Psychiatrists in 97204

Photo of Adam Ellis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(503) 487-5481 x2 View (503) 487-5481 x2
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204
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!
(503) 386-0877 x2 View (503) 386-0877 x2
Photo of Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
(678) 922-4240 View (678) 922-4240
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Felicia Turner, APRN | Text #Enroll 503-925-6606
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Schedule Today! Ms. Felicia envisions her ideal client as someone navigating the complexities of mental health, seeking support for conditions such as depression, anxiety, & ADHD. Her clients are individuals striving for a better quality of life, hoping to overcome personal challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. They value a compassionate and knowledgeable professional like Ms. Felicia, who not only understands their struggles but also empowers them with personalized strategies for growth and resilience. In essence, her ideal clients are motivated individuals aiming for transformative change in their mental health journeys.
Schedule Today! Ms. Felicia envisions her ideal client as someone navigating the complexities of mental health, seeking support for conditions such as depression, anxiety, & ADHD. Her clients are individuals striving for a better quality of life, hoping to overcome personal challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. They value a compassionate and knowledgeable professional like Ms. Felicia, who not only understands their struggles but also empowers them with personalized strategies for growth and resilience. In essence, her ideal clients are motivated individuals aiming for transformative change in their mental health journeys.
(503) 410-7472 View (503) 410-7472
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Ayisha Sanda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health practitioner. Before becoming a nurse, I was a social worker who provided targeted case management to people with mental health disorders. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs.
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health practitioner. Before becoming a nurse, I was a social worker who provided targeted case management to people with mental health disorders. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs.
(971) 247-1627 View (971) 247-1627
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Marco Rudas-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
(971) 306-4325 x2 View (971) 306-4325 x2
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Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
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) 286-5055 View (971) 286-5055
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Heritage Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
Life is hard and it’s okay to not be okay. Mental health is Sonia’s passion. She’s here to help and see you thrive.
Life is hard and it’s okay to not be okay. Mental health is Sonia’s passion. She’s here to help and see you thrive.
(786) 705-2762 View (786) 705-2762
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Neupathway (Melissa Osada)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
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) 606-4764 View (971) 606-4764
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Martin Cunanan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
I am currently accepting new clients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, burnout, trauma, sleep/insomnia, alcohol/substance use, and relationship and attachment concerns.
I am currently accepting new clients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, burnout, trauma, sleep/insomnia, alcohol/substance use, and relationship and attachment concerns.
(510) 890-0506 View (510) 890-0506
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Carative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
(971) 247-1393 View (971) 247-1393
Photo of Erik Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Erik Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
(503) 868-2632 View (503) 868-2632
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Neupathway (Melissa Osada)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
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) 315-4970 View (971) 315-4970
Photo of Jody Pauwels, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Jody Pauwels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Jody is currently accepting new adult clients! Jody is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about holistic health care with over a decade of experience in her field.
Jody is currently accepting new adult clients! Jody is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about holistic health care with over a decade of experience in her field.
(458) 236-5497 View (458) 236-5497
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Brea Di Dato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Brea is currently not accepting new clients, ages 10 and up, at this time. Specializing in ADHD and much more. A comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Brea provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Brea will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Brea addressed the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
Brea is currently not accepting new clients, ages 10 and up, at this time. Specializing in ADHD and much more. A comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Brea provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Brea will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Brea addressed the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
(628) 265-6547 View (628) 265-6547
Photo of Dr. Gidion Buma, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Dr. Gidion Buma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, and more. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Oregon, Texas, and Arizona. You can self-schedule at www.brightlightoasis.com or Call (503)662-9385 for any Booking assistance.
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, and more. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Oregon, Texas, and Arizona. You can self-schedule at www.brightlightoasis.com or Call (503)662-9385 for any Booking assistance.
(503) 662-9385 View (503) 662-9385
Photo of Jonathan W May, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Jonathan W May
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am not currently accepting new clients. Do you know what you’re capable of in life but simply can’t summon the energy or the drive? I can provide hope when anxiety and ADHD make you feel “stuck". If you are easily distracted, struggling to start or complete tasks, or just can't stay organized, let’s meet and see if we can collaborate to make real improvements in your life. I specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD and associated conditions such as depression and anxiety, and where appropriate I provide medication management for those conditions.
I am not currently accepting new clients. Do you know what you’re capable of in life but simply can’t summon the energy or the drive? I can provide hope when anxiety and ADHD make you feel “stuck". If you are easily distracted, struggling to start or complete tasks, or just can't stay organized, let’s meet and see if we can collaborate to make real improvements in your life. I specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD and associated conditions such as depression and anxiety, and where appropriate I provide medication management for those conditions.
(458) 236-5914 View (458) 236-5914
Photo of Our Wellness Project - Kevin Hamilton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Our Wellness Project - Kevin Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my experience includes multiple behavioral health outpatient clinics as well as substance abuse clinics throughout New York City. Through these experiences, I have always felt a calling to assist individuals with mental health issues. My training crosses a life-span while utilizing Evidence-Based Practice. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as utilizing various treatment modalities to adequately treat each individual client. I am capable of helping individuals who are experiencing difficulties with the ability to physically function, due to the inability to manage their emotions.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my experience includes multiple behavioral health outpatient clinics as well as substance abuse clinics throughout New York City. Through these experiences, I have always felt a calling to assist individuals with mental health issues. My training crosses a life-span while utilizing Evidence-Based Practice. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as utilizing various treatment modalities to adequately treat each individual client. I am capable of helping individuals who are experiencing difficulties with the ability to physically function, due to the inability to manage their emotions.
(718) 736-2261 View (718) 736-2261
Photo of Yoonhui Choe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Yoonhui Choe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Navigating the challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression requires a compassionate approach grounded in understanding and expertise. I specialize in these areas, aiming to offer relief and support through personalized medication management. With over 15 years of experience, my practice focuses on understanding your unique experience, providing a safe space where we can work together to address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of your distress. By fostering a collaborative and empathetic environment, we will work as a team to improve your mental health and enhance your quality of life.
Navigating the challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression requires a compassionate approach grounded in understanding and expertise. I specialize in these areas, aiming to offer relief and support through personalized medication management. With over 15 years of experience, my practice focuses on understanding your unique experience, providing a safe space where we can work together to address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of your distress. By fostering a collaborative and empathetic environment, we will work as a team to improve your mental health and enhance your quality of life.
(503) 755-8602 View (503) 755-8602
Photo of Armando Javier Brito, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97204, OR
Armando Javier Brito
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
I provide compassionate, non-judgmental and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that not every treatment option may work for everyone.
I provide compassionate, non-judgmental and patient-centered care to individuals who are struggling with mental health concerns. I understand that not every treatment option may work for everyone.
(541) 854-2933 View (541) 854-2933

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97204

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 97204 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
92% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
83% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 97204 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97204?

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.