Psychiatrists in Hanover County, VA

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Photo of ALIGN Integrated Care, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
ALIGN Integrated Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mechanicsville, VA 23111  (Online Only)
Many have asked me what does ALIGN mean or stand for. ALIGN stands for the steps that one must take when attempting to align themselves back to their "baseline." or better! A vehicle comes out of alignment gradually over time from treading over minor imperfections as do we. One should realize the process for alignment again does not happen overnight nor is it a lifetime guarantee. One may find themselves out of alignment multiple times in their lives due to the wear and tear of life’s imperfections. Alignment is a condition of the present that we hope maintains its position into our future though of the present.
Many have asked me what does ALIGN mean or stand for. ALIGN stands for the steps that one must take when attempting to align themselves back to their "baseline." or better! A vehicle comes out of alignment gradually over time from treading over minor imperfections as do we. One should realize the process for alignment again does not happen overnight nor is it a lifetime guarantee. One may find themselves out of alignment multiple times in their lives due to the wear and tear of life’s imperfections. Alignment is a condition of the present that we hope maintains its position into our future though of the present.
(804) 966-0610 View (804) 966-0610
Photo of Sarah Story, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Sarah Story
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting NEW clients ( 18 and older). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, , PTSD and bipolar disorder. Call now to schedule an appointment.
Accepting NEW clients ( 18 and older). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, , PTSD and bipolar disorder. Call now to schedule an appointment.
(804) 361-8857 View (804) 361-8857
Photo of Angela Carson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Angela Carson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mechanicsville, VA 23111  (Online Only)
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* *TELE-HEALTH ONLY* I am looking to serve you! I am looking for clients that have trouble sleeping, depression, mood changes, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, or have trouble concentrating, If this sounds like some things you have been struggling with I would love to have you as a client. Together, we can work together in hopes of finding balance so you can live YOUR BEST LIFE. I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others.
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* *TELE-HEALTH ONLY* I am looking to serve you! I am looking for clients that have trouble sleeping, depression, mood changes, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, or have trouble concentrating, If this sounds like some things you have been struggling with I would love to have you as a client. Together, we can work together in hopes of finding balance so you can live YOUR BEST LIFE. I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others.
(804) 568-8348 View (804) 568-8348
Photo of Brittany Chandler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
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
Photo of Rosebelle De Leon, Psychiatrist in Hanover County, VA
Rosebelle De Leon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Rosebelle de Leon is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical school education at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, and completed her general psychiatry residency at Rush University Medical Center. She provides psychiatric medication management for adults ages 27-64. She primarily sees patients who may be struggling with depressive, bipolar, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Dr. de Leon is currently not seeing ADHD consultations. She is not taking new patients who are on stimulants or benzodiazepines.
Dr. Rosebelle de Leon is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical school education at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, and completed her general psychiatry residency at Rush University Medical Center. She provides psychiatric medication management for adults ages 27-64. She primarily sees patients who may be struggling with depressive, bipolar, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Dr. de Leon is currently not seeing ADHD consultations. She is not taking new patients who are on stimulants or benzodiazepines.
(804) 531-6461 View (804) 531-6461
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Brighter Pathways LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mechanicsville, VA 23111  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Our focus is to help individuals improve their mental health and quality of life, as well as to heal and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral, nonjudgmental, safe space and listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Now accepting new patients, no waiting list.
Our focus is to help individuals improve their mental health and quality of life, as well as to heal and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral, nonjudgmental, safe space and listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Now accepting new patients, no waiting list.
(804) 465-9604 View (804) 465-9604
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Goochland Behavioral Health (Teena Nunn)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, VA 23146  (Online Only)
At GBH, we strive to create a world where mental health is just as important as physical health. We believe this begins with the patient-provider relationship. Building a relationship based on trust, medical integrity, and clinical best practices is at the heart of what we do. We take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.
At GBH, we strive to create a world where mental health is just as important as physical health. We believe this begins with the patient-provider relationship. Building a relationship based on trust, medical integrity, and clinical best practices is at the heart of what we do. We take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.
(804) 568-9835 View (804) 568-9835
Photo of Natalie Mesco, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Natalie Mesco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Natalie works with adults ages 18-65 with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and OCD and other mental health concerns. She likes to work closely with her clients to develop the best plan of care to suit their individual needs. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University. Natalie is a native of the Richmond area. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. In her spare time she also enjoys fitness, reading, and working with her Labrador Retriever, Remi.
Natalie works with adults ages 18-65 with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and OCD and other mental health concerns. She likes to work closely with her clients to develop the best plan of care to suit their individual needs. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University and completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University. Natalie is a native of the Richmond area. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. In her spare time she also enjoys fitness, reading, and working with her Labrador Retriever, Remi.
(804) 491-5691 View (804) 491-5691
Photo of Victor Nwagwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Victor Nwagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Victor Nwagwu is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2023. Victor utilizes a patient-centered approach to a trauma-informed type of care. He is a certified mindfulness informed practitioner (CMIP) that utilizes mindfulness skills to provide supportive psychotherapy during medication management. Victor is skilled in MI, active listening, and cultural competence. Outside of work, Victor enjoys soccer and traveling.
Victor Nwagwu is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2023. Victor utilizes a patient-centered approach to a trauma-informed type of care. He is a certified mindfulness informed practitioner (CMIP) that utilizes mindfulness skills to provide supportive psychotherapy during medication management. Victor is skilled in MI, active listening, and cultural competence. Outside of work, Victor enjoys soccer and traveling.
(804) 369-9473 View (804) 369-9473
Photo of Komal Singh, Psychiatrist in Hanover County, VA
Komal Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Leslie McIlvried, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Leslie McIlvried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashland, VA 23005
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
(804) 352-6967 View (804) 352-6967
Photo of Ross Yaple, Psychiatrist in Hanover County, VA
Ross Yaple
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Pamela Shipp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Pamela Shipp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting New Patients. Our 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 we are here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. We are here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
Accepting New Patients. Our 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 we are here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. We are here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
(804) 265-4330 View (804) 265-4330
Photo of Stephen E Brown, Psychiatrist in Hanover County, VA
Stephen E Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
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
Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Karen Ann Overmeyer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Karen Ann Overmeyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Hanover, VA 23069  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am so glad you are honoring yourself by seeking some help for the journey! You didn't come this far to only come this far! Now that you recognize that 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 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to fit into your busy day! I am open to hours by request on Saturdays. I am currently credentialing with GrowTherapy.com for telehealth only visits.
Welcome! I am so glad you are honoring yourself by seeking some help for the journey! You didn't come this far to only come this far! Now that you recognize that 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 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to fit into your busy day! I am open to hours by request on Saturdays. I am currently credentialing with GrowTherapy.com for telehealth only visits.
(804) 902-2136 View (804) 902-2136
Photo of Deborah Crutchfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Deborah Crutchfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hanover, VA 23069  (Online Only)
Deborah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the outpatient mental health sector. She works with individuals across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has over 14 years of experience in emergency medicine, psychiatry, and addiction. She specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, and various other mental health issues.
Deborah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the outpatient mental health sector. She works with individuals across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has over 14 years of experience in emergency medicine, psychiatry, and addiction. She specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, and various other mental health issues.
(804) 626-9077 View (804) 626-9077
Photo of Jennifer Schrecengost, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Jennifer Schrecengost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Thomas J Pillion, Psychiatrist in Hanover County, VA
Thomas J Pillion
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or problems with interpersonal relationships, I would like to help you to restore a sense of balance in your life. Using either medication or psychotherapy, we can work together toward identifying and removing the obstacles that interfere with living a more happy and satisfying life. I trained in general adult psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and received my MD from the University of Texas. I see primarily adults and am not taking new child or adolescent patients at this time.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or problems with interpersonal relationships, I would like to help you to restore a sense of balance in your life. Using either medication or psychotherapy, we can work together toward identifying and removing the obstacles that interfere with living a more happy and satisfying life. I trained in general adult psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and received my MD from the University of Texas. I see primarily adults and am not taking new child or adolescent patients at this time.
(919) 344-0669 View (919) 344-0669
Photo of Dr. Devin N. Bailey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hanover County, VA
Dr. Devin N. Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606  (Online Only)
I find that it is of high importance to identify the root cause or foundation of illness and disease as a means of successfully treating and/or healing disease! Unfortunately, medicine as practiced today is rushed and therefore, no longer prevents or effectively treats disease. Thankfully, I believe it is my privilege to be involved in helping people truly experience health, or wholeness, which is always a result of a healthy mind, body, and more importantly, spirit! My ideal client has audacious faith to know that things can, will, and always change for the better when you fight for and persist in it!
I find that it is of high importance to identify the root cause or foundation of illness and disease as a means of successfully treating and/or healing disease! Unfortunately, medicine as practiced today is rushed and therefore, no longer prevents or effectively treats disease. Thankfully, I believe it is my privilege to be involved in helping people truly experience health, or wholeness, which is always a result of a healthy mind, body, and more importantly, spirit! My ideal client has audacious faith to know that things can, will, and always change for the better when you fight for and persist in it!
(757) 908-6303 View (757) 908-6303

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hanover County, VA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Hanover County, VA who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Medication Management
83% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
72% Bipolar Disorder
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hanover County, VA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hanover 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.