Psychiatrists in 97701

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board - certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board - certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(458) 224-8777 View (458) 224-8777
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Nw Mind-Body Wellness: Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ENP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(458) 236-5215 View (458) 236-5215
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Valerie Spear
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I assist patients with a wide variety of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, prenatal and post-partum related disorders, substance dependence, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, thought disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders etc.), dementia with behaviors, and more. I provide care to patients 18 years old to the elderly. In my practice, it is important to me that the patients feel heard and understood. I encourage all of my patients to be active participants in treatment planning to the best of their abilities.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I assist patients with a wide variety of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, prenatal and post-partum related disorders, substance dependence, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, thought disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders etc.), dementia with behaviors, and more. I provide care to patients 18 years old to the elderly. In my practice, it is important to me that the patients feel heard and understood. I encourage all of my patients to be active participants in treatment planning to the best of their abilities.
(503) 386-1629 View (503) 386-1629
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Laura Meaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNAP, PMHNPBC, CRNA
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
Ideally, I work with clients who are looking for relief from anxiety and depression, those suffering from PTSD, and those with chronic pain. Fortunately, ketamine is compatible with many medications and you may continue your current therapy throughout induction phases. After this initial phase, it is often possible to wean or eliminate certain medications, as well as alleviate troubling symptoms from your daily life.
Ideally, I work with clients who are looking for relief from anxiety and depression, those suffering from PTSD, and those with chronic pain. Fortunately, ketamine is compatible with many medications and you may continue your current therapy throughout induction phases. After this initial phase, it is often possible to wean or eliminate certain medications, as well as alleviate troubling symptoms from your daily life.
(458) 237-4632 View (458) 237-4632
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Bethany Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has experience working in county-based, residential, secure inpatient, and rural psychiatric settings. My clinical approach is egalitarian, collaborating with patients and their loved ones, to thoroughly provide education on mental health options, for patients to make decisions that are subjectively best for their healing, wholeness, and longitudinal health.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has experience working in county-based, residential, secure inpatient, and rural psychiatric settings. My clinical approach is egalitarian, collaborating with patients and their loved ones, to thoroughly provide education on mental health options, for patients to make decisions that are subjectively best for their healing, wholeness, and longitudinal health.
(458) 204-4710 View (458) 204-4710
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Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(541) 241-2656 View (541) 241-2656
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Tamara Owen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
As a Holistic Health Practitioner and Life Coach, with both a medical and mental health background, I specialize in assessing and treating anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I provide both medication and supplement evaluation and management with a special focus on genetic testing and balancing neurotransmitters. Once our brains are healthier and better balanced, mental and physical health follow naturally. That’s when therapy and skill building can really start to take effect.
As a Holistic Health Practitioner and Life Coach, with both a medical and mental health background, I specialize in assessing and treating anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I provide both medication and supplement evaluation and management with a special focus on genetic testing and balancing neurotransmitters. Once our brains are healthier and better balanced, mental and physical health follow naturally. That’s when therapy and skill building can really start to take effect.
(503) 788-7726 View (503) 788-7726
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(541) 623-2622 View (541) 623-2622
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High Desert Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (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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She Soars Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MN, BSN, BS
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP-BC founded She Soars Psychiatry with the intent of providing a fresh approach to confronting mental health concerns that focuses not only on medication, but to the multiple factors that can impact emotional wellness. Factors may include hormone balance, cellular function, nutrition, immune function, organ function, gastrointestinal health, and certainly social and spiritual circumstances. She Soars Psychiatry offers holistic mental health solutions to individuals and families including medication management, counseling, and functional medicine. Accepting insurance and low monthly memberships available!
Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP-BC founded She Soars Psychiatry with the intent of providing a fresh approach to confronting mental health concerns that focuses not only on medication, but to the multiple factors that can impact emotional wellness. Factors may include hormone balance, cellular function, nutrition, immune function, organ function, gastrointestinal health, and certainly social and spiritual circumstances. She Soars Psychiatry offers holistic mental health solutions to individuals and families including medication management, counseling, and functional medicine. Accepting insurance and low monthly memberships available!
(541) 291-4170 View (541) 291-4170
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Heather Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
(971) 253-7704 View (971) 253-7704
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Christy Farleigh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
(971) 299-7469 View (971) 299-7469
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Jessica L Hilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
(541) 632-8727 View (541) 632-8727
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Kristi Muncie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
(503) 386-9715 View (503) 386-9715
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Cypress Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
At Cypress Psychiatric Care, we are partners in your care. You know yourself more than anyone else, and this insight will allow for efficient and effective outcomes. In my office, my goal is to create a supportive haven where you will be seen through a holistic lens, heard, and respected.
At Cypress Psychiatric Care, we are partners in your care. You know yourself more than anyone else, and this insight will allow for efficient and effective outcomes. In my office, my goal is to create a supportive haven where you will be seen through a holistic lens, heard, and respected.
(458) 230-5365 View (458) 230-5365
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Pw psych no svcs pllc
Psychiatric Nurse, MA, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my professional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non-stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my professional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non-stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(503) 386-0190 View (503) 386-0190
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Lucia Kilday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
Welcome! My name is Lucia; I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I hold an MSN from The George Washington University. I have nearly a decade of experience in healthcare including a substance use rehabilitation center, emergency departments, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I'm passionate about destigmatizing mental health and take a holistic, integrated, and individualized approach to treatment. I'm interested in functional medicine and using genetic testing, adaptogens, nutrition, and meditation to improve mental health. I provide a safe welcoming environment free of judgment to all.
Welcome! My name is Lucia; I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I hold an MSN from The George Washington University. I have nearly a decade of experience in healthcare including a substance use rehabilitation center, emergency departments, and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I'm passionate about destigmatizing mental health and take a holistic, integrated, and individualized approach to treatment. I'm interested in functional medicine and using genetic testing, adaptogens, nutrition, and meditation to improve mental health. I provide a safe welcoming environment free of judgment to all.
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Aspire Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97701
WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES THROUGHOUT OREGON. Aspire Mental Health & Wellness is committed to providing individualized care to help foster the healing, personal growth, and balance that you seek. We provide mental health care across the lifespan for adults, adolescents, and youth ages 7 and older.
WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES THROUGHOUT OREGON. Aspire Mental Health & Wellness is committed to providing individualized care to help foster the healing, personal growth, and balance that you seek. We provide mental health care across the lifespan for adults, adolescents, and youth ages 7 and older.
(541) 275-9045 View (541) 275-9045
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Jenn Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701
Now Accepting New Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
Now Accepting New Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
(503) 966-4192 View (503) 966-4192
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Alay Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
(541) 203-4000 View (541) 203-4000

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Number of Psychiatrists in 97701

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 97701 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
76% Sleep or Insomnia
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Regence
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 97701 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97701?

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.