Psychiatrists in York County, VA

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Rosemary A. Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yorktown, VA 23693  (Online Only)
Rosemary Jackson is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s of Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Rosemary has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over ten years and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has been working with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma while specializing in military mental health.
Rosemary Jackson is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s of Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Rosemary has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for over ten years and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has been working with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma while specializing in military mental health.
(757) 267-9391 View (757) 267-9391
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Roxanne Swistock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Yorktown, VA 23693
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
(831) 851-3215 View (831) 851-3215
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Gifty Pampuru
Psychiatric Nurse, LPC
Verified Verified
Seaford, VA 23696
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
(540) 781-0110 View (540) 781-0110
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tabb, VA 23693  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(757) 895-7788 View (757) 895-7788
Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yorktown, VA 23690
Not accepting new clients
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS !!!!!! Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia offers specialized behavioral health and psychiatric services that will provide you with a healthy, safe and calming environment and the best quality care. We offer complete treatment for a variety of issues and provides individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and couples psychotherapy and counseling, and marriage counseling. Our facility works with a broad variety of patients and is highly experienced in combining and integrating individual, group, and couples psychotherapy with effective psychopharmacology.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS !!!!!! Behavioral Health Associates of Virginia offers specialized behavioral health and psychiatric services that will provide you with a healthy, safe and calming environment and the best quality care. We offer complete treatment for a variety of issues and provides individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and couples psychotherapy and counseling, and marriage counseling. Our facility works with a broad variety of patients and is highly experienced in combining and integrating individual, group, and couples psychotherapy with effective psychopharmacology.
(757) 517-8261 View (757) 517-8261

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Patricia Obeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (Online Only)
Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from George Mason University. With over 2 years of clinical experience, she seeks to help with the clinical assessment of mood disorders and many other mental health conditions including depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, and more.
Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) who holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from George Mason University. With over 2 years of clinical experience, she seeks to help with the clinical assessment of mood disorders and many other mental health conditions including depression, stress, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, and more.
(703) 952-0180 View (703) 952-0180
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Carol S. Lang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DSci, MSc, PMHNPBC, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, VA 20158
Carol Lang is a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, and member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association with more than 30 years experience in nursing. In addition to her clinical practice, she is a Professor at George Washington University, where she enjoys working with military veterans, their families and college students, particularly those experiencing transitional challenges. As a recognized expert in Global Mental Health, she has published and presented on a wide range of psychiatric topics at national, and international conferences.
Carol Lang is a licensed, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, and member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association with more than 30 years experience in nursing. In addition to her clinical practice, she is a Professor at George Washington University, where she enjoys working with military veterans, their families and college students, particularly those experiencing transitional challenges. As a recognized expert in Global Mental Health, she has published and presented on a wide range of psychiatric topics at national, and international conferences.
(540) 215-8421 View (540) 215-8421
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New Life LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Not Verified Not Verified
Richmond, VA 23226
Established in 2009, New Life, LLC is a community based mental health services company. We are committed to developing and using the best behavioral health practices and continuous quality improvement measures, which will define our highest standard of care and ensure the optimal outcome for each client and family we serve.
Established in 2009, New Life, LLC is a community based mental health services company. We are committed to developing and using the best behavioral health practices and continuous quality improvement measures, which will define our highest standard of care and ensure the optimal outcome for each client and family we serve.
(804) 534-2084 View (804) 534-2084
Photo of Sarah Story, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Story
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting NEW clients ( 18 and older). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, , PTSD and bipolar disorder. Call now to schedule an appointment.
Accepting NEW clients ( 18 and older). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, , PTSD and bipolar disorder. Call now to schedule an appointment.
(804) 361-8857 View (804) 361-8857
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Edward Evard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norfolk, VA 23502
At Southeast Virginia Psychiatry, we provide highly personalized, evidence-based psychiatric care to every client. Our approach focuses on crafting treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual. By incorporating the latest research findings and proven therapeutic techniques, we ensure that clients receive the most effective care possible. We collaborate with each client to develop treatment strategies that are both comprehensive and tailored to their specific situation. Through this personalized approach, we strive to help each client achieve improved mental health and overall well-being.
At Southeast Virginia Psychiatry, we provide highly personalized, evidence-based psychiatric care to every client. Our approach focuses on crafting treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual. By incorporating the latest research findings and proven therapeutic techniques, we ensure that clients receive the most effective care possible. We collaborate with each client to develop treatment strategies that are both comprehensive and tailored to their specific situation. Through this personalized approach, we strive to help each client achieve improved mental health and overall well-being.
(757) 982-3928 View (757) 982-3928
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Garvey T. Dobbins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23294
We Are Accpeting New Clients! - Are you are looking for something different, dynamic, and energizing? That’s our view of how therapy should be. Sometimes it’s talking it out. Other times when it’s really rough, medication may help. At our practice, you will have access to both. We will listen to you, we will work with you, and we will push you to explore different ways of seeing yourself and seeing the world around you. The goal of therapy is to one day, no longer need it. The goal of therapy is to be able to achieve your highest potential. Consultations are always free, call today and let’s talk about a new way to do therapy.
We Are Accpeting New Clients! - Are you are looking for something different, dynamic, and energizing? That’s our view of how therapy should be. Sometimes it’s talking it out. Other times when it’s really rough, medication may help. At our practice, you will have access to both. We will listen to you, we will work with you, and we will push you to explore different ways of seeing yourself and seeing the world around you. The goal of therapy is to one day, no longer need it. The goal of therapy is to be able to achieve your highest potential. Consultations are always free, call today and let’s talk about a new way to do therapy.
(804) 433-6102 View (804) 433-6102
Photo of Amanda Johnson - A New Day Healthcare, LLC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A New Day Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy alone is not always enough to improve mental health. Medication alone or medication in conjunction with therapy can help to stabilize many mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders. Amanda sees clients 16 years of age and above and is proud to create an inclusive experience to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds.
Therapy alone is not always enough to improve mental health. Medication alone or medication in conjunction with therapy can help to stabilize many mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, or mood disorders. Amanda sees clients 16 years of age and above and is proud to create an inclusive experience to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and backgrounds.
(757) 210-6562 View (757) 210-6562
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Victor Nwagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23235
Victor Nwagwu is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2023. Victor utilizes a patient-centered approach to a trauma-informed type of care. He is a certified mindfulness informed practitioner (CMIP) that utilizes mindfulness skills to provide supportive psychotherapy during medication management. Victor is skilled in MI, active listening, and cultural competence. Outside of work, Victor enjoys soccer and traveling.
Victor Nwagwu is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2023. Victor utilizes a patient-centered approach to a trauma-informed type of care. He is a certified mindfulness informed practitioner (CMIP) that utilizes mindfulness skills to provide supportive psychotherapy during medication management. Victor is skilled in MI, active listening, and cultural competence. Outside of work, Victor enjoys soccer and traveling.
(804) 369-9473 View (804) 369-9473
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LaToya Kearney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, VA 23704
LaToya Kearney is a nationally certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about raising awareness about mental health conditions.
LaToya Kearney is a nationally certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about raising awareness about mental health conditions.
(757) 859-8248 View (757) 859-8248
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Sonja McFadden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
(757) 347-5437 View (757) 347-5437
Photo of Allison Douglas-Clements, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Allison Douglas-Clements
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midlothian, VA 23112
Allison is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama. With more than 20 years of nursing experience, she has worked in a variety of settings including cardiology, ICU, home health, case management, and behavioral health. For the past 15.5 years, she has had the pleasure of working with veterans and active-duty service men and women in an outpatient behavioral health clinic.
Allison is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama. With more than 20 years of nursing experience, she has worked in a variety of settings including cardiology, ICU, home health, case management, and behavioral health. For the past 15.5 years, she has had the pleasure of working with veterans and active-duty service men and women in an outpatient behavioral health clinic.
(804) 509-1579 View (804) 509-1579
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Kimberly Ann Bailey Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
(540) 889-0943 View (540) 889-0943
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Dr. Chantz Bury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
I understand the challenges of life's different phases that you may experience. Finding time for yourself to seek treatment in a safe space where you can be open about your feelings is important for understanding that it is okay to be unwell. Seeking treatment is a wonderful step should you ever be ready. I am here to help.
I understand the challenges of life's different phases that you may experience. Finding time for yourself to seek treatment in a safe space where you can be open about your feelings is important for understanding that it is okay to be unwell. Seeking treatment is a wonderful step should you ever be ready. I am here to help.
(757) 859-0678 View (757) 859-0678
Photo of Heather Hall Jones, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Hall Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My ideal patient believes there is a better way to thrive; not just live, but is unsure of the steps needed to achieve this goal. They are open to an inclusive, thorough, approach tailored to where they are now and where they want to be in the future. I offer an approach to mental wellness involving nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modifications, and if necessary, medication. I aim to establish balance in the divergent complexities of modern life & guide patients to a sense overall stability; so, when the inevitable storm passes through their lives, they can maintain the course.
My ideal patient believes there is a better way to thrive; not just live, but is unsure of the steps needed to achieve this goal. They are open to an inclusive, thorough, approach tailored to where they are now and where they want to be in the future. I offer an approach to mental wellness involving nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modifications, and if necessary, medication. I aim to establish balance in the divergent complexities of modern life & guide patients to a sense overall stability; so, when the inevitable storm passes through their lives, they can maintain the course.
(757) 863-4328 View (757) 863-4328

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in York County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in York County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Grief
80% Coping Skills
80% Self Esteem
80% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Aetna
80% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in York County, VA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in York County?

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.