Psychiatrists in 85012

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Destini Mayfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am driven by a deep passion for mental health and a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals struggling with psychiatric disorders. I believe that every person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care, and I am committed to providing exceptional treatment and support to those in need.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am driven by a deep passion for mental health and a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals struggling with psychiatric disorders. I believe that every person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care, and I am committed to providing exceptional treatment and support to those in need.
(623) 283-2468 View (623) 283-2468
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Michael Serrano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of extensive mental health expertise, including 9 years of prescribing medications. I earned my BSN from Oklahoma City University in 2010 and later obtained my Master's of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2015. My professional journey has encompassed diverse settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities catering to individuals with mental health concerns.
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of extensive mental health expertise, including 9 years of prescribing medications. I earned my BSN from Oklahoma City University in 2010 and later obtained my Master's of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2015. My professional journey has encompassed diverse settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities catering to individuals with mental health concerns.
(623) 267-9085 View (623) 267-9085
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Majda Tuor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Greetings, My name is Majda and I'm a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing across the lifespan who exemplifies the profession of nursing and values collaboration, integrity, and professional development. Ensuring high standards of culturally competent care for wide variety of patients with diverse needs. I have consistently demonstrated the ability to deliver and be an advocate for quality-focused results, while caring for my patient’s overall well-being and health.
Greetings, My name is Majda and I'm a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing across the lifespan who exemplifies the profession of nursing and values collaboration, integrity, and professional development. Ensuring high standards of culturally competent care for wide variety of patients with diverse needs. I have consistently demonstrated the ability to deliver and be an advocate for quality-focused results, while caring for my patient’s overall well-being and health.
(623) 286-3477 View (623) 286-3477
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The Psych Lounge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral prepared, licensed, and double board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner (DNP, FNP-C PMHNP-BC). I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University Minneapolis Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information systems from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
I am a doctoral prepared, licensed, and double board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner (DNP, FNP-C PMHNP-BC). I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University Minneapolis Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information systems from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
(928) 662-0552 x1 View (928) 662-0552 x1
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Samantha Swartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Hello, I'm Samantha Swartz, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep passion for maternal mental health. As a mother of three children myself, ranging in ages from 1 to 8, I intimately understand the unique challenges and joys that come with motherhood.
Hello, I'm Samantha Swartz, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep passion for maternal mental health. As a mother of three children myself, ranging in ages from 1 to 8, I intimately understand the unique challenges and joys that come with motherhood.
(623) 280-1728 View (623) 280-1728
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Lena Champlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Do you want to feel better? Let's to team to make your goal a reality. Together we evaluate your lifestyle, diet, and history using functional medicine principles. Then we use changes that incorporate a healthy ketogenic-diet, physical activity, and mindset/thought restructuring to get your body and mind functioning optimally. Medications can help, and I can prescribe them if needed, but they do not change your life situation or thought patterns. Check the website for more info: healthnotmeds.com
Do you want to feel better? Let's to team to make your goal a reality. Together we evaluate your lifestyle, diet, and history using functional medicine principles. Then we use changes that incorporate a healthy ketogenic-diet, physical activity, and mindset/thought restructuring to get your body and mind functioning optimally. Medications can help, and I can prescribe them if needed, but they do not change your life situation or thought patterns. Check the website for more info: healthnotmeds.com
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(623) 471-7659 View (623) 471-7659
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Flora Stowater
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, ARNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health & Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in the State of Arizona. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions. I use a holistic approach (body and mind) to target your symptoms; together, we make a plan that is best suited for your condition. I understand that mental illness remains a taboo for many. I believe in treating individuals, not their diagnostics. I offer telepsychiatry in the comfort of your home or car if you have reliable internet. I also offer late hours and weekend appointments for your convenience.
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health & Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in the State of Arizona. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions. I use a holistic approach (body and mind) to target your symptoms; together, we make a plan that is best suited for your condition. I understand that mental illness remains a taboo for many. I believe in treating individuals, not their diagnostics. I offer telepsychiatry in the comfort of your home or car if you have reliable internet. I also offer late hours and weekend appointments for your convenience.
(480) 439-2307 View (480) 439-2307
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Tami Trea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients in Arizona! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients in Arizona! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
(480) 485-3312 View (480) 485-3312
Photo of Brian Espinoza Interventional Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in 85012, AZ
Brian Espinoza Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Interventional Psychiatry involves a multitude of treatment options utilized by a physician educated and experienced in treating patients that have not improved with everyday treatment. Treatment Options include Upscale Medication Management, Genetic Testing, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), and IV Ketamine for Depression. It is for conditions such as depression and anxiety that have not responded to previous therapies. "Interventional" implies rapid and definitive treatment using Evidenced Based Medicine under a Medical Model and International Guidelines.
Interventional Psychiatry involves a multitude of treatment options utilized by a physician educated and experienced in treating patients that have not improved with everyday treatment. Treatment Options include Upscale Medication Management, Genetic Testing, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), and IV Ketamine for Depression. It is for conditions such as depression and anxiety that have not responded to previous therapies. "Interventional" implies rapid and definitive treatment using Evidenced Based Medicine under a Medical Model and International Guidelines.
(602) 714-8657 View (602) 714-8657
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WiseMind Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I have long believed the human body inherently aspires to heal. Genetics plus factors in or out of our control can lead to bothersome or debilitating symptoms that get in the way of even simple goals. Humans also make unhealthy choices. They probably once served a purpose, but as time passes these habits start to interfere with our goals or values. Any combination of these can overwhelm our coping skills and lead to distress or even crisis.
I have long believed the human body inherently aspires to heal. Genetics plus factors in or out of our control can lead to bothersome or debilitating symptoms that get in the way of even simple goals. Humans also make unhealthy choices. They probably once served a purpose, but as time passes these habits start to interfere with our goals or values. Any combination of these can overwhelm our coping skills and lead to distress or even crisis.
(623) 257-5466 View (623) 257-5466
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Carolyne Mburu Gerena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Accepting clients in Arizona! Are you feeling lost, questioning if what you're going through is normal? Do you find yourself struggling with forgetfulness, battling to focus, or easily losing track of your thoughts? Perhaps each morning feels like an uphill climb, lacking the motivation to engage in life, and sometimes tears well up for no apparent reason. The nights become an endless struggle, with sleep eluding you or leaving you restless and drained the next day. Have you endured a traumatic experience that has left you feeling trapped in anxiety and unease? You don't have to carry these burdens alone, not anymore.
Accepting clients in Arizona! Are you feeling lost, questioning if what you're going through is normal? Do you find yourself struggling with forgetfulness, battling to focus, or easily losing track of your thoughts? Perhaps each morning feels like an uphill climb, lacking the motivation to engage in life, and sometimes tears well up for no apparent reason. The nights become an endless struggle, with sleep eluding you or leaving you restless and drained the next day. Have you endured a traumatic experience that has left you feeling trapped in anxiety and unease? You don't have to carry these burdens alone, not anymore.
(623) 280-1876 View (623) 280-1876
Photo of Guylene Joseph, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Guylene Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. I have over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. My goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal. I help high performers manage depression, anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. I have over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. My goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal. I help high performers manage depression, anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance.
(469) 871-8019 View (469) 871-8019
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in 85012, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(480) 531-8741 View (480) 531-8741
Photo of Daylight Psychiatric Center LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Daylight Psychiatric Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in Arizona and New Mexico. In my opinion, the therapeutic relationship is built on trust. In addition to being your healthcare provider, I'm here to support and work with you on your path to improved mental health. Together, we will create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your symptoms as well as your unique needs and preferences. I promise to be your dependable partner in this journey. Daylight Psychiatric center LLC can assist you in taking back control of your life and achieving your full potential.
I am a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in Arizona and New Mexico. In my opinion, the therapeutic relationship is built on trust. In addition to being your healthcare provider, I'm here to support and work with you on your path to improved mental health. Together, we will create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your symptoms as well as your unique needs and preferences. I promise to be your dependable partner in this journey. Daylight Psychiatric center LLC can assist you in taking back control of your life and achieving your full potential.
(623) 303-0639 View (623) 303-0639
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 405-3782 View (480) 405-3782
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
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Sierra Transformation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, CNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012
At Sierra Transformation Center, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their treatment goals and overcome the challenges of mental health disorders. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in a range of disorders, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, addiction, Suboxone treatment, and mood disorders. Our evidence-based approach and personalized care ensure that each client receives the support they need to succeed in their journey towards recovery and transformation. If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and self-improvement, we invite you to visit our website and schedule your new patient intake today
At Sierra Transformation Center, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their treatment goals and overcome the challenges of mental health disorders. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in a range of disorders, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, addiction, Suboxone treatment, and mood disorders. Our evidence-based approach and personalized care ensure that each client receives the support they need to succeed in their journey towards recovery and transformation. If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and self-improvement, we invite you to visit our website and schedule your new patient intake today
(775) 242-6682 View (775) 242-6682
Photo of Francisca Adaobi Onyemize, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Francisca Adaobi Onyemize
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
I believe that stable mental health is achieved when a holistic approach is adopted. I go beyond just writing prescriptions, I also incorporate talk therapy when treating my patients.
I believe that stable mental health is achieved when a holistic approach is adopted. I go beyond just writing prescriptions, I also incorporate talk therapy when treating my patients.
(520) 492-0480 View (520) 492-0480
Photo of Elizabeth Odhner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85012, AZ
Elizabeth Odhner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Life is so often overwhelming. I want to work with you to find small ways and big ways to make meaningful changes to your everyday life. I approach my work with a compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed lens. I believe you deserve a provider who takes the time to listen, understand, and collaborate with you to develop a plan to fits your unique journey. My typical intake appointments are 90 minutes long and my follow-ups are typically 30 minutes. I want to make sure you have the time to be heard and understood. - - - Currently only accepting new patients with perinatal/infertility/pregnancy/postpartum concerns.
Life is so often overwhelming. I want to work with you to find small ways and big ways to make meaningful changes to your everyday life. I approach my work with a compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed lens. I believe you deserve a provider who takes the time to listen, understand, and collaborate with you to develop a plan to fits your unique journey. My typical intake appointments are 90 minutes long and my follow-ups are typically 30 minutes. I want to make sure you have the time to be heard and understood. - - - Currently only accepting new patients with perinatal/infertility/pregnancy/postpartum concerns.
(480) 613-8525 View (480) 613-8525

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85012

20+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in 85012 who prioritize treating:

96% Bipolar Disorder
91% Anxiety
83% Depression
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD
61% Medication Management
57% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85012 see their clients

69% Online Only
31% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85012?

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.