Psychiatrists in Gainesville, VA

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Relief Healing Mental Health Services LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, MSHI
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155  (Online Only)
Dr. Dean Gawum is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. He is experience in multiple area in health care for about 2 decades of experience. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, Master os Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. He obtained a Post-Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from Maryville University. Dr. Gawum is Licensed in Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nevada and Washington State. He is currently accepting patients in Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas
Dr. Dean Gawum is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. He is experience in multiple area in health care for about 2 decades of experience. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University, Master os Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. He obtained a Post-Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner from Maryville University. Dr. Gawum is Licensed in Virginia, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nevada and Washington State. He is currently accepting patients in Virginia, New Mexico, Utah, and Kansas
(571) 253-7984 View (571) 253-7984
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Brittany Peebles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
Brittany Peebles is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has more than 10 years experience working in the health care field. Brittany specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder. Brittany has a holistic approach when treating her patients. Brittany feels one of the most important things is viewing the individual as a whole person, not just looking at the diagnosis given to the person. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Tarzan.
(571) 279-8488 View (571) 279-8488
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Maria Dunn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155
I am a board-certified general adult psychiatrist in Virginia with over 20 years of clinical experience. I was enrolled in the joint B.S./M.D. program with Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. I completed my psychiatric residency at The George Washington Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. I employ a holistic approach and encourage a collaborative doctor-patient relationship. Emphasizing comprehensive treatment, I treat patients utilizing medication, psychotherapy, and sustainable lifestyle habits such as physical health, mindfulness, and self-care.
I am a board-certified general adult psychiatrist in Virginia with over 20 years of clinical experience. I was enrolled in the joint B.S./M.D. program with Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. I completed my psychiatric residency at The George Washington Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. I employ a holistic approach and encourage a collaborative doctor-patient relationship. Emphasizing comprehensive treatment, I treat patients utilizing medication, psychotherapy, and sustainable lifestyle habits such as physical health, mindfulness, and self-care.
(571) 459-7150 View (571) 459-7150
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David Phelps, APRN. Conquest Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gainesville, VA 20155
Accepting New Patients- www.conquesthealth.org -You are a unique and complex person, which is why you deserve personalized care. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance abuse or another psychiatric illness I'm here to help you. Whether you feel that you could benefit from medications for a few months, or you have a more chronic and complex condition, let's explore your options together. I'll provide you with the teaching and expertise you need to make your own informed decisions. Together, we'll set tangible goals and focus on how we can improve your overall functioning, wherever you are in life.
Accepting New Patients- www.conquesthealth.org -You are a unique and complex person, which is why you deserve personalized care. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance abuse or another psychiatric illness I'm here to help you. Whether you feel that you could benefit from medications for a few months, or you have a more chronic and complex condition, let's explore your options together. I'll provide you with the teaching and expertise you need to make your own informed decisions. Together, we'll set tangible goals and focus on how we can improve your overall functioning, wherever you are in life.
(571) 470-6370 View (571) 470-6370
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155
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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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155
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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Dana Mohl- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I graduated from Shenandoah University and received the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner award during my training. I am double board certified in Family Practice and Psychiatry. I take the time to listen to a client's symptoms and concerns, understand their unique experiences and perspectives, and develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their needs and goals.
Welcome! I graduated from Shenandoah University and received the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner award during my training. I am double board certified in Family Practice and Psychiatry. I take the time to listen to a client's symptoms and concerns, understand their unique experiences and perspectives, and develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their needs and goals.
(571) 901-1333 View (571) 901-1333

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Brandie Bustillos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Sudley Springs, VA 20109
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder. You can schedule an appointment with me or my practice at https://practice.kareo.com/alphatelemed.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder. You can schedule an appointment with me or my practice at https://practice.kareo.com/alphatelemed.
(703) 382-5921 View (703) 382-5921
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Cassie Behseta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Manassas, VA 20110  (Online Only)
Cassie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. She has eight years of experience in both medical emergency room care and acute psychiatric care. For her, psychiatry was an obvious choice, allowing her to work with families across the lifespan and work closely and collaboratively with people. Cassie utilizes evidence-based treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, crisis/emergency management, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She manages and treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and women's health.
Cassie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. She has eight years of experience in both medical emergency room care and acute psychiatric care. For her, psychiatry was an obvious choice, allowing her to work with families across the lifespan and work closely and collaboratively with people. Cassie utilizes evidence-based treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, crisis/emergency management, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She manages and treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and women's health.
(571) 771-1864 View (571) 771-1864
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Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN, CRNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manassas, VA 20110  (Online Only)
We understand that individuals in need of services may not always prefer the clinical setting. We are giving them the chance to talk to mental health professionals at the comfort of their homes through a secure HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry brings a wide array of treatment modalities and depth of experience to provide the most comprehensive care to all clients.
We understand that individuals in need of services may not always prefer the clinical setting. We are giving them the chance to talk to mental health professionals at the comfort of their homes through a secure HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Lasting Serenity Telepsychiatry brings a wide array of treatment modalities and depth of experience to provide the most comprehensive care to all clients.
(571) 308-8243 View (571) 308-8243
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Sana Kamal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Haymarket, VA 20169  (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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Mind and Body Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Bristow, VA 20136
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
We are a group of therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
(540) 712-8949 View (540) 712-8949
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Integrated Telepsychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manassas, VA 20108  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. My expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in internal medicine. Currently offering telepsychiatry services to patients aged 18 and older. I am available to assist my clients to manage their mental wellbeing through an integrative evidenced based approach, incorporating medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation during each session.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. My expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in internal medicine. Currently offering telepsychiatry services to patients aged 18 and older. I am available to assist my clients to manage their mental wellbeing through an integrative evidenced based approach, incorporating medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation during each session.
(571) 568-7730 View (571) 568-7730
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Enyonam Jordan-Brangman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C, AGPCNP
Verified
Manassas, VA 20109
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to my patients. My goal is to get to know my patients individually, by listening to their unique needs and establishing treatment goals that focus on the whole person. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. In addition to medication management, I incorporate various therapy techniques including motivational interviewing and person-centered techniques into treatment.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to my patients. My goal is to get to know my patients individually, by listening to their unique needs and establishing treatment goals that focus on the whole person. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. In addition to medication management, I incorporate various therapy techniques including motivational interviewing and person-centered techniques into treatment.
(571) 946-5181 View (571) 946-5181
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Peace Rain PMH LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, DNP, BC
Verified
Manassas, VA 20111
As a mental health nurse practitioner, I am trained to listen and provide expert outpatient, individualized, and psychological care. In addition to prescribing medication, I focus on individuals and families understanding medication risks and benefits for their mental health needs. Services provided are not limited to Bipolar disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Generalized anxiety disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Substance use Disorders. I serve individuals with respect and honor.
As a mental health nurse practitioner, I am trained to listen and provide expert outpatient, individualized, and psychological care. In addition to prescribing medication, I focus on individuals and families understanding medication risks and benefits for their mental health needs. Services provided are not limited to Bipolar disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Generalized anxiety disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Substance use Disorders. I serve individuals with respect and honor.
(703) 775-0077 View (703) 775-0077
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Essence Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Manassas, VA 20109
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
(571) 200-5234 View (571) 200-5234
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Mimi Jimenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Manassas, VA 20109
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS... Cervello-Wellness is a psychiatric care practice that uses a variety of treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Our specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders.
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS... Cervello-Wellness is a psychiatric care practice that uses a variety of treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Our specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Manassas, VA 20110
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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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Centreville, VA 20120
We provide Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(703) 520-9717 View (703) 520-9717
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Dr. K. Pierre Eklou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Manassas, VA 20109  (Online Only)
Nice to meet you! My dedication to mental health stems from a deeply rooted belief in the power of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric provider, I strive to create a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, experiences, and challenges openly. Believing in the uniqueness of each person's healing journey, I hope to support anyone seeking understanding and guidance in navigating life's mental health challenges - anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, substance use, or other concerns - in finding a path toward healing, resilience, and a renewed sense of self. I value trust and mutual respect in my approach to care.
Nice to meet you! My dedication to mental health stems from a deeply rooted belief in the power of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric provider, I strive to create a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, experiences, and challenges openly. Believing in the uniqueness of each person's healing journey, I hope to support anyone seeking understanding and guidance in navigating life's mental health challenges - anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, substance use, or other concerns - in finding a path toward healing, resilience, and a renewed sense of self. I value trust and mutual respect in my approach to care.
(571) 496-9403 View (571) 496-9403

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Number of Psychiatrists in Gainesville, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gainesville, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% ADHD
57% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Gainesville, VA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gainesville?

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.