Psychiatrists in 97229

Photo of undefined - High Desert Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
High Desert Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
My name is Harry Borcherding, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions for adults. I provide focused and consistent care in a comforting environment. Services include evaluating, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions with both medication prescribing and counseling interventions.
My name is Harry Borcherding, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions for adults. I provide focused and consistent care in a comforting environment. Services include evaluating, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions with both medication prescribing and counseling interventions.
(541) 625-1617 View (541) 625-1617
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Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS & Saturday Appointments Available! I assist patients who are experiencing a range of presenting concerns, including: anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism, stress related disorders, PTSD, sleep challenges, and more. As a psychiatric provider, I take the time to explain the science behind what is creating the the challenges you are experiencing, answer questions, and work with you on the goal of full remission of the mental health or addictive crisis so you can go on living your life to the fullest.
(971) 299-7633 View (971) 299-7633
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Quimson Behavioral Health: Dr Pia Quimson-Guevarra
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
(971) 307-9602 View (971) 307-9602
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Keith Lowenstein MD- Brain Body Mind LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
(503) 925-5847 View (503) 925-5847
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Hadi Farah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
I'm an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist with a particular focus on psychotherapy. I use different modalities including, psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavioral, and family systems. Whenever possible, I prioritize non-pharmacological interventions.
I'm an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist with a particular focus on psychotherapy. I use different modalities including, psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavioral, and family systems. Whenever possible, I prioritize non-pharmacological interventions.
(971) 299-6167 View (971) 299-6167
Photo of Dallas L Upchurch, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dallas L Upchurch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229
Hello, and welcome to your best life! I believe in listening to my patients concerns and creating the best possible individualized treatment plan to help each one of my patient's live their best lives as they navigate the rough waters life sometimes brings our way. I started my nursing career as an ICU trauma nurse in neuro, surgical, medical, and trauma ICU in federal, veteran, and civilian hospitals all over this amazing country. I feel my unique background of medical, nursing, and psychological approaches help my clients feel comfortable with my holistic approach to their psychiatric care.
Hello, and welcome to your best life! I believe in listening to my patients concerns and creating the best possible individualized treatment plan to help each one of my patient's live their best lives as they navigate the rough waters life sometimes brings our way. I started my nursing career as an ICU trauma nurse in neuro, surgical, medical, and trauma ICU in federal, veteran, and civilian hospitals all over this amazing country. I feel my unique background of medical, nursing, and psychological approaches help my clients feel comfortable with my holistic approach to their psychiatric care.
(254) 329-8825 View (254) 329-8825
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
(971) 299-7048 View (971) 299-7048
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Quimson Behavioral Health: Cayley Mesterheide PA-C
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
As a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) specializing in psychiatry, I have experience with evaluating, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD) and enjoy working with patients of all ages and backgrounds. My passion for psychiatry began before I started PA school while working as a nursing assistant in the psychiatric unit of a hospital. While working at the hospital, I achieved my Bachelor of Science in BioHealth Sciences degree at Oregon State University. I then went on to pursue my Master’s in PA Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) specializing in psychiatry, I have experience with evaluating, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders (such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD) and enjoy working with patients of all ages and backgrounds. My passion for psychiatry began before I started PA school while working as a nursing assistant in the psychiatric unit of a hospital. While working at the hospital, I achieved my Bachelor of Science in BioHealth Sciences degree at Oregon State University. I then went on to pursue my Master’s in PA Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
(971) 257-1357 View (971) 257-1357
Photo of Megan M Lewis, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan M Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229
Now accepting new patients. Updated 5/15/24. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner offering psychiatry assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I see people across the lifespan.
Now accepting new patients. Updated 5/15/24. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner offering psychiatry assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I see people across the lifespan.
(458) 216-5974 View (458) 216-5974
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Dr. Dianna Harris (Taking New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 6/17/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 6/17/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(971) 318-1713 View (971) 318-1713
Photo of Don Taylor, MS, RN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Don Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
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 Raymond Pienczykowski, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Raymond Pienczykowski
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
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
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Shauna L Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP, BC, CBIS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
Hello and a warm welcome! In my 18-year career, I have worked with quite literally thousands of different patients with a variety of different mental health problems and diagnoses and a wide variety of issues, including neurological problems like TBIs, POTS/ dysautonomia, and vestibulopathies. My patients want up-to-date information and a clinician who is constantly educating herself. I hear from patients that they often feel rushed by their provider visits; in my practice, I nurture our relationship and take my time. A typical encounter with me is a full hour. I strive to know and to understand you.
Hello and a warm welcome! In my 18-year career, I have worked with quite literally thousands of different patients with a variety of different mental health problems and diagnoses and a wide variety of issues, including neurological problems like TBIs, POTS/ dysautonomia, and vestibulopathies. My patients want up-to-date information and a clinician who is constantly educating herself. I hear from patients that they often feel rushed by their provider visits; in my practice, I nurture our relationship and take my time. A typical encounter with me is a full hour. I strive to know and to understand you.
(503) 908-1625 View (503) 908-1625
Photo of Denyse Collins, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Denyse Collins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES. You will receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that may include labs to help determine the best treatment plan. Treatment can include evidence-based medication strategies, supplements, lifestyle interventions, and psychotherapy.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES. You will receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that may include labs to help determine the best treatment plan. Treatment can include evidence-based medication strategies, supplements, lifestyle interventions, and psychotherapy.
(503) 461-7488 View (503) 461-7488
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Meghan Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
My experience includes treating adolescents and adults in the inpatient, residential, private practice, emergency department, and outpatient settings. My approach to psychiatric and medication management services is holistic in nature. Although I offer treatment to a wide variety of mental health disorders, I specialize in psychiatric treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. When appropriate, I apply cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy skills to medication management services.
My experience includes treating adolescents and adults in the inpatient, residential, private practice, emergency department, and outpatient settings. My approach to psychiatric and medication management services is holistic in nature. Although I offer treatment to a wide variety of mental health disorders, I specialize in psychiatric treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. When appropriate, I apply cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy skills to medication management services.
(503) 738-1252 View (503) 738-1252
Photo of Jaclyn Jardine, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229  (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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Peace of Serenity Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (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
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Howard Rosenbaum
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229
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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Joshua Werblin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
I service individuals of all ages who are seeking mental wellness. My patients may face a range of issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, addiction challenges, and other mental health concerns. I provide better understanding, relief from distress, improved coping skills, and overall well-being. My goal is to have them regain control over their lives, enhance their mental health, and find balance and fulfillment. I can help them feel better, understand themselves better, and navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence.
I service individuals of all ages who are seeking mental wellness. My patients may face a range of issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, addiction challenges, and other mental health concerns. I provide better understanding, relief from distress, improved coping skills, and overall well-being. My goal is to have them regain control over their lives, enhance their mental health, and find balance and fulfillment. I can help them feel better, understand themselves better, and navigate life's challenges with resilience and confidence.
(803) 353-1230 View (803) 353-1230
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Dr. Sydney Barfield - New Clients No Waitlist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
(971) 299-7097 View (971) 299-7097

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97229

50+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 97229 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
73% ADHD
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Aetna
66% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in 97229 see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97229?

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.