Psychiatrists in 97015

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Cognitive Care Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Welcome to Cognitive Care Medical Group (CCMG). CCMG is a psychiatric medical practice consisting of Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologist with the sole focus of providing mental health care for individuals utilizing evidence based medicine and therapy. CCMG provides services to evaluate, diagnose, establish treatment plan options, education of treatment options, and care management, so that individuals can make an informed decision that is most helpful to their needs.
Welcome to Cognitive Care Medical Group (CCMG). CCMG is a psychiatric medical practice consisting of Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologist with the sole focus of providing mental health care for individuals utilizing evidence based medicine and therapy. CCMG provides services to evaluate, diagnose, establish treatment plan options, education of treatment options, and care management, so that individuals can make an informed decision that is most helpful to their needs.
(503) 966-3876 View (503) 966-3876
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(561) 823-1255 x2 View (561) 823-1255 x2
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Amanda Rapaport
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015
Amanda Rapaport is dually board certified as an FNP and a PMHNP. Amanda is experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. Amanda is culturally sensitive; she has worked in healthcare in various US states and as a teacher abroad. She welcomes all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ individuals with care and respect. Amanda educates and partners with her patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. She takes a holistic approach and places the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
Amanda Rapaport is dually board certified as an FNP and a PMHNP. Amanda is experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. Amanda is culturally sensitive; she has worked in healthcare in various US states and as a teacher abroad. She welcomes all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ individuals with care and respect. Amanda educates and partners with her patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. She takes a holistic approach and places the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
(503) 455-7935 View (503) 455-7935
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Pritham Raj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
(503) 436-6532 View (503) 436-6532
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Red Clover Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Appointment request can be found at: intakeq.com/new/9phqdc. Better mental health is within reach. I work in an active, collaborative way with individuals to find strategies that will reduce suffering associated with anxiety, mood problems, compulsions, chronic stress, loneliness, and other problems that affect daily living. I specialize in prescribing medication to target symptoms of psychiatric disorders, while maintaining focus on the whole person in treatment. We will discuss your overall health, self-care, relaxation practices, and finding meaning and inspiration in life, alongside evaluating your response to medications.
Appointment request can be found at: intakeq.com/new/9phqdc. Better mental health is within reach. I work in an active, collaborative way with individuals to find strategies that will reduce suffering associated with anxiety, mood problems, compulsions, chronic stress, loneliness, and other problems that affect daily living. I specialize in prescribing medication to target symptoms of psychiatric disorders, while maintaining focus on the whole person in treatment. We will discuss your overall health, self-care, relaxation practices, and finding meaning and inspiration in life, alongside evaluating your response to medications.
(503) 743-6721 View (503) 743-6721
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Nicholas D Morales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Dr. Nicholas D. Morales is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nurse Practice. Dr. Morales provides psychiatric medication prescription and medication management. He has over ten years of experience in healthcare in different environments ranging from emergency room settings to home health. Many of his patients have included individuals with psychiatric and mental health issues.
Dr. Nicholas D. Morales is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nurse Practice. Dr. Morales provides psychiatric medication prescription and medication management. He has over ten years of experience in healthcare in different environments ranging from emergency room settings to home health. Many of his patients have included individuals with psychiatric and mental health issues.
(503) 376-8358 View (503) 376-8358
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Jessica Bentura-Jimenez Accepting New Patients-Schedule Now!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to the adult population. In her practice, she strives to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for her patients and their treatment preferences. She utilizes treatments aligned with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience, personal observation, and patient input, in order to develop a treatment plan that is patient centered. Focused treatment areas include depression, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to the adult population. In her practice, she strives to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for her patients and their treatment preferences. She utilizes treatments aligned with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience, personal observation, and patient input, in order to develop a treatment plan that is patient centered. Focused treatment areas include depression, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
(360) 300-5617 View (360) 300-5617
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Victoria Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am accepting new adult patients at this time. Patient safety and the utilization of evidence-based practice are my highest priority. Controlled substances are prescribed sparingly in my practice in an effort to keep you safe. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Please note, I do not write letters for disability, therapy pets, or gender reassignment surgery.
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am accepting new adult patients at this time. Patient safety and the utilization of evidence-based practice are my highest priority. Controlled substances are prescribed sparingly in my practice in an effort to keep you safe. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Please note, I do not write letters for disability, therapy pets, or gender reassignment surgery.
(503) 461-8545 View (503) 461-8545
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Frances Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Frances Murphy is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine for adults. She provides medication management and psychoeducation to those suffering from various mental health conditions. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, and trauma.
Frances Murphy is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine for adults. She provides medication management and psychoeducation to those suffering from various mental health conditions. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, and trauma.
(503) 436-6629 View (503) 436-6629
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Ellen Barker-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
(503) 564-7438 View (503) 564-7438
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Cayley Mesterheide
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015
I'm Cayley, a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with specialized qualifications in psychiatry. My unwavering commitment is to support individuals from diverse backgrounds, and I'm currently welcoming new clients. In my professional journey, I'm dedicated to empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives through effective therapeutic interventions.
I'm Cayley, a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with specialized qualifications in psychiatry. My unwavering commitment is to support individuals from diverse backgrounds, and I'm currently welcoming new clients. In my professional journey, I'm dedicated to empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives through effective therapeutic interventions.
(503) 843-8657 View (503) 843-8657
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Robert Olsen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
(503) 755-5181 View (503) 755-5181
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Abraham Ashton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
(503) 713-6034 View (503) 713-6034
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Maggie Yorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
(971) 253-7281 View (971) 253-7281
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Dr. Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Micheal Draheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clackamas, OR 97015
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
(503) 461-6138 View (503) 461-6138
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Kristen Fernandez-Kong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
I believe that patients are essential members of their healthcare team and should be involved in making decisions that affect their wellbeing. Patients are often experts of their own body and experiences; if not, we will work through blockages disconnecting oneself from one's body to gain insights. It can be overwhelming to seek help for mental health and be vulnerable with a new provider, so I want patients to know that I am here for you with an open heart and nonjudgmental mind. Since I have worked with patients who felt misunderstood or mistreated by healthcare professionals, I intentionally endeavor to break that pattern.
I believe that patients are essential members of their healthcare team and should be involved in making decisions that affect their wellbeing. Patients are often experts of their own body and experiences; if not, we will work through blockages disconnecting oneself from one's body to gain insights. It can be overwhelming to seek help for mental health and be vulnerable with a new provider, so I want patients to know that I am here for you with an open heart and nonjudgmental mind. Since I have worked with patients who felt misunderstood or mistreated by healthcare professionals, I intentionally endeavor to break that pattern.
(503) 744-6625 View (503) 744-6625
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Leah Bloomberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Waitlist for new clients
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
(503) 395-3865 View (503) 395-3865
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La Lune Integrative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Happy Valley, OR 97015  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients in Oregon and Washington for virtual appointments. Please book an appointment at joinlalune.com. Providers at La Lune Integrative Psychiatry offer a holistic approach to mental health care. In addition to medication management, we will help coach you through challenges in life related to your physical health, environment, and interpersonal relationships so that we can optimize your mental well-being. We specialize in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD.
Accepting new patients in Oregon and Washington for virtual appointments. Please book an appointment at joinlalune.com. Providers at La Lune Integrative Psychiatry offer a holistic approach to mental health care. In addition to medication management, we will help coach you through challenges in life related to your physical health, environment, and interpersonal relationships so that we can optimize your mental well-being. We specialize in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD.
(509) 902-7420 View (509) 902-7420
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elevateher | concierge psychiatry + ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Happy Valley, OR 97015
Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but you don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself. Then you’d feel most alive and aligned with yourself.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed and/or unmotivated? Do your dreams and goals seem out of reach? Have you been told that you are physically present but emotionally absent in relationships? Maybe your difficult emotions get in your way and you want to move past them, but you aren’t sure how to do it. Have you been with a life coach but want to go further in your transformation? Are you staying in therapy but you don’t seem to be going anywhere? You need more specific strategies and a better support system to empower yourself. Then you’d feel most alive and aligned with yourself.
(971) 286-5038 View (971) 286-5038

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97015

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 97015 who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
81% ADHD
81% Medication Management
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Bipolar Disorder
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 97015 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97015?

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.