Many people are confused about the role of a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are physicians who complete 4 years of medication school, then complete another 4 years of specialty training in psychiatry. During our specialty training, we learn and practice multiple modalities of treatment including psychiatric medications, different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy), group therapy, and psychoeducation. Some psychiatrists spend more time in a subspecialty of psychiatry, like child psychiatry fellowship (2 additional years) or addiction psychiatry fellowship (1 additional year). To demonstrate superior skills in psychiatry, some psychiatrists will become “board-certified”; meaning that they have successfully completed the rigorous testing of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. All the doctors at CPCH are board-certified psychiatrists, and we are all happy to offer our patients consultation, psychotherapy, and medication management treatment options.