Psychiatrists in 98225

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Claire Thralls
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Waitlist for new clients
I am a doctoral-trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. In my practice I enjoy working collaboratively with my patients to ensure that their specific health concerns are the focus of their care. My goal is to provide a therapeutic environment that allows you to express your healthcare needs, and discuss the best way I can help you to meet your ideal mental health state. To do this I incorporate my training in medication management, nursing, education, and therapy to assist in a holistic care process.
I am a doctoral-trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. In my practice I enjoy working collaboratively with my patients to ensure that their specific health concerns are the focus of their care. My goal is to provide a therapeutic environment that allows you to express your healthcare needs, and discuss the best way I can help you to meet your ideal mental health state. To do this I incorporate my training in medication management, nursing, education, and therapy to assist in a holistic care process.
(360) 300-8204 View (360) 300-8204
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Nicole Ervin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
(360) 873-5223 View (360) 873-5223
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (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.
(564) 214-0218 View (564) 214-0218
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Kate Hume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kate Hume, MA, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
(360) 685-1850 View (360) 685-1850
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Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(360) 234-3305 View (360) 234-3305
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Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW, RYT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
(360) 685-1658 View (360) 685-1658
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Rachel Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Rachel Lee is a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Medication management and talk therapy can be done via telehealth in WA or in-person in Bellingham. She also offers EMDR, walk & talk sessions, group sessions, and excursions. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Rachel Lee is a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Medication management and talk therapy can be done via telehealth in WA or in-person in Bellingham. She also offers EMDR, walk & talk sessions, group sessions, and excursions. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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Carly Hernandez Kadell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
(206) 339-6795 View (206) 339-6795
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Clarity Mental Health and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Gurpal Chahal and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. For the fastest response, please send a booking request through provider.kareo.com/gurpal-chahal-1. In my practice, I aim to work with you in managing your mental health medications through a way that works for you. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and collaborating as a partner with you in your care.
Hi, my name is Gurpal Chahal and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. For the fastest response, please send a booking request through provider.kareo.com/gurpal-chahal-1. In my practice, I aim to work with you in managing your mental health medications through a way that works for you. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and collaborating as a partner with you in your care.
(360) 226-7384 View (360) 226-7384
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Dev Brierley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
I am passionate about my field. I am a doctorally trained, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received from my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University. I treat and manage medications for Depression, Anxiety, Eating DO, OCD and I particularly enjoy working with Bipolar Disorder. I am open to new patients and I look forward to meeting with you.
I am passionate about my field. I am a doctorally trained, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received from my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University. I treat and manage medications for Depression, Anxiety, Eating DO, OCD and I particularly enjoy working with Bipolar Disorder. I am open to new patients and I look forward to meeting with you.
(360) 401-8330 x801 View (360) 401-8330 x801
Neelam K Sampley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Not accepting new clients
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
(360) 526-0169 View (360) 526-0169
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
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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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
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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Anicka Oyer Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
(206) 231-6635 View (206) 231-6635
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurance plans.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurance plans.
(253) 528-7487 View (253) 528-7487
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Marisa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (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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Megan Sapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225
2024 - Current openings within 1-2 weeks! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
2024 - Current openings within 1-2 weeks! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
(206) 752-4642 View (206) 752-4642
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Ginette DiDomenico
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Hi. The mind is very similar to our physical bodies; symptoms develop to let us know that something is amiss. Environments, stress, and trauma influence these symptoms. As our physical bodies seek to heal themselves, so does our minds. Difficulties can be looked at as opportunities for growth. I seek to come alongside and work together to help the healing and growth through therapy and if need be medication. Medication is not sufficient alone. Just as the physical body seeks to heal itself when hurt, so the mind/soul with encouragement can heal.
Hi. The mind is very similar to our physical bodies; symptoms develop to let us know that something is amiss. Environments, stress, and trauma influence these symptoms. As our physical bodies seek to heal themselves, so does our minds. Difficulties can be looked at as opportunities for growth. I seek to come alongside and work together to help the healing and growth through therapy and if need be medication. Medication is not sufficient alone. Just as the physical body seeks to heal itself when hurt, so the mind/soul with encouragement can heal.
(509) 204-8616 View (509) 204-8616
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Laura Radocchia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, PMH-C, RYT
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Hi! I'm Laura Radocchia, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, RYT. I believe in your natural resilience and have current openings to help you along your journey. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I provide many types of treatment, from therapy to psychiatric medications and integrative treatments. Integrative can mean supplements, vitamins, and herbs, as well as exploring the whole context of your wellbeing across a range of vital dimensions (nutritional, behavioral, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, etc.).
Hi! I'm Laura Radocchia, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, RYT. I believe in your natural resilience and have current openings to help you along your journey. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I provide many types of treatment, from therapy to psychiatric medications and integrative treatments. Integrative can mean supplements, vitamins, and herbs, as well as exploring the whole context of your wellbeing across a range of vital dimensions (nutritional, behavioral, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, etc.).
(206) 208-0722 View (206) 208-0722
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Cal Cogburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
It can be difficult to take that step to seek care, especially in the midst of not feeling well overall or about one's self. Experience has shown that making that first step actually breaks a cycle in our thinking and behavior, allowing us to to be open (typically small steps at first) to thinking and believing that we are worth getting better! I urge you to seek care. Reach out and make a 15 minute "Match" appointment with me. A mentor once told me "You can feel better or be better"; let's work together to help you be better... I look forward to hearing from you.
It can be difficult to take that step to seek care, especially in the midst of not feeling well overall or about one's self. Experience has shown that making that first step actually breaks a cycle in our thinking and behavior, allowing us to to be open (typically small steps at first) to thinking and believing that we are worth getting better! I urge you to seek care. Reach out and make a 15 minute "Match" appointment with me. A mentor once told me "You can feel better or be better"; let's work together to help you be better... I look forward to hearing from you.
(360) 968-8074 View (360) 968-8074

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Number of Psychiatrists in 98225

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 98225 who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Medication Management
90% Anxiety
90% Trauma and PTSD
76% Bipolar Disorder
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Premera
92% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 98225 see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98225?

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.