Psychiatrists in 98402

Photo of Deanette James, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(253) 252-5269 x1 View (253) 252-5269 x1
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
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
(253) 265-9205 View (253) 265-9205
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Brett Springer Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I provide holistic and collaborative psychiatric care, empowering you as the expert on your unique experiences, strengths, and obstacles.
I provide holistic and collaborative psychiatric care, empowering you as the expert on your unique experiences, strengths, and obstacles.
(253) 366-8387 View (253) 366-8387
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Aaron Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Aaron Padron, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Hello, we are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments are available.
Hello, we are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments are available.
(425) 598-0174 View (425) 598-0174
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Dr. Robert Garrard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Evening appointments available! Dr. Garrard is passionate about helping patients and their families living with mental illness. He takes a flexible, thoughtful, and pragmatic approach to patient care and recovery. Dr. Garrard strives to create a supportive, non-judgmental environment. He provides patients with medical and therapeutic treatment options so they can make informed decisions about their own care.
Accepting new patients. Evening appointments available! Dr. Garrard is passionate about helping patients and their families living with mental illness. He takes a flexible, thoughtful, and pragmatic approach to patient care and recovery. Dr. Garrard strives to create a supportive, non-judgmental environment. He provides patients with medical and therapeutic treatment options so they can make informed decisions about their own care.
(253) 993-4415 View (253) 993-4415
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Sarah Louise Weerheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
I have twenty years’ experience providing healthcare services to a wide range of populations and within a variety of specialties. In the last decade, I have provided psychiatric care as a registered nurse in inpatient psychiatric units. This experience has given me an understanding of individuals with severe mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and psychosis.
I have twenty years’ experience providing healthcare services to a wide range of populations and within a variety of specialties. In the last decade, I have provided psychiatric care as a registered nurse in inpatient psychiatric units. This experience has given me an understanding of individuals with severe mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and psychosis.
(253) 478-8293 View (253) 478-8293
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Eikon Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
In my role as PMHNP-BC, I am trained in the treatment of psychiatric illness of individuals across the lifespan (age 6-65), especially those with adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders and trauma-related disorders. I have practiced with diverse populations across a variety of settings including: Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Eating disorder, School-Based Psychiatry Program and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry Outpatient settings.
In my role as PMHNP-BC, I am trained in the treatment of psychiatric illness of individuals across the lifespan (age 6-65), especially those with adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders and trauma-related disorders. I have practiced with diverse populations across a variety of settings including: Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Eating disorder, School-Based Psychiatry Program and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry Outpatient settings.
(253) 487-0401 View (253) 487-0401
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Mind Focused PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
My Name is Jacqueline Kimani. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a master's degree in nursing from Walden University. I adhere to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics to provide compassionate and respectful care, advocate for patients' rights and well-being, and maintain confidentiality. Integrity, accountability, and ethical practice are foundational principles that guide my clinical decisions and interactions with my patients.
My Name is Jacqueline Kimani. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a master's degree in nursing from Walden University. I adhere to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics to provide compassionate and respectful care, advocate for patients' rights and well-being, and maintain confidentiality. Integrity, accountability, and ethical practice are foundational principles that guide my clinical decisions and interactions with my patients.
(253) 501-7516 View (253) 501-7516
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Meghan McFarland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hi, my name is Meghan McFarland and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. If you are tired of having prescribers not listen, I'm the type of prescriber who will take time to get to know you and your history, then help make medication decisions while supporting you along the way. I enjoy supporting clients with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I work best with clients who are engaged in treatment both inside and outside of session(s).
Hi, my name is Meghan McFarland and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. If you are tired of having prescribers not listen, I'm the type of prescriber who will take time to get to know you and your history, then help make medication decisions while supporting you along the way. I enjoy supporting clients with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I work best with clients who are engaged in treatment both inside and outside of session(s).
(253) 398-8282 x1 View (253) 398-8282 x1
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Aspiring Health Pathway Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Judith Ngante is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She comes with many years of patient care experience. Her goal is to build strong relationships with her patients and to provide comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based care. She believes that taking care of the body requires taking care of the physical and the mind to foster a positive outcome and productive lifestyle. Be it depression, anxiety, bipolar, mood disorder, remember this is what you’re going through, not who you are.
Judith Ngante is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She comes with many years of patient care experience. Her goal is to build strong relationships with her patients and to provide comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based care. She believes that taking care of the body requires taking care of the physical and the mind to foster a positive outcome and productive lifestyle. Be it depression, anxiety, bipolar, mood disorder, remember this is what you’re going through, not who you are.
(253) 785-3243 View (253) 785-3243
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Enrich Community Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am a licensed board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individual ages 16 and older. I also provide evaluations for bariatric surgery eligible patients. My areas of specialization are mood disorders, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, PTSD, panic attacks, panic disorder and nightmares.
I am a licensed board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individual ages 16 and older. I also provide evaluations for bariatric surgery eligible patients. My areas of specialization are mood disorders, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, PTSD, panic attacks, panic disorder and nightmares.
(253) 201-0305 View (253) 201-0305
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.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 Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 465-2018 View (253) 465-2018
Photo of Jamal Williams, MSN, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jamal Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
I have extensive experience working with the LBGTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and my specialties include: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Life transitions, emotional regulation challenges, grief, and trauma. I combine my psychiatric and psychotherapy work together, to treat my clients through an integrative approach that works to treat the entire challenge you’re facing, from a medicinal but also therapeutic way. I believe we're all products of the environment we grew up in, but it is up to us as individuals, to grow and learn about ourselves, so we can become the healthiest, and best versions of who we hope to be.
I have extensive experience working with the LBGTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and my specialties include: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Life transitions, emotional regulation challenges, grief, and trauma. I combine my psychiatric and psychotherapy work together, to treat my clients through an integrative approach that works to treat the entire challenge you’re facing, from a medicinal but also therapeutic way. I believe we're all products of the environment we grew up in, but it is up to us as individuals, to grow and learn about ourselves, so we can become the healthiest, and best versions of who we hope to be.
(206) 589-5355 View (206) 589-5355
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Emily David Serenity Mental Healthcare Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Are you struggling to balance your mental, emotional and physical health and in need of a more holistic approach? Look no further. I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), 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 mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
Are you struggling to balance your mental, emotional and physical health and in need of a more holistic approach? Look no further. I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), 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 mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
(253) 316-8596 View (253) 316-8596
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
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
(253) 242-2648 View (253) 242-2648
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (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 visit rates. 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 visit rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
(253) 650-0098 View (253) 650-0098
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Batis Akaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
Thank you for choosing Bitary Health Behavioral Health Services. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in the state of Washington with over 5years experience working in the mental health field. I have experience both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Mental illness is an unpredictable and silent invader. A once happy and joyful individual can suddenly have days filled with hopelessness, despair, helplessness, and consigned to oblivion. The hurdles created by mental illness in one’s life are only visible by the individuals suffering from it.
Thank you for choosing Bitary Health Behavioral Health Services. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in the state of Washington with over 5years experience working in the mental health field. I have experience both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Mental illness is an unpredictable and silent invader. A once happy and joyful individual can suddenly have days filled with hopelessness, despair, helplessness, and consigned to oblivion. The hurdles created by mental illness in one’s life are only visible by the individuals suffering from it.
(253) 867-9501 View (253) 867-9501
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Shelley Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
Now Accepting New Patients 18+! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) experienced with mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, etc. Are you looking for someone that listens to you and includes you in the decisions made in your treatment? Someone familiar with the EMS, military, and LGBTQIA+ communities? Someone that is non-judgmental and easy to talk to? I offer telemedicine (Zoom) appointments for adults living anywhere in Washington state as well as in-person appointments (upon request) in Tacoma, WA.
Now Accepting New Patients 18+! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) experienced with mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, etc. Are you looking for someone that listens to you and includes you in the decisions made in your treatment? Someone familiar with the EMS, military, and LGBTQIA+ communities? Someone that is non-judgmental and easy to talk to? I offer telemedicine (Zoom) appointments for adults living anywhere in Washington state as well as in-person appointments (upon request) in Tacoma, WA.
(253) 364-7452 View (253) 364-7452
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Bernard Chessum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am accepting NEW clients with same day appointments available. Also after-hours and weekends appointments available as well. In network with most major insurances in Washington State. Private pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients at any level they are without making them feel judged. During the initial session, i focus on patient-centered strategies and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments. Most treatment plan involves medication, therapy, or a combination of both.
I am accepting NEW clients with same day appointments available. Also after-hours and weekends appointments available as well. In network with most major insurances in Washington State. Private pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients at any level they are without making them feel judged. During the initial session, i focus on patient-centered strategies and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments. Most treatment plan involves medication, therapy, or a combination of both.
(253) 528-8235 View (253) 528-8235
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.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 Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 364-4343 View (253) 364-4343

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98402

60+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 98402 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
87% Depression
85% Bipolar Disorder
85% Medication Management
78% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
83% Premera
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 98402 see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98402?

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.