Psychiatrists in South Jordan, UT

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Sheenali Kansagra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Having practiced in the field of mental health for over 10 years, I have worked with patients of all ages and treated a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and various psychotic disorders.
Having practiced in the field of mental health for over 10 years, I have worked with patients of all ages and treated a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and various psychotic disorders.
(385) 442-7714 View (385) 442-7714
Carla Applegate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Carla understands that people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses often feel weakened, alone and deprived of power or hope in living a contented, balanced and full life. Carla strives to help clients feel connected, empowered and hopeful in living a purposeful life.
Carla understands that people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses often feel weakened, alone and deprived of power or hope in living a contented, balanced and full life. Carla strives to help clients feel connected, empowered and hopeful in living a purposeful life.
(385) 393-1156 View (385) 393-1156
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Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84095
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
(385) 475-4049 View (385) 475-4049
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Annie Groesbeck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84095
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in mental healthcare. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals and families, believing that informed patients achieve better health outcomes. During visits with me, patients can expect open communication to discuss their unique concerns and mental health goals.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in mental healthcare. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals and families, believing that informed patients achieve better health outcomes. During visits with me, patients can expect open communication to discuss their unique concerns and mental health goals.
(385) 481-6591 View (385) 481-6591
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Diane Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84009  (Online Only)
I believe that mental and physical health are connected, and I have a passion for educating my clients to recognize potential biological issues that may be limiting their ability to manage their moods, behaviors, and/or motivation for success. I am a certified integrative mental health professional and provide services beyond medication management for those who express interest, including pharmacogenetic testing, neurotoxicity evaluations, specific condition testing, supplement and dietary recommendations, and education/referrals for additional supportive therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment, etc.
I believe that mental and physical health are connected, and I have a passion for educating my clients to recognize potential biological issues that may be limiting their ability to manage their moods, behaviors, and/or motivation for success. I am a certified integrative mental health professional and provide services beyond medication management for those who express interest, including pharmacogenetic testing, neurotoxicity evaluations, specific condition testing, supplement and dietary recommendations, and education/referrals for additional supportive therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment, etc.
(435) 990-5443 View (435) 990-5443
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Dr. Vineka Heeramun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84095
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
(801) 683-5133 View (801) 683-5133
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Healing Ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84095
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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Heather Dangerfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
(385) 367-2449 View (385) 367-2449
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Jennifer Marie Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
I was born and grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and I'm passionate about serving individuals from diverse backgrounds. I emphasize in collaborative care to create an individualized treatment plan combining knowledge of both physical and mental health care to achieve wellness.
I was born and grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and I'm passionate about serving individuals from diverse backgrounds. I emphasize in collaborative care to create an individualized treatment plan combining knowledge of both physical and mental health care to achieve wellness.
(801) 676-9452 View (801) 676-9452
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Matt Vickers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
(385) 402-8158 View (385) 402-8158
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Tracey Tranter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
(385) 485-6740 View (385) 485-6740
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
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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Dr. Brian Berrett
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Hello, my name is Brian Berrett. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is committed to providing high quality care in a timely manner - we will get you in within 2 weeks guaranteed. I specialize in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, trauma, and other mental health conditions. If we work together, I will enjoy finding solutions to help you live your best life -- a life built on striving towards your values, or the things you hold most dear in life. I take great joy when such achievements are more prevalent or poignant in your life due to the improved capacity you have gained.
Hello, my name is Brian Berrett. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is committed to providing high quality care in a timely manner - we will get you in within 2 weeks guaranteed. I specialize in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, trauma, and other mental health conditions. If we work together, I will enjoy finding solutions to help you live your best life -- a life built on striving towards your values, or the things you hold most dear in life. I take great joy when such achievements are more prevalent or poignant in your life due to the improved capacity you have gained.
(801) 921-5935 View (801) 921-5935
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Stefanie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
South Jordan, UT 84009  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
(385) 475-2351 View (385) 475-2351

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Sharee Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Sharee Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2024. She has an Associate degree from BYU-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Boise State University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Sharee wants to be able to assist clients in achieving mental wellness in whatever way that looks like for them with guidance that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or forming new healthy habits.
Sharee Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2024. She has an Associate degree from BYU-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Boise State University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Sharee wants to be able to assist clients in achieving mental wellness in whatever way that looks like for them with guidance that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or forming new healthy habits.
(801) 285-0843 View (801) 285-0843
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Gayle Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
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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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Lin Clark is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan. Lin sees patients ages 12+. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD. In her spare time, Lin enjoys delicious food, going on walks, and bathing her hairless pets.
Lin Clark is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan. Lin sees patients ages 12+. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD. In her spare time, Lin enjoys delicious food, going on walks, and bathing her hairless pets.
(385) 899-2167 View (385) 899-2167
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Matthew Soulier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
(385) 314-4998 View (385) 314-4998
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Laura Maw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Laura Maw is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and provides psychiatric medication management in by telehealth and at our Lehi Clinic in Thanksgiving Point. She has over 31 years of nursing experience with 22 years in psychiatric medication management. She earned a Doctorate in Nurse Practices (DNP) from the University of Utah specializing in Family Nurse Practice (FNP).
Laura Maw is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and provides psychiatric medication management in by telehealth and at our Lehi Clinic in Thanksgiving Point. She has over 31 years of nursing experience with 22 years in psychiatric medication management. She earned a Doctorate in Nurse Practices (DNP) from the University of Utah specializing in Family Nurse Practice (FNP).
(801) 405-3560 View (801) 405-3560

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Number of Psychiatrists in South Jordan, UT

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in South Jordan, UT who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Medication Management
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in South Jordan, UT see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in South Jordan?

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.