Psychiatrists in Rockville, VA

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Goochland Behavioral Health (Teena Nunn)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, VA 23146  (Online Only)
Are you seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, or insomnia? Help is available! At GBH, you will find a combination of clinical competence and customer service unsurpassed by other practices who may "rush" their patients with 15-30 minute time slots. At GBH, we take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. We strive to provide a space where you can feel comfortable discussing your mental health concerns without fear of judgement. Our goal is to form a long-lasting professional relationship with you!
Are you seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, or insomnia? Help is available! At GBH, you will find a combination of clinical competence and customer service unsurpassed by other practices who may "rush" their patients with 15-30 minute time slots. At GBH, we take the time to listen to our patients and work collaboratively with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. We strive to provide a space where you can feel comfortable discussing your mental health concerns without fear of judgement. Our goal is to form a long-lasting professional relationship with you!
(804) 568-9835 View (804) 568-9835

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Komal Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Komal Singh, M.D. is a graduate of Avalon University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Singh provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children and adolescents. Dr. Singh focuses on taking a personalized approach that takes into account all aspects of the mental health of each individual patient when determining the best method of treatment. Her treatment recommendations include medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Komal Singh, M.D. is a graduate of Avalon University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Singh provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children and adolescents. Dr. Singh focuses on taking a personalized approach that takes into account all aspects of the mental health of each individual patient when determining the best method of treatment. Her treatment recommendations include medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
(804) 600-4308 View (804) 600-4308
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Jennifer Schrecengost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CPNP-PC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
Practice provider: Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CPNP-PC. Jennifer has worked with children and families in primary care for nearly 20 years and treating kids and adolescents is truly where our passion lies. Whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, or insomnia, it is important to know that you are working not just with an individual but with a family, each member of which plays an important part in the client's progress and recovery. My priority is providing individualized, non-judgmental, holistic care that fully supports and recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment.
(804) 352-2123 View (804) 352-2123
Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
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) 302-5880 View (804) 302-5880
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Ross Yaple
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Dr. Yaple earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia where he completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and then went on to complete his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2008 through VCU at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
Dr. Yaple earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia where he completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and then went on to complete his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2008 through VCU at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children.
(804) 589-5506 View (804) 589-5506
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Deborah Crutchfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (Online Only)
Deborah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the outpatient mental health sector. She works with individuals across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has over 14 years of experience in emergency medicine, psychiatry, and addiction. She specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, and various other mental health issues.
Deborah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the outpatient mental health sector. She works with individuals across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has over 14 years of experience in emergency medicine, psychiatry, and addiction. She specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, and various other mental health issues.
(804) 626-9077 View (804) 626-9077
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Stephen E Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
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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Aslihan Sogutlu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Aslihan Sogutlu is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from Eskisehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training in Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY. She obtained her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School.
Aslihan Sogutlu is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from Eskisehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training in Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY. She obtained her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School.
(804) 258-6373 View (804) 258-6373
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Alexandra L. Capps
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MCLC, CPT
Verified Verified
Henrico, VA 23238
Waitlist for new clients
Are you a high-achieving woman feeling weighed down by chronic migraines, hypermobility, anxiety, and/or depression? Or, are you struggling to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong, but unsatisfied with constant reassurance that “everything looks normal?” I understand the frustration of feeling held back from your full potential. Whether you’re looking for answers about your physical or mental health challenges, or navigating personal or professional obstacles that stand between you and your goals, I'm here to guide you on a transformative journey toward healing and growth.
Are you a high-achieving woman feeling weighed down by chronic migraines, hypermobility, anxiety, and/or depression? Or, are you struggling to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong, but unsatisfied with constant reassurance that “everything looks normal?” I understand the frustration of feeling held back from your full potential. Whether you’re looking for answers about your physical or mental health challenges, or navigating personal or professional obstacles that stand between you and your goals, I'm here to guide you on a transformative journey toward healing and growth.
(804) 570-2873 View (804) 570-2873
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Nikita Bonner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
Mrs. Bonner is a certified family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over 8 years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings. Mrs. Bonner focuses on holistic patient-centered care and utilizes evidence-based practice modalities while focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
(804) 373-2413 View (804) 373-2413
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Manjit Sangha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059
With expertise in psychiatric medication management, I collaborate closely with individuals to find the most appropriate and effective medication regimen, when needed. I provide psychoeducation, empowering individuals to understand their conditions and make informed decisions regarding their mental health.My goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health approach that ensures that you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. I treats all general psychiatric issues, with a clinical focus on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and other mood disorder.
With expertise in psychiatric medication management, I collaborate closely with individuals to find the most appropriate and effective medication regimen, when needed. I provide psychoeducation, empowering individuals to understand their conditions and make informed decisions regarding their mental health.My goal is to provide patient-centered holistic mental health approach that ensures that you and your family's preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected. I treats all general psychiatric issues, with a clinical focus on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and other mood disorder.
(804) 534-2745 View (804) 534-2745
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Lisa Whitnum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060
When booking appointments, please book with the full name as written on the insurance card. Lisa Whitnum treats patients between the ages of 27 and 64. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor of Science and Walden University with a Master in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She comes to the practice with over 20 years of medical training, including a military background assisting active and retired veterans dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In addition, she has experience in critical care and behavioral health. She specializes in PTSD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
When booking appointments, please book with the full name as written on the insurance card. Lisa Whitnum treats patients between the ages of 27 and 64. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth with a Bachelor of Science and Walden University with a Master in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She comes to the practice with over 20 years of medical training, including a military background assisting active and retired veterans dealing with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In addition, she has experience in critical care and behavioral health. She specializes in PTSD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.
(804) 600-4613 View (804) 600-4613
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Dena Wampler (Telehealth)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23233  (Online Only)
In a series of happy coincidences, my life took an unexpected turn in the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Master’s program where I was able to secure a spot in the psychiatric/mental health specialty. Much of my practice has been in community mental health which has been fulfilling, enlightening and educational. I’m comfortable with diagnosing and providing medication for depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and sleep issues and providing education about the medication.
In a series of happy coincidences, my life took an unexpected turn in the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Master’s program where I was able to secure a spot in the psychiatric/mental health specialty. Much of my practice has been in community mental health which has been fulfilling, enlightening and educational. I’m comfortable with diagnosing and providing medication for depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and sleep issues and providing education about the medication.
(804) 332-6061 View (804) 332-6061
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Samantha Moussari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (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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Peter Breslin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23060
I'm a Psychiatrist with a passion for getting you to your better self. Utilizing an eclectic and teamwork driven approach, our focus will be to optimize your well being. In order to do this, a thorough understanding of who you are is necessary. Together, we will delve in to your genetic, developmental, physiologic and personal background to achieve our goal.
I'm a Psychiatrist with a passion for getting you to your better self. Utilizing an eclectic and teamwork driven approach, our focus will be to optimize your well being. In order to do this, a thorough understanding of who you are is necessary. Together, we will delve in to your genetic, developmental, physiologic and personal background to achieve our goal.
(804) 587-7969 View (804) 587-7969
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Sherin Moideen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23233
Hi, My name is Dr. Sherin Moideen and I started Virginia Psychiatry LLC to provide specialized psychiatric care to women. Women face unique challenges during periods of life and reproductive transitions, career, and parenthood. I strive to take into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and cultural experiences that are unique to women. Certain diagnosis are often overlooked in women. I have been practicing in the Richmond area for over 10 years and I am licensed to practice in both Virginia and Washington D.C. I offer telemedicine appointments throughout the state.
Hi, My name is Dr. Sherin Moideen and I started Virginia Psychiatry LLC to provide specialized psychiatric care to women. Women face unique challenges during periods of life and reproductive transitions, career, and parenthood. I strive to take into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and cultural experiences that are unique to women. Certain diagnosis are often overlooked in women. I have been practicing in the Richmond area for over 10 years and I am licensed to practice in both Virginia and Washington D.C. I offer telemedicine appointments throughout the state.
(804) 369-8236 View (804) 369-8236
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Ifeyinwa Utah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060  (Online Only)
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
(804) 409-2692 View (804) 409-2692
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Chrystal H Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Allen, VA 23059  (Online Only)
Are you looking for outpatient mental health support and medication management in your journey to feel better? Want someone who understands eating disorders, addictions, neurodivergence, and hormonal issues? Want someone willing to explore how medical reasons, like changing hormones, may be affecting your mental health? Want to feel heard and not just given a pill? Want to consider supplements? Want flexibility and access to your provider? If you’re between the ages of 12 and 55 and struggling to feel better, then I’d like to partner with you as a part of your care team.
Are you looking for outpatient mental health support and medication management in your journey to feel better? Want someone who understands eating disorders, addictions, neurodivergence, and hormonal issues? Want someone willing to explore how medical reasons, like changing hormones, may be affecting your mental health? Want to feel heard and not just given a pill? Want to consider supplements? Want flexibility and access to your provider? If you’re between the ages of 12 and 55 and struggling to feel better, then I’d like to partner with you as a part of your care team.
(804) 336-3805 View (804) 336-3805
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Stephanie Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VA 23233
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in a wide range of treatment areas including depression, anxiety, autism, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I have worked in several settings and enjoy providing care through telehealth which offers access to quality care when it is needed.
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in a wide range of treatment areas including depression, anxiety, autism, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I have worked in several settings and enjoy providing care through telehealth which offers access to quality care when it is needed.
(804) 332-6061 View (804) 332-6061
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Thaddeus M Garland MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henrico, VA 23233
Through Telemedicine, I enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them discover how to lead better lives from the comfort of home. I treat clients of all ages and issues and have special interests in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizoprenia.
Through Telemedicine, I enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them discover how to lead better lives from the comfort of home. I treat clients of all ages and issues and have special interests in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Personality Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizoprenia.
(833) 211-4745 View (833) 211-4745

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rockville, VA

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Psychiatrists in Rockville, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Rockville, VA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockville?

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.