Psychiatrists in 98033

Mark Koenen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
I treat adult patients who are dealing with a variety of psychiatric conditions. Everyone who comes to my office has a unique history and needs, and together we work out an individualized treatment plan. For some, our sessions are primarily focused on psychotherapy, problem solving and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. For others, we focus more on medication management. Regardless of the approach, the goal is to reduce suffering and improve functioning so that people are better able to lead their lives.
I treat adult patients who are dealing with a variety of psychiatric conditions. Everyone who comes to my office has a unique history and needs, and together we work out an individualized treatment plan. For some, our sessions are primarily focused on psychotherapy, problem solving and encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. For others, we focus more on medication management. Regardless of the approach, the goal is to reduce suffering and improve functioning so that people are better able to lead their lives.
(206) 535-1266 View (206) 535-1266
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Becky Bay MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
A binnacle holds a ship's compass and keeps it stable and safe while the ship pitches and rolls. I know the world can be stormy, and strive to provide patients with the care and treatment they need to weather even the roughest patches and move towards calm waters. I chose to name my practice Binnacle Psychiatry because this represents my treatment philosophy: meet people where they are, assist them to identify their goals and provide a safe and steady harbor for them as they journey towards their goals. I offer medication management, therapy a combination of both and TMS.
A binnacle holds a ship's compass and keeps it stable and safe while the ship pitches and rolls. I know the world can be stormy, and strive to provide patients with the care and treatment they need to weather even the roughest patches and move towards calm waters. I chose to name my practice Binnacle Psychiatry because this represents my treatment philosophy: meet people where they are, assist them to identify their goals and provide a safe and steady harbor for them as they journey towards their goals. I offer medication management, therapy a combination of both and TMS.
(425) 598-0361 View (425) 598-0361
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Zach Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
Zach Nelson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at our Kirkland location, specializing in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Spravato (esketamine) and medication management. Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances.
Zach Nelson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at our Kirkland location, specializing in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Spravato (esketamine) and medication management. Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances.
(425) 600-7583 View (425) 600-7583
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Leilani De Jong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kirkland, WA 98033
I believe in patient-centered, integrated mental health care. The goal for each patient is to optimize individual health and wellness. I view each patient as a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, a specialized treatment plan is created in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. Therapy is typically brief and solution focused. Prescribing medications is done conscientiously, when suitable, and at the safest dosage.
I believe in patient-centered, integrated mental health care. The goal for each patient is to optimize individual health and wellness. I view each patient as a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, a specialized treatment plan is created in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. Therapy is typically brief and solution focused. Prescribing medications is done conscientiously, when suitable, and at the safest dosage.
(425) 970-8557 View (425) 970-8557
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Active Path Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
(425) 655-1869 View (425) 655-1869
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Sule Karakus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
(425) 243-1078 View (425) 243-1078
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Evelyn A Dennison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Hi! I am a LGBTQ and alternative lifestyle friendly, board certified addiction and general psychiatrist. In addition to medication management, patients may receive psychotherapy. I draw from multiple techniques including cognitive behavioral, supportive, mindfulness, and motivational enhancement, in a warm and non-judgmental manner.
Hi! I am a LGBTQ and alternative lifestyle friendly, board certified addiction and general psychiatrist. In addition to medication management, patients may receive psychotherapy. I draw from multiple techniques including cognitive behavioral, supportive, mindfulness, and motivational enhancement, in a warm and non-judgmental manner.
(425) 970-8833 View (425) 970-8833
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Michael D. Ward
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
I am a board-certified Psychiatrist with broad experience who treats adults with mental and emotional problems and difficulty coping with life stressors. I provide evidence-based treatments using medication management and/or psychotherapy tailored to my patient's needs in a safe environment with sensitivity and confidentiality. My goal is not to just treat the symptoms, but also to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying problem in order to improve functioning and quality of life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatrist with broad experience who treats adults with mental and emotional problems and difficulty coping with life stressors. I provide evidence-based treatments using medication management and/or psychotherapy tailored to my patient's needs in a safe environment with sensitivity and confidentiality. My goal is not to just treat the symptoms, but also to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying problem in order to improve functioning and quality of life.
(206) 590-4207 View (206) 590-4207
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Dr. William Yang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Virtual appointments only - I am a dedicated and compassionate board certified psychiatrist committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. I help my patients better understand the complex nature of the human mind and address the diverse range of mental health challenges that they may be facing. I believe in a person centered approach, incorporating evidence-based treatments and therapeutic interventions to support my patients on their journey towards healing and growth.
Virtual appointments only - I am a dedicated and compassionate board certified psychiatrist committed to helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. I help my patients better understand the complex nature of the human mind and address the diverse range of mental health challenges that they may be facing. I believe in a person centered approach, incorporating evidence-based treatments and therapeutic interventions to support my patients on their journey towards healing and growth.
(425) 434-9208 View (425) 434-9208
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Jasleena Grewal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
Issues I am attentive to include trauma processing, attachment disorders, anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, grief, addiction, family conflict, and schizophrenia. My care is culturally sensitive and centered on patient goals. I am especially keen to the concerns of people in BIPOC and LGBTQI+ communities. While I treat across all races and ethnicities, I have personal identification with South Asian American diaspora issues. I am Indian American from a Punjabi Sikh background.
Issues I am attentive to include trauma processing, attachment disorders, anxiety, depression, spiritual issues, grief, addiction, family conflict, and schizophrenia. My care is culturally sensitive and centered on patient goals. I am especially keen to the concerns of people in BIPOC and LGBTQI+ communities. While I treat across all races and ethnicities, I have personal identification with South Asian American diaspora issues. I am Indian American from a Punjabi Sikh background.
(425) 437-3621 View (425) 437-3621
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Active Path Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
(425) 414-3264 View (425) 414-3264
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Massoud Stephane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
(425) 510-0200 View (425) 510-0200
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(206) 752-1959 View (206) 752-1959
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Dr. Bridgette Jeffries
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(206) 795-7388 View (206) 795-7388
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
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
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
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Jessica H Gonzales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
(425) 276-6294 View (425) 276-6294
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Lisa J Trigg
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, ARNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
I believe that individuals are the best experts on themselves and their health. I assist each patient in setting their own goals and charting their own best direction. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, I work with patients to develop a care plan which may include some combination of nutritional adjustment, exercise, counseling and medications when appropriate. My therapeutic approach builds on my earliest nursing training and is eclectic. I draw from many modalities and have extensive experience in inpatient crisis intervention as well as outpatient care with patients with multiple mental health and medical co-morbidities.
I believe that individuals are the best experts on themselves and their health. I assist each patient in setting their own goals and charting their own best direction. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, I work with patients to develop a care plan which may include some combination of nutritional adjustment, exercise, counseling and medications when appropriate. My therapeutic approach builds on my earliest nursing training and is eclectic. I draw from many modalities and have extensive experience in inpatient crisis intervention as well as outpatient care with patients with multiple mental health and medical co-morbidities.
(206) 222-1598 View (206) 222-1598
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Brian D Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033
Dr. Jaeger graduated from the University of Washington, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a four year residency at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. He takes a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
Dr. Jaeger graduated from the University of Washington, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a four year residency at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. He takes a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
(425) 276-6346 View (425) 276-6346
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Kit Ko
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Kirkland, WA 98033
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
(425) 968-5948 View (425) 968-5948
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Kelly Knickerbocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Kirkland, WA 98033  (Online Only)
I offer my patients a calm, upbeat, compassionate, non-judgmental experience. I will listen to you! I believe in working collaboratively with my patients to determine the best course of treatment. My goal is to help you be your best self by utilizing a diagnostic evaluation, possibly medication if indicated and supportive psychotherapy. I may utilize genetic testing and provide specialized referrals if needed. I am willing to work with your therapist and other medical providers. I believe the mind and body are connected. I am open minded to the use of alternative medicine and encourage healthy lifestyle changes.
I offer my patients a calm, upbeat, compassionate, non-judgmental experience. I will listen to you! I believe in working collaboratively with my patients to determine the best course of treatment. My goal is to help you be your best self by utilizing a diagnostic evaluation, possibly medication if indicated and supportive psychotherapy. I may utilize genetic testing and provide specialized referrals if needed. I am willing to work with your therapist and other medical providers. I believe the mind and body are connected. I am open minded to the use of alternative medicine and encourage healthy lifestyle changes.
(425) 584-3978 View (425) 584-3978

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98033

30+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in 98033 who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
85% Depression
85% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
59% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Regence
62% Cigna and Evernorth
62% Premera

How Psychiatrists in 98033 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
43% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98033?

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.