Psychiatrists in 97702

Photo of Alay Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Alay Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702  (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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Brea Di Dato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702  (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 Julia Jansen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Julia Jansen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Julia is currently accepting new clients; adults and adolescents ages 15 and up. Specializing in ADHD and much more. Julia is partnered with Pivot Behavioral Health, a comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Julia provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Julia will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Julia addresses the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
Julia is currently accepting new clients; adults and adolescents ages 15 and up. Specializing in ADHD and much more. Julia is partnered with Pivot Behavioral Health, a comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Julia provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Julia will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Julia addresses the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
(458) 213-4758 View (458) 213-4758
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Jeremy Flagel
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
Conventionally and holistically trained, I'm a psychiatrist also certified in Functional Medicine. Applying an integrative and functional approach to psychiatry provides a more complete model to treating chronic illness. We partner to evaluate how your unique biology, history, lifestyle and environment are contributing to disease. Taking a wider lens to view the systems involved in underlying disease we can focus on healing root causes, rather than just trying to cover up the symptoms. Seeking short term relief while planning long term recovery, together, we seek the right balance of body, mind and spirit.
Conventionally and holistically trained, I'm a psychiatrist also certified in Functional Medicine. Applying an integrative and functional approach to psychiatry provides a more complete model to treating chronic illness. We partner to evaluate how your unique biology, history, lifestyle and environment are contributing to disease. Taking a wider lens to view the systems involved in underlying disease we can focus on healing root causes, rather than just trying to cover up the symptoms. Seeking short term relief while planning long term recovery, together, we seek the right balance of body, mind and spirit.
(619) 536-1566 View (619) 536-1566
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
(541) 655-3581 View (541) 655-3581
Photo of Jonathan W May, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Jonathan W May
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
I am 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 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
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Gloria Sim Le
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Gloria Sim Le is an experienced dually board certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. She believes mental health is a crucial part of a person’s well-being and she is devoted to providing quality and empathetic mental health care to improve a person’s quality of life. She provides a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She uses evidence-based treatment modalities, which include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Gloria Sim Le is an experienced dually board certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. She believes mental health is a crucial part of a person’s well-being and she is devoted to providing quality and empathetic mental health care to improve a person’s quality of life. She provides a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She uses evidence-based treatment modalities, which include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(458) 219-8575 View (458) 219-8575
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Bright Mind Integrative Psychiatry - Local Bend
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
Accepting New Patients at our office in Bend, OR. At Bright Mind, our psychiatric providers offer many innovative treatment modalities to individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD including TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and medication management in a holistic manner. TMS is usually covered by insurance. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (IV, intramuscular and oral ketamine) is a self-pay service at this time. We also offer esketamine, Spravato, which is generally covered by insurance.
Accepting New Patients at our office in Bend, OR. At Bright Mind, our psychiatric providers offer many innovative treatment modalities to individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD including TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and medication management in a holistic manner. TMS is usually covered by insurance. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (IV, intramuscular and oral ketamine) is a self-pay service at this time. We also offer esketamine, Spravato, which is generally covered by insurance.
(458) 230-5226 View (458) 230-5226
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Bridget Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Bend Oregon. I provide psychiatry assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapy.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Bend Oregon. I provide psychiatry assessment, medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(458) 236-3565 View (458) 236-3565
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Lauren Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients in Oregon 7 and up. Virtual visits allow for you to be in the most comfortable space for you. (Not anyone else). I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management services, as well as psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. I have special interests in treatment of ADHD, Adult ADHD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, as well as working together to help you heal.
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients in Oregon 7 and up. Virtual visits allow for you to be in the most comfortable space for you. (Not anyone else). I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management services, as well as psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. I have special interests in treatment of ADHD, Adult ADHD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, as well as working together to help you heal.
(541) 236-1592 View (541) 236-1592
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Jody Pauwels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (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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Amit Bhatia | Walking Mountain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients (updated February 2024). I'm a psychiatrist (MD) who likes seeing the big picture. Whether you're looking for help managing your medications, engaging in psychotherapy, or something else, I'd be delighted to support you. I believe finding a psychiatrist shouldn't be as hard as it is, so I left my job in "corporate" healthcare so I could set up my own clinic and make it easier to do the thing I most love doing: connecting with my patients.
Not accepting new clients (updated February 2024). I'm a psychiatrist (MD) who likes seeing the big picture. Whether you're looking for help managing your medications, engaging in psychotherapy, or something else, I'd be delighted to support you. I believe finding a psychiatrist shouldn't be as hard as it is, so I left my job in "corporate" healthcare so I could set up my own clinic and make it easier to do the thing I most love doing: connecting with my patients.
(458) 232-1226 View (458) 232-1226
Photo of Kate Coppedge, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Kate Coppedge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702
Not accepting new clients
I approach mental health treatment from a holistic view point and try to identify and treat the root cause of illness. I am trained in functional medicine and use this as my primary lens in treatment. I will use conventional medicine when indicated.
I approach mental health treatment from a holistic view point and try to identify and treat the root cause of illness. I am trained in functional medicine and use this as my primary lens in treatment. I will use conventional medicine when indicated.
(541) 583-4794 View (541) 583-4794
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Dr. Kim Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
I am both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Psychologist, with over 20 years experience in Mental Health, specializing in treatment of anxiety, depression, mood instability, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. People seek my services to ascertain the need for psychiatric medications, which can be tools for treating symptoms and furthering treatment goals, when used in conjunction with the right type of therapy and a healthy life style. I provide services for both psychotherapy and medication management, or work collaboratively with your therapist to provide medication evaluation and treatment.
I am both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Psychologist, with over 20 years experience in Mental Health, specializing in treatment of anxiety, depression, mood instability, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. People seek my services to ascertain the need for psychiatric medications, which can be tools for treating symptoms and furthering treatment goals, when used in conjunction with the right type of therapy and a healthy life style. I provide services for both psychotherapy and medication management, or work collaboratively with your therapist to provide medication evaluation and treatment.
(541) 203-6603 View (541) 203-6603
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Kim Butler
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
I am an ANCC board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Nurse Practitioners in the state of Oregon work independently from physicians. My services include psychiatric medication management, assessment, diagnosis, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I will work with your therapist/counselor/ LCSW/psychologist, or refer you to someone who can meet your needs. I have a referral based practice-so please request a referral (from your primary care provider or therapist) and have them fax the request to Kim at Bend Psychiatry 541-382-6576
I am an ANCC board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Nurse Practitioners in the state of Oregon work independently from physicians. My services include psychiatric medication management, assessment, diagnosis, supportive therapy and psychoeducation. I will work with your therapist/counselor/ LCSW/psychologist, or refer you to someone who can meet your needs. I have a referral based practice-so please request a referral (from your primary care provider or therapist) and have them fax the request to Kim at Bend Psychiatry 541-382-6576
(541) 382-1395 View (541) 382-1395
Photo of Center & Flow Psychiatry - Loni Verzuh PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Center & Flow Psychiatry - Loni Verzuh PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
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Photo of Marco Rudas-Garcia, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Marco Rudas-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
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.
(541) 920-0824 View (541) 920-0824
Photo of Carmen Kosicek - Alay Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Carmen Kosicek - Alay Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.alaypsychiatry.com
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.alaypsychiatry.com
(541) 203-4000 View (541) 203-4000
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am Satu Woodland, owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will be a part of a team of 2. Myself, and a wonderful intern. The intern will take a medical history and psychiatric history and then bring me to finish the psychiatric evaluation and the two of us will participate with you in creating a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will lead the followup and bring me on if there needs to be a change with meds or the treatment plan. Our interns can also provide psychotherapy as needed. Our style is integrative in nature. We use the latest, medications, supplements and treatments.
Hi there! I am Satu Woodland, owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will be a part of a team of 2. Myself, and a wonderful intern. The intern will take a medical history and psychiatric history and then bring me to finish the psychiatric evaluation and the two of us will participate with you in creating a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will lead the followup and bring me on if there needs to be a change with meds or the treatment plan. Our interns can also provide psychotherapy as needed. Our style is integrative in nature. We use the latest, medications, supplements and treatments.
(503) 987-3170 View (503) 987-3170
Photo of Nw Mind-Body Wellness: Rebecca Dorsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97702, OR
Nw Mind-Body Wellness: Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ENP
Verified
Bend, OR 97702
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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Number of Psychiatrists in 97702

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 97702 who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
64% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% PacificSource
85% BlueCross and BlueShield
85% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in 97702 see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97702?

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.