Psychiatrists in Hopewell City County, VA

Photo of Dr. Nasr Basir Balla, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hopewell City County, VA
Dr. Nasr Basir Balla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Hopewell, VA 23860  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
(804) 589-5165 View (804) 589-5165
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Monique Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hopewell, VA 23860
I understand taking the first step towards seeking help can be hard and intimidating, but I'm here for you! I will support you and listen to you, meeting you right where you are. I enjoy patients who are motivated and open to change. We can formulate a treatment plan that works best for you including therapy and medication or both. You deserve the best this life has to offer. I'm here to help!
I understand taking the first step towards seeking help can be hard and intimidating, but I'm here for you! I will support you and listen to you, meeting you right where you are. I enjoy patients who are motivated and open to change. We can formulate a treatment plan that works best for you including therapy and medication or both. You deserve the best this life has to offer. I'm here to help!
(804) 593-0487 View (804) 593-0487

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Sherry Lucke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Henrico, VA 23238  (Online Only)
When I started working in healthcare as a cardiac nurse I saw the widespread effects of addiction. Since then, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people overcome substance use disorders. I use a compassionate and supportive approach along with the top medical interventions. The approach I take with clients has been influenced by my experience at the bedside as a clinical care nurse and my training as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This enables me to support clients in their overall health as well as their behavioral health. Accepting new clients in CT and VA.
When I started working in healthcare as a cardiac nurse I saw the widespread effects of addiction. Since then, I’ve dedicated my career to helping people overcome substance use disorders. I use a compassionate and supportive approach along with the top medical interventions. The approach I take with clients has been influenced by my experience at the bedside as a clinical care nurse and my training as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This enables me to support clients in their overall health as well as their behavioral health. Accepting new clients in CT and VA.
(475) 267-1990 View (475) 267-1990
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Sherelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23320  (Online Only)
My ultimate goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to be able to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat commonly occurring mental health conditions while providing a personalize holistic care approach.
My ultimate goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to be able to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat commonly occurring mental health conditions while providing a personalize holistic care approach.
(757) 906-6731 View (757) 906-6731
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Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23226
Have you been feeling sad or anxious or emotionally not yourself, but unsure of where to turn for help? Are you looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate psychiatrist to help you improve your mental health and overall wellness? Are you interested in a more personalized and therapeutic appointment, beyond a "15 minute med check"? Are you interested in a self pay practice, without the intrusion of insurance companies? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
Have you been feeling sad or anxious or emotionally not yourself, but unsure of where to turn for help? Are you looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate psychiatrist to help you improve your mental health and overall wellness? Are you interested in a more personalized and therapeutic appointment, beyond a "15 minute med check"? Are you interested in a self pay practice, without the intrusion of insurance companies? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
(804) 293-2519 View (804) 293-2519
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Denise Trent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Moseley, VA 23120  (Online Only)
Are you in need of psychiatric help and struggling to find a provider with both experience and compassion? Allow me to introduce my new practice-Compassionate Restorations Psychiatry. Helping others get through hardships in their lives and gain control of their mental illness is my passion. I strongly believe that every one of my clients is entitled to treatment that exceeds the standard of care and deserves to be treated with unconditional positive regard. I hold strongly to three main values: Honesty; Integrity; and compassion. I’m not here to judge you. I'm here to help you on this journey to mental health. Immediate Openings.
Are you in need of psychiatric help and struggling to find a provider with both experience and compassion? Allow me to introduce my new practice-Compassionate Restorations Psychiatry. Helping others get through hardships in their lives and gain control of their mental illness is my passion. I strongly believe that every one of my clients is entitled to treatment that exceeds the standard of care and deserves to be treated with unconditional positive regard. I hold strongly to three main values: Honesty; Integrity; and compassion. I’m not here to judge you. I'm here to help you on this journey to mental health. Immediate Openings.
(804) 369-9376 View (804) 369-9376
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Alla Lerner-Brandon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Keymal Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, VA 23704
No wait time! Accepting New Patients for Medication Management. Keymal Williams is a passionate healthcare professional. He completed his associate degree in nursing at Bryant and Stratton College, after which he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Western Governors University. He has a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) focused on leadership and management from Western Governors University and another MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Wilkes University.
No wait time! Accepting New Patients for Medication Management. Keymal Williams is a passionate healthcare professional. He completed his associate degree in nursing at Bryant and Stratton College, after which he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Western Governors University. He has a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) focused on leadership and management from Western Governors University and another MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Wilkes University.
(757) 997-1022 View (757) 997-1022
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23323  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(703) 775-4077 View (703) 775-4077
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Robert Johnston, MD - Centerspace Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice focuses on the mental health of children, families, and young adults. I have experience with a wide range of presenting issues, with the most common including learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and mood disorders.
My practice focuses on the mental health of children, families, and young adults. I have experience with a wide range of presenting issues, with the most common including learning difficulties, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(434) 215-0998 View (434) 215-0998
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David Krukiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23229
David Krukiel, PMHNP-BC is a doctorally prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from James Madison University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing before pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. David has several years of healthcare experience working in various specialties, including intensive care, inpatient mental health, and nursing education. His interests include treating adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
David Krukiel, PMHNP-BC is a doctorally prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from James Madison University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing before pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. David has several years of healthcare experience working in various specialties, including intensive care, inpatient mental health, and nursing education. His interests include treating adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
(804) 294-4313 View (804) 294-4313
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Danielle Free
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danielle offers a holistic, person-centered approach to working with patients who experience life disruptions from depression, anxiety, disorganized attention, stress, relationship dynamics, trauma, mood dysregulation, and grief. Her treatment philosophy is centered on a patient-provider partnership with a goal of cultivating mental wellness through empathic support, emotional awareness, and balancing techniques. She aims to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective and safe manner.
Danielle offers a holistic, person-centered approach to working with patients who experience life disruptions from depression, anxiety, disorganized attention, stress, relationship dynamics, trauma, mood dysregulation, and grief. Her treatment philosophy is centered on a patient-provider partnership with a goal of cultivating mental wellness through empathic support, emotional awareness, and balancing techniques. She aims to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective and safe manner.
(434) 280-3003 View (434) 280-3003
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Michele Davidson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C, CFN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Accepting New Patients: I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families to work together to address mental health conditions along with life transition issues. I work with women and men of all ages with various mental health issues, including pregnant and postpartum women. I use a combination of coaching, therapy, medication management, and goal setting to help patients develop a plan of care based on their goals. As a nurse midwife, I have expertise in women's mental health issues. I also have expertise in treating adults transitioning to college or the workforce and adults in role transition.
Accepting New Patients: I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families to work together to address mental health conditions along with life transition issues. I work with women and men of all ages with various mental health issues, including pregnant and postpartum women. I use a combination of coaching, therapy, medication management, and goal setting to help patients develop a plan of care based on their goals. As a nurse midwife, I have expertise in women's mental health issues. I also have expertise in treating adults transitioning to college or the workforce and adults in role transition.
(757) 986-6513 View (757) 986-6513
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Lori L Ball
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
(757) 859-0359 View (757) 859-0359
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Jennifer Schrecengost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Tiffany L Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Accepting New Patients (Ages 4-elderly). Tiffany Davis has served in the psychiatric mental health community since 2005, working in a variety of settings providing assessments, diagnosis, and medication management of mental health disorders across the lifespan. She has worked with individuals and families, providing a therapeutic yet effective structure for producing positive outcomes.
Accepting New Patients (Ages 4-elderly). Tiffany Davis has served in the psychiatric mental health community since 2005, working in a variety of settings providing assessments, diagnosis, and medication management of mental health disorders across the lifespan. She has worked with individuals and families, providing a therapeutic yet effective structure for producing positive outcomes.
(757) 702-5115 View (757) 702-5115
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Sana Kamal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stafford, VA 22554  (Online Only)
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
Dr. Kamal is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kamal is passionate about the care she provides to her patients and sees her work with patients as a partnership. Dr Kamal was instrumental in establishing a psychiatric care unit in a reputed hospital which gained the distinction of achieving the highest patient's satisfaction in a short span of time. She has an extensive experience treating adults who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, Schizoaffective D/O and others.
(703) 215-9723 View (703) 215-9723
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(571) 554-4719 View (571) 554-4719
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Krista Pembroke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients- Immediate Openings! Click on my "Website" to schedule online now. Hi there! I provide psychiatric therapy and medication management. I have years of experience managing complex patients as part of a treatment team while working in acute psychiatric units and hospital settings in Hampton Roads, VA and Florida.
Accepting New Patients- Immediate Openings! Click on my "Website" to schedule online now. Hi there! I provide psychiatric therapy and medication management. I have years of experience managing complex patients as part of a treatment team while working in acute psychiatric units and hospital settings in Hampton Roads, VA and Florida.
(757) 414-9399 View (757) 414-9399
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Brooke Valerie Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, OCN
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23226
As a former Army officer and oncology nurse, I've spent a lot of time with people at their best and at their most challenging moments. Those experiences helped shape my outlook on life as well as medicine, and I changed focus to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It is my hope to help people engage and find contentment in their lives prior to being confronted with a life-changing moment like a cancer diagnosis. I realize that we all come with our own stories and have travelled our own paths; my goal is to meet you where you wherever you are and work with you to get you where you want to go.
As a former Army officer and oncology nurse, I've spent a lot of time with people at their best and at their most challenging moments. Those experiences helped shape my outlook on life as well as medicine, and I changed focus to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It is my hope to help people engage and find contentment in their lives prior to being confronted with a life-changing moment like a cancer diagnosis. I realize that we all come with our own stories and have travelled our own paths; my goal is to meet you where you wherever you are and work with you to get you where you want to go.
(804) 719-4277 View (804) 719-4277

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hopewell City County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hopewell City County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Substance Use
100% Behavioral Issues

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Hopewell City County, VA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hopewell City 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.