Psychiatrists in 97124

Photo of Ike Uzowulu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(503) 433-8823 View (503) 433-8823
Photo of Tamia Chapple - Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peace of Serenity Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
(971) 314-4973 View (971) 314-4973
Photo of Jaclyn Jardine, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
I am an integrative and functional psychiatric nurse practitioner, which means I offer a holistic approach utilizing the latest advances in naturopathic and allopathic medicine for mental health.
I am an integrative and functional psychiatric nurse practitioner, which means I offer a holistic approach utilizing the latest advances in naturopathic and allopathic medicine for mental health.
(727) 285-9487 View (727) 285-9487
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Neupathway (Onome Edokun)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
(971) 260-4363 View (971) 260-4363
Photo of Innocent Ogbede, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Innocent Ogbede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
(971) 260-4703 View (971) 260-4703
Photo of Lyssa Brooks, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
(971) 365-3324 View (971) 365-3324
Photo of Lina M Zapata Samarel, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, MBA
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
(503) 447-4661 View (503) 447-4661
Photo of Jaclyn Jardine - Jardine Wellness, PMHNP, FNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jardine Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Hello! I offer a holistic approach that combines conventional (pharmaceuticals) and complementary therapies (non-pharmaceuticals) for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and insomnia for all types of individuals. I would like to enhance your quality of life! I serve clients in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area.
Hello! I offer a holistic approach that combines conventional (pharmaceuticals) and complementary therapies (non-pharmaceuticals) for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and insomnia for all types of individuals. I would like to enhance your quality of life! I serve clients in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area.
(971) 253-7530 View (971) 253-7530
Photo of Joanna Ahounou, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joanna Ahounou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Currently acceting new clients! Joanna Ahounou PMHNP-BC - board certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner with over 12 years of practice. Listening with compassion is important with an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. This involves individualized pschotherapy and medication management with consideration of individual's culture/ environment. Do utilize a combination of evidence based and integerative medicine- which may include different labs tests.
Currently acceting new clients! Joanna Ahounou PMHNP-BC - board certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner with over 12 years of practice. Listening with compassion is important with an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. This involves individualized pschotherapy and medication management with consideration of individual's culture/ environment. Do utilize a combination of evidence based and integerative medicine- which may include different labs tests.
(503) 436-6554 View (503) 436-6554
Photo of Joanna Ahounou - Restore Psychiatric Wellness, MSN, PHMNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Restore Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
(503) 966-0325 View (503) 966-0325
Photo of Chika Akwiwu - The Psych Lounge, DNP, MSN, BSc  , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Psych Lounge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (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 View (928) 662-0552
Photo of Tonya Shantel Escobar - Neupathway , APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
(971) 791-2876 View (971) 791-2876
Photo of Raymond Pienczykowski, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Raymond Pienczykowski
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, counseling, and medication management. I treat a variety of mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Providing prompt appointments and accessibility is of the utmost importance in my practice. In most cases, clients can be scheduled for an initial evaluation within one to two weeks of speaking with our office.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, counseling, and medication management. I treat a variety of mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Providing prompt appointments and accessibility is of the utmost importance in my practice. In most cases, clients can be scheduled for an initial evaluation within one to two weeks of speaking with our office.
(503) 894-5847 View (503) 894-5847
Photo of Don Taylor, MS, RN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Don Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Current Availability for NEW Clients in-person or virtually. I value individualizing care for each person, utilizing your input and preferences to inform treatment decisions. I’m thankful to work with diverse individuals and strive to honor each person’s unique background and experiences. I have significant expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and how these symptoms frequently overlap. I am very experienced in building new and effective treatment plans when past therapies or medications have not worked. My goal is to find a balance of therapy, self-care and/or medication that best meets the needs for each person.
Current Availability for NEW Clients in-person or virtually. I value individualizing care for each person, utilizing your input and preferences to inform treatment decisions. I’m thankful to work with diverse individuals and strive to honor each person’s unique background and experiences. I have significant expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and how these symptoms frequently overlap. I am very experienced in building new and effective treatment plans when past therapies or medications have not worked. My goal is to find a balance of therapy, self-care and/or medication that best meets the needs for each person.
(503) 438-4317 View (503) 438-4317
Photo of Linda Bett - Healthcore Psychiatry, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healthcore Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, and Mood Disorders.
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, and Mood Disorders.
(971) 274-5563 View (971) 274-5563
Photo of Kelly Witbeck, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelly Witbeck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Accepting new clients! VISIT www.kelementalhealth.com to schedule your appointment. Kelly’s ideal patient is the one who is open minded, patient with the process, willing to be actively engaged and involved in their treatment, and understands that little things over time produce measurable changes in progress. She believes in a team approach, working together with her patients toward treatment goals, encourages patients to engage by asking questions and learning more about their path along their wellness journey.
Accepting new clients! VISIT www.kelementalhealth.com to schedule your appointment. Kelly’s ideal patient is the one who is open minded, patient with the process, willing to be actively engaged and involved in their treatment, and understands that little things over time produce measurable changes in progress. She believes in a team approach, working together with her patients toward treatment goals, encourages patients to engage by asking questions and learning more about their path along their wellness journey.
(503) 739-9219 View (503) 739-9219
Photo of Linda Bett - Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing care to Adults with various mental health conditions. My practice is focused on providing holistic-evidence based care centered on social, cultural, and preventive aspects of mental health.
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing care to Adults with various mental health conditions. My practice is focused on providing holistic-evidence based care centered on social, cultural, and preventive aspects of mental health.
(503) 850-9222 View (503) 850-9222
Photo of Thayanne Delima-Tokarz, DO, Psychiatrist
Thayanne Delima-Tokarz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
(475) 256-5003 View (475) 256-5003
Photo of Howard Rosenbaum, MD, Psychiatrist
Howard Rosenbaum
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Immediate Openings Howard Rosenbaum, MD is a skilled psychiatrist who specializes in the medication management of a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder in adults.. Based in Beaverton, Oregon for over 25 years, Dr Rosenbaums is deeply committed to working collaboratively with his patients in order to achieve the best possible outcome. He works closely with therapists and other care providers in order to coordinate care. His practice includes telemedicine and in person sessions. His dog Finnegan occasionally attends sessions with him.
Immediate Openings Howard Rosenbaum, MD is a skilled psychiatrist who specializes in the medication management of a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder in adults.. Based in Beaverton, Oregon for over 25 years, Dr Rosenbaums is deeply committed to working collaboratively with his patients in order to achieve the best possible outcome. He works closely with therapists and other care providers in order to coordinate care. His practice includes telemedicine and in person sessions. His dog Finnegan occasionally attends sessions with him.
(971) 812-1442 View (971) 812-1442
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Oregon state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Oregon state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
(971) 256-8187 View (971) 256-8187

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97124

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 97124 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
92% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
71% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
79% Optum
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 97124 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97124?

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.