Psychiatrists in Richmond, VA

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Kedian Gooden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23223  (Online Only)
Kedian Gooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to assisting individuals with mental health challenges to live more productive lives and improve their functioning in society. As a PMHNP, Kedian’s role is to provide safe, quality psychiatric care to individuals and their families. She is well versed in applying an evidence-based approach to conducting a psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, and management for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Furthermore, Kedian has over 15 years of experience in health care, working in various positions.
Kedian Gooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to assisting individuals with mental health challenges to live more productive lives and improve their functioning in society. As a PMHNP, Kedian’s role is to provide safe, quality psychiatric care to individuals and their families. She is well versed in applying an evidence-based approach to conducting a psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, and management for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Furthermore, Kedian has over 15 years of experience in health care, working in various positions.
(804) 207-5542 View (804) 207-5542
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Xiaofang Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
Do you often feel anxiety or depression? Do you have difficulty sleeping well when you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are not able to concentrate? Do you want to manage your mental health by eating more healthily? Do you want to quit an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking? Besides medications, I love to use talk therapies and nutrition to manage your signs and symptoms.
(540) 660-7712 View (540) 660-7712
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Leanne Hyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Leanne and I am passionate about helping people manage mental health issues with medications, diet, exercise, and self-care. I can help you overcome and better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Seeking help can be scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
Hi! I'm Leanne and I am passionate about helping people manage mental health issues with medications, diet, exercise, and self-care. I can help you overcome and better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Seeking help can be scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
(804) 376-8795 View (804) 376-8795
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Golda Trompeta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
Golda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia, and life transitions. She has 24 years of acute care experience and possesses strong critical care skills. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. Golda graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.
Golda is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and insomnia, and life transitions. She has 24 years of acute care experience and possesses strong critical care skills. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. Golda graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University.
(804) 635-3153 View (804) 635-3153
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Oluwaseyi Soetan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23222
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics. My therapeutic approach to providing mental healthcare is centered around a flexible, integrative framework that draws from multiple theoretical orientations to best meet the unique needs of each individual.
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics. My therapeutic approach to providing mental healthcare is centered around a flexible, integrative framework that draws from multiple theoretical orientations to best meet the unique needs of each individual.
(804) 494-4266 View (804) 494-4266
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Catherine Ben-Agu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (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, as well as geriatric clients who seek help with diverse psychiatric problems.
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, as well as geriatric clients who seek help with diverse psychiatric problems.
(804) 531-5822 View (804) 531-5822
Insight Physicians PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, PA
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23294
Insight Physicians has been working to meet the behavioral health needs of people in the Richmond Virginia area for more than 35 years. Our clinical team is comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners specialty trained in behavioral health, physician assistants and therapists. Appointments are available in person or virtually and within 7 days.
Insight Physicians has been working to meet the behavioral health needs of people in the Richmond Virginia area for more than 35 years. Our clinical team is comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners specialty trained in behavioral health, physician assistants and therapists. Appointments are available in person or virtually and within 7 days.
(804) 805-4969 View (804) 805-4969
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Dr. Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23226
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist, without success? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current treatment? Needing an appointment as soon as possible? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist, without success? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current treatment? Needing an appointment as soon as possible? If your answers are yes, then Gray MD Psychiatry is the right choice for you. We can work together to help improve your depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, burnout or hopelessness.
(804) 293-2519 View (804) 293-2519
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23219  (Online Only)
Ike is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. Ike is affiliated with vardsurgentpsych.com and aims to provide mental health aid to people in areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach out to via tele-health. The effects of the pandemic and current life events have highlighted the need for increased access to mental health care. Mental illness and stress can affect all aspects of our life if not treated/addressed. Being that every person is a unique individual, we should be treated with respect.
Ike is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practioner with over 12 years in psychiatric and behavioral health settings. Ike is affiliated with vardsurgentpsych.com and aims to provide mental health aid to people in areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach out to via tele-health. The effects of the pandemic and current life events have highlighted the need for increased access to mental health care. Mental illness and stress can affect all aspects of our life if not treated/addressed. Being that every person is a unique individual, we should be treated with respect.
(804) 391-7002 View (804) 391-7002
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Behavioral Health Alternatives, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23220
Behavioral Health Alternatives provide mental health services across the lifespan. We enhance mental health awareness, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness. The organization provides psychiatric assessments, medication management, and assist individuals with resources in the community. Our vision is that the community we serve understands the coordination of behavioral healthcare, substance abuse recovery, and physical healthcare is essential to overall health.
Behavioral Health Alternatives provide mental health services across the lifespan. We enhance mental health awareness, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness. The organization provides psychiatric assessments, medication management, and assist individuals with resources in the community. Our vision is that the community we serve understands the coordination of behavioral healthcare, substance abuse recovery, and physical healthcare is essential to overall health.
(804) 395-7381 View (804) 395-7381
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23298
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video for clients across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse including Suboxone Treatment via video for clients across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(804) 409-4163 View (804) 409-4163
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Christina Stevenson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral prepared Adult, Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than a decade experience. I enjoy helping people feel better and with finding a better outlook on life.
I am a doctoral prepared Adult, Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than a decade experience. I enjoy helping people feel better and with finding a better outlook on life.
(804) 509-2776 View (804) 509-2776
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Ine Saka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23224
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
(804) 532-4925 View (804) 532-4925
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Toni Plummer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23224  (Online Only)
I am Toni Plummer, and I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner. I believe in empowering individuals to manage various psychiatric conditions. I provide a person-centered holistic approach to mental health care. My medication recommendations are based on evidence-based best practice research. I complete a holistic assessment that I may help you identify psychosocial factors which may contribute to your current mood state. My communication style is honest, direct, and empathetic. I encourage people I work with to provide similar communication in working with me so that I may best serve them.
I am Toni Plummer, and I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner. I believe in empowering individuals to manage various psychiatric conditions. I provide a person-centered holistic approach to mental health care. My medication recommendations are based on evidence-based best practice research. I complete a holistic assessment that I may help you identify psychosocial factors which may contribute to your current mood state. My communication style is honest, direct, and empathetic. I encourage people I work with to provide similar communication in working with me so that I may best serve them.
(804) 207-7215 View (804) 207-7215
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23220
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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Deneice Wickens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23232  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients: Plant Your Roots with Us at Eden Total Care! Hello, I'm Deneice, a PsychNP offering virtual sessions in VA, NY, CO, MT, WA, OR, AZ, and TX. I specialize in guiding young-feeling adults through complex mental health issues, including symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. My holistic approach offers personalized care, blending evidence-based therapies with medication management. Together, we'll create a treatment plan that suits your unique preferences, supporting your well-being and building a foundation for long-term stability and resilience.
Now Accepting New Clients: Plant Your Roots with Us at Eden Total Care! Hello, I'm Deneice, a PsychNP offering virtual sessions in VA, NY, CO, MT, WA, OR, AZ, and TX. I specialize in guiding young-feeling adults through complex mental health issues, including symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. My holistic approach offers personalized care, blending evidence-based therapies with medication management. Together, we'll create a treatment plan that suits your unique preferences, supporting your well-being and building a foundation for long-term stability and resilience.
(804) 259-0493 View (804) 259-0493
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Dexter Lett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23225
Hello, I'm Dexter, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to comprehensive mental health care. With over 15 years of clinical experience spanning diverse inpatient and outpatient settings, I've cared for patients across all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. While prescribing medications is a viable option, I prioritize patient education and understanding. I strongly believe in ensuring that patients comprehend the reasons behind their medications and encourage open discussions about their treatment plans.
Hello, I'm Dexter, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to comprehensive mental health care. With over 15 years of clinical experience spanning diverse inpatient and outpatient settings, I've cared for patients across all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. While prescribing medications is a viable option, I prioritize patient education and understanding. I strongly believe in ensuring that patients comprehend the reasons behind their medications and encourage open discussions about their treatment plans.
(804) 589-4607 View (804) 589-4607
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Brianna Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23223  (Online Only)
Brianna is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic disorders, grief, trauma, and life transitions. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. In her multifaceted role as a PMHNP, she acts as an educator, and mental health advocate, providing medication management and therapy services. Brianna completed her Master's in Nursing at Walden University with a specialty in Psychiatric and Mental Health.
Brianna is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic disorders, grief, trauma, and life transitions. She focuses her practice on providing quality and evidenced-based care to her clients while using a compassionate approach. In her multifaceted role as a PMHNP, she acts as an educator, and mental health advocate, providing medication management and therapy services. Brianna completed her Master's in Nursing at Walden University with a specialty in Psychiatric and Mental Health.
(339) 244-7023 View (339) 244-7023
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Angela Allen Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23223  (Online Only)
Angela Allen-Blaine is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She completed her Nursing degree at Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University, and her Master's degree in Nursing from Liberty University. Angela completed her post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANCC Board Certification from the University of Cincinnati and is currently working toward her doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Liberty University.
Angela Allen-Blaine is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She completed her Nursing degree at Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University, and her Master's degree in Nursing from Liberty University. Angela completed her post-Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANCC Board Certification from the University of Cincinnati and is currently working toward her doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Liberty University.
(804) 369-9291 View (804) 369-9291
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23220  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Richmond, VA

100+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Richmond, VA who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
77% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD
68% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Richmond, VA see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Richmond?

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.