Psychiatrists in Dunn Loring, VA

Photo of Dr. Fatima Noorani, Psychiatrist in Dunn Loring, VA
Dr. Fatima Noorani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes due to a diagnosis or circumstance, you may find yourself stuck, unable to perform, unhappy, or unfulfilled. I'm here to help you bounce back through treatments supported by scientific evidence, which may include medication, therapy, or both. Unlike many psychiatrists, I also offer psychotherapy. I collaborate with patients to integrate their life story, strengths, and values to support them in their unique journey toward personal growth and healing. While adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, I specialize in supporting multicultural and BIPOC clients, as well as pregnant and postpartum clients.
Sometimes due to a diagnosis or circumstance, you may find yourself stuck, unable to perform, unhappy, or unfulfilled. I'm here to help you bounce back through treatments supported by scientific evidence, which may include medication, therapy, or both. Unlike many psychiatrists, I also offer psychotherapy. I collaborate with patients to integrate their life story, strengths, and values to support them in their unique journey toward personal growth and healing. While adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, I specialize in supporting multicultural and BIPOC clients, as well as pregnant and postpartum clients.
(571) 946-2437 View (571) 946-2437

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Meghan Shank
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22042
Meghan Shank is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience treating clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, and attention deficit disorders. She enjoys working alongside her adult clients to help them navigate life's challenges and achieve wellness. Meghan offers psychiatric medication management both virtually and in-person at Park Psychiatry's warm and inviting office located in McLean, VA.
Meghan Shank is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience treating clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, including mood, anxiety, and attention deficit disorders. She enjoys working alongside her adult clients to help them navigate life's challenges and achieve wellness. Meghan offers psychiatric medication management both virtually and in-person at Park Psychiatry's warm and inviting office located in McLean, VA.
(571) 450-9851 View (571) 450-9851
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Patricia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
(505) 421-4435 View (505) 421-4435
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Madhu Bhatia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
I have more than 20 years of experience in treating Adults ,Adolescents and children.My goal of treatment is to help the patients become well adjusted emotionally and socially and entails a combination of cognitive therapy and psychopharmacology.My special interest is in treating patients with Mood disorders and Trauma
I have more than 20 years of experience in treating Adults ,Adolescents and children.My goal of treatment is to help the patients become well adjusted emotionally and socially and entails a combination of cognitive therapy and psychopharmacology.My special interest is in treating patients with Mood disorders and Trauma
(703) 810-3494 View (703) 810-3494
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Layan Zhang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I am double board-certified in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. My practice philosophy is to first educate my patients and their legal guardians the most up-to-date treatment guidelines on the issues they present, ensure they fully understand treatment protocols, and then work together to make treatment decisions. I will be there for my patients all the way to their recovery.
I am double board-certified in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. My practice philosophy is to first educate my patients and their legal guardians the most up-to-date treatment guidelines on the issues they present, ensure they fully understand treatment protocols, and then work together to make treatment decisions. I will be there for my patients all the way to their recovery.
(240) 261-7770 View (240) 261-7770
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(703) 650-9706 View (703) 650-9706
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Alice Greenwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22046  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping people to live life as the version of themselves they aspire to be. It is my firm belief that addressing and treating mental health concerns appropriately is an integral step in helping people to achieve this. My approach utilizes what I like to call the 3 E’s – empathy, education, and empowerment. Empathy for my clients and their situations – mental health challenges cause pain for many people. Education for clients regarding pathophysiology, treatment options, and the way brains work. Client empowerment that they are capable, knowledgeable, and deserving of help.
I am passionate about helping people to live life as the version of themselves they aspire to be. It is my firm belief that addressing and treating mental health concerns appropriately is an integral step in helping people to achieve this. My approach utilizes what I like to call the 3 E’s – empathy, education, and empowerment. Empathy for my clients and their situations – mental health challenges cause pain for many people. Education for clients regarding pathophysiology, treatment options, and the way brains work. Client empowerment that they are capable, knowledgeable, and deserving of help.
(571) 946-6302 View (571) 946-6302
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Harish Goyal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 520-5487 View (571) 520-5487
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Rania Attia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22043
As a physician, I have dedicated my career to the compassionate and comprehensive treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. I carry a double board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I strongly believe that collaboration with other healthcare providers supports positive treatment outcomes. Typically, my treatment approach combines several modalities including medication (if needed) and psychotherapy. I treat a variety of conditions including disruptive behavioral disorders, impulse control disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, Autistic Spectrum disorders, tic disorders, OCD and psychotic disorders.
As a physician, I have dedicated my career to the compassionate and comprehensive treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. I carry a double board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I strongly believe that collaboration with other healthcare providers supports positive treatment outcomes. Typically, my treatment approach combines several modalities including medication (if needed) and psychotherapy. I treat a variety of conditions including disruptive behavioral disorders, impulse control disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, Autistic Spectrum disorders, tic disorders, OCD and psychotic disorders.
(571) 520-0639 View (571) 520-0639
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Lauren Grawert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 778-4293 View (571) 778-4293
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Adam O'Neill & Associates LLC
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22031
Adam's treatment approach is rooted in the understanding that first, we are made in the image of God, second, that our biology, psychology, and spiritual state have been impacted by the Fall, and third, that the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our psychology begins with salvation and continues through the faithful stewardship of our mind and body. We hold strongly that medication does not constitute a lack of faith in God’s ability to bring miraculous healing but that it may be prayerfully considered when appropriate and accepted with thanks as a gift from God.
Adam's treatment approach is rooted in the understanding that first, we are made in the image of God, second, that our biology, psychology, and spiritual state have been impacted by the Fall, and third, that the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our psychology begins with salvation and continues through the faithful stewardship of our mind and body. We hold strongly that medication does not constitute a lack of faith in God’s ability to bring miraculous healing but that it may be prayerfully considered when appropriate and accepted with thanks as a gift from God.
(571) 470-6125 View (571) 470-6125
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Melissa Tortorice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22180
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with children, adolescents and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus in management of depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders. I takes a holistic approach to care and work to develop a therapeutic partnership with my patients. I emphasize age-appropriate medication education and make sure to take time to ensure that patients of all ages understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it, what it does in their body and what the potential side effects are.
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with children, adolescents and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus in management of depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders. I takes a holistic approach to care and work to develop a therapeutic partnership with my patients. I emphasize age-appropriate medication education and make sure to take time to ensure that patients of all ages understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it, what it does in their body and what the potential side effects are.
(571) 559-7251 View (571) 559-7251
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Sumera Nadeem
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22180
Dr. Nadeem is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience in treating adults with Psychiatric conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, AD/HD, PTSD, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders and a variety of other problems including Women's Mental Health. With her extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she performs diagnostic evaluations and medication management using exceptional clinical skills and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. Her specialty is working with chronic and challenging mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar, and impulse control disorders.
Dr. Nadeem is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience in treating adults with Psychiatric conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, AD/HD, PTSD, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders and a variety of other problems including Women's Mental Health. With her extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she performs diagnostic evaluations and medication management using exceptional clinical skills and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. Her specialty is working with chronic and challenging mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar, and impulse control disorders.
(571) 444-8318 View (571) 444-8318
Photo of Anna Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dunn Loring, VA
Anna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031  (Online Only)
Anna believes in a holistic and client-oriented approach to medication management. She believes it is important to consider a client's personal beliefs, spiritual values and cultural diversity when providing care. Her goal is to break stigma regarding mental health and teach her clients the important of taking care of their own mind and body.
Anna believes in a holistic and client-oriented approach to medication management. She believes it is important to consider a client's personal beliefs, spiritual values and cultural diversity when providing care. Her goal is to break stigma regarding mental health and teach her clients the important of taking care of their own mind and body.
(571) 556-3771 View (571) 556-3771
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Natasha Olliver
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MS
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
My goal is to help my patients navigate the complicated process of getting help for mental health concerns. There are so many mental health professionals and we all do different things. While I focus on medication management, I am happy to discuss all reasonable alternatives. I strive to offer unbiased, non-judgmental, culturally competent psychiatric healthcare. I want to support you in managing your conditions in a way that allows you the best quality of life with the lowest amount of medication necessary. I also want to increase access to mental health services for those in more rural areas.
My goal is to help my patients navigate the complicated process of getting help for mental health concerns. There are so many mental health professionals and we all do different things. While I focus on medication management, I am happy to discuss all reasonable alternatives. I strive to offer unbiased, non-judgmental, culturally competent psychiatric healthcare. I want to support you in managing your conditions in a way that allows you the best quality of life with the lowest amount of medication necessary. I also want to increase access to mental health services for those in more rural areas.
(571) 556-3805 View (571) 556-3805
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Dr. Katarina (Doan-Thu) Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
Sunshine Psychiatry focuses on caring for patients aged 5 to 30 through telemedicine for patients’ convenience and to leverage children’s and young adults’ ease with online interactions. We collaborate closely with you and tailor our care based on comprehensive, continual evaluation of your needs – from your stressors, symptoms and medication regimen, to your family and social history, support systems and life goals. We emphasize active discussion and involvement of our patients in care planning and want you to be empowered to make informed treatment decisions, personalized to your unique concerns and wants.
(571) 409-7082 View (571) 409-7082
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Amanjot Kaur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
I am a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry along with Adult Psychiatry. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems and incorporate my knowledge of psychotherapy along with psychopharmacology in my treatment approach. I provide psychotherapy and medication management as indicated, often in combination with an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the person. I assess my patient's needs and tailor my approach to address them. I closely work with families as a unit of assessment and also as a unit of treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry along with Adult Psychiatry. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems and incorporate my knowledge of psychotherapy along with psychopharmacology in my treatment approach. I provide psychotherapy and medication management as indicated, often in combination with an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the person. I assess my patient's needs and tailor my approach to address them. I closely work with families as a unit of assessment and also as a unit of treatment.
(571) 901-1573 View (571) 901-1573
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Norman M Jacobowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
(571) 620-5647 View (571) 620-5647
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
(571) 368-6828 View (571) 368-6828
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Agnes M. Zorniak, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
I am a Georgetown University trained psychiatrist with an extensive postgraduate training and experience. I practice evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and integrative medicine. I specialize in intense short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) that can lead to rapid and permanent recovery from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-esteem and relationship problems, anger management issues, self-destructive behaviors and psychosomatic conditions. This model of therapy is very efficient and often works, even when previous therapies failed, or were only partially successful.
(703) 893-6077 View (703) 893-6077

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dunn Loring, VA

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Psychiatrists in Dunn Loring, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Spirituality
100% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Anthem | Elevance
100% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Dunn Loring, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dunn Loring?

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.