Psychiatrists in Madison County, VA

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Kristopher Inman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, VA 22727
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
(540) 329-3665 View (540) 329-3665

Online Psychiatrists

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Gloria Osuruaka
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22207
I am a Double Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist. I am passionate about mental health and the role it plays in leading a successful, purpose driven life. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and Philosophy from Quinnipiac University and then I went on to study at Ross University School of Medicine. My psychiatric Residency training was completed at Howard University Hospital. I sub-specialized in Forensic Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.
I am a Double Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist. I am passionate about mental health and the role it plays in leading a successful, purpose driven life. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and Philosophy from Quinnipiac University and then I went on to study at Ross University School of Medicine. My psychiatric Residency training was completed at Howard University Hospital. I sub-specialized in Forensic Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.
(703) 841-1290 View (703) 841-1290
Samina Raja
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr. Raja is native to northern Virginia and has held a lifelong interest in the esoteric aspects of the human mind, body, and behavior. Psychiatry, therefore, was a natural choice of specialty. Prior to matriculating at St. George’s University Medical School, she studied human anatomy at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine Summer Medical Institute. She completed her residency at Rutgers University and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Duke University. "One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." -Dr. Francis Peabody
Dr. Raja is native to northern Virginia and has held a lifelong interest in the esoteric aspects of the human mind, body, and behavior. Psychiatry, therefore, was a natural choice of specialty. Prior to matriculating at St. George’s University Medical School, she studied human anatomy at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine Summer Medical Institute. She completed her residency at Rutgers University and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Duke University. "One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." -Dr. Francis Peabody
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Nikita Bonner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(804) 373-2413 View (804) 373-2413
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Mika Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
Are you tired of old feelings and patterns getting in the way and preventing you from achieving your goals? Are you ready to work hard and make changes, but you’re not sure where to start? I can help guide you. I work with adolescents and adults who want to take risks and live meaningful lives and are open to looking at past patterns that just aren’t working anymore. I will help you figure out where you want to get to, what is holding you back and how to get there.
Are you tired of old feelings and patterns getting in the way and preventing you from achieving your goals? Are you ready to work hard and make changes, but you’re not sure where to start? I can help guide you. I work with adolescents and adults who want to take risks and live meaningful lives and are open to looking at past patterns that just aren’t working anymore. I will help you figure out where you want to get to, what is holding you back and how to get there.
(703) 546-9894 View (703) 546-9894
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Assured Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23231  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my master’s degrees from The Catholic University of America and Liberty University respectively.
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my master’s degrees from The Catholic University of America and Liberty University respectively.
(804) 265-4894 View (804) 265-4894
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Cardinal Care Psychiatric Service
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH. My ideal client is every client who is ready to get to work to improve their mental health. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, including patient input as well as input from other members of the patient care team. My focus is in reaching a plan that is most comfortable, safe and effective for the patient.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH. My ideal client is every client who is ready to get to work to improve their mental health. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, including patient input as well as input from other members of the patient care team. My focus is in reaching a plan that is most comfortable, safe and effective for the patient.
(757) 210-5569 View (757) 210-5569
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Kedest Gebreselassie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
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Riddhi Kothari
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Dr. Riddhi Kothari is a board-certified general psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology. She completed her medical school education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. She completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, she served as Chief Resident for Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) and Consult-Liaison Services, and was a recipient of Excellence in Community Psychiatry award.
Dr. Riddhi Kothari is a board-certified general psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology. She completed her medical school education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. She completed her residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry residency program in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, she served as Chief Resident for Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) and Consult-Liaison Services, and was a recipient of Excellence in Community Psychiatry award.
(703) 783-3717 View (703) 783-3717
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Christine Barmoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22031  (Online Only)
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
(443) 234-8643 View (443) 234-8643
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Dr. Bhagwan A Bahroo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 548-3353 View (571) 548-3353
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Megan Green
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314  (Online Only)
Dr. Green (she/her) holds the position of staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-eligible in adult psychiatry. She received her medical degree from New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine on Long Island, NY. Her adult residency training was completed at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. In addition to general, adult psychiatry, Dr. Green is clinically experienced and interested in treating patients of a wide variety.
Dr. Green (she/her) holds the position of staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-eligible in adult psychiatry. She received her medical degree from New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine on Long Island, NY. Her adult residency training was completed at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. In addition to general, adult psychiatry, Dr. Green is clinically experienced and interested in treating patients of a wide variety.
(703) 936-6389 View (703) 936-6389
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Binta Bojang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
(804) 446-6955 View (804) 446-6955
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Susan L Lansbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PCPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23294
I am am now accepting new Medication Management Clients (pediatric - 20 years old)! Susan Lansbury is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Pediatric and Adolescent behavioral health. Susan’s professional history spans more than 25 years, working with children, teens, and young adults in various settings including the NICU, 20 years in pediatric primary care, and more recently, a multi-specialty pediatric clinic, in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division, as well as outpatient private practice.
I am am now accepting new Medication Management Clients (pediatric - 20 years old)! Susan Lansbury is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Pediatric and Adolescent behavioral health. Susan’s professional history spans more than 25 years, working with children, teens, and young adults in various settings including the NICU, 20 years in pediatric primary care, and more recently, a multi-specialty pediatric clinic, in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division, as well as outpatient private practice.
(804) 902-2681 View (804) 902-2681
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Gifty Awenanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
Gifty Awenanya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience offering comprehensive patient care in the medical-surgical unit, long-term care, and behavioral health environments. Gifty works well with diverse patient populations and fosters trusting relationships to improve outcomes, provide a safe and supportive environment for patients, utilizing evidence-based interventions to promote healing and recovery.
Gifty Awenanya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience offering comprehensive patient care in the medical-surgical unit, long-term care, and behavioral health environments. Gifty works well with diverse patient populations and fosters trusting relationships to improve outcomes, provide a safe and supportive environment for patients, utilizing evidence-based interventions to promote healing and recovery.
(540) 405-8765 View (540) 405-8765
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Sabah Hadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ashburn, VA 20147
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
(703) 831-6767 View (703) 831-6767
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Brighter Days Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chester, VA 23836
We are currently accepting clients ages 6 and older. We specialize in treating clients with Depression, ADHD, and Mood disorders across the lifespan. We understand that it can be overwhelming and quite stressful when seeking a provider to assist with your behaviorial health needs. Are goal is to provide a therapeutic and supportive environment so that our clients can feel safe and comfortable. We strive to provide an optimal level of care to help our clients meet their behavioral health needs. We offer Medical Marijuana Evaluations and Spravato Treatment.
We are currently accepting clients ages 6 and older. We specialize in treating clients with Depression, ADHD, and Mood disorders across the lifespan. We understand that it can be overwhelming and quite stressful when seeking a provider to assist with your behaviorial health needs. Are goal is to provide a therapeutic and supportive environment so that our clients can feel safe and comfortable. We strive to provide an optimal level of care to help our clients meet their behavioral health needs. We offer Medical Marijuana Evaluations and Spravato Treatment.
(804) 659-7581 View (804) 659-7581
Wykemia Swan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Wykemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. She has spent most of that time working in behavioral health care, collaborating with patients to improve their mental health by providing education on disease process, medication use, effectiveness, and support with their overall well-being.
Wykemia Swan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. She has spent most of that time working in behavioral health care, collaborating with patients to improve their mental health by providing education on disease process, medication use, effectiveness, and support with their overall well-being.
(571) 620-6891 View (571) 620-6891
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Kadija Conteh-Barrat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
Welcome to Barrat Behavioral Health & Consulting. I'm glad you are here! As a board-certified PMHNP and FNP, I believe in using a holistic, biopsychosocial, and collaborative approach to meet your behavioral health needs. I have over 8 years of experience in a variety of areas including primary care and diverse psychiatric and mental health care including mood disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, grief, adjustment disorders, and other psychiatric concerns. I help individuals struggling with mental health issues become the best version of themselves.
Welcome to Barrat Behavioral Health & Consulting. I'm glad you are here! As a board-certified PMHNP and FNP, I believe in using a holistic, biopsychosocial, and collaborative approach to meet your behavioral health needs. I have over 8 years of experience in a variety of areas including primary care and diverse psychiatric and mental health care including mood disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, substance use disorders, grief, adjustment disorders, and other psychiatric concerns. I help individuals struggling with mental health issues become the best version of themselves.
(540) 507-2611 View (540) 507-2611
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Veronique Kom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, VA 20155
Veronique Kom is a Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner licensed in Virginia. She provides comprehensive mental health care to help patients in the community. Veronique worked over years at UVA Health as an Inpatient Nurse and currently working at Inova Health System and Columbia Associate in Psychiatry as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is focused and committed to positively impacting the community and reducing Mental Health stigma. You do not have to feel alone, reach out, help is available.
Veronique Kom is a Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner licensed in Virginia. She provides comprehensive mental health care to help patients in the community. Veronique worked over years at UVA Health as an Inpatient Nurse and currently working at Inova Health System and Columbia Associate in Psychiatry as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is focused and committed to positively impacting the community and reducing Mental Health stigma. You do not have to feel alone, reach out, help is available.
(571) 470-6369 View (571) 470-6369

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Number of Psychiatrists in Madison County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Madison County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Madison County, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Madison 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.