Psychiatrists in Ruther Glen, VA

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Marisa Bradbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
My name is Marisa Bradbury and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I earned my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I have experience in psychiatry, case management, hospice, corrections, dementia, Alzheimer's, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and geriatrics. My experience has allowed me to provide support for patient's mental health needs for over 25 years. I am especially focused on helping patients maintain sobriety through medication-assisted treatment. Additional focuses include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Loss/Grief.
My name is Marisa Bradbury and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I earned my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I have experience in psychiatry, case management, hospice, corrections, dementia, Alzheimer's, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and geriatrics. My experience has allowed me to provide support for patient's mental health needs for over 25 years. I am especially focused on helping patients maintain sobriety through medication-assisted treatment. Additional focuses include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Loss/Grief.
(804) 902-2860 View (804) 902-2860
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Amanda Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, PMHNP
Verified
Ruther Glen, VA 22546  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia? I am here to help you prioritize your mental health and wellbeing. We will work together to come up with the right goals and treatment plan for your care. I believe in integrating therapy with medication management in my treatment approach.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia? I am here to help you prioritize your mental health and wellbeing. We will work together to come up with the right goals and treatment plan for your care. I believe in integrating therapy with medication management in my treatment approach.
(540) 426-3359 View (540) 426-3359
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Veronica A Forchu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Ruther Glen, VA 22546  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Brandman University California with specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Brandman University California with specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
(540) 202-1942 View (540) 202-1942
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Collette Fanyi Ngante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-B
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
(804) 547-4125 View (804) 547-4125

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Georgina Coca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ladysmith, VA 22501
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, Borderline personality disorder, and Eating disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution-oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, Borderline personality disorder, and Eating disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution-oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
(571) 450-9127 View (571) 450-9127

Online Psychiatrists

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Natalie Dionne Haslem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, CNE-BC
Verified
Chester, VA 23831  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to medication management and therapy. My job is to manage your medications successfully, providing you with an enhanced quality of life. I am currently seeing clients in Virginia and Georgia will follow.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to medication management and therapy. My job is to manage your medications successfully, providing you with an enhanced quality of life. I am currently seeing clients in Virginia and Georgia will follow.
(804) 336-2552 View (804) 336-2552
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Audrey Addaquay-Corey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
(571) 486-5538 View (571) 486-5538
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Nicole Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Arlington, VA 22203
I'm Nicole Jones, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). I provide holistic, evidence-based mental health services for children under 12, adolescents, adults up to 40, and adults aged 41-64. My expertise covers anxiety, trauma, adolescent and child disorders, behavioral disorders, and more.
I'm Nicole Jones, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). I provide holistic, evidence-based mental health services for children under 12, adolescents, adults up to 40, and adults aged 41-64. My expertise covers anxiety, trauma, adolescent and child disorders, behavioral disorders, and more.
(571) 556-9457 View (571) 556-9457
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Sherin Moideen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Richmond, VA 23233  (Online Only)
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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Thaddeus M Garland MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Reston, VA 20190
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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Shenise Seabrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Manassas, VA 20112  (Online Only)
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
(571) 517-2721 View (571) 517-2721
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Sobriety & Suboxone Holistic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Sobriety and Suboxone Service Providers offer Operations STOP Services. Stay Substance/Alcohol Free by Tapering from Opioids/Ethanol using Prescription and Psychosocial Services. Come see us for Access to complete induction and Maintenance Care to End suffering mentally and physically. Your mental health is also our top priority, anxious, depressed, unable to concentrate and focus, hallucinating, mood elevation. Take action, we can help, call 757 606 1213.
Sobriety and Suboxone Service Providers offer Operations STOP Services. Stay Substance/Alcohol Free by Tapering from Opioids/Ethanol using Prescription and Psychosocial Services. Come see us for Access to complete induction and Maintenance Care to End suffering mentally and physically. Your mental health is also our top priority, anxious, depressed, unable to concentrate and focus, hallucinating, mood elevation. Take action, we can help, call 757 606 1213.
(757) 606-1213 View (757) 606-1213
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Deanna Hercik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in health care. My goal is to help patients live their best lives by treating the whole person. We will work together to determine the treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. I will provide individualized care, not "one size fits all" approach to medication management. All visits will be provided via telehealth.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in health care. My goal is to help patients live their best lives by treating the whole person. We will work together to determine the treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. I will provide individualized care, not "one size fits all" approach to medication management. All visits will be provided via telehealth.
(757) 919-3209 View (757) 919-3209
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Melissa Gross
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Suffolk, VA 23435
Melissa Gross is a Psychiatrist in Virginia with 30 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hampton University and a Medical Degree from the VCU School of Medicine. Melissa completed her Internship and Residency at the Psychiatry Eastern Virginia School of Medicine and her Fellowship at the Addiction Medicine University of Cincinnati.
Melissa Gross is a Psychiatrist in Virginia with 30 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hampton University and a Medical Degree from the VCU School of Medicine. Melissa completed her Internship and Residency at the Psychiatry Eastern Virginia School of Medicine and her Fellowship at the Addiction Medicine University of Cincinnati.
(757) 798-7907 View (757) 798-7907
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Margeuritte Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Margueritte Chandler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 yrs of psychiatric medication management experience. She has treated a wide range of psychiatric modalities for adults and teenagers. Most of her experience was gained during her 30 plus years in the military, which allowed her to see Service members, retirees and dependents. Her approach to treatment is holistic, inclusive of medication treatment, health and wellness approaches, and therapy as needed.
Margueritte Chandler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 yrs of psychiatric medication management experience. She has treated a wide range of psychiatric modalities for adults and teenagers. Most of her experience was gained during her 30 plus years in the military, which allowed her to see Service members, retirees and dependents. Her approach to treatment is holistic, inclusive of medication treatment, health and wellness approaches, and therapy as needed.
(757) 767-4370 View (757) 767-4370
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Jeffrey Semler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background in mental health care. With years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse in acute inpatient settings, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health. I earned my MSN from VCU’s School of Nursing and have since focused my expertise on acute inpatient psychiatry as a PMHNP prior to transitioning to the outpatient setting.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a rich background in mental health care. With years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse in acute inpatient settings, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health. I earned my MSN from VCU’s School of Nursing and have since focused my expertise on acute inpatient psychiatry as a PMHNP prior to transitioning to the outpatient setting.
(757) 899-4949 View (757) 899-4949
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Steven Phillips
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlottesville, VA 22901
The primary focus of my practice is seeing children and adolescents, though I see adults as well. I have experience treating a wide range of conditions, with particular expertise in ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, as well as Autism. I provide a diagnostic evaluation, and then work with you to determine the preferred treatment strategy, whether it involves therapy, evidenced-based medication management, or both.
The primary focus of my practice is seeing children and adolescents, though I see adults as well. I have experience treating a wide range of conditions, with particular expertise in ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, as well as Autism. I provide a diagnostic evaluation, and then work with you to determine the preferred treatment strategy, whether it involves therapy, evidenced-based medication management, or both.
(434) 325-5681 View (434) 325-5681
Eva Maria Theodosiadis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McLean, VA 22101
At Sound Body & Mind Psychiatric Services, we recognize that both emotional and physical factors contribute to the development of psychiatric symptoms. Genetics, environment and specific stressors or traumatic events can also play an important role. Finally, an individual's character, personality, temperament, and resilence all contribute to the clinical picture, and can shape the types of symptoms we see and the prognosis. No two individuals are exactly alike and therefore, no two individuals experience psychiatric symptoms in the exact same way. This is why we create a unique treatment plan to target your specific experience.
At Sound Body & Mind Psychiatric Services, we recognize that both emotional and physical factors contribute to the development of psychiatric symptoms. Genetics, environment and specific stressors or traumatic events can also play an important role. Finally, an individual's character, personality, temperament, and resilence all contribute to the clinical picture, and can shape the types of symptoms we see and the prognosis. No two individuals are exactly alike and therefore, no two individuals experience psychiatric symptoms in the exact same way. This is why we create a unique treatment plan to target your specific experience.
(571) 414-0538 View (571) 414-0538
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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
We provide Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry 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, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry 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/
(984) 207-5331 View (984) 207-5331
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Dr. Albert Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22203
Accepting NEW patients! Dr. Thomas' clinical roles include working as an attending at one of New York State’s busiest psychiatric emergency departments in Buffalo, New York, Inpatient Attending at a state hospital working on the adolescent unit with kids from anywhere from 60 to 90 days if not longer, and as a Psychiatric Consultant to an outpatient pediatric clinic. Dr. Thomas is passionate about working with children and youth along with their families as they navigate the challenges of mental health especially those of the LGBTQIA+ communities as well as those of different ethnic communities.
Accepting NEW patients! Dr. Thomas' clinical roles include working as an attending at one of New York State’s busiest psychiatric emergency departments in Buffalo, New York, Inpatient Attending at a state hospital working on the adolescent unit with kids from anywhere from 60 to 90 days if not longer, and as a Psychiatric Consultant to an outpatient pediatric clinic. Dr. Thomas is passionate about working with children and youth along with their families as they navigate the challenges of mental health especially those of the LGBTQIA+ communities as well as those of different ethnic communities.
(571) 946-2478 View (571) 946-2478

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ruther Glen, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ruther Glen, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Ruther Glen, 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 Ruther Glen?

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.