Psychiatrists in Rappahannock County, VA

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Katherine Warzinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Washington, VA 22747  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing outpatient telehealth mental health services for adults 18 and older in Virginia. Services include diagnosis, medication management, and supportive counseling. I provide an embracing and inclusive environment for clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD,  gender dysphoria, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, and more. All appointments are via a secure telehealth platform from the comfort of your home.
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing outpatient telehealth mental health services for adults 18 and older in Virginia. Services include diagnosis, medication management, and supportive counseling. I provide an embracing and inclusive environment for clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD,  gender dysphoria, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, and more. All appointments are via a secure telehealth platform from the comfort of your home.
(540) 269-5314 View (540) 269-5314
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Rebecca Ann Myers-Settle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sperryville, VA 22740
(540) 302-5741 View (540) 302-5741

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Covenant Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
(571) 901-1302 View (571) 901-1302
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Ann Carnes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sterling, VA 20165
From your first appointment, I work to build a strong therapeutic relationship by providing a safe, accepting, and supportive atmosphere. I use your strengths as part of a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Medication management, including monitoring medication effectiveness and side effects, is part of the holistic methods I use for patients 22 and older. I believe for a holistic approach, it's important to also collaborate with your therapist. I offer a Christian-based perspective if your spiritual faith is important to you and want this to be part of your treatment.
From your first appointment, I work to build a strong therapeutic relationship by providing a safe, accepting, and supportive atmosphere. I use your strengths as part of a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Medication management, including monitoring medication effectiveness and side effects, is part of the holistic methods I use for patients 22 and older. I believe for a holistic approach, it's important to also collaborate with your therapist. I offer a Christian-based perspective if your spiritual faith is important to you and want this to be part of your treatment.
(703) 270-0922 View (703) 270-0922
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Godaelli Psychiatric and Mental Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Godaelli Healthcare Services is transforming lives through holistic medication management and supportive therapy. Our team of experienced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing mental health treatment to children, teens, adults, and families. Whether your goal is to attain mental stability or you want to maintain stable mental health, our providers are equipped and ready to help. They treat our patients with empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of both the biological and psychological details of psychiatric disorders and their associated symptoms.
Godaelli Healthcare Services is transforming lives through holistic medication management and supportive therapy. Our team of experienced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing mental health treatment to children, teens, adults, and families. Whether your goal is to attain mental stability or you want to maintain stable mental health, our providers are equipped and ready to help. They treat our patients with empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of both the biological and psychological details of psychiatric disorders and their associated symptoms.
(757) 568-7333 View (757) 568-7333
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Patricia Obeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from George Mason University. With over 2 years of clinical experience, she seeks to help with the clinical assessment of mood disorders and many other mental health conditions including depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, and more.
Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from George Mason University. With over 2 years of clinical experience, she seeks to help with the clinical assessment of mood disorders and many other mental health conditions including depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, and more.
(703) 952-0180 View (703) 952-0180
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Rehan Saleem M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23113
My approach is based on holistic psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary/alternative treatments to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication. My practice specializes in treating patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, OCD and day to day stress. I also offer TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy for depression and anxious depression.
My approach is based on holistic psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary/alternative treatments to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication. My practice specializes in treating patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, OCD and day to day stress. I also offer TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy for depression and anxious depression.
(804) 258-4668 View (804) 258-4668
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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23236  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(804) 552-5350 View (804) 552-5350
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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.
(540) 657-3341 x101 View (540) 657-3341 x101
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Aurelio S Zerla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Purcellville, VA 20132  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. I have a wealth of experience in treating patients with psychotherapy and medication. I have helped many people suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, self defeating patters, and more. I am highly qualified in psychopharmacology and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with special expertise in mindfulness meditation, yoga breathing, relaxation techniques. I approach each person as a unique individual, with an empathic, compassionate, and affirming attitude. License: MD and VA
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst. I have a wealth of experience in treating patients with psychotherapy and medication. I have helped many people suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, self defeating patters, and more. I am highly qualified in psychopharmacology and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with special expertise in mindfulness meditation, yoga breathing, relaxation techniques. I approach each person as a unique individual, with an empathic, compassionate, and affirming attitude. License: MD and VA
(540) 202-1810 View (540) 202-1810
Photo of Christine Barmoy, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrisonburg, VA 22801  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Hailegiorgis (George) Bizuneh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Get the help you need Today ! Accepting New Patients ! I evaluate and treat various mental health conditions including Depression and Anxiety, Bipolar & other Mood disorders, PTSD and Trauma related disorders, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other Psychotic disorders. I’m a board-certified and licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over six years of dedicated experience in psychiatry. I have diverse clinical experience, working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, as well as working as a psychiatric consultant.
Get the help you need Today ! Accepting New Patients ! I evaluate and treat various mental health conditions including Depression and Anxiety, Bipolar & other Mood disorders, PTSD and Trauma related disorders, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia spectrum and other Psychotic disorders. I’m a board-certified and licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over six years of dedicated experience in psychiatry. I have diverse clinical experience, working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, as well as working as a psychiatric consultant.
(804) 597-3945 View (804) 597-3945
Photo of Denise Crosson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Denise Crosson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Denise Crosson is a nurse practitioner board certified in family and psychiatric mental health. I work with children and adults to provide medication management and therapy to address all general psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, functional limitations, and thought disorders. I most enjoy being able to assist people to achieve optimal mental health wellness and stability. I have a lifelong interest in better understanding people in order to better help them meet their own goals for themselves. When it comes to working with patients, I am passionate about providing care to improve access to care.
Denise Crosson is a nurse practitioner board certified in family and psychiatric mental health. I work with children and adults to provide medication management and therapy to address all general psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, functional limitations, and thought disorders. I most enjoy being able to assist people to achieve optimal mental health wellness and stability. I have a lifelong interest in better understanding people in order to better help them meet their own goals for themselves. When it comes to working with patients, I am passionate about providing care to improve access to care.
(866) 706-2586 View (866) 706-2586
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, VA 22314
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
(703) 912-0479 x1 View (703) 912-0479 x1
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22203
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Jill B Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
Are you feeling like you need to get your mind and body back on track? You may have struggles, situations, issues and circumstances. Let me help you find the best ways to get healthy and point you in the direction for a better you.
(804) 251-3988 View (804) 251-3988
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Shirley Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22310  (Online Only)
Shirley Hudson is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who is passionate about providing evidence-based and personalized care to adult clients. She began her health career treating patients in various settings including spinal cord injury, intensive care, hematology, oncology, and medical-surgical units. As a Christian, Shirley understands there is still a stigma attached to mental illness in many churches. She also has a mission to reduce the stigma of psychiatric disorders by educating clients, families, and the community about mental health disorders.
Shirley Hudson is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who is passionate about providing evidence-based and personalized care to adult clients. She began her health career treating patients in various settings including spinal cord injury, intensive care, hematology, oncology, and medical-surgical units. As a Christian, Shirley understands there is still a stigma attached to mental illness in many churches. She also has a mission to reduce the stigma of psychiatric disorders by educating clients, families, and the community about mental health disorders.
(571) 601-2210 View (571) 601-2210
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Liza Lobrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
(571) 556-4222 View (571) 556-4222
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Rappahannock County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rappahannock County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Borderline Personality (BPD)
100% Oppositional Defiance (ODD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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.