Psychiatrists in Virginia

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Dana Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Suffolk, VA 23435
Ms. Dana Foster is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Ms. Foster provides culturally competent mental health care with compassion and with a holistic approach. In her spare time, Ms. Foster enjoys reading, traveling, outdoor dining and activities.
Ms. Dana Foster is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia who has been practicing since 2019. Ms. Foster provides culturally competent mental health care with compassion and with a holistic approach. In her spare time, Ms. Foster enjoys reading, traveling, outdoor dining and activities.
(757) 231-3198 View (757) 231-3198
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Luzangela Rojas-Mogollon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
(434) 216-6922 View (434) 216-6922
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Dr. Yeganeh Jalaeian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314  (Online Only)
Dr. Yeganeh “Anna” Jalaeian is a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. She has 17 years of experience in the healthcare field, including over 8 years as a nurse practitioner in both family medicine and psychiatry. She specializes in treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum mood disorder, prolonged grief, and anger management. She works with clients from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community and those with autism spectrum traits.
Dr. Yeganeh “Anna” Jalaeian is a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. She has 17 years of experience in the healthcare field, including over 8 years as a nurse practitioner in both family medicine and psychiatry. She specializes in treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum mood disorder, prolonged grief, and anger management. She works with clients from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQIA+ community and those with autism spectrum traits.
(703) 691-5132 View (703) 691-5132
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Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
We are here to help anyone with a psychiatric mental health condition and/or substance use disorder.
We are here to help anyone with a psychiatric mental health condition and/or substance use disorder.
(757) 349-1599 View (757) 349-1599
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Evelyn W Nuwordu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Dr. Nuwordu is a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with inclusive training and experience in treating psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Nuwordu worked with Active/retired military Service members, underprivileged clients in correctional facilities in four Virginia counties. Dr. Nuwordu is compassionate and thoughtful makes every effort to provide and guarantee her clients comprehensive and best available treatment that is individually centered in an empathic environment. Dr. Nuwordu has a personal passion for helping people and believes that the Sound mind builds a healthy body.
Dr. Nuwordu is a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with inclusive training and experience in treating psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Nuwordu worked with Active/retired military Service members, underprivileged clients in correctional facilities in four Virginia counties. Dr. Nuwordu is compassionate and thoughtful makes every effort to provide and guarantee her clients comprehensive and best available treatment that is individually centered in an empathic environment. Dr. Nuwordu has a personal passion for helping people and believes that the Sound mind builds a healthy body.
(571) 200-8406 View (571) 200-8406
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Ahmed Jahangeer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am a Board-certified General Psychiatrist providing consultations and treatment to promote the wellness for all patients. I have extensive experience in almost all Psychiatric disorders from childhood through late adulthood. I'm very dedicated to help patients improve their symptoms, to function to their best ability, and to maintain a happy and healthy life. My focus is on a balanced approach between medicines and non-medicinal interventions, and to provide in-depth education and support to my patients.
I am a Board-certified General Psychiatrist providing consultations and treatment to promote the wellness for all patients. I have extensive experience in almost all Psychiatric disorders from childhood through late adulthood. I'm very dedicated to help patients improve their symptoms, to function to their best ability, and to maintain a happy and healthy life. My focus is on a balanced approach between medicines and non-medicinal interventions, and to provide in-depth education and support to my patients.
(571) 339-5606 View (571) 339-5606
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Ifeyinwa Utah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Allen, VA 23060  (Online Only)
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
Self-pay/No insurance: Self-Schedule at website at http://www.liftmentalhealth I have the unique ability of connecting and forming strong therapeutic alliance with my patients. My warm demeanor, empathy and professionalism makes me easy to work with. I focus on holistic, Integrative and individualized approaches to mental health. I believe in promoting patients' strengths, reframing cognitive distortions and using limited medications. I prescribe medications after ample consideration of the potential benefits, risks and alternatives
(804) 409-2692 View (804) 409-2692
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Phoenixmides Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Petersburg, VA 23805
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics.
Oluwaseyi is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner committed to providing holistic, compassionate, and personalized care. He is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health specialty, treating patients across the lifespan, especially adolescents, young adults, and geriatrics.
(804) 676-6923 View (804) 676-6923
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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lansdowne, VA 20176
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/
(703) 520-9717 View (703) 520-9717
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Marcia Friend
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
(703) 457-1602 View (703) 457-1602
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Integrated Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322  (Online Only)
100% Telepsychiatry Fee for Service Practice NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS in VA and NC. Our mission is to integrate mental health and wellness into everyday living. Dr. Thompson chose to become a psychiatrist because everyone has a story, and deserves having someone who can both hear and hold their pain. She loves watching the progression in individual’s lives. People usually come to see her because they are in despair and not sure where to turn to find relief. Dr. Thompson likes taking the journey with her patients to take them from a state of crisis and uncertainty and helping them achieve stability and wellness from the inside out.
100% Telepsychiatry Fee for Service Practice NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS in VA and NC. Our mission is to integrate mental health and wellness into everyday living. Dr. Thompson chose to become a psychiatrist because everyone has a story, and deserves having someone who can both hear and hold their pain. She loves watching the progression in individual’s lives. People usually come to see her because they are in despair and not sure where to turn to find relief. Dr. Thompson likes taking the journey with her patients to take them from a state of crisis and uncertainty and helping them achieve stability and wellness from the inside out.
(757) 210-5835 View (757) 210-5835
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Seaside Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP, FNP
Verified Verified
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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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Alexis Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, VA 22151  (Online Only)
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
(571) 568-8035 View (571) 568-8035
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Solomon Okwueze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23237  (Online Only)
Solomon Okwueze is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has had the opportunity to work in a different healthcare setting. He has worked in a teaching Hospital, as well as NGOs such as Doctors without Border. He has provided mental health services both here in the USA and in Canada.
Solomon Okwueze is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Virginia with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has had the opportunity to work in a different healthcare setting. He has worked in a teaching Hospital, as well as NGOs such as Doctors without Border. He has provided mental health services both here in the USA and in Canada.
(804) 825-2038 View (804) 825-2038
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OTL Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23236  (Online Only)
Jonathan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been with OTL Behavioral Health since June of 2022. He specializes in ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, adolescents and adults. He has previously worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 12 years and obtained his master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving his faith-based community.
Jonathan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has been with OTL Behavioral Health since June of 2022. He specializes in ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, adolescents and adults. He has previously worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 12 years and obtained his master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving his faith-based community.
(804) 531-3560 View (804) 531-3560
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(571) 462-6678 View (571) 462-6678
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Mariah Dermody
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Mariah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Mariah began her career as an RN working in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. She quickly became very interested in neuroscience and involved herself in research projects. The intrigue of neuroscience and the passion for connection with patients as a bedside RN led Mariah to pursue a career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Maria gained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at James Madison University in 2016. She has experience working at the bedside in various settings in the metropolitan D.C. area over the last 6 years.
Mariah is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Mariah began her career as an RN working in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. She quickly became very interested in neuroscience and involved herself in research projects. The intrigue of neuroscience and the passion for connection with patients as a bedside RN led Mariah to pursue a career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Maria gained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at James Madison University in 2016. She has experience working at the bedside in various settings in the metropolitan D.C. area over the last 6 years.
(571) 470-6997 View (571) 470-6997
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Redbud Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
(540) 501-5268 View (540) 501-5268
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Ine Saka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23224
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
Warm Welcome! I am the founder and owner of Empathy Wellness Center. A Nurse Practitioner led practice that offers primary health as well as mental health services. At our practice we take an integrative approach to health, mental health, and overall wellness. We understand that treating the entire person is the goal, therefore, we combine medication management with lifestyle and diet modifications (where appropriate) to enhance the quality of life for our patients. We look forward to serving you. We currently offer management of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, ADHD management, and primary care. Addiction medicine coming soon!
(804) 532-4925 View (804) 532-4925

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Virginia who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
76% Bipolar Disorder
72% ADHD
72% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Virginia see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Virginia?

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.