Psychiatrists in Cheyenne, WY

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Paige Noelle Thacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock day in and out, only to wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep at all. All the thoughts begin to flood in, your “to-do’s”, this or that meeting or appointment. You haven’t even made it out the door before feeling completely overwhelmed, defeated, or maybe even hopeless. Depressed, anxious, moody, or irritable may be words that describe how you’re feeling; perhaps your loved ones have said similar things. I have helped countless others like yourself, and I am confident that together we can get you feeling better. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders adolescents and adults
(307) 242-8416 View (307) 242-8416
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Amanda Partridge
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
(888) 688-0646 View (888) 688-0646
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Psychiatry Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001
I have over a decade of experience working with diverse patient populations in psychiatry and mental health across the human lifespan. I have extensively worked in acute care settings over the years managing and prescribing medications while dealing with challenging behavioral cases such as Bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, anxiety and ADHD among others.
I have over a decade of experience working with diverse patient populations in psychiatry and mental health across the human lifespan. I have extensively worked in acute care settings over the years managing and prescribing medications while dealing with challenging behavioral cases such as Bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, anxiety and ADHD among others.
(307) 333-1123 View (307) 333-1123
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(321) 342-2974 View (321) 342-2974
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Wyoming state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Wyoming state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(786) 761-1151 View (786) 761-1151
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Princika K
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82007  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Have Saturday Hours. People come to me because they are looking for a relational approach that's not rushed. When people are overwhelmed with lack of motivation, low mood, irritability, mood swings or other challenges, I take time to listen to what's most important, what's driving the pain and hear what you're aiming to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas in other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Supportive therapy can be a game changer. I factor in your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life - it is all part of the puzzle.
Accepting New Patients - Have Saturday Hours. People come to me because they are looking for a relational approach that's not rushed. When people are overwhelmed with lack of motivation, low mood, irritability, mood swings or other challenges, I take time to listen to what's most important, what's driving the pain and hear what you're aiming to improve. Sometimes medications are an obvious starting point whereas in other times we work to build coping skills and connection. Supportive therapy can be a game changer. I factor in your sleep patterns, your diet habits and how exercise is part of your life - it is all part of the puzzle.
(720) 784-6411 View (720) 784-6411
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Dr. Anna Cummings Rork
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Wyoming Psychiatry & Consultation LLC is an outpatient psychiatry clinic with long-standing roots in Wyoming. Inspired by the strength of mountain ranges and driven by a commitment to serve the communities we call home, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, culturally rooted psychiatric care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. Feel free to book your appointment today at our website www.wypsychiatry.com (under "For Patients" -> "New Patient Referral")
Wyoming Psychiatry & Consultation LLC is an outpatient psychiatry clinic with long-standing roots in Wyoming. Inspired by the strength of mountain ranges and driven by a commitment to serve the communities we call home, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive, culturally rooted psychiatric care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. Feel free to book your appointment today at our website www.wypsychiatry.com (under "For Patients" -> "New Patient Referral")
(307) 249-3543 View (307) 249-3543
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Robert Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Offering weekend and evening appointments. Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
Offering weekend and evening appointments. Positive mental health and wellness is a life-long journey and Rob is here to help you on that journey. He takes a holistic, evidence-based approach in his practice, believing that medications are not always the answer, or at least the whole answer, and often chooses to recommend therapy, dietary changes, exercise, and lifestyle modification when indicated.
(970) 572-9601 View (970) 572-9601
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Be Well Wyoming
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients via Telehealth! With over 7 years of dedicated experience in treating a diverse range of mental health conditions, I am passionate about fostering mental well-being and supporting individuals on their unique paths to recovery. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health and medication management, firmly believing in the powerful connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to each individual, recognizing the unique life history and concerns that shape your journey to wellness.
Accepting New Clients via Telehealth! With over 7 years of dedicated experience in treating a diverse range of mental health conditions, I am passionate about fostering mental well-being and supporting individuals on their unique paths to recovery. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health and medication management, firmly believing in the powerful connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to each individual, recognizing the unique life history and concerns that shape your journey to wellness.
(307) 464-8898 View (307) 464-8898
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Kelly LaPointe Willow Roots Ltd.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients in WA and CO. I have worked in the medical field in various specialties for over 25 years, and I have always been passionate about helping people. That's why I decided to further my education and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to help fill the growing gap in mental healthcare. I feel honored to support my resilient clients and hold space for them. While I trust and believe in treatment, I also believe in the importance of facilitating clients' inner healing. ​
I am accepting new patients in WA and CO. I have worked in the medical field in various specialties for over 25 years, and I have always been passionate about helping people. That's why I decided to further my education and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to help fill the growing gap in mental healthcare. I feel honored to support my resilient clients and hold space for them. While I trust and believe in treatment, I also believe in the importance of facilitating clients' inner healing. ​
(360) 495-1883 View (360) 495-1883
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Elisa Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
(385) 263-7193 View (385) 263-7193
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(878) 217-0931 View (878) 217-0931
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82002  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(308) 889-4154 View (308) 889-4154
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Dr. Allyce K Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN, NCMP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Are you struggling with postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression? Are you pregnant and experiencing mental health symptoms? Are you still having symptoms after seeing your midwife, obstetric provider, or therapist? I specialize in treating women in pregnancy, postpartum, and throughout the reproductive years. I often see women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, infertility, pregnancy or infant loss, and for preconception counseling.
Are you struggling with postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression? Are you pregnant and experiencing mental health symptoms? Are you still having symptoms after seeing your midwife, obstetric provider, or therapist? I specialize in treating women in pregnancy, postpartum, and throughout the reproductive years. I often see women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, infertility, pregnancy or infant loss, and for preconception counseling.
(385) 245-2713 View (385) 245-2713
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Lea H Brainerd
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS, PCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001  (Online Only)
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with a focus on at-home and retreat-based ketamine therapy for anxiety, depression, mood, trauma, addiction, and more. I utilize an integrative approach, collaborating with therapists and integration coaches to provide a holistic experience. My ideal client is dedicated to mental wellness and motivated to "do the work" required for healing. I serve clients via telehealth in TN, FL, and WY. My intention: To provide outstanding client care with trust, empathy, and compassion, empowering clients to awaken their inner healer and be free of the burdens that weigh them down.
(901) 390-5934 View (901) 390-5934
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Laracel D'Andrea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001
NP Laracel D'Andrea is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wyoming. She has always had a passion for psychology and the study of human nature, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology before completing her nursing degree. She sees the role of a psychiatric nurse practitioner as a bridge between psychology and medicine. Her approach involves treating each person spiritually, mentally, and physically through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments.
NP Laracel D'Andrea is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wyoming. She has always had a passion for psychology and the study of human nature, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology before completing her nursing degree. She sees the role of a psychiatric nurse practitioner as a bridge between psychology and medicine. Her approach involves treating each person spiritually, mentally, and physically through pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments.
(321) 730-3591 View (321) 730-3591
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Trilogy Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
(727) 349-5438 View (727) 349-5438
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Mind Over Matter Psychotherapeutics,Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MB;BS, ABPN
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82001
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist, practicing Psychiatry since graduating from medical school in 2005. I have also done fellowship in Psychoanalysis from Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and also holds an unrestricted license to prescribe Suboxone for management of patients with opiate addiction. I am originally from Pakistan and come from a family of physicians and surgeons. Following the footsteps of my family members and keeping the tradition of practicing medicine alive, I am now the fourth-generation physician in my family and the third generation practicing medicine in the USA.
(970) 499-1994 View (970) 499-1994
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Teresa Green
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Struggling? I want to help you, so please reach out today. Mental health problems can make life difficult, and I am here for you. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, addiction, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief.
Struggling? I want to help you, so please reach out today. Mental health problems can make life difficult, and I am here for you. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, addiction, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief.
(888) 688-0646 View (888) 688-0646
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Dr. Amy K Parry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cheyenne, WY 82006  (Online Only)
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
(801) 516-3214 View (801) 516-3214

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cheyenne, WY

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Cheyenne, WY who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Bipolar Disorder
86% Depression
86% Medication Management
86% Stress
82% ADHD
82% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% Cigna and Evernorth
65% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Cheyenne, WY see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cheyenne?

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.