Psychiatrists in 98201

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Anywhere Wellness Counseling & Medications Welcome
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMH-NP, FNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having problems at work, home or with others? Are you struggling with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or just taking basic care of yourself? We are here to help, by offering safe, trusting, affirmative, warm, non-judgmental counseling. Life has its challenges and as Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners/Counselors and we believe mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity and compassion are the foundation of a successful practice. We work through together in a safe/private space! Mental health medication, weight loss help along with counseling offered too!
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having problems at work, home or with others? Are you struggling with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or just taking basic care of yourself? We are here to help, by offering safe, trusting, affirmative, warm, non-judgmental counseling. Life has its challenges and as Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners/Counselors and we believe mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity and compassion are the foundation of a successful practice. We work through together in a safe/private space! Mental health medication, weight loss help along with counseling offered too!
(425) 474-3803 View (425) 474-3803
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Sandra F. Carrier
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Welcome! I am an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice. I provide evaluations, medication management, and individual therapy. I require ALL POTENTIAL NEW CLIENTS TO ASK THEIR CURRENT PROVIDER TO SEND A REFERRAL BY FAX to 1-425-449-4091. I am accepting FAXED REFERRALS ONLY. Emails through Psychology Today will NOT receive a response.
Welcome! I am an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice. I provide evaluations, medication management, and individual therapy. I require ALL POTENTIAL NEW CLIENTS TO ASK THEIR CURRENT PROVIDER TO SEND A REFERRAL BY FAX to 1-425-449-4091. I am accepting FAXED REFERRALS ONLY. Emails through Psychology Today will NOT receive a response.
(425) 598-0327 View (425) 598-0327
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Mind and Behavior Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MN
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
(425) 332-7502 View (425) 332-7502
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Laura Perez
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
(425) 615-6835 View (425) 615-6835
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Sandy Grewal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MA, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
My name is Sandy Grewal. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Maryville University (St. Louis MO) in 2020. My passion is mental health and serving those in need of mental health services. I approach care by looking at the individual as a whole and not as just a set of symptoms. My mental health services include psychiatric evaluations, psychoeducation, and medication management for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Treatment plans are individualized for each client, 13 years and older. I will always take the time to explain what the best course of action is going to look like.
My name is Sandy Grewal. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Maryville University (St. Louis MO) in 2020. My passion is mental health and serving those in need of mental health services. I approach care by looking at the individual as a whole and not as just a set of symptoms. My mental health services include psychiatric evaluations, psychoeducation, and medication management for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Treatment plans are individualized for each client, 13 years and older. I will always take the time to explain what the best course of action is going to look like.
(425) 585-4841 View (425) 585-4841
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May Gemilo - Therapeutic Alliances
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
I'm drawn to clients facing a spectrum of mental health challenges—be it ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other psychiatric issues. My ideal clients are those seeking support, understanding, and effective treatment tailored to their unique needs. They come to me with goals like achieving symptom relief, enhancing coping mechanisms, and overall well-being. What they want is a therapeutic partnership, trusting in my expertise to guide them toward mental wellness. It's about providing personalized care, fostering trust, and helping them navigate a path to a healthier, more balanced life.
I'm drawn to clients facing a spectrum of mental health challenges—be it ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other psychiatric issues. My ideal clients are those seeking support, understanding, and effective treatment tailored to their unique needs. They come to me with goals like achieving symptom relief, enhancing coping mechanisms, and overall well-being. What they want is a therapeutic partnership, trusting in my expertise to guide them toward mental wellness. It's about providing personalized care, fostering trust, and helping them navigate a path to a healthier, more balanced life.
(425) 426-2353 View (425) 426-2353
Photo of undefined - Spectrum Psychiatry Asociates, ARNP, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse
Spectrum Psychiatry Asociates
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Many people come to me looking for better management of their anxiety, attention, or mood. I meet each person where they are. In part, this means prescribing medication or practicing psychotherapy with and for each individual. My first goal is always symptom remission. I will work with you to help you get relief.
Many people come to me looking for better management of their anxiety, attention, or mood. I meet each person where they are. In part, this means prescribing medication or practicing psychotherapy with and for each individual. My first goal is always symptom remission. I will work with you to help you get relief.
(425) 478-6100 x113 View (425) 478-6100 x113
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(425) 600-1669 View (425) 600-1669
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Jana Robison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
(425) 437-3043 View (425) 437-3043
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Susan J Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
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Photo of Nehemiah Zarate-Rourke, DNP, PMHNPBC, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nehemiah Zarate-Rourke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with the passion for holistic and collaborative mental health care. Armed with a doctorate degree in nurse practice specializing in psychiatric and mental health care, coupled with extensive experience, I bring in a comprehensive approach. My mission is deeply personal. I believe in guiding individuals on their unique paths to mental well-being, offering personalized care, and unwavering support. Through compassion, innovation, and a commitment to growth, I strive to empower each person to embrace their journey, find resilience, and celebrate every forward step towards a brighter tomorrow.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with the passion for holistic and collaborative mental health care. Armed with a doctorate degree in nurse practice specializing in psychiatric and mental health care, coupled with extensive experience, I bring in a comprehensive approach. My mission is deeply personal. I believe in guiding individuals on their unique paths to mental well-being, offering personalized care, and unwavering support. Through compassion, innovation, and a commitment to growth, I strive to empower each person to embrace their journey, find resilience, and celebrate every forward step towards a brighter tomorrow.
(206) 210-3776 View (206) 210-3776
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Dr T Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
(425) 312-6188 View (425) 312-6188
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Syed Jamal Mustafa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
(425) 368-3893 View (425) 368-3893
Photo of Dev Brierley, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dev Brierley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
The best way to book until I am fully credentiale is to email me! I am accepting patients who have Cigna, Aetna, and those paying out of pocket as soon as next week! I do telehealth only. I will credentialed with Premera (Lifewise) by June 25th and Regence (HMA) July 26th. My schedule is: 9-4 PM, M-Thurs. I am a doctorally trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University.
The best way to book until I am fully credentiale is to email me! I am accepting patients who have Cigna, Aetna, and those paying out of pocket as soon as next week! I do telehealth only. I will credentialed with Premera (Lifewise) by June 25th and Regence (HMA) July 26th. My schedule is: 9-4 PM, M-Thurs. I am a doctorally trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University.
(360) 401-8330 View (360) 401-8330
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Ashley Cerny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
(360) 205-4560 View (360) 205-4560
Photo of Dani McLaughlin, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dani McLaughlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
Appointments can be booked on my website www.northwestintegrativepsychiatry.com under the Services tab. About me: My name is Dani McLaughlin and I’m a doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I approach treatment from a holistic perspective considering how physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being impacts mental illness. I recognize that each individual is unique with different concerns and goals for treatment. I value collaboration and will work alongside you on your journey toward better mental health.
Appointments can be booked on my website www.northwestintegrativepsychiatry.com under the Services tab. About me: My name is Dani McLaughlin and I’m a doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I approach treatment from a holistic perspective considering how physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being impacts mental illness. I recognize that each individual is unique with different concerns and goals for treatment. I value collaboration and will work alongside you on your journey toward better mental health.
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Power Capote
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 17 years of extensive healthcare experience, including 10 years as an RN and seven years as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes medication management, IOP/PHP programs, substance abuse programs, and TMS Therapy. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) from Florida International University and am fluent in Spanish. I continually stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure precise and personalized treatment. I am invested in helping clients achieve their best life and full functioning.
Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 17 years of extensive healthcare experience, including 10 years as an RN and seven years as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My experience includes medication management, IOP/PHP programs, substance abuse programs, and TMS Therapy. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) from Florida International University and am fluent in Spanish. I continually stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure precise and personalized treatment. I am invested in helping clients achieve their best life and full functioning.
(360) 531-6798 View (360) 531-6798
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Dorcas Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
(206) 489-3281 View (206) 489-3281
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Jonnae Tillman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98201

30+

Average cost per session

$262

Psychiatrists in 98201 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
94% Anxiety
87% Trauma and PTSD
87% Medication Management
81% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Regence
86% Premera
79% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 98201 see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98201?

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.