Psychiatrists in Greene County, VA

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Health and Wellness Medical Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
Ruckersville, VA 22968
Our company offers psychiatric services, led by our psychiatric NP who can diagnose and prescribe medications. We also are excited to offer help for treatment resistant depression. We are proud to offer Spravato at our location and will work with you to see if insurance will cover. Our autonomous psychiatric NP and autonomous family NPs are accepting patients for prescription management as well as other services.
Our company offers psychiatric services, led by our psychiatric NP who can diagnose and prescribe medications. We also are excited to offer help for treatment resistant depression. We are proud to offer Spravato at our location and will work with you to see if insurance will cover. Our autonomous psychiatric NP and autonomous family NPs are accepting patients for prescription management as well as other services.
(434) 813-1939 View (434) 813-1939

Online Psychiatrists

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Amanjot Kaur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
I am a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry along with Adult Psychiatry. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems and incorporate my knowledge of psychotherapy along with psychopharmacology in my treatment approach. I provide psychotherapy and medication management as indicated, often in combination with an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the person. I assess my patient's needs and tailor my approach to address them. I closely work with families as a unit of assessment and also as a unit of treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry along with Adult Psychiatry. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems and incorporate my knowledge of psychotherapy along with psychopharmacology in my treatment approach. I provide psychotherapy and medication management as indicated, often in combination with an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the person. I assess my patient's needs and tailor my approach to address them. I closely work with families as a unit of assessment and also as a unit of treatment.
(571) 901-1573 View (571) 901-1573
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Victor Nwagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victor concentrates on patients with psychiatric-mental health challenges across the lifespan such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
Victor concentrates on patients with psychiatric-mental health challenges across the lifespan such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
(804) 587-8582 View (804) 587-8582
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Anna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
South Riding, VA 20152  (Online Only)
Anna believes in a holistic and client-oriented approach to medication management. She believes it is important to consider a client's personal beliefs, spiritual values and cultural diversity when providing care. Her goal is to break stigma regarding mental health and teach her clients the important of taking care of their own mind and body.
Anna believes in a holistic and client-oriented approach to medication management. She believes it is important to consider a client's personal beliefs, spiritual values and cultural diversity when providing care. Her goal is to break stigma regarding mental health and teach her clients the important of taking care of their own mind and body.
(571) 556-3771 View (571) 556-3771
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Husam K Alathari
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Dr. Alathari is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University Medical Center. He is also Medical Director of the INOVA Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services and Medical Director of Fairfax Methadone Treatment Center
Dr. Alathari is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University Medical Center. He is also Medical Director of the INOVA Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services and Medical Director of Fairfax Methadone Treatment Center
(703) 596-3359 View (703) 596-3359
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Jason Wexler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22206
Life is far from perfect. Everyone experiences loss, unforeseen change, and anxiety provoking stress. When these stresses become so powerful that they interfere with our work, self-care, or relationships, it is important to remember that we are not alone and help is available. With bravery, you can seek help and begin to heal. My goal is to help those who are facing these difficulties. I received my psychiatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Adult Psychiatry. With this experience, I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Life is far from perfect. Everyone experiences loss, unforeseen change, and anxiety provoking stress. When these stresses become so powerful that they interfere with our work, self-care, or relationships, it is important to remember that we are not alone and help is available. With bravery, you can seek help and begin to heal. My goal is to help those who are facing these difficulties. I received my psychiatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Adult Psychiatry. With this experience, I am able to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
(443) 247-0385 View (443) 247-0385
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Brittany Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mechanicsville, VA 23111  (Online Only)
~ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - TELE-HEALTH ONLY~ ~SELF-PAY WELCOME~ My ideal client is YOU! Trouble sleeping, depression, mood lability, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, trouble concentrating, suicidal, homicidal, grief, drug use, and so many other things each and everyone may experience at some point in their life. However, if these things are not allowing you to live your best life I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. I am here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
~ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - TELE-HEALTH ONLY~ ~SELF-PAY WELCOME~ My ideal client is YOU! Trouble sleeping, depression, mood lability, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, trouble concentrating, suicidal, homicidal, grief, drug use, and so many other things each and everyone may experience at some point in their life. However, if these things are not allowing you to live your best life I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. I am here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
(804) 409-7965 View (804) 409-7965
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Mimi Khine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22311
I am a psychiatrist with a background in family practice medicine. I treat Major Depression, PMDD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizo affective Disorders, Menopausal Depression, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, TBI and Dementia. I treat my patients with understanding and empathy. I have experience in multicultural psychiatry. I have been a psychiatrist since 1989 to present and I have been in Family practice medicine sine 1974.
I am a psychiatrist with a background in family practice medicine. I treat Major Depression, PMDD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizo affective Disorders, Menopausal Depression, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, TBI and Dementia. I treat my patients with understanding and empathy. I have experience in multicultural psychiatry. I have been a psychiatrist since 1989 to present and I have been in Family practice medicine sine 1974.
(703) 372-9622 View (703) 372-9622
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Umu Benjamin-Integrative Nutritional Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22209  (Online Only)
I understand that you may be tired of countless doctor's visits and ongoing symptoms that drain you mentally and physically. You may have felt confused, concerned, and unsafe about considering treatment or about your treatments, unsure of the possibility of overcoming these challenges. Let me assure you that there is hope for your health. Your brain and body can heal within the right environment, and I am here to help you embark on that journey, especially with a provider that understands the biochemical and cellular adaptations that can occur during times of high stress and the impact it has on producing symptoms of mental health.
I understand that you may be tired of countless doctor's visits and ongoing symptoms that drain you mentally and physically. You may have felt confused, concerned, and unsafe about considering treatment or about your treatments, unsure of the possibility of overcoming these challenges. Let me assure you that there is hope for your health. Your brain and body can heal within the right environment, and I am here to help you embark on that journey, especially with a provider that understands the biochemical and cellular adaptations that can occur during times of high stress and the impact it has on producing symptoms of mental health.
(323) 621-3090 View (323) 621-3090
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Reid Byrne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23294
I specialize in offering mental health services to the perinatal population, supporting individuals through life transitions, trauma, and treatment-resistant anxiety or depression. For those highly sensitive or neurodivergent, my goal is a compassionate healing space. Leveraging my diverse background, I provide personalized care, fostering resilience. Together, we navigate challenges, prioritize mental well-being, and create a fulfilling life. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm dedicated to your unique needs, ensuring a holistic approach for your empowerment.
I specialize in offering mental health services to the perinatal population, supporting individuals through life transitions, trauma, and treatment-resistant anxiety or depression. For those highly sensitive or neurodivergent, my goal is a compassionate healing space. Leveraging my diverse background, I provide personalized care, fostering resilience. Together, we navigate challenges, prioritize mental well-being, and create a fulfilling life. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm dedicated to your unique needs, ensuring a holistic approach for your empowerment.
(804) 375-5564 View (804) 375-5564
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Jill B Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
(804) 251-3988 View (804) 251-3988
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Ruth Esmeralda Mena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20171  (Online Only)
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health.
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health.
(571) 771-2215 View (571) 771-2215
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Amy Rizkallah
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MHSc, MS
Verified Verified
Chantilly, VA 20152  (Online Only)
I specialize in women's mental health. I treat a range of psychiatric issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, PMDD, bipolar, pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety. The overlap between mental health and hormones is often ignored. I specializes in mental health issues during fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, pregnancy planning, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. In partnership with Dr. Julie Brownley, I provide an evidence-based, holistic approach, focusing on utilizing the fewest medications possible, and optimizing all facets of wellness.
I specialize in women's mental health. I treat a range of psychiatric issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, PMDD, bipolar, pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety. The overlap between mental health and hormones is often ignored. I specializes in mental health issues during fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, pregnancy planning, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. In partnership with Dr. Julie Brownley, I provide an evidence-based, holistic approach, focusing on utilizing the fewest medications possible, and optimizing all facets of wellness.
(646) 397-7210 View (646) 397-7210
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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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David Phelps, APRN. Conquest Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haymarket, VA 20169
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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Ruby Anumah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
(571) 701-2695 View (571) 701-2695
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Liza Lobrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
(571) 556-4222 View (571) 556-4222
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Stephanie Waggel
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Reston, VA 20190
Allow me to help improve your life. I am a psychiatrist in Reston, Virginia with degrees in psychology, biology, and medicine. I can see patients from anywhere in Virginia. I have 17+ years of experience in mental health. I am one of three physicians in Virginia trained in perinatal mental health. My special focus is on women, mood, anxiety, ADHD testing AND treatment, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar, and more! I am a mother, author, motivational speaker, teacher, cancer survivor, marathon runner, medical student advisor, martial artist and founder of Improve Medical Culture. Learn more at www.ImproveLifePLLC.com
Allow me to help improve your life. I am a psychiatrist in Reston, Virginia with degrees in psychology, biology, and medicine. I can see patients from anywhere in Virginia. I have 17+ years of experience in mental health. I am one of three physicians in Virginia trained in perinatal mental health. My special focus is on women, mood, anxiety, ADHD testing AND treatment, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar, and more! I am a mother, author, motivational speaker, teacher, cancer survivor, marathon runner, medical student advisor, martial artist and founder of Improve Medical Culture. Learn more at www.ImproveLifePLLC.com
(703) 763-0884 View (703) 763-0884
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Cassie Behseta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (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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Toni Plummer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Toni Plummer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care and engages in a partnership with individuals to provide person-centered care. She seeks to empower individuals to be active participants in their own mental health care rather than passive observers.
Toni Plummer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in psychiatric and mental health care and engages in a partnership with individuals to provide person-centered care. She seeks to empower individuals to be active participants in their own mental health care rather than passive observers.
(703) 782-4865 View (703) 782-4865

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Psychiatrists in Greene County, VA who prioritize treating:

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greene 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.