiences and goals as we collaborate to develop your treatment plan.
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Rebecca Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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
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.
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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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Caleb Gulley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
Caleb is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the medical management of mental illness across the lifespan. He uses an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to treatment. Through assessment of the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a condition, he is better able to understand concerns and recommend effective treatment for recovery. The goal is to connect you with the therapies you need to live life more fully.
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Lauren Foreman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the changes in your life? Are you seeking support during pregnancy or navigating the challenges of postpartum? Do you need someone who understands and can guide you through these transformative moments? I'm here to help. With over 7 years of experience as a midwife, I specialize in assisting women through these challenging phases of pregnancy and postpartum. My passion is providing unwavering support and guidance, ensuring that you feel heard and understood.
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37090  (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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Photo of Brandon D Teeftaller, APN, RN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse
Brandon D Teeftaller
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
I specialize in treating a wide variety of mental illness in adolescents and adults. In the last 20 years, I have developed a special interest in helping individuals achieve personal goals. I support and assist clients to develop a healthy self. It is my goal each day to help individuals improve their daily functioning. I believe the combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy offers clients the best tools for success. I work hard with each client offering my expertise in both areas to maximize his/her potential for holistic growth.
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Photo of Gundu Reddy, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
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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Photo of Stefanie Kreidler, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stefanie Kreidler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
My name is Stefanie and I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I am passionate about creating a respectful and kind space where you can feel well supported. Throughout my diverse career, I've acquired a robust skill set, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the human experience. Proficient in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, I believe in the power of empathy and collaboration in the healing process.
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lebanon, TN 37087
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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Open Minds Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37121
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.
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Taylor Newsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
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Ocean Ray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner serving clients in Tennessee. I specialize in helping clients manage depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder with a combination of medication and therapy. I enjoy thoroughly educating clients, their families and caregivers about treatment options and working collaboratively to make sure clients have the information they need to make the best decisions for their care. I also adopt a health at every size approach in my practice and encourage seeing the good and strength in all bodies and all beings.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner serving clients in Tennessee. I specialize in helping clients manage depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder with a combination of medication and therapy. I enjoy thoroughly educating clients, their families and caregivers about treatment options and working collaboratively to make sure clients have the information they need to make the best decisions for their care. I also adopt a health at every size approach in my practice and encourage seeing the good and strength in all bodies and all beings.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wilson County, TN

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Wilson County, TN who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
76% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Wilson County, TN see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
25% Male
6% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wilson 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.