Psychiatrists in 98103

Photo of Tiffane Staley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Tiffane Staley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Tiffane Staley, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides mental health care. Tools utilized are medication management and brief therapy to provide holistic care. They have been working in the Bellingham area since graduating in 2020. They particularly enjoy helping those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They are expanding their practice and have intake appointments available as soon as within the next couple of weeks, so don't hesitate to reach out!
Tiffane Staley, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides mental health care. Tools utilized are medication management and brief therapy to provide holistic care. They have been working in the Bellingham area since graduating in 2020. They particularly enjoy helping those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They are expanding their practice and have intake appointments available as soon as within the next couple of weeks, so don't hesitate to reach out!
(360) 743-4252 View (360) 743-4252
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Michelle Zipperman
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
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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Sarah Zheng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Currently Accepting New Patients! As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with people of all ages and background. I believe that good care starts with listening to and understanding the patient's concerns and goals for treatment. I strive to work collaboratively with patients to develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based and individually tailored to help them reach their goals. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy services. I am able to see patients in-person at my office located in Seattle, or virtually through a secure and confidential teleconferencing platform.
Currently Accepting New Patients! As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with people of all ages and background. I believe that good care starts with listening to and understanding the patient's concerns and goals for treatment. I strive to work collaboratively with patients to develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based and individually tailored to help them reach their goals. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy services. I am able to see patients in-person at my office located in Seattle, or virtually through a secure and confidential teleconferencing platform.
(206) 984-3543 View (206) 984-3543
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Deidre McHugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
My favorite part of being a psychiatric nurse practitioner is tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs, and watching each person grow and heal. It’s an honor to be a part of someone’s health journey. I enjoy Integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive or impossible to access.
My favorite part of being a psychiatric nurse practitioner is tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs, and watching each person grow and heal. It’s an honor to be a part of someone’s health journey. I enjoy Integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive or impossible to access.
(206) 752-4036 View (206) 752-4036
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Jonnae Tillman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Dr. Jonnae Tillman is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds a doctoral degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her training allows her to conduct psychiatric evaluations, make diagnoses, prescribe medication, and provide psychotherapy services. Dr. Tillman provides services to adults ages 23-65.
Dr. Jonnae Tillman is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds a doctoral degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Her training allows her to conduct psychiatric evaluations, make diagnoses, prescribe medication, and provide psychotherapy services. Dr. Tillman provides services to adults ages 23-65.
(206) 823-1724 View (206) 823-1724
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Dr. Mark Ellestad
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Notre Dame and University of Washington trained addiction and integrative psychiatrist who believes that connection and compassion are at the heart of psychiatry. I integrate holistic approaches with scientifically proven methods and focus on delivering personalized treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma for people who might also struggle with chronic medical conditions, chronic pain, or addiction. My practice is not limited to treating just these conditions. As a gay psychiatrist, I also have lived-experience of the challenges LGBTQIA+ individuals face. I connect and enjoy working with this community.
Hi! I am a Notre Dame and University of Washington trained addiction and integrative psychiatrist who believes that connection and compassion are at the heart of psychiatry. I integrate holistic approaches with scientifically proven methods and focus on delivering personalized treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma for people who might also struggle with chronic medical conditions, chronic pain, or addiction. My practice is not limited to treating just these conditions. As a gay psychiatrist, I also have lived-experience of the challenges LGBTQIA+ individuals face. I connect and enjoy working with this community.
(206) 752-4681 View (206) 752-4681
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Raven Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Raven and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD and Depression. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Raven and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD and Depression. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 984-4740 View (206) 984-4740
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Dr. Ravinder Marok@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. Dr. Marok is Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist that treats individuals throughout the lifespan, from early childhood into adulthood. He specializes in treating Anxiety and Mood disorders, ADHD, Autism and Sleep disorders. He utilizes both pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy techniques. In addition, he works with patients on interpersonal growth and professional developmental.
Accepting New Patients. Dr. Marok is Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist that treats individuals throughout the lifespan, from early childhood into adulthood. He specializes in treating Anxiety and Mood disorders, ADHD, Autism and Sleep disorders. He utilizes both pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy techniques. In addition, he works with patients on interpersonal growth and professional developmental.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
Photo of Sarah Sunday@ Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Sarah Sunday@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Accepting New Patients. I offer supportive and empathic care to patients across the lifespan. My treatment focus includes Child, Adolescent and Family Health, with a specialization in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression, Post partum care and PTSD. I strive to create positive and lasting change by building a therapeutic relationship for every one of my patients. I have advanced knowledge in pharmacotherapy and complex medical care. Please contact me to arrange a Video conference. Patients can complete intake paperwork online.
Accepting New Patients. I offer supportive and empathic care to patients across the lifespan. My treatment focus includes Child, Adolescent and Family Health, with a specialization in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression, Post partum care and PTSD. I strive to create positive and lasting change by building a therapeutic relationship for every one of my patients. I have advanced knowledge in pharmacotherapy and complex medical care. Please contact me to arrange a Video conference. Patients can complete intake paperwork online.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Dao Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Dao and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Dao and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 258-6233 View (206) 258-6233
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Lynn-Marie Peashka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lynn-Marie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in Washington State University and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lynn-Marie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in Washington State University and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 589-1834 View (206) 589-1834
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Zachary Feldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I believe mental health results from a complex constellation of past and present interpersonal, intrapersonal, and bio-physiologic influence. My approach is toward narrative and understanding within a safe, dyadic relationship. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and judicious prescribing in a small, referral-based psychiatric private practice. I concurrently maintain a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, am a clinical associate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and work as an attending psychiatrist at Overlake Medical Center.
I believe mental health results from a complex constellation of past and present interpersonal, intrapersonal, and bio-physiologic influence. My approach is toward narrative and understanding within a safe, dyadic relationship. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and judicious prescribing in a small, referral-based psychiatric private practice. I concurrently maintain a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, am a clinical associate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and work as an attending psychiatrist at Overlake Medical Center.
(425) 276-1590 View (425) 276-1590
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. We provides supportive and empathic medication management for a variety of conditions including Anxiety, Depression and ADHD for both Kids and Adults. We strive to create positive and lasting change by building a therapeutic relationship for every one of my patients. We have advanced knowledge in pharmacotherapy and developmental pediatrics.
Accepting New Patients. We provides supportive and empathic medication management for a variety of conditions including Anxiety, Depression and ADHD for both Kids and Adults. We strive to create positive and lasting change by building a therapeutic relationship for every one of my patients. We have advanced knowledge in pharmacotherapy and developmental pediatrics.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
Photo of Heather Sanudo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Heather Sanudo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Heather and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in medication management, depression and anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Heather and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in medication management, depression and anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 222-3552 View (206) 222-3552
Photo of Dr. Rachael Davison@ Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Dr. Rachael Davison@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. I enjoy working with patients across the lifespan and have particular interests in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression and Bipolar disorder. I strive to create positive and lasting change for my patients by utilizing both pharmacotherapy and holistic treatment options by understanding the biological basis of mental health disorders along with the psychosocial stressors. Please contact me to arrange a Video conference. Patients can complete intake paperwork online.
Accepting New Patients. I enjoy working with patients across the lifespan and have particular interests in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression and Bipolar disorder. I strive to create positive and lasting change for my patients by utilizing both pharmacotherapy and holistic treatment options by understanding the biological basis of mental health disorders along with the psychosocial stressors. Please contact me to arrange a Video conference. Patients can complete intake paperwork online.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
Photo of Chanel Ruby Jost, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Chanel Ruby Jost
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive therapy to adolescents and adults ages 15-50. My goal is to listen to you, hear you, and collaborate with you to find a path towards greater equanimity and vitality.
I offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and supportive therapy to adolescents and adults ages 15-50. My goal is to listen to you, hear you, and collaborate with you to find a path towards greater equanimity and vitality.
(360) 774-4236 View (360) 774-4236
Photo of Dr. Michael Krausser@ Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98103, WA
Dr. Michael Krausser@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
Dr. Michael Krausser is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that earned his Medical degree from the University of Washington. A native Seattleite, he enjoys serving patients within the greater Seattle community and is qualified to treat a wide variety of mental health issues across the lifespan. Mike utilizes a holistic approach, to improving the mental health of his patients.
Dr. Michael Krausser is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that earned his Medical degree from the University of Washington. A native Seattleite, he enjoys serving patients within the greater Seattle community and is qualified to treat a wide variety of mental health issues across the lifespan. Mike utilizes a holistic approach, to improving the mental health of his patients.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Fatima Omar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Fatima Omar and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in anxiety, bipolar, depression, insomnia/sleep issues, seasonal affective disorder and stress management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Fatima Omar and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in anxiety, bipolar, depression, insomnia/sleep issues, seasonal affective disorder and stress management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 678-0443 View (206) 678-0443
Photo of Montenegro & Associates Behavioral Health, Psychiatrist in 98103, WA
Montenegro & Associates Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
At Montenegro & Associates Behavioral Health we commit to ensuring that nobody faces their mental health challenges alone. We are a group of expert adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrists who provide personalized psychiatric care in a compassionate and thorough manner specific to your unique needs. This collaborative approach empowers you to take the lead in your journey to wellness with our unwavering support and guidance.
At Montenegro & Associates Behavioral Health we commit to ensuring that nobody faces their mental health challenges alone. We are a group of expert adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrists who provide personalized psychiatric care in a compassionate and thorough manner specific to your unique needs. This collaborative approach empowers you to take the lead in your journey to wellness with our unwavering support and guidance.
(206) 401-7465 View (206) 401-7465
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Dr. Roberto Montenegro
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients in WA, CA, and AK! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults. I use various treatment approaches, such as therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, to help my patients achieve their mental health goals. I specialize in treating high-stakes professionals and was trained at Yale University and the University of Washington (UW). In addition to my clinical work, I teach and conduct research at the UW School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. I'm dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care.
Accepting new patients in WA, CA, and AK! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults. I use various treatment approaches, such as therapy, medication management, or a combination of both, to help my patients achieve their mental health goals. I specialize in treating high-stakes professionals and was trained at Yale University and the University of Washington (UW). In addition to my clinical work, I teach and conduct research at the UW School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. I'm dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care.
(206) 202-3435 View (206) 202-3435

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98103

60+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in 98103 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
92% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Regence
75% Cigna and Evernorth
69% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 98103 see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

65% Female
32% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98103?

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.