Psychiatrists in Saratoga Springs, UT

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Samantha Allan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Samantha Allan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who embodies clinical expertise while connecting with patients with warmth and empathy. She is an ethical healthcare provider with the ability to stay calm, and intervene during the most difficult tasks. She has a proven ability to build positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians, and other medical professionals. Samantha is an effective motivator, communicator, and advocate. She has an inherent ability to manage all personalities, defuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues, and meet and achieve challenging goals and objectives.
Samantha Allan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who embodies clinical expertise while connecting with patients with warmth and empathy. She is an ethical healthcare provider with the ability to stay calm, and intervene during the most difficult tasks. She has a proven ability to build positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians, and other medical professionals. Samantha is an effective motivator, communicator, and advocate. She has an inherent ability to manage all personalities, defuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues, and meet and achieve challenging goals and objectives.
(801) 823-4269 View (801) 823-4269
Photo of Bruno Silva - Healing Ketamine, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healing Ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Welcome! We're glad you're exploring ketamine infusions, a cutting-edge option in the realm of mental health treatments. This therapy has shown promise in providing relief for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, offering hope and healing. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your comfort and safety. We're committed to personalized care, tailoring each treatment to the individual's unique needs and health goals. Together, we'll work towards a brighter, healthier future for you.
Welcome! We're glad you're exploring ketamine infusions, a cutting-edge option in the realm of mental health treatments. This therapy has shown promise in providing relief for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, offering hope and healing. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your comfort and safety. We're committed to personalized care, tailoring each treatment to the individual's unique needs and health goals. Together, we'll work towards a brighter, healthier future for you.
(385) 526-2109 View (385) 526-2109
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Premier Psychiatry Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Thank you for choosing Premier Psychiatry Solutions. Insurance credentialing is in process and will soon be available. Open Appointments Now. Visit our website for scheduling today. We are accepting new clients over age 12. We offer a simplified approach to complex issues with kind interactions. People enjoy that we are relatable, personable, and easy to discuss all topics of concern. One could expect a conservative approach to using medicines, and we highly encourage counseling concurrently with local therapists we recommend.
Thank you for choosing Premier Psychiatry Solutions. Insurance credentialing is in process and will soon be available. Open Appointments Now. Visit our website for scheduling today. We are accepting new clients over age 12. We offer a simplified approach to complex issues with kind interactions. People enjoy that we are relatable, personable, and easy to discuss all topics of concern. One could expect a conservative approach to using medicines, and we highly encourage counseling concurrently with local therapists we recommend.
(385) 510-5150 View (385) 510-5150

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Tauna Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
(385) 853-5262 View (385) 853-5262
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Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
Welcome to Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry! We have offices in Orem (near the University Mall) and Lehi (off of Main Street, close to Saratoga Springs). We offer medication management and psychotherapy as well as pharmacogenetic testing, where appropriate. Our providers are: David Paulson, MD, Traci Naylor, APRN, PMHNP; Mekenzie Cooper, APRN, PMHNP; Rebecca Harvey, APRN, DNP; Joel Covington, APRN, DNP; Dan Muster, APRN, DNP; Corrine Freeman, APRN, DNP; Brooke Merrill, APRN, PMHNP; and Karina McDonald APRN, PMHNP. We believe patients receive the best care when they have strong alliance with their providers.
Welcome to Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry! We have offices in Orem (near the University Mall) and Lehi (off of Main Street, close to Saratoga Springs). We offer medication management and psychotherapy as well as pharmacogenetic testing, where appropriate. Our providers are: David Paulson, MD, Traci Naylor, APRN, PMHNP; Mekenzie Cooper, APRN, PMHNP; Rebecca Harvey, APRN, DNP; Joel Covington, APRN, DNP; Dan Muster, APRN, DNP; Corrine Freeman, APRN, DNP; Brooke Merrill, APRN, PMHNP; and Karina McDonald APRN, PMHNP. We believe patients receive the best care when they have strong alliance with their providers.
(385) 250-3107 View (385) 250-3107
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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
(385) 645-3868 View (385) 645-3868
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Gayle Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
(385) 462-0931 View (385) 462-0931
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White Sage Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Not accepting new clients
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
(385) 323-8559 View (385) 323-8559
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Sutapa Dube
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland, UT 84003
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
(520) 341-2053 View (520) 341-2053
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Deven Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
American Fork, UT 84003
Deven Jennings earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. Deven graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2016 and joined Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the geriatric and medical psychiatric unit in inpatient services. He worked for 2 years as a charge nurse before returning to graduate school to earn his DNP. He worked as a graduate assistant and outpatient psychiatric nurse with the College of Nursing at the University of Utah.
Deven Jennings earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health in May of 2021. He has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. Deven graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2016 and joined Huntsman Mental Health Institute on the geriatric and medical psychiatric unit in inpatient services. He worked for 2 years as a charge nurse before returning to graduate school to earn his DNP. He worked as a graduate assistant and outpatient psychiatric nurse with the College of Nursing at the University of Utah.
(385) 308-0052 View (385) 308-0052
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Ben Saxey
Physician Assistant, PA-C, Psych
Verified Verified
American Fork, UT 84003
Now Accepting New Patients! I want a patient that wants to find an answer. Sometimes the answer requires changing our lifestyle which includes sleeping habits, diet and exercise. Sometimes the answer is with the right medication(s). Sometimes it is with trying something "new". If you are willing to make changes, then we can explore options at Numinus that might not be available at other clinics. If you want someone who will listen and navigate your mental health journey with you, then I am happy to help and hope to see you at our clinic.
Now Accepting New Patients! I want a patient that wants to find an answer. Sometimes the answer requires changing our lifestyle which includes sleeping habits, diet and exercise. Sometimes the answer is with the right medication(s). Sometimes it is with trying something "new". If you are willing to make changes, then we can explore options at Numinus that might not be available at other clinics. If you want someone who will listen and navigate your mental health journey with you, then I am happy to help and hope to see you at our clinic.
(801) 784-6201 View (801) 784-6201
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Todd Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
American Fork, UT 84003
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
(385) 449-3164 View (385) 449-3164
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Dr. Jessica Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland, UT 84003
I have a passion for helping individuals of all ages reach their goals and thrive through each chapter of their lives. I provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based psychiatric care. I like to understand the contributors to your mental health condition(s) and then take a holistic approach and help you with a plan to address the contributors in a healthy way. I love that at Ampelis Health I work with experts in psychiatry, positive psychology, marriage and family relations, nutrition, mindfulness, and wellness. This gives my patients access to the tools they need to overcome and manage their mental health concerns.
I have a passion for helping individuals of all ages reach their goals and thrive through each chapter of their lives. I provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based psychiatric care. I like to understand the contributors to your mental health condition(s) and then take a holistic approach and help you with a plan to address the contributors in a healthy way. I love that at Ampelis Health I work with experts in psychiatry, positive psychology, marriage and family relations, nutrition, mindfulness, and wellness. This gives my patients access to the tools they need to overcome and manage their mental health concerns.
(385) 503-3817 View (385) 503-3817
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Hannah Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Hannah enjoys listening to her patients’ needs and coming up with creative, patient-centered care that is tailored to her patient using diverse treatment modalities such as medication management, therapy, lifestyle, and psychedelic therapies. Hannah loves to empower her patients and help them make decisions that will improve overall mental health and give them the tools necessary to do so.
Hannah enjoys listening to her patients’ needs and coming up with creative, patient-centered care that is tailored to her patient using diverse treatment modalities such as medication management, therapy, lifestyle, and psychedelic therapies. Hannah loves to empower her patients and help them make decisions that will improve overall mental health and give them the tools necessary to do so.
(385) 503-8619 View (385) 503-8619
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Elisa Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
American Fork, UT 84003
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
(385) 263-7193 View (385) 263-7193
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Jennifer Olsen
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
Many individuals are struggling with mental health problems causing them to feel discouraged or hopeless. At Anderson Wellness Group, we are passionate about the care and services we offer to our patients. We provide a wide range of mental health services to adults, adolescents, and children. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide treatment plans, and prescribe medication. We are dedicated to finding a solution to help each one of our patients.
Many individuals are struggling with mental health problems causing them to feel discouraged or hopeless. At Anderson Wellness Group, we are passionate about the care and services we offer to our patients. We provide a wide range of mental health services to adults, adolescents, and children. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide treatment plans, and prescribe medication. We are dedicated to finding a solution to help each one of our patients.
(385) 220-8010 View (385) 220-8010
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Cornerstone Psychiatry, Rebecca Harvey, DNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lindon, UT 84042
Cornerstone Psychiatry is a premier psychiatry practice serving individuals aged 10 years and older, led by Rebecca Harvey, DNP, who has decades of combined experience. Patients receive tailored medication management for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and more. Offering in-person appointments and telemedicine psychiatry, Rebecca provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment. Patients get individualized attention and have a safe place to express their concerns.
Cornerstone Psychiatry is a premier psychiatry practice serving individuals aged 10 years and older, led by Rebecca Harvey, DNP, who has decades of combined experience. Patients receive tailored medication management for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and more. Offering in-person appointments and telemedicine psychiatry, Rebecca provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment. Patients get individualized attention and have a safe place to express their concerns.
(385) 557-8950 View (385) 557-8950
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Misty Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
I am passionate about helping people discover their purpose and self worth so that they can show up as the best versions of themselves. I believe in the power of our brains and our thoughts and would love to explore this with you. I also know firsthand that life can be hard and that sometimes a little bit of medication can really help. I would love to be given the opportunity to work with you and help you live a life that is full of purpose, love and connection.
I am passionate about helping people discover their purpose and self worth so that they can show up as the best versions of themselves. I believe in the power of our brains and our thoughts and would love to explore this with you. I also know firsthand that life can be hard and that sometimes a little bit of medication can really help. I would love to be given the opportunity to work with you and help you live a life that is full of purpose, love and connection.
(801) 316-8504 View (801) 316-8504
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Hayden Chevalier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
I believe that patient care is individualized and focused on helping individuals improve their day-to-day life and reach their goals. I have found that improving mental healthcare takes a high level of detail, and all aspects of an individual’s life need to be considered in order for them to receive the highest level of personal success. Because of this, my approach to patient care is not simply focused on the patient, but also on helping each individual establish a support network and healthy habits that will provide strength during their mental health journey.
I believe that patient care is individualized and focused on helping individuals improve their day-to-day life and reach their goals. I have found that improving mental healthcare takes a high level of detail, and all aspects of an individual’s life need to be considered in order for them to receive the highest level of personal success. Because of this, my approach to patient care is not simply focused on the patient, but also on helping each individual establish a support network and healthy habits that will provide strength during their mental health journey.
(801) 997-1163 View (801) 997-1163

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saratoga Springs, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Saratoga Springs, UT who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Saratoga Springs, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saratoga Springs?

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.