Psychiatrists in Forest, VA

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dr. Sanket R Dhat
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
(434) 448-4517 View (434) 448-4517
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Stephanie East
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Stephanie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric medication management for adolescents and adults, ages 12 and up. Please call office at 434-582-1600 or email us to schedule an appt or inquire about out of network costs. www.centralvirginiapsychiatry.com
Stephanie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric medication management for adolescents and adults, ages 12 and up. Please call office at 434-582-1600 or email us to schedule an appt or inquire about out of network costs. www.centralvirginiapsychiatry.com
(434) 582-1600 View (434) 582-1600

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Center for Care and Resiliency, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
(540) 384-4630 View (540) 384-4630
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Lisa Clement-DeFalco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24503  (Online Only)
Many years of providing mental health care to families, children and adults in community health centers, outpatient clinics and inpatient mental health units have given me vast experience with various mental health diagnoses and treatment modalities. I have appreciated working with clients with depression, anxiety/trauma, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. I also appreciate the struggles that people diagnosed with personality disorders (truly a relational experience) especially Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders. Further, the influences of mind-altering substances on mental health must always be considered and address
Many years of providing mental health care to families, children and adults in community health centers, outpatient clinics and inpatient mental health units have given me vast experience with various mental health diagnoses and treatment modalities. I have appreciated working with clients with depression, anxiety/trauma, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. I also appreciate the struggles that people diagnosed with personality disorders (truly a relational experience) especially Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders. Further, the influences of mind-altering substances on mental health must always be considered and address
(434) 830-5306 View (434) 830-5306
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Luzangela Rojas-Mogollon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
(434) 216-6922 View (434) 216-6922
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Brookside Psychiatric Specialists PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24502
New clients welcome! Are you a mom or soon to be mom who just isn't feeling like yourself? Are you feeling sad or empty and can’t figure out why? Are you having scary thoughts about something happening to your baby or children? You’re not alone. These are signs of depression and anxiety which are very common during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. You don’t need to wonder if it’s normal or try and get better on your own, and you don’t need to feel scared to tell someone what you’re going through. Treatment can help and there are specialized providers who understand your unique struggles.
New clients welcome! Are you a mom or soon to be mom who just isn't feeling like yourself? Are you feeling sad or empty and can’t figure out why? Are you having scary thoughts about something happening to your baby or children? You’re not alone. These are signs of depression and anxiety which are very common during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. You don’t need to wonder if it’s normal or try and get better on your own, and you don’t need to feel scared to tell someone what you’re going through. Treatment can help and there are specialized providers who understand your unique struggles.
(757) 997-2442 View (757) 997-2442
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24502  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(703) 775-4077 View (703) 775-4077
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Dr. J. Todd Holland
Psychiatrist, DO, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24515
You are an adult experiencing symptoms of untreated ADHD, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, PTSD, addictive behaviors? I am accepting new patients. Having served as a psychiatrist at a nation's top clinic, I began my private practice in 2023. I offer assessment and treatment plans for adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep issues, eating disorders, substance use or addiction, and general psychiatric conditions. I accept most private insurance, and offer telehealth and in person. Visit my site at mindmeds.co My office assistant works on a flexible schedule, emails are the best instead of calls to reach her.
You are an adult experiencing symptoms of untreated ADHD, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, PTSD, addictive behaviors? I am accepting new patients. Having served as a psychiatrist at a nation's top clinic, I began my private practice in 2023. I offer assessment and treatment plans for adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep issues, eating disorders, substance use or addiction, and general psychiatric conditions. I accept most private insurance, and offer telehealth and in person. Visit my site at mindmeds.co My office assistant works on a flexible schedule, emails are the best instead of calls to reach her.
(540) 501-6533 View (540) 501-6533
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Ileana Asanache
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24504  (Online Only)
Ileana is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and other mental health issues that may be interfering with normal daily functioning. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Ileana's view of mental health care is as a mutual partnership where she takes things at your pace. She prioritizes patient-focused care that is individually tailored to meet your needs.
Ileana is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and other mental health issues that may be interfering with normal daily functioning. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Ileana's view of mental health care is as a mutual partnership where she takes things at your pace. She prioritizes patient-focused care that is individually tailored to meet your needs.
(434) 505-4924 View (434) 505-4924
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501  (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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Arlene Quijano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24503  (Online Only)
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
(804) 578-7542 View (804) 578-7542
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Megan Zamora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24501  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
(434) 885-1257 View (434) 885-1257
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24502  (Online Only)
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Virginia via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Virginia via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(833) 338-0567 View (833) 338-0567
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Lori L Ball
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
(757) 859-0359 View (757) 859-0359
Michael E Judd
Psychiatrist, MD, CPE, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 201-8487 View (434) 201-8487

Online Psychiatrists

Insight Physicians PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, PA
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23294
Insight Physicians has been working to meet the behavioral health needs of people in the Richmond Virginia area for more than 35 years. Our clinical team is comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners specialty trained in behavioral health, physician assistants and therapists. Appointments are available in person or virtually and within 7 days.
Insight Physicians has been working to meet the behavioral health needs of people in the Richmond Virginia area for more than 35 years. Our clinical team is comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners specialty trained in behavioral health, physician assistants and therapists. Appointments are available in person or virtually and within 7 days.
(804) 805-4969 View (804) 805-4969
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Amanda Wray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23113
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who offers holistic care to adolescents and adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with substance use disorder, as well as acute or chronic mental illness. I am passionate about integrative and equitable mental health care, with a focus on the unique needs for each client’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. I will utilize my clinical knowledge, colorful personal experiences, and empathetic heart to offer you compassionate care and to work with you to create real-life treatment goals.
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who offers holistic care to adolescents and adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with substance use disorder, as well as acute or chronic mental illness. I am passionate about integrative and equitable mental health care, with a focus on the unique needs for each client’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. I will utilize my clinical knowledge, colorful personal experiences, and empathetic heart to offer you compassionate care and to work with you to create real-life treatment goals.
(804) 361-6986 View (804) 361-6986
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Forest, VA

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Psychiatrists in Forest, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
67% Depression
67% Trauma and PTSD
33% Anxiety
33% Addiction
33% ADHD
33% Grief

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Other
50% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Forest, 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 Forest?

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.