Psychiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various abnormalities related to mood, behaviour, cognition, and perceptions. Psychiatric disorders range from PTSD, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, eating disorder and depression to schizophrenia and dementia.

Since psychiatry is a branch of medicine it is practiced by a medical doctor who can prescribe medication, conduct a medical exam, write a medical certificate and refer a patient to another clinician for further assessment.

A medical practitioner focusing on psychiatry usually refers a patient to a psychotherapist for specialized therapy if this is indicated. This requires a correct diagnosis and matching the type of psychotherapy offered by the psychotherapist to the needs of the client. It also means that a patient benefits from a close working relationship between the medical practitioner and the psychotherapist.

Dr. Jonathan Haverkampf of Mind and Body Works is a licensed medical practitioner with over eight years of specialist training in psychiatry and psychotherapy. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and takes part in various continuing education programmes in psychiatry, such as the one offered by the APA and the professional competence scheme offered by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.