Psychiatrists in Glen Allen, VA

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Emily Frost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Emily is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her journey to becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was inspired by her interest in psychology and her many years working as a bedside nurse and observing the significant overlap between physical and mental health.
Emily is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her journey to becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was inspired by her interest in psychology and her many years working as a bedside nurse and observing the significant overlap between physical and mental health.
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Chelsea Snyder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Chelsea Snyder, PMHNP-BC, MSN, RN, graduated from Shenandoah University with a BSN and Bachelor's of Biology. She attained her MSN from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her time at Zoe, Mrs. Snyder worked in inpatient psychiatry at VCU. At Zoe, Chelsea is passionate about caring for patients across the lifespan. She works with patients experiencing OCD, ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders. Mrs. Snyder is also excited to work with peri and postnatal women. She is dedicated to building a therapeutic relationship to advocate for the mental health needs of the community.
Chelsea Snyder, PMHNP-BC, MSN, RN, graduated from Shenandoah University with a BSN and Bachelor's of Biology. She attained her MSN from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her time at Zoe, Mrs. Snyder worked in inpatient psychiatry at VCU. At Zoe, Chelsea is passionate about caring for patients across the lifespan. She works with patients experiencing OCD, ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders. Mrs. Snyder is also excited to work with peri and postnatal women. She is dedicated to building a therapeutic relationship to advocate for the mental health needs of the community.
(804) 265-4174 View (804) 265-4174
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Alla Lerner-Brandon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
I am a board certified General Adult Psychiatrist who has been actively practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings (majority outpatient) for the last eighteen 18 yrs since I graduated as a Chief Resident from MCV/VCU in 2005. I started my own private practice in June 2023 (Living Your Best, LLC) and am currently accepting new patients, ages 18-65. I consider myself to not only have consistent active listening skills, but pride myself in my all-inclusive, biopsychosocial approach to help you with your struggles and reach your highest potential, all while maintaining an empathetic and sincere nature.
I am a board certified General Adult Psychiatrist who has been actively practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings (majority outpatient) for the last eighteen 18 yrs since I graduated as a Chief Resident from MCV/VCU in 2005. I started my own private practice in June 2023 (Living Your Best, LLC) and am currently accepting new patients, ages 18-65. I consider myself to not only have consistent active listening skills, but pride myself in my all-inclusive, biopsychosocial approach to help you with your struggles and reach your highest potential, all while maintaining an empathetic and sincere nature.
(804) 538-4839 View (804) 538-4839
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Samantha Moussari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (Online Only)
Samantha Moussari, PMHNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Samantha’s goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health care. She believes each patient is unique and understands the importance of tailoring treatment. Samantha’s approach creates a healing process that ensures you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. Patients are an important part of the care team and play a pivotal role in their treatment plans.
Samantha Moussari, PMHNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Samantha’s goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health care. She believes each patient is unique and understands the importance of tailoring treatment. Samantha’s approach creates a healing process that ensures you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. Patients are an important part of the care team and play a pivotal role in their treatment plans.
(804) 608-9951 x2 View (804) 608-9951 x2
Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Greenbrook TMS Centers is the Mid-Atlantic's leading rTMS provider. We exclusively practice Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. Cleared in 2008, this revolutionary treatment is FDA indicated for major depressive disorder, and has potential to provide relief and even remission from depression in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
Greenbrook TMS Centers is the Mid-Atlantic's leading rTMS provider. We exclusively practice Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. Cleared in 2008, this revolutionary treatment is FDA indicated for major depressive disorder, and has potential to provide relief and even remission from depression in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
(804) 302-5880 View (804) 302-5880
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Karen Ann Overmeyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (Online Only)
Welcome! You didn't come this far to only come this far! Now that you recognize some new coping skills or behavioral changes might be helpful to improve your life, let's consider working together! Got a busy schedule? I can get you in quickly and have flexible hours. I'm offering telehealth and evening sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to fit into your busy day! I am open to hours by request on Saturdays. I am currently re-credentialing with GrowTherapy.com for telehealth only visits.
Welcome! You didn't come this far to only come this far! Now that you recognize some new coping skills or behavioral changes might be helpful to improve your life, let's consider working together! Got a busy schedule? I can get you in quickly and have flexible hours. I'm offering telehealth and evening sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to fit into your busy day! I am open to hours by request on Saturdays. I am currently re-credentialing with GrowTherapy.com for telehealth only visits.
(804) 902-2136 View (804) 902-2136
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Jennifer Schrecengost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
(804) 352-2123 View (804) 352-2123
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Ifeyinwa Utah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060  (Online Only)
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
(804) 409-2692 View (804) 409-2692
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Stephen E Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a residency trained psychiatrist, and I run a solo practice on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. I prefer to do psychotherapy as well as medication management (when one or both are appropriate for a patient), and I believe this makes me unique. You might perceive a psychiatrist as just being someone who orders medications, and leaves the "talk therapy" to someone else. As my patient, however, you have an "all-in-one" experience, and that will allow you to return to your normal self as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a residency trained psychiatrist, and I run a solo practice on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. I prefer to do psychotherapy as well as medication management (when one or both are appropriate for a patient), and I believe this makes me unique. You might perceive a psychiatrist as just being someone who orders medications, and leaves the "talk therapy" to someone else. As my patient, however, you have an "all-in-one" experience, and that will allow you to return to your normal self as quickly as possible.
(804) 453-0910 View (804) 453-0910
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Komal Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Komal Singh, M.D. is a graduate of Avalon University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Singh provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children and adolescents. Dr. Singh focuses on taking a personalized approach that takes into account all aspects of the mental health of each individual patient when determining the best method of treatment. Her treatment recommendations include medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Komal Singh, M.D. is a graduate of Avalon University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Singh provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children and adolescents. Dr. Singh focuses on taking a personalized approach that takes into account all aspects of the mental health of each individual patient when determining the best method of treatment. Her treatment recommendations include medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
(804) 600-4308 View (804) 600-4308
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Chrystal H Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (Online Only)
Are you looking for outpatient mental health and medication management in your journey to feel better? Want someone who understands the medical, mental health and other challenges you face? Need flexibility? If you’re between the ages of 12 and 55, then I’m here to help as a part of your care team. Please note that I do NOT prescribed controlled medications via telehealth, such as amphetamines, methylphenidate, opioids, benzodiazepines, and gabapentin.
Are you looking for outpatient mental health and medication management in your journey to feel better? Want someone who understands the medical, mental health and other challenges you face? Need flexibility? If you’re between the ages of 12 and 55, then I’m here to help as a part of your care team. Please note that I do NOT prescribed controlled medications via telehealth, such as amphetamines, methylphenidate, opioids, benzodiazepines, and gabapentin.
(804) 336-3805 View (804) 336-3805
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Lisa Whitnum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
When booking appointments, please book with the full name as written on the insurance card. Lisa Whitnum treats patients between the ages of 27 and 64. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor of Science and Walden University with a Master in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She comes to the practice with over 20 years of medical training, including a military background assisting active and retired veterans dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In addition, she has experience in critical care and behavioral health. She specializes in PTSD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
When booking appointments, please book with the full name as written on the insurance card. Lisa Whitnum treats patients between the ages of 27 and 64. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor of Science and Walden University with a Master in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She comes to the practice with over 20 years of medical training, including a military background assisting active and retired veterans dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In addition, she has experience in critical care and behavioral health. She specializes in PTSD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
(804) 600-4613 View (804) 600-4613
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Nikita Bonner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(804) 373-2413 View (804) 373-2413
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Kate Tucker Tibbs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
I am Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience, providing medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I believe in a multifaceted collaborative approach to patient-centered care. My focus is on the whole person, including medical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Medication management is just one element of a successful treatment plan and that supportive therapy and teaching coping strategies are valuable tools in treatment. I am currently accepting new patients in the Glen Allen office and/or telehealth.
I am Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience, providing medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I believe in a multifaceted collaborative approach to patient-centered care. My focus is on the whole person, including medical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Medication management is just one element of a successful treatment plan and that supportive therapy and teaching coping strategies are valuable tools in treatment. I am currently accepting new patients in the Glen Allen office and/or telehealth.
(804) 376-5312 x2 View (804) 376-5312 x2
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Ross Yaple
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Dr. Yaple earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia where he completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and then went on to complete his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2008 through VCU at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
Dr. Yaple earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia where he completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and then went on to complete his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2008 through VCU at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
(804) 589-5506 View (804) 589-5506
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Peter Breslin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
I'm a Psychiatrist with a passion for getting you to your better self. Utilizing an eclectic and teamwork driven approach, our focus will be to optimize your well being. In order to do this, a thorough understanding of who you are is necessary. Together, we will delve in to your genetic, developmental, physiologic and personal background to achieve our goal.
I'm a Psychiatrist with a passion for getting you to your better self. Utilizing an eclectic and teamwork driven approach, our focus will be to optimize your well being. In order to do this, a thorough understanding of who you are is necessary. Together, we will delve in to your genetic, developmental, physiologic and personal background to achieve our goal.
(804) 587-7969 View (804) 587-7969
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Featherstone (Rachel) Featherstone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, WHNP-BC, MSN, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060  (Online Only)
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
(208) 295-9541 View (208) 295-9541
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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(910) 542-8507 View (910) 542-8507
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Robert 'Trip' Young
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, NP, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Waitlist for new clients
***Only Taking Referrals*** Overcoming difficult emotions is challenging and can seem insurmountable. With daily practice and self-understanding, a calmer more fulfilling life is possible. While medication management is my primary focus, I view medication as a means to achieve the stability needed to attain your goals. Each appointment is structured to help you find the evidence based combination of medication and/or coping skills to make long term improvements. I work with adolescents and adults on issues from anxiety, depression and ADHD to more intense emotional struggles like as Borderline Personality Disorder.
***Only Taking Referrals*** Overcoming difficult emotions is challenging and can seem insurmountable. With daily practice and self-understanding, a calmer more fulfilling life is possible. While medication management is my primary focus, I view medication as a means to achieve the stability needed to attain your goals. Each appointment is structured to help you find the evidence based combination of medication and/or coping skills to make long term improvements. I work with adolescents and adults on issues from anxiety, depression and ADHD to more intense emotional struggles like as Borderline Personality Disorder.
(804) 977-2824 View (804) 977-2824
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Simple Solutions Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!!! I offer medication management for all psychiatric issues age 18+.
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!!! I offer medication management for all psychiatric issues age 18+.
(804) 709-3897 View (804) 709-3897

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Number of Psychiatrists in Glen Allen, VA

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Glen Allen, VA who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
89% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
74% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
73% Anthem | Elevance
68% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Glen Allen, VA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
30% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Glen Allen?

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.