Psychiatrists in Williamsburg, VA

Photo of Rita Ososanya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Williamsburg, VA
Rita Ososanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Rita Ososanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Rita conducts thorough assessments to gather information about a client's mental health status, medical history, family history, and current symptoms. She uses their clinical skills to diagnose mental health disorders based on established diagnostic criteria. Rita develops personalized treatment plans tailored to each client's unique needs. These plans may include a combination of therapy, medication, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions.
Rita Ososanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Rita conducts thorough assessments to gather information about a client's mental health status, medical history, family history, and current symptoms. She uses their clinical skills to diagnose mental health disorders based on established diagnostic criteria. Rita develops personalized treatment plans tailored to each client's unique needs. These plans may include a combination of therapy, medication, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions.
(757) 720-2392 View (757) 720-2392
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Lori L Ball
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
Hello. I'm Lori Ball with Williamsburg Counseling. As a dually certified Advance Practice Nurse(Nurse Practitioner), I provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluations, prescribe and manage psychotropics. My professional history extends back to 1985 when I entered the world of psychiatry as a young registered nurse. 39 years later I find myself collaborating with patients across the lifespan who graciously share their stories and seek out new solutions to the demands of life. Medications are only one tool. There's so much more, so together lets discover and embrace genuine lasting change for a better tomorrow!
(757) 859-0359 View (757) 859-0359
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Kevina R. Boone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
Kevina received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and Master’s degree from Walden University. She has 20+ years of experience as an RN. Kevina specialize in medication management. Treatment should always include therapeutic techniques along with medication. She enjoys team collaboration and providing holistic care.
(757) 720-7792 View (757) 720-7792
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Sarah Yowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a background of working in an Emergency Department as a registered nurse and recently for the past few years have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a family practice. I attended Shenandoah University for my undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Liberty University. I volunteer at the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County on the Access to Care Committee.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a background of working in an Emergency Department as a registered nurse and recently for the past few years have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a family practice. I attended Shenandoah University for my undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Liberty University. I volunteer at the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County on the Access to Care Committee.
(757) 835-3865 x1 View (757) 835-3865 x1
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Patricia Roy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
Dr. Roy graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2008 and served on the faculty through 2011 where she specialized in mood disorders. Following her time at Johns Hopkins she served at Virginia Hospital Center as a medical director and providing patient care for a broad range of psychiatric conditions. She currently works with the College of William & Mary providing psychiatric care to students.
(757) 798-7967 View (757) 798-7967
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
We are accepting New Clients. We see patients Mondays through Fridays. We offer Medication Management and Counseling/Psychotherapy Face to face or via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Virginia and Maryland. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Patrick Crook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in South Carolina. I received my Masters in Nursing from Duquesne University (Forensic Nursing), Post-Masters in Nursing from University of Virginia (PMHNP). I served in both U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service, retired in 2019. I have been practicing for 12 yrs. I have experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in South Carolina. I received my Masters in Nursing from Duquesne University (Forensic Nursing), Post-Masters in Nursing from University of Virginia (PMHNP). I served in both U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service, retired in 2019. I have been practicing for 12 yrs. I have experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
(276) 296-6544 View (276) 296-6544
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Joanna Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
The human experience is complex and dynamic, with each of us experiencing life differently through our individual experiences. I seek to meet people where they are and help them to get where they want to be. As a nurse practitioner, I believe in providing non-judgmental, wholistic care, focusing on mind, body, spirit, family, and community. I understand the commitment to overcoming adversity, advocating for my clients to approach their own problems with a positive perspective and attitude of perseverance. It is my greatest joy to help people improve their lives by mastering their thoughts and emotions.
The human experience is complex and dynamic, with each of us experiencing life differently through our individual experiences. I seek to meet people where they are and help them to get where they want to be. As a nurse practitioner, I believe in providing non-judgmental, wholistic care, focusing on mind, body, spirit, family, and community. I understand the commitment to overcoming adversity, advocating for my clients to approach their own problems with a positive perspective and attitude of perseverance. It is my greatest joy to help people improve their lives by mastering their thoughts and emotions.
(804) 234-3190 View (804) 234-3190
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Sarah Faber-Catanese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
Have you been seeing your primary care provider for mental health needs, and not seeing the results you would like? Have you been attending therapy diligently, but not making as much progress as you had hoped? Have you ever been told you have a diagnosis such as bipolar disorder that often requires medication to achieve and maintain wellness? If any of the above apply to you, you may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist for medication management. Research shows that for most mental health complaints, patients get the best treatment outcomes from a combination of psychotherapy and medications.
(757) 702-5191 View (757) 702-5191
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Bruce Robert Stevens
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
I am bringing over 28 years of experience to a Telemedicine practice of adult psychiatry. Previously, I served 8 years as Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for Bon Secours Health System in Richmond. I strive to provide compassionate, professional, and up to date, science-based psychiatric care.
(804) 201-9470 View (804) 201-9470
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Dr. Angel D. Blair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strongly believe that mental health matters and so do you. No one should have to go through difficult experiences and situations alone. Although, there is still a stigma that surrounds mental health, I thrive in providing an empathetic and nonjudgmental safe space for my patients. Providing a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and partnership while taking into account each patient holistically is my priority.
(757) 367-8924 View (757) 367-8924
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Leslie McIlvried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23081
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
Feeling overwhelmed? Do you need a partner on your mental health journey? Through my years of helping individuals, I want to help you navigate and understand your mental health challenges. I would like to help you on this journey by collaborating with you for your medication management needs. Together our goal is providing medication management to promote your overall mental health wellness.
(804) 352-6967 View (804) 352-6967
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Caretouch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Accepting New Patients all over Washington. Call for an appointment Now. Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. Affiliated with Mindful Therapy Group.
Accepting New Patients all over Washington. Call for an appointment Now. Dr. Francisca Nebe is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and family Nurse Practitioner. She has years of experience in her field and specializes in treating major depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. Affiliated with Mindful Therapy Group.
(509) 348-4366 View (509) 348-4366
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Omiah Behavioral Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
(240) 693-5274 View (240) 693-5274

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Afaribea Fosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in the importance of providing holistic care when managing one’s mental health needs.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in the importance of providing holistic care when managing one’s mental health needs.
(757) 866-4830 View (757) 866-4830
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Margaret Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in the importance of having access to both medication and therapeutic treatment. I provide medication management and therapeutic care for individuals across the lifespan with diverse psychiatric needs, including mood disorders, thought disorders, eating disorders, geropsychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorders. Please reach out today to start your mental health journey!
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in the importance of having access to both medication and therapeutic treatment. I provide medication management and therapeutic care for individuals across the lifespan with diverse psychiatric needs, including mood disorders, thought disorders, eating disorders, geropsychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorders. Please reach out today to start your mental health journey!
(757) 801-2667 View (757) 801-2667
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Ashley McDaniel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23603
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic and person-centered care in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am passionate about working together to form an individualized treatment plan while also integrating therapy with medication management. I provide care across the lifespan to those with a variety of mental health care needs including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, and substance use disorders. I am here to help you overcome challenges throughout this journey to improve your health and your life.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic and person-centered care in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am passionate about working together to form an individualized treatment plan while also integrating therapy with medication management. I provide care across the lifespan to those with a variety of mental health care needs including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, and substance use disorders. I am here to help you overcome challenges throughout this journey to improve your health and your life.
(757) 895-7505 View (757) 895-7505

Online Psychiatrists

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Sikira Mukaila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Sikira Mukaila is a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a strong commitment to providing compassionate Mental healthcare services, I offer medication management, Psychotherapy, talk therapy or both. With over 15 years in healthcare I possess a profound comprehension of mental healthcare and an unwavering commitment to improving the overall well-being of my clients. You are most welcome to view my profile and book an appointment on Grow Therapy.
Sikira Mukaila is a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a strong commitment to providing compassionate Mental healthcare services, I offer medication management, Psychotherapy, talk therapy or both. With over 15 years in healthcare I possess a profound comprehension of mental healthcare and an unwavering commitment to improving the overall well-being of my clients. You are most welcome to view my profile and book an appointment on Grow Therapy.
(757) 530-7018 View (757) 530-7018
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Kedest Gebreselassie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, VA 22554
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
I have been fascinated by the complex processes of the mind and the profound effects that mental illness has on people and their families. I was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner by a strong desire to improve people's lives. Throughout my nursing career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health conditions can have on individuals' overall well-being. I have seen the challenges faced by those living with mental illness, as well as the immense strength and resilience they possess. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in need.
(540) 657-3341 x101 View (540) 657-3341 x101
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Dr. Nasr Basir Balla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Hopewell, VA 23860  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
Are you looking for a clear plan to help you get back to feeling like yourself? You’re tired of the cycle of toxic relationships or low self-esteem you’re caught in, and you’re ready to make some changes to help you regain that sense of confidence and control that’s missing. Through medication management & a holistic approach to psychiatry, we can identify the root cause of what you’re experiencing and how medication may be a useful tool, as well as other strategies that you can start putting into practice in day-to-day life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, or something else—I’m here to help.
(804) 589-5165 View (804) 589-5165

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Williamsburg, VA

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Williamsburg, VA who prioritize treating:

71% Depression
71% Anxiety
71% Medication Management
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD
64% Bipolar Disorder
57% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aetna
73% Cigna and Evernorth
73% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Williamsburg, VA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Williamsburg?

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.