Psychiatrists in 98102

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Kyl Dinsio, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
If you find yourself internet searching for a psychiatrist, you're probably asking questions like: why aren’t things (jobs/relationships/goals) working out for me? How do I balance what I want and what I need? How do I even KNOW what I need? Why do I fall into the same relationship patterns with family, friends, bosses, and intimate partners? Of course you feel overwhelmed, these are tough questions! Perhaps you’ve sought help for anxiety or depression, but haven't found medications to be helpful, or helpful enough.
If you find yourself internet searching for a psychiatrist, you're probably asking questions like: why aren’t things (jobs/relationships/goals) working out for me? How do I balance what I want and what I need? How do I even KNOW what I need? Why do I fall into the same relationship patterns with family, friends, bosses, and intimate partners? Of course you feel overwhelmed, these are tough questions! Perhaps you’ve sought help for anxiety or depression, but haven't found medications to be helpful, or helpful enough.
(206) 701-7896 View (206) 701-7896
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Integrated Health & Wellness Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.
As an integrative and functional medicine Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, I provide a holistic treatment approach for individuals seeking relief from mental distress. Medicine can be a helpful tool, but some people don't like to be on medication, while others want to be on the minimum amount possible; I will work with you to find that inner peace and freedom you desire. When needed, I prescribe psychiatric medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, including exercise, meditation, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.
(206) 222-4602 View (206) 222-4602
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Sonia Nikolova
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, ACT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management within 1-2 weeks. I offer an integrated approach of expert medication management and psychotherapy to adults. I will work with you towards clear goals to achieve mental wellness. I recommend medications if they are helpful for your healing, but I see them as only one part towards mental wellness. I aspire to create a sense of safety through empathy and non-judgment that will help us explore your challenges and facilitate healing.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management within 1-2 weeks. I offer an integrated approach of expert medication management and psychotherapy to adults. I will work with you towards clear goals to achieve mental wellness. I recommend medications if they are helpful for your healing, but I see them as only one part towards mental wellness. I aspire to create a sense of safety through empathy and non-judgment that will help us explore your challenges and facilitate healing.
(206) 745-3021 View (206) 745-3021
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Marisa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
(206) 639-2454 View (206) 639-2454
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Dr. Natalie Dreyfoos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I manage and treat all psychiatric conditions with particular interest in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and psycho-oncology. I possess strong skills in medication management, brief supportive psychotherapy and meaning centered psychotherapy.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I manage and treat all psychiatric conditions with particular interest in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and psycho-oncology. I possess strong skills in medication management, brief supportive psychotherapy and meaning centered psychotherapy.
(425) 510-5571 View (425) 510-5571
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Shana Cantoni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I work with clients who have mood and anxiety disorders and are interested in comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and ensuing treatment. Perhaps you have not been feeling well for some time, not sure why and interested in working with someone in order to feel better. I am skillful at prescribing medications while also have an understanding of what medications cannot do. I am judicious in the prescribing of medications. I do not treat ADHD and I do not prescribe stimulants.
I work with clients who have mood and anxiety disorders and are interested in comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and ensuing treatment. Perhaps you have not been feeling well for some time, not sure why and interested in working with someone in order to feel better. I am skillful at prescribing medications while also have an understanding of what medications cannot do. I am judicious in the prescribing of medications. I do not treat ADHD and I do not prescribe stimulants.
(206) 672-1409 View (206) 672-1409
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Great hope psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
(972) 703-4175 View (972) 703-4175
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AvemaPsych & Medical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
(281) 984-6190 View (281) 984-6190
Francine Buckner
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, MS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I offer counseling, psychotherapy, and medication management to adults of all ages and from all walks of life. My philosophy is that this kind of work is deeply collaborative and that the client and I work together as a team to help navigate whatever challenges they face with the clarity and resilience needed to flourish despite difficulty. I believe that the mind and body are deeply integrated and that both must be addressed in order to heal from difficulty and to face whatever challenges the future holds.
I offer counseling, psychotherapy, and medication management to adults of all ages and from all walks of life. My philosophy is that this kind of work is deeply collaborative and that the client and I work together as a team to help navigate whatever challenges they face with the clarity and resilience needed to flourish despite difficulty. I believe that the mind and body are deeply integrated and that both must be addressed in order to heal from difficulty and to face whatever challenges the future holds.
(206) 222-0340 View (206) 222-0340
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Michelle Zipperman
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
Dr. Zipperman is a Board Certified Psychiatrist graduating from the University of Washington Psychiatry Residency and Loma Linda School of Medicine. Balanced Living Psychiatry is built on the understanding that happiness, peace of mind, and overall wellness is found at the intersection of healthy living, strong coping skills/ self-care, insight oriented therapy and psychiatric medications. Dr. Zipperman adopts the approach of integrative psychiatry, providing medication management and psychotherapy interventions but also building a team of providers for her patients including highly specialized psychotherapists, yoga/mindfulness/meditation teachers, Naturopathic Doctors, and the patient's own Primary Care Physicians.
Dr. Zipperman is a Board Certified Psychiatrist graduating from the University of Washington Psychiatry Residency and Loma Linda School of Medicine. Balanced Living Psychiatry is built on the understanding that happiness, peace of mind, and overall wellness is found at the intersection of healthy living, strong coping skills/ self-care, insight oriented therapy and psychiatric medications. Dr. Zipperman adopts the approach of integrative psychiatry, providing medication management and psychotherapy interventions but also building a team of providers for her patients including highly specialized psychotherapists, yoga/mindfulness/meditation teachers, Naturopathic Doctors, and the patient's own Primary Care Physicians.
(206) 914-9254 View (206) 914-9254
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Raquel M Bolender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I am currently only taking child and adolescent medication-management patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children and adolescents. I practice a family systems approach and understand the child’s/adolescent’s functioning within the unit of their family system. I think of the family system as its own unique biome with established patterns of behaviors, values, and ideas, and each of these themes are explored in our sessions.
I am currently only taking child and adolescent medication-management patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children and adolescents. I practice a family systems approach and understand the child’s/adolescent’s functioning within the unit of their family system. I think of the family system as its own unique biome with established patterns of behaviors, values, and ideas, and each of these themes are explored in our sessions.
(206) 639-2408 View (206) 639-2408
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Eliza Brink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
My first goal in treatment is to get to know my clients and understand their story. As a trained and experienced nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnose and prescribe medication to both children and adults.
My first goal in treatment is to get to know my clients and understand their story. As a trained and experienced nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnose and prescribe medication to both children and adults.
(206) 451-1909 View (206) 451-1909
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
(913) 586-2755 View (913) 586-2755
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A Mind Affair, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been working as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been working as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
(770) 904-9724 View (770) 904-9724
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Wes Weidle
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
I am motivated to work with individuals that want to improve and feel better, and are open to approaching their mental healthcare from multiple evidence-based avenues.
I am motivated to work with individuals that want to improve and feel better, and are open to approaching their mental healthcare from multiple evidence-based avenues.
(206) 785-2102 View (206) 785-2102
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Joseph Ungvarsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
NO Medicaid or Medicare including Apple Health. Accepting new clients with Premera, Aetna, CIGNA, UHC/OPTUM. Text or Call to schedule. Offering individualized, person-centered approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
NO Medicaid or Medicare including Apple Health. Accepting new clients with Premera, Aetna, CIGNA, UHC/OPTUM. Text or Call to schedule. Offering individualized, person-centered approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(425) 414-3927 View (425) 414-3927
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Amber Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
Currently accepting telehealth clients in Washington State and in-person appointments in Tacoma, WA. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing comprehensive, trauma-informed, and inclusive mental health care. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with training from Pacific Lutheran University and Johns Hopkins University. I bring 10 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare settings. I use a patient-centered collaborative approach to treatment and recognize that health is a complex system shaped by people’s environments, family systems, genetics, and lived experiences.
Currently accepting telehealth clients in Washington State and in-person appointments in Tacoma, WA. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing comprehensive, trauma-informed, and inclusive mental health care. I am a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with training from Pacific Lutheran University and Johns Hopkins University. I bring 10 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare settings. I use a patient-centered collaborative approach to treatment and recognize that health is a complex system shaped by people’s environments, family systems, genetics, and lived experiences.
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Crystal Hopkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
Dr. Hopkins (she/her) received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama in 2013. Dr. Hopkins holds two Masters degrees in nursing from Troy University (conferred in 2007) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham (conferred in 2017). She is dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. uring Dr. Hopkins’ many years of clinical experience she has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a nurse practitioner to include mental health/psychiatry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, and geriatrics.
Dr. Hopkins (she/her) received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama in 2013. Dr. Hopkins holds two Masters degrees in nursing from Troy University (conferred in 2007) and The University of Alabama at Birmingham (conferred in 2017). She is dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. uring Dr. Hopkins’ many years of clinical experience she has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a nurse practitioner to include mental health/psychiatry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, and geriatrics.
(507) 353-4025 View (507) 353-4025
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Meredith Parr
Physician Assistant, MPAP, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new telemedicine clients! I’m a Psychiatric Clinician who gives you the keys to unlock your most vibrant life. I help adults with ADHD, anxiety/depression, and burnout by combining prescription medication with holistic treatment modalities. Schedule your complimentary 15 minute consultation through my website: www.artofmindhealth.com
Currently accepting new telemedicine clients! I’m a Psychiatric Clinician who gives you the keys to unlock your most vibrant life. I help adults with ADHD, anxiety/depression, and burnout by combining prescription medication with holistic treatment modalities. Schedule your complimentary 15 minute consultation through my website: www.artofmindhealth.com
(425) 842-3685 View (425) 842-3685
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J & U Psych and Medical Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
Jennifer Urune is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC), accredited by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as well as a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-c), accredited by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I obtained a Masters of Nursing from Walden University, Post Masters certificate from South Alabama University. I specialize in treating various Mental Disorders. I have a vast amount of experience in mental health, specializing in treating adults and children with various mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, psychosis, and mood disorders.
Jennifer Urune is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC), accredited by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as well as a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-c), accredited by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I obtained a Masters of Nursing from Walden University, Post Masters certificate from South Alabama University. I specialize in treating various Mental Disorders. I have a vast amount of experience in mental health, specializing in treating adults and children with various mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, psychosis, and mood disorders.
(509) 410-4506 View (509) 410-4506

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98102

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 98102 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
76% Sleep or Insomnia
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aetna
73% Premera
68% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 98102 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98102?

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.