Psychiatrists in Moseley, VA

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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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David Krukiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moseley, VA 23120
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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Sarah Formica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moseley, VA 23120
Through working as both a registered nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Sarah has developed an expertise in treating patients with ADHD, depression, and mood disorders. Sarah has a primary interest in working with both geriatric and adult populations. She will work with you to explore the evidence-based lifestyle changes and/or medication for improving mental health and overall wellbeing. She offers longer appointment times with a minimum of 30 minutes for medication management and up to 60 minutes for medication management and evaluation.
Through working as both a registered nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Sarah has developed an expertise in treating patients with ADHD, depression, and mood disorders. Sarah has a primary interest in working with both geriatric and adult populations. She will work with you to explore the evidence-based lifestyle changes and/or medication for improving mental health and overall wellbeing. She offers longer appointment times with a minimum of 30 minutes for medication management and up to 60 minutes for medication management and evaluation.
(804) 442-3850 View (804) 442-3850

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Rehan Saleem
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
I am offering in person and tele-health appointments for initial visits with minimal wait time. Other then medication management, I also offer TMS Therapy which gently stimulates key areas of the brain using magnetic pulses to treat depression. It is Safe & FDA Cleared and is highly effective in treating depression. Medicare and most major insurance plans cover TMS therapy. It has no systemic side effects and it allows you to return to normal activities right away. For more information please call us at 804-897-9355.
I am offering in person and tele-health appointments for initial visits with minimal wait time. Other then medication management, I also offer TMS Therapy which gently stimulates key areas of the brain using magnetic pulses to treat depression. It is Safe & FDA Cleared and is highly effective in treating depression. Medicare and most major insurance plans cover TMS therapy. It has no systemic side effects and it allows you to return to normal activities right away. For more information please call us at 804-897-9355.
(804) 258-4668 View (804) 258-4668
Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
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) 419-5780 View (804) 419-5780
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Monica Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
Monica Meyer provides services for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about a holistic approach to mental health and weaves psychoeducation into every session, supporting her clients as they work toward achieving their goals. She is presently accepting new clients. Interests include, but are not limited to, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar spectrum disorders, Anxiety, DMDD.
Monica Meyer provides services for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about a holistic approach to mental health and weaves psychoeducation into every session, supporting her clients as they work toward achieving their goals. She is presently accepting new clients. Interests include, but are not limited to, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar spectrum disorders, Anxiety, DMDD.
(804) 494-7703 View (804) 494-7703
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Isaac K Wood MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23112  (Online Only)
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
The most underserved group with mental health issues is men. Men do not seek mental health treatment and often feel uncomfortable addressing emotional wellbeing. This has serioualy impacted relationships, career advancement and family health. I strive to provide a practice that focuses exclusively on men's issues. I create an environment where every man may feel comfortable addressing the problems that impact their lives. I focus on men's mental health with straight, gay and transgender men. I believe that men, although underserved, deserve the best access to behavioral health care available.
(804) 525-9572 View (804) 525-9572
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Inner Peace LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
If I were to imagine my ideal client, they would be in search of support to heal, energize and become aware of their inner strengths. Such goals can be achieved at Inner Peace LLC by providing a safe space and building rapport. I actively listen to client concerns and customize an individualized treatment plan. I specialize in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, serving adolescence to the geriatric population who suffer from mental illness. I desire to accompany my clients every step of their journey. My goal is to assist clients in growing from struggles, healing from pain, and moving forward in their lives.
If I were to imagine my ideal client, they would be in search of support to heal, energize and become aware of their inner strengths. Such goals can be achieved at Inner Peace LLC by providing a safe space and building rapport. I actively listen to client concerns and customize an individualized treatment plan. I specialize in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, serving adolescence to the geriatric population who suffer from mental illness. I desire to accompany my clients every step of their journey. My goal is to assist clients in growing from struggles, healing from pain, and moving forward in their lives.
(804) 792-3412 View (804) 792-3412
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Ryan Ernest
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
Children, teens and adults, who may be dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or mood disorders. Whether you have been through the ringer with medication trials in the past, or this is your first attempt at medications, I will be here to guide you through the process.
Children, teens and adults, who may be dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, or mood disorders. Whether you have been through the ringer with medication trials in the past, or this is your first attempt at medications, I will be here to guide you through the process.
(804) 567-8837 View (804) 567-8837
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dorothy Irene Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23113
Dot is particularly passionate about client advocacy and providing holistic care that considers all aspects of health to achieve overall well-being. She believes care should be personalized to meet the unique needs and experiences of individuals. She provides a warm, nonjudgmental, and encouraging environment to help anyone looking for a safe space to achieve mental health wellbeing.
Dot is particularly passionate about client advocacy and providing holistic care that considers all aspects of health to achieve overall well-being. She believes care should be personalized to meet the unique needs and experiences of individuals. She provides a warm, nonjudgmental, and encouraging environment to help anyone looking for a safe space to achieve mental health wellbeing.
(804) 607-8182 View (804) 607-8182
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Amanda Wray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23113
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who offers holistic care to adolescents and adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with substance use disorder, as well as acute or chronic mental illness. I am passionate about integrative and equitable mental health care, with a focus on the unique needs for each client’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. I will utilize my clinical knowledge, colorful personal experiences, and empathetic heart to offer you compassionate care and to work with you to create real-life treatment goals.
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who offers holistic care to adolescents and adults, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with substance use disorder, as well as acute or chronic mental illness. I am passionate about integrative and equitable mental health care, with a focus on the unique needs for each client’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. I will utilize my clinical knowledge, colorful personal experiences, and empathetic heart to offer you compassionate care and to work with you to create real-life treatment goals.
(804) 361-6986 View (804) 361-6986
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Allison Douglas-Clements
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
Allison is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama. With more than 20 years of nursing experience, she has worked in a variety of settings including cardiology, ICU, home health, case management, and behavioral health. For the past 15.5 years, she has had the pleasure of working with veterans and active-duty service men and women in an outpatient behavioral health clinic.
Allison is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama. With more than 20 years of nursing experience, she has worked in a variety of settings including cardiology, ICU, home health, case management, and behavioral health. For the past 15.5 years, she has had the pleasure of working with veterans and active-duty service men and women in an outpatient behavioral health clinic.
(804) 509-1579 View (804) 509-1579
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Samantha Moussari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23112  (Online Only)
Samantha Moussari, PMHNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Samantha’s goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health care. She believes each patient is unique and understands the importance of tailoring treatment. Samantha’s approach creates a healing process that ensures you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. Patients are an important part of the care team and play a pivotal role in their treatment plans.
Samantha Moussari, PMHNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Samantha’s goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health care. She believes each patient is unique and understands the importance of tailoring treatment. Samantha’s approach creates a healing process that ensures you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. Patients are an important part of the care team and play a pivotal role in their treatment plans.
(804) 608-9951 x2 View (804) 608-9951 x2
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Ashley Hoover Rhoades
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
I have a passion for mental health and make a commitment to my clients that I will care for them as I would a family member. I’ve been a nurse since 2002 and worked in the Neuroscience Unit and Surgical Trauma ICU at VCU. In 2012, I graduated from VCU with a degree in Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I worked with inmates at the Henrico Jail for several years, practiced telemedicine (before it was cool) from home for 1 year working with clients in Appalachia, and then I worked with Diamond Healthcare in nursing homes and inpatient for crisis and substance abuse. Most recently, I worked for Zoe Therapy Services.
I have a passion for mental health and make a commitment to my clients that I will care for them as I would a family member. I’ve been a nurse since 2002 and worked in the Neuroscience Unit and Surgical Trauma ICU at VCU. In 2012, I graduated from VCU with a degree in Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I worked with inmates at the Henrico Jail for several years, practiced telemedicine (before it was cool) from home for 1 year working with clients in Appalachia, and then I worked with Diamond Healthcare in nursing homes and inpatient for crisis and substance abuse. Most recently, I worked for Zoe Therapy Services.
(804) 913-3151 View (804) 913-3151
Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112  (Online Only)
Dr. Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner with a combined 20 years of experience in practice management, advocacy for women & children, and patient care. She possesses a deep interest in addiction medicine and assists people in liberating themselves from dependency. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, adolescent psychiatry, anger, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, OCD, sleep issues, stress, and PTSD.
Dr. Mary Ukpabi-Egbuniwe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner with a combined 20 years of experience in practice management, advocacy for women & children, and patient care. She possesses a deep interest in addiction medicine and assists people in liberating themselves from dependency. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, adolescent psychiatry, anger, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, OCD, sleep issues, stress, and PTSD.
(804) 509-1895 View (804) 509-1895
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Meghan Rise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23114  (Online Only)
Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Meghan Rise is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia who has been working in psychiatric care since 2013. Meghan has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
(804) 376-9752 View (804) 376-9752
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Donna Clarke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
Putting your trust in a psychiatric practitioner is no small thing. You may be trusting them to lead you out of a very dark place. Or perhaps you want someone to simply guide you through a short period of your life, getting you unstuck from a mental rut you’re currently experiencing. I believe I can help you in any of those situations.
Putting your trust in a psychiatric practitioner is no small thing. You may be trusting them to lead you out of a very dark place. Or perhaps you want someone to simply guide you through a short period of your life, getting you unstuck from a mental rut you’re currently experiencing. I believe I can help you in any of those situations.
(804) 315-0612 View (804) 315-0612
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Brighter Days Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
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
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Stephen E Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Midlothian, VA 23113
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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Moseley, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Moseley, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Moseley, VA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Moseley?

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.