Psychiatrists in Isle Of Wight County, VA

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Laletha Shabazz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithfield, VA 23430
Laletha holds an affinity for caring for children and adolescents. She also has an affinity for caring for individuals with a diagnosis of autism. She finds joy in assisting patients and their caregivers through their unique challenges.
Laletha holds an affinity for caring for children and adolescents. She also has an affinity for caring for individuals with a diagnosis of autism. She finds joy in assisting patients and their caregivers through their unique challenges.
(757) 906-3534 View (757) 906-3534
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Help In Clearly Known Situations/ HICKS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carrollton, VA 23314
As a skilled and talented Advanced Practice Provider, I strive to meet your unique individual emotional needs. My goal is to meet each client where they are and lead them to the window of their own understanding. I can do this either through counseling, medications or a combination of both. My goals are your goals, and we work as a team to achieve them. The areas of my expertise are depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Autism. Let me be your provider of choice to help reduce, resolve and grow into mental health wellness. Your journey is just starting. Don’t go it alone. Driven, dedicated, and caring.
As a skilled and talented Advanced Practice Provider, I strive to meet your unique individual emotional needs. My goal is to meet each client where they are and lead them to the window of their own understanding. I can do this either through counseling, medications or a combination of both. My goals are your goals, and we work as a team to achieve them. The areas of my expertise are depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Autism. Let me be your provider of choice to help reduce, resolve and grow into mental health wellness. Your journey is just starting. Don’t go it alone. Driven, dedicated, and caring.
(757) 781-0679 View (757) 781-0679
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Deneice Wickens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Carrsville, VA 23315  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients: Plant Your Roots with Us at Eden Total Care! Hello, I'm Deneice, a PsychNP offering virtual sessions in VA, NY, CO, MT, WA, OR, AZ, and TX. I specialize in guiding young-feeling adults through complex mental health issues, including symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. My holistic approach offers personalized care, blending evidence-based therapies with medication management. Together, we'll create a treatment plan that suits your unique preferences, supporting your well-being and building a foundation for long-term stability and resilience.
Now Accepting New Clients: Plant Your Roots with Us at Eden Total Care! Hello, I'm Deneice, a PsychNP offering virtual sessions in VA, NY, CO, MT, WA, OR, AZ, and TX. I specialize in guiding young-feeling adults through complex mental health issues, including symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. My holistic approach offers personalized care, blending evidence-based therapies with medication management. Together, we'll create a treatment plan that suits your unique preferences, supporting your well-being and building a foundation for long-term stability and resilience.
(804) 259-0493 View (804) 259-0493
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Focused Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Smithfield, VA 23430
I am Dr. Angela Allen, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - U.S. Navy veteran and practice owner. At Focused we provide evidence-based psychiatric medication management to meet the mental health needs of the children, adolescent, adult and geriatric residents of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, VA and surrounding communities.
I am Dr. Angela Allen, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - U.S. Navy veteran and practice owner. At Focused we provide evidence-based psychiatric medication management to meet the mental health needs of the children, adolescent, adult and geriatric residents of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, VA and surrounding communities.
(757) 330-8529 View (757) 330-8529
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Dr. Shenell Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithfield, VA 23430
Take the first step towards enhancing your mental well-being with personalized care from an experienced PMHNP. I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing high-quality, personalized care to individuals seeking support for their mental health and well-being. I hold a Doctorate of Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. My approach to care is holistic, collaborative, and evidence-based, integrating medication management and lifestyle interventions tailored to each individual's unique needs.
Take the first step towards enhancing your mental well-being with personalized care from an experienced PMHNP. I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing high-quality, personalized care to individuals seeking support for their mental health and well-being. I hold a Doctorate of Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. My approach to care is holistic, collaborative, and evidence-based, integrating medication management and lifestyle interventions tailored to each individual's unique needs.
(757) 798-7559 View (757) 798-7559

Online Psychiatrists

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Vanessa Peyton Fowlkes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23226  (Online Only)
I work with clients who have a history of trauma, or addiction, and I have worked extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community. I provide psychotropic medication management but work best with clients also open to alternative modalities in addition to medication. Because of my addiction background, I limit the use of controlled substances, such as benzos and stimulants, but I am aware that there is a place for these meds in some treatment plans.
I work with clients who have a history of trauma, or addiction, and I have worked extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community. I provide psychotropic medication management but work best with clients also open to alternative modalities in addition to medication. Because of my addiction background, I limit the use of controlled substances, such as benzos and stimulants, but I am aware that there is a place for these meds in some treatment plans.
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Meghan Rise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23114  (Online Only)
Clients working with Meghan Rise can expect a warm, client-centered relationship developed through a foundation of acceptance, trust and authenticity. She is LGBTQ+ affirming as well as Neurodivergent affirming, and enjoys working with a variety of adult clients. She is highly experienced in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, perinatal / postpartum mental health, OCD, life transitions, trauma and ADHD.
Clients working with Meghan Rise can expect a warm, client-centered relationship developed through a foundation of acceptance, trust and authenticity. She is LGBTQ+ affirming as well as Neurodivergent affirming, and enjoys working with a variety of adult clients. She is highly experienced in medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, perinatal / postpartum mental health, OCD, life transitions, trauma and ADHD.
(804) 376-9752 View (804) 376-9752
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Tanita Sweat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norfolk, VA 23510
Tanita is dual-certified in the state of VA and NC, with experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She believes the mind/body/spiritual connection paired with compassion and empathy, are fundamental in building an individualized, therapeutic relationship with patients and their families. In addition to medication management, your treatment session will focus on treating the whole-body and restoring balance from all aspects of your life. Your session will also incorporate brief supportive counseling on diet, mindfulness, and proper sleep hygiene. Let's get started on your journey to wellness!
Tanita is dual-certified in the state of VA and NC, with experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She believes the mind/body/spiritual connection paired with compassion and empathy, are fundamental in building an individualized, therapeutic relationship with patients and their families. In addition to medication management, your treatment session will focus on treating the whole-body and restoring balance from all aspects of your life. Your session will also incorporate brief supportive counseling on diet, mindfulness, and proper sleep hygiene. Let's get started on your journey to wellness!
(757) 568-7709 View (757) 568-7709
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Georgina Rose Chidaushe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Rose! I’m currently accepting new patients! I am board-certified and licensed in Virginia and Washington DC. Having worked in a psychiatric hospital, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and out patient office; I have extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents to manage depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, autism spectrum and OCD. Prior to graduating as a nurse practitioner, I had 12 years nursing experience working in neurology, psychiatry, hospice and pain management.
Hello, I'm Rose! I’m currently accepting new patients! I am board-certified and licensed in Virginia and Washington DC. Having worked in a psychiatric hospital, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and out patient office; I have extensive experience working with adults, children and adolescents to manage depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, autism spectrum and OCD. Prior to graduating as a nurse practitioner, I had 12 years nursing experience working in neurology, psychiatry, hospice and pain management.
(571) 470-5823 View (571) 470-5823
Photo of Stanisha Williams, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stanisha Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320  (Online Only)
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
As a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-C), I bring a comprehensive approach to the field of mental health care. With a passion for improving the well-being of individuals across the lifespan, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(757) 993-7128 View (757) 993-7128
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Cecilia Faison Ngwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230
Cecilia is very passionate about helping others. While in the nursing field she has helped children, adults, groups and families work towards improving not only their mental health but improving their whole selves. Cecilia believes in getting to know each person she treats and building a strong therapeutic relationship.
Cecilia is very passionate about helping others. While in the nursing field she has helped children, adults, groups and families work towards improving not only their mental health but improving their whole selves. Cecilia believes in getting to know each person she treats and building a strong therapeutic relationship.
(804) 657-6956 View (804) 657-6956
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Morgan Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
Choosing treatment for mental health is tough - I'm here to help guide you step by step in the process. With 8 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I gained tons of meaningful experiences helping treat mental illnesses across the entire lifespan, from toddlers to the elderly. I am here to treat each person holistically, and create a treatment plan that will fit THEM; telling someone to do something they don't agree with never works, right?
(757) 654-2474 View (757) 654-2474
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Marci Bowen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23320
**Currently accepting new clients for, medication management, on a case-by-case basis** Life can be difficult and challenge us in many ways. Sometimes we are unable to just “shake it off” or “try harder” to not feel a certain way. That’s where I come in. I believe in working as a team to gain symptom control and get life back on track. Medications are beneficial to manage acute symptoms while the real foundational work is done in therapy. I approach each client holistically and tailor care to your specific needs. If you're ready to do the work then I'm here for the journey.
**Currently accepting new clients for, medication management, on a case-by-case basis** Life can be difficult and challenge us in many ways. Sometimes we are unable to just “shake it off” or “try harder” to not feel a certain way. That’s where I come in. I believe in working as a team to gain symptom control and get life back on track. Medications are beneficial to manage acute symptoms while the real foundational work is done in therapy. I approach each client holistically and tailor care to your specific needs. If you're ready to do the work then I'm here for the journey.
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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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Jasmine Malone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Suffolk, VA 23435
Jasmine Malone, APRN, PMHNP-BC Jasmine Malone is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2021. Jasmine believes in patient-centered care tailored to each individual's holistic needs. She does not just focus on the symptoms but the underlying physical, mental, and spiritual factors that impact mental well-being. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys yoga, cooking, swimming and spending time outdoors.
Jasmine Malone, APRN, PMHNP-BC Jasmine Malone is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2021. Jasmine believes in patient-centered care tailored to each individual's holistic needs. She does not just focus on the symptoms but the underlying physical, mental, and spiritual factors that impact mental well-being. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys yoga, cooking, swimming and spending time outdoors.
(757) 702-5330 View (757) 702-5330
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Bruce Robert Stevens
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
(804) 201-9470 View (804) 201-9470
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Karen Ann Overmeyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (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
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Melissa Montalbine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
I am passionate about helping people who struggle with ADHD, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues or trauma. I especially love helping young people overcome their mental health challenges, discover their strengths, and reach their full potential. My additional training in France as a Couples and Family Counselor emphasising a family systems viewpoint has enabled me to better incorporate an individual’s particular context and background when considering treatment. I have been a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2022 and am certified to work with patients across the lifespan.
I am passionate about helping people who struggle with ADHD, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues or trauma. I especially love helping young people overcome their mental health challenges, discover their strengths, and reach their full potential. My additional training in France as a Couples and Family Counselor emphasising a family systems viewpoint has enabled me to better incorporate an individual’s particular context and background when considering treatment. I have been a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2022 and am certified to work with patients across the lifespan.
(804) 206-5908 View (804) 206-5908
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Dr. Gifty Addai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. My approach is person-centered and holistic, creating a therapeutic partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. My approach is person-centered and holistic, creating a therapeutic partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
(571) 548-3215 View (571) 548-3215
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Jennifer Branch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Jennifer Branch is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. Jennifer provides holistic care, education regarding diagnosis, medication management, and empathetic counseling. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys cooking, reading, and music.
Jennifer Branch is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. Jennifer provides holistic care, education regarding diagnosis, medication management, and empathetic counseling. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys cooking, reading, and music.
(804) 315-3164 View (804) 315-3164

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Number of Psychiatrists in Isle Of Wight County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Isle Of Wight County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Isle Of Wight County, VA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Isle Of Wight 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.