Psychiatrists in Fairfax County, VA

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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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Jessica Schafer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reston, VA 20191
I would like to first welcome you, whether this is your first step to improving your mental health or a path you may have been on before. I’m here to support you in achieving your mental health goals and improving your quality of life. I am available to meet both via telehealth or in person and look forward to assisting in creating a tailored treatment approach to any needs you may have.
I would like to first welcome you, whether this is your first step to improving your mental health or a path you may have been on before. I’m here to support you in achieving your mental health goals and improving your quality of life. I am available to meet both via telehealth or in person and look forward to assisting in creating a tailored treatment approach to any needs you may have.
(571) 554-6829 View (571) 554-6829
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Audrey Addaquay-Corey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
(571) 486-5538 View (571) 486-5538
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Dr. Fatima Noorani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
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
Wykemia Swan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Wkyemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of nursing experience. She specializes in assisting adults and seniors who are suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, chronic stress, fatigue, and more.
Wkyemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of nursing experience. She specializes in assisting adults and seniors who are suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, chronic stress, fatigue, and more.
(571) 620-6891 View (571) 620-6891
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22032
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(855) 918-0775 View (855) 918-0775
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Access Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22303
Anyinkia Forteh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN, MSN, PMHNP – BC) licensed in the states of Maryland, DC, and Virginia with experience in mental health. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and patient-centered care. She utilizes evidence-based treatment guidelines in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health disorders not limited to Depression, Anxiety, insomnia, Bipolar, PTSD, Psychosis, OCD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
Anyinkia Forteh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN, MSN, PMHNP – BC) licensed in the states of Maryland, DC, and Virginia with experience in mental health. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and patient-centered care. She utilizes evidence-based treatment guidelines in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health disorders not limited to Depression, Anxiety, insomnia, Bipolar, PTSD, Psychosis, OCD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
(301) 720-0771 View (301) 720-0771
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Jeanne Chutuape
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
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 and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. 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 the 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 and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. 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 the symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 427-0742 View (571) 427-0742
Photo of Melissa Tortorice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairfax County, VA
Melissa Tortorice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
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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Simona Pick Both Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I am an adult psychiatrist with 24 years of experience in treating patients who struggle with a large array of psychiatric diagnoses including psychosis, mania/bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I started my career as a researcher at NIDA working with children, adolescents and adults with ADD, ADHD, CD and ODD. I am a former sub-investigator for studies pivoting around psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression. My approach in treating patients is multifaceted, including psychopharmacology, individual, couple and family therapy, genetic testing, TMS, ECT.
I am an adult psychiatrist with 24 years of experience in treating patients who struggle with a large array of psychiatric diagnoses including psychosis, mania/bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I started my career as a researcher at NIDA working with children, adolescents and adults with ADD, ADHD, CD and ODD. I am a former sub-investigator for studies pivoting around psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression. My approach in treating patients is multifaceted, including psychopharmacology, individual, couple and family therapy, genetic testing, TMS, ECT.
(240) 800-1236 View (240) 800-1236
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NeuroPsych Wellness Center, PC
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
Paul Ruberg, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who received his Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore. His undergraduate Kinesiology degree is from Pennsylvania State University. Paul previously held a leadership role at a Psychiatric practice focusing on providing TMS and Spravato services.
Paul Ruberg, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who received his Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore. His undergraduate Kinesiology degree is from Pennsylvania State University. Paul previously held a leadership role at a Psychiatric practice focusing on providing TMS and Spravato services.
(571) 946-1400 View (571) 946-1400
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Anu Matthew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Burke, VA 22015
Anu Matthew is a skilled and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Having worked with clients experiencing the most acute and emergent medical conditions, Anu is accustomed to helping individuals and families navigate a full spectrum of circumstances, from ongoing medication management and optimization to persevering through periods of intense crisis. Anu takes a human-centered approach that helps clients understand their conditions and treatment options. While Anu can tailor a range of medicines, she also believes in addressing the root causes of mental health disorders.
Anu Matthew is a skilled and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Having worked with clients experiencing the most acute and emergent medical conditions, Anu is accustomed to helping individuals and families navigate a full spectrum of circumstances, from ongoing medication management and optimization to persevering through periods of intense crisis. Anu takes a human-centered approach that helps clients understand their conditions and treatment options. While Anu can tailor a range of medicines, she also believes in addressing the root causes of mental health disorders.
(571) 554-2028 View (571) 554-2028
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Sana Kamal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22306  (Online Only)
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
(703) 215-9723 View (703) 215-9723
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Aizhan Repchak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
Currently accepting new patients. I am a double board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD and others. My education and experience have given me the expertise needed to treat mental health conditions in people with various medical co-morbidities. I am also a teaching psychiatrist for residents and medical students which requires me to stay up-to-date in psychopharmacological and therapeutic approaches in psychiatry.
Currently accepting new patients. I am a double board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD and others. My education and experience have given me the expertise needed to treat mental health conditions in people with various medical co-morbidities. I am also a teaching psychiatrist for residents and medical students which requires me to stay up-to-date in psychopharmacological and therapeutic approaches in psychiatry.
(571) 789-1334 View (571) 789-1334
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Sanskruti Upasani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am an adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of psychiatry and behavioral health experience in the United States and India. I earned my medical degree and post-graduate diploma in psychiatric medicine from B.J. Medical College in Pune, India. I later completed my residency training in Adult Psychiatry and was Chief Resident for Psychiatry at the Albany Medical Center in New York. I have served as an Adult Psychiatrist at the Outpatient Clinic of the Fairfax Behavioral Clinic of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for over four years.
I am an adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of psychiatry and behavioral health experience in the United States and India. I earned my medical degree and post-graduate diploma in psychiatric medicine from B.J. Medical College in Pune, India. I later completed my residency training in Adult Psychiatry and was Chief Resident for Psychiatry at the Albany Medical Center in New York. I have served as an Adult Psychiatrist at the Outpatient Clinic of the Fairfax Behavioral Clinic of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for over four years.
(703) 854-9897 x405 View (703) 854-9897 x405
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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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Marc Bouchard
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
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) 462-6829 View (571) 462-6829
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Dr. Richard K. Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
(703) 940-9921 View (703) 940-9921
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Ruby Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakton, VA 22124
I am a Board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist practicing in various clinical settings over the past 13 years. My extensive experience has included practicing in Acute Inpatient hospital settings, Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs, Community Mental Health Centers, as well as Outpatient Private Practice.
I am a Board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist practicing in various clinical settings over the past 13 years. My extensive experience has included practicing in Acute Inpatient hospital settings, Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs, Community Mental Health Centers, as well as Outpatient Private Practice.
(571) 526-0505 View (571) 526-0505
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Jinshil Kwak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Virginia. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus on the management of depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. I take a holistic approach to care and work to develop a supportive, therapeutic partnership with my patients.
I am currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Virginia. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus on the management of depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. I take a holistic approach to care and work to develop a supportive, therapeutic partnership with my patients.
(571) 570-8052 View (571) 570-8052

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fairfax County, VA

200+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Fairfax County, VA who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
76% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD
64% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
83% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fairfax County, VA see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairfax 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.