Psychiatrists in 98012

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Mick Chitchawal Sahatevasukont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98012
Accepting new patients. We all have our own unique experiences and perspectives in life. At Perspective Psychiatric Service, I believe in creating individualized treatment plans based on your needs.
Accepting new patients. We all have our own unique experiences and perspectives in life. At Perspective Psychiatric Service, I believe in creating individualized treatment plans based on your needs.
(206) 309-6744 View (206) 309-6744
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Arvinder Kaul
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, ABPN
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98012
Dr. Kaul is a distinguished and board-certified psychiatrist with a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the field of psychiatry. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Kaul possesses a remarkable blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to mental health. Her vast experience, coupled with her specialization in TMS therapy, equips her with the tools to help patients overcome their challenges and achieve optimal mental well-being. Dr. Kaul is committed to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to individuals of all ages, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Dr. Kaul is a distinguished and board-certified psychiatrist with a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the field of psychiatry. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Kaul possesses a remarkable blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to mental health. Her vast experience, coupled with her specialization in TMS therapy, equips her with the tools to help patients overcome their challenges and achieve optimal mental well-being. Dr. Kaul is committed to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to individuals of all ages, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
(425) 537-4641 View (425) 537-4641
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Albert Quainoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(253) 331-2461 View (253) 331-2461
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Dorcas Kiguru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
(425) 584-3478 View (425) 584-3478
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Starr Rapeta Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 16 years of experience in healthcare working with adults and adolescents. I prioritize patient education in a calm, therapeutic environment so patients are able to make informed decisions in a judgment-free atmosphere. I consider the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being.
Hi! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 16 years of experience in healthcare working with adults and adolescents. I prioritize patient education in a calm, therapeutic environment so patients are able to make informed decisions in a judgment-free atmosphere. I consider the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being.
(206) 339-6647 View (206) 339-6647
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Anywhere Wellness Counseling & Medications Welcome
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMH-NP, FNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having problems at work, home or with others? Are you struggling with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or just taking basic care of yourself? We are here to help, by offering safe, trusting, affirmative, warm, non-judgmental counseling. Life has its challenges and as Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners/Counselors and we believe mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity and compassion are the foundation of a successful practice. We work through together in a safe/private space! Mental health medication, weight loss help along with counseling offered too!
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having problems at work, home or with others? Are you struggling with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or just taking basic care of yourself? We are here to help, by offering safe, trusting, affirmative, warm, non-judgmental counseling. Life has its challenges and as Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners/Counselors and we believe mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity and compassion are the foundation of a successful practice. We work through together in a safe/private space! Mental health medication, weight loss help along with counseling offered too!
(425) 474-3803 View (425) 474-3803
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Dr T Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
(425) 312-6188 View (425) 312-6188
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Apex Behavioral Health Services,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Please click on the website link to request an appointment. My name is Paul Kariuki, MSN PMHNP-BC. I graduated from the University of Texas Arlington and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I am delighted to serve patients from preteen to older adults. I am experienced in treating patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, substance use disorders among other disorders. I work closely with my patients to finding the best evidence based medication and psychotherapy modalities.
Please click on the website link to request an appointment. My name is Paul Kariuki, MSN PMHNP-BC. I graduated from the University of Texas Arlington and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I am delighted to serve patients from preteen to older adults. I am experienced in treating patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, substance use disorders among other disorders. I work closely with my patients to finding the best evidence based medication and psychotherapy modalities.
(833) 575-1926 View (833) 575-1926
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Compass Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and needs.
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and needs.
(971) 306-4749 View (971) 306-4749
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ATC Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012
*IMMEDIATE, SAME-WEEK TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE** I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com and let's get started!
*IMMEDIATE, SAME-WEEK TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE** I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com and let's get started!
(206) 899-4123 View (206) 899-4123
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Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (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.
(425) 490-5392 View (425) 490-5392
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(206) 558-0582 View (206) 558-0582
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(425) 537-7966 View (425) 537-7966
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Jennifer O'Hare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients / request an appointment at www.psychnorthwest.com. My care approach is client-centered. Services are holistic, blending conventional evidenced-based practices with complementary methodologies. These include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, symptom history review, medication management, genetic testing, and supplement guidance as indicated.
Now accepting new clients / request an appointment at www.psychnorthwest.com. My care approach is client-centered. Services are holistic, blending conventional evidenced-based practices with complementary methodologies. These include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, symptom history review, medication management, genetic testing, and supplement guidance as indicated.
(206) 823-1243 View (206) 823-1243
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(425) 658-5285 View (425) 658-5285
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Schevon Pierre - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
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Okechukwu Aneke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with mental health concerns and seeking support and guidance to improve their overall well-being. They may be dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. My client values compassion, empathy, and evidence-based care, and they want a provider who can offer them a safe and supportive environment to share their concerns and challenges. They want to feel heard, validated, and empowered to take charge of their mental health. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs.
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with mental health concerns and seeking support and guidance to improve their overall well-being. They may be dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. My client values compassion, empathy, and evidence-based care, and they want a provider who can offer them a safe and supportive environment to share their concerns and challenges. They want to feel heard, validated, and empowered to take charge of their mental health. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs.
(360) 685-7137 View (360) 685-7137
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (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.
(458) 217-5088 View (458) 217-5088
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Anna Salinas
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. I provide free 15-minute consultation and hour-long sessions for patients to receive a thorough psychiatric evaluation to determine the right treatment for each individual patient.
Do you feel like no one is listening or no one cares? I can help. I provide free 15-minute consultation and hour-long sessions for patients to receive a thorough psychiatric evaluation to determine the right treatment for each individual patient.
(206) 678-1980 View (206) 678-1980

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98012

20+

Average cost per session

$285

Psychiatrists in 98012 who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Medication Management
80% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 98012 see their clients

65% Online Only
35% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98012?

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.