Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach, VA

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Liliana Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Dr. Liliana Kim, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Virginia. Dr. Kim started her career as a critical care nurse in multiple, complex health care environments such as Neonatal ICU, Cardiac ICU, and General ICU. After earning her Doctorate degree in Family Nursing Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina, she participated in two major clinical research studies, that were part of the Operation Warp Speed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Liliana Kim, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Virginia. Dr. Kim started her career as a critical care nurse in multiple, complex health care environments such as Neonatal ICU, Cardiac ICU, and General ICU. After earning her Doctorate degree in Family Nursing Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina, she participated in two major clinical research studies, that were part of the Operation Warp Speed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(757) 854-6416 View (757) 854-6416
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Harpreet Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Hello, my name is Harpreet Kang, and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about supporting my clients' mental wellness journey. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field with a client-centered approach. I will meet you with compassion and empathy to identify the best treatment plan for you.
Hello, my name is Harpreet Kang, and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about supporting my clients' mental wellness journey. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field with a client-centered approach. I will meet you with compassion and empathy to identify the best treatment plan for you.
(757) 260-3356 View (757) 260-3356
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Seaside Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She previously held the position of Clinical Manager at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources; however, relocated to a practice in the Virginia Beach area. While Tina is a national key opinion leader in the management of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adjunctive Major Depressive Disorder, and Tardive Dyskinesia, she has extensive experience treating autism, ADHD, child/ adolescent psychiatric care as well as general psychiatric care across the lifespan.
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She previously held the position of Clinical Manager at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources; however, relocated to a practice in the Virginia Beach area. While Tina is a national key opinion leader in the management of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adjunctive Major Depressive Disorder, and Tardive Dyskinesia, she has extensive experience treating autism, ADHD, child/ adolescent psychiatric care as well as general psychiatric care across the lifespan.
(757) 895-7769 View (757) 895-7769
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Nakeshia Lynn Mouzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-c
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
I believe helping others become the best version of themselves is a lifelong journey, as we navigate our lives through the everchanging stages that drive us to evolve into our individual diverse roles. I understand life's multitude of challenges may lead an individual to experience infinite feelings resulting in a lack of purpose. Together we can work on this.
I believe helping others become the best version of themselves is a lifelong journey, as we navigate our lives through the everchanging stages that drive us to evolve into our individual diverse roles. I understand life's multitude of challenges may lead an individual to experience infinite feelings resulting in a lack of purpose. Together we can work on this.
(757) 703-1476 View (757) 703-1476
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Loyette Wong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Waitlist for new clients
Loyette Wong is a military veteran and board-certified nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she has treated patients with a wide range of diagnoses in the fields of sleep medicine, neurology and family medicine. She went on to receive her post-master's certification in psychiatric-mental health in order to better serve the demand of her patients. She specializes in providing compassionate and culturally competent care.
Loyette Wong is a military veteran and board-certified nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, she has treated patients with a wide range of diagnoses in the fields of sleep medicine, neurology and family medicine. She went on to receive her post-master's certification in psychiatric-mental health in order to better serve the demand of her patients. She specializes in providing compassionate and culturally competent care.
(757) 210-3458 View (757) 210-3458
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Monica Riffey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Dr. Riffey is currently accepting NEW patients, with quick wait times. As a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience, I specialize in guiding individuals through life's many challenges. I work with you to identify and treat mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. I enjoy working with my clients to improve their to create treatment plans that work for you! I offer compassionate and personalized sessions, in-person and virtually to help you on your journey to wellness. My approach is warm, personalized, evidence-based, and focused on your unique needs.
Dr. Riffey is currently accepting NEW patients, with quick wait times. As a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with extensive experience, I specialize in guiding individuals through life's many challenges. I work with you to identify and treat mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. I enjoy working with my clients to improve their to create treatment plans that work for you! I offer compassionate and personalized sessions, in-person and virtually to help you on your journey to wellness. My approach is warm, personalized, evidence-based, and focused on your unique needs.
(757) 702-3418 View (757) 702-3418
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Ocean Psychiatric Group, P.C.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Ocean Psychiatric Group P.C, is a collaborative group of Neurological and Mental Health professionals who will serve your needs with competence, integrity and compassion. We are a group of individuals licensed in Psychiatry, Neurology, Clinical Psychology, Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work, Neuropsychological and Psychological Testing. Our practice is complemented by Prescribing Nurse Practitioners, Board Certified in Psychiatric and Family Medicine . We are committed to provide excellent patient care within our specialties, in a confidential and comfortable environment.
Ocean Psychiatric Group P.C, is a collaborative group of Neurological and Mental Health professionals who will serve your needs with competence, integrity and compassion. We are a group of individuals licensed in Psychiatry, Neurology, Clinical Psychology, Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work, Neuropsychological and Psychological Testing. Our practice is complemented by Prescribing Nurse Practitioners, Board Certified in Psychiatric and Family Medicine . We are committed to provide excellent patient care within our specialties, in a confidential and comfortable environment.
(757) 799-4575 View (757) 799-4575
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Natasha Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Natasha Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MSN, APRN, and PMHNP-BC from Walden University. Natasha's treatment style is unique in that she takes the time to get to know the client holistically upon initial interview and devises the least restrictive treatment plan with the patient. Natasha is very down to earth and outgoing and has several professional and personal experiences from which she bases her treatment upon.
Natasha Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MSN, APRN, and PMHNP-BC from Walden University. Natasha's treatment style is unique in that she takes the time to get to know the client holistically upon initial interview and devises the least restrictive treatment plan with the patient. Natasha is very down to earth and outgoing and has several professional and personal experiences from which she bases her treatment upon.
(757) 600-0272 View (757) 600-0272
The Comprehensive Care Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23454  (Online Only)
Immediate appointments available. Kenita Murray is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and has been working as a healthcare professional for the last 15 years. Kenita is an Army veteran who graduated with her Masters and Doctorate of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University.
Immediate appointments available. Kenita Murray is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and has been working as a healthcare professional for the last 15 years. Kenita is an Army veteran who graduated with her Masters and Doctorate of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University.
(757) 769-0571 View (757) 769-0571
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Valentina Cimolai Md
Psychiatrist, CA, FL, NY, VA
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Are you wondering what else you can do for your mental health? At Bloom Psychiatry And Wellness, we go above and beyond. We are attentive listeners and caring clinicians. It is important to get to the root causes of the challenges you are facing and tap into your abilities to heal yourself. I am a board-certified psychiatrist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine and combine conventional treatments (medications and evidence-based therapies) with a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, supplements, and mind-body techniques.
Are you wondering what else you can do for your mental health? At Bloom Psychiatry And Wellness, we go above and beyond. We are attentive listeners and caring clinicians. It is important to get to the root causes of the challenges you are facing and tap into your abilities to heal yourself. I am a board-certified psychiatrist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine and combine conventional treatments (medications and evidence-based therapies) with a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes, supplements, and mind-body techniques.
(757) 530-5703 View (757) 530-5703
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Meridian Psychotherapy Services
Psychiatrist, MD, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Meridian Psychotherapy Services is a leading and trusted Hampton Roads mental health practice for over 30 years. Our expert staff of physicians, nurse practiti​oners, and mental health professionals are committed to helping adults and adolescents through individual, group, couples, and family counseling services.
Meridian Psychotherapy Services is a leading and trusted Hampton Roads mental health practice for over 30 years. Our expert staff of physicians, nurse practiti​oners, and mental health professionals are committed to helping adults and adolescents through individual, group, couples, and family counseling services.
(757) 997-1852 View (757) 997-1852
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Kanisha Belt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** I work with a diverse group of clients. As a provider, it is my goal to provide the best unbiased, client-centered care possible. I utilize evidence-based practice to guide my care. I listen to my clients as we work together to create an individualized treatment plan. I am passionate about helping people achieve the best version of themselves as identified by the individual.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** I work with a diverse group of clients. As a provider, it is my goal to provide the best unbiased, client-centered care possible. I utilize evidence-based practice to guide my care. I listen to my clients as we work together to create an individualized treatment plan. I am passionate about helping people achieve the best version of themselves as identified by the individual.
(757) 663-7547 View (757) 663-7547
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Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
(757) 798-8549 View (757) 798-8549
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (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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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23454  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(757) 654-5093 View (757) 654-5093
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Danielle C Gange
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Ms. Gange provides addiction treatment as well as mental health medication management services to adolescents and adults. She provides treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Ms. Gange is certified to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate use disorder using buprenorphine (Suboxone) and is experienced in treating other substance use disorders. An additional area of clinical focus includes comprehensive treatment for benzodiazepine dependence.
Ms. Gange provides addiction treatment as well as mental health medication management services to adolescents and adults. She provides treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Ms. Gange is certified to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate use disorder using buprenorphine (Suboxone) and is experienced in treating other substance use disorders. An additional area of clinical focus includes comprehensive treatment for benzodiazepine dependence.
(757) 210-5696 View (757) 210-5696
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Natalia Cameron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Natalia Cameron is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Natalia believes mental wellness should be addressed in a holistic and supportive manner. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proud to provide culturally competent care to all. Natalia's idea of self-care consists of hanging out with her dogs and drinking coffee at a bookstore.
Natalia Cameron is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Natalia believes mental wellness should be addressed in a holistic and supportive manner. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proud to provide culturally competent care to all. Natalia's idea of self-care consists of hanging out with her dogs and drinking coffee at a bookstore.
(757) 992-8817 View (757) 992-8817
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Leva Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
We are providers that believe in the mind body connection. We want to address all parts of you, seeing you as a whole person: body, mind, and soul. We acknowledge that sometimes medications are necessary and we integrate our medical background into your care when needed. We know sometimes medications are not necessary and other valuable healing options are available to you. You may come without knowing your diagnosis and need clarity, you may want to learn how to process and release pent up emotions, or you may just need your medications refills. We are here to support all those needs and your personal goals.
We are providers that believe in the mind body connection. We want to address all parts of you, seeing you as a whole person: body, mind, and soul. We acknowledge that sometimes medications are necessary and we integrate our medical background into your care when needed. We know sometimes medications are not necessary and other valuable healing options are available to you. You may come without knowing your diagnosis and need clarity, you may want to learn how to process and release pent up emotions, or you may just need your medications refills. We are here to support all those needs and your personal goals.
(757) 347-4017 View (757) 347-4017
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Matthew Sachs
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
I'm a double-boarded Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist, working mostly online. I run a cash-based insurance hybrid practice. I help you submit your itemized statement to you insurance company but I'm considered out-of-network. My sub-specialty is ADHD, but I can help with any issue from A-Z. I have great computer software that puts the patient in charge of their treatment. We can do everything online: scheduling appointments, complete forms, communicate, electronically prescribe, have our interview, and discuss treatment, all from the comforts of your phone or computer.
I'm a double-boarded Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist, working mostly online. I run a cash-based insurance hybrid practice. I help you submit your itemized statement to you insurance company but I'm considered out-of-network. My sub-specialty is ADHD, but I can help with any issue from A-Z. I have great computer software that puts the patient in charge of their treatment. We can do everything online: scheduling appointments, complete forms, communicate, electronically prescribe, have our interview, and discuss treatment, all from the comforts of your phone or computer.
(757) 210-7514 View (757) 210-7514
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Mariam Bouanane-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
Now accepting NEW Clients. Hello, my name is Mariam Bouanane-Smith, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing personalized and empathetic mental healthcare to individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life in various settings, helping individuals of all ages overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe every person deserves compassionate and effective mental healthcare.
(757) 704-4747 View (757) 704-4747

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Number of Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach, VA

100+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach, VA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
82% Medication Management
79% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Virginia Beach, VA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Virginia Beach?

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.