Psychiatrists in 98503

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Caring Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503  (Online Only)
I am a licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the states of Washington and Oregon. I welcome adolescent and adult clients with mental health conditions. My approach in treatment is collaborative, partnering with clients in pursuit of their mental wellbeing. I incorporate the growing practice of nutrition psychiatry in my treatment plans as I see the benefits of natural remedies complementary with traditional treatments.
I am a licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the states of Washington and Oregon. I welcome adolescent and adult clients with mental health conditions. My approach in treatment is collaborative, partnering with clients in pursuit of their mental wellbeing. I incorporate the growing practice of nutrition psychiatry in my treatment plans as I see the benefits of natural remedies complementary with traditional treatments.
(253) 400-1917 View (253) 400-1917
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Matt Kilgore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
Accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). My prior work history includes cardiac care, acute care, and acute inpatient detoxification units with a subspecialty in mental healthcare. I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology, my Master of Science (MSN), and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), all from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
Accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). My prior work history includes cardiac care, acute care, and acute inpatient detoxification units with a subspecialty in mental healthcare. I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology, my Master of Science (MSN), and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), all from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
(360) 523-1686 View (360) 523-1686
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Richard Paul Brooks Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
Hello, my name is Richard P Brooks Jr. I am a Board Certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the University of Washington Nurse Practitioner graduate program. I offer psychiatric medication management. I am here for those who are seeking efficacy in their lives. If you are having issues with stress, anxiety, depression, sleep, lack of energy, or maybe you feel overwhelmed, or possibly something else. Allow me to be an ear. Mental health is imperative to a better and fulfilled life. Allow me to be of assistance.
Hello, my name is Richard P Brooks Jr. I am a Board Certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the University of Washington Nurse Practitioner graduate program. I offer psychiatric medication management. I am here for those who are seeking efficacy in their lives. If you are having issues with stress, anxiety, depression, sleep, lack of energy, or maybe you feel overwhelmed, or possibly something else. Allow me to be an ear. Mental health is imperative to a better and fulfilled life. Allow me to be of assistance.
(360) 205-1049 View (360) 205-1049
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Edward Case
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
The goal of this practice is to provide you personalized treatment using psychotherapy, supplements, and medication, depending upon your individual needs.
The goal of this practice is to provide you personalized treatment using psychotherapy, supplements, and medication, depending upon your individual needs.
(360) 529-3817 View (360) 529-3817
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Elroi Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lacey, WA 98503
Looking for a provider of Christian faith, who understands relationships with God? Excellent mental healthcare does not require you to sacrifice your faith. This practice treats the whole person. ElroiMHS is a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ supportive office. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) qualified to practice psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe up-to-date psychiatric medications across the lifespan, ages12-99. However, we are currently focused on clients 18 years and older. We are here to provide a chance for you to get through life with positivity and greatness within yourself.
Looking for a provider of Christian faith, who understands relationships with God? Excellent mental healthcare does not require you to sacrifice your faith. This practice treats the whole person. ElroiMHS is a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ supportive office. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) qualified to practice psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe up-to-date psychiatric medications across the lifespan, ages12-99. However, we are currently focused on clients 18 years and older. We are here to provide a chance for you to get through life with positivity and greatness within yourself.
(253) 364-1771 View (253) 364-1771
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James McLemore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503
My goal is to provide quality mental health medication management services to the residents of Washington State in an accessible manner. I work primarily with adults and have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of mental health concerns, if you have specific questions or concerns please reach out and we can discuss this. I am an Army Veteran and so can relate to the experience of former and current service members. It is my goal to provide comprehensive care to those with whom i work and ensure that all of their concerns are heard and addressed.
My goal is to provide quality mental health medication management services to the residents of Washington State in an accessible manner. I work primarily with adults and have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of mental health concerns, if you have specific questions or concerns please reach out and we can discuss this. I am an Army Veteran and so can relate to the experience of former and current service members. It is my goal to provide comprehensive care to those with whom i work and ensure that all of their concerns are heard and addressed.
(509) 412-3508 View (509) 412-3508
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Jalyn Benca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
As a doctoral educated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am trained with in depth knowledge of psychiatric disorders, pharmacology, and psychotherapeutic interventions coupled with a holistic healthcare approach. My approach to psychiatric care is rooted in empathy and compassion. I believe in treating individuals as unique beings by understanding their life experiences to tailor therapeutic interventions to meet their specific needs to bring them back to wellness. I firmly believe in the power of holistic care, addressing not only the symptoms but also the person as a whole.
As a doctoral educated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am trained with in depth knowledge of psychiatric disorders, pharmacology, and psychotherapeutic interventions coupled with a holistic healthcare approach. My approach to psychiatric care is rooted in empathy and compassion. I believe in treating individuals as unique beings by understanding their life experiences to tailor therapeutic interventions to meet their specific needs to bring them back to wellness. I firmly believe in the power of holistic care, addressing not only the symptoms but also the person as a whole.
(360) 284-2170 View (360) 284-2170
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Victoria A Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
I offer Medication management of emotional disorders and psychiatric disorders. I have worked in medicine for nearly 35 years! Family practice, psychiatric medicines, and urgent care. My work history includes critical care at Harborview Medical Center, elsewhere oncology, Native American Tribes, and urgent care on a mobile unit in Central Florida while working with Healthcare for the Homeless. Board-certified in family practice and psychiatric medicines. Also a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
I offer Medication management of emotional disorders and psychiatric disorders. I have worked in medicine for nearly 35 years! Family practice, psychiatric medicines, and urgent care. My work history includes critical care at Harborview Medical Center, elsewhere oncology, Native American Tribes, and urgent care on a mobile unit in Central Florida while working with Healthcare for the Homeless. Board-certified in family practice and psychiatric medicines. Also a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
(360) 295-9408 View (360) 295-9408
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The Center of Mindful Healing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503  (Online Only)
It takes a lot of trust to disclose that which affects us most intimately. While we have made strides over the years in mental health, stigma continues to have a stronghold in today's society, and it can be difficult to take that first step. We are happy to welcome Sandy Lindell, MSN, PMHNP-BC joining the practice and will be accepting patients with Premera, First Choice, Aetna and cash pay. She has over a decade of experience and specializes in ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.
It takes a lot of trust to disclose that which affects us most intimately. While we have made strides over the years in mental health, stigma continues to have a stronghold in today's society, and it can be difficult to take that first step. We are happy to welcome Sandy Lindell, MSN, PMHNP-BC joining the practice and will be accepting patients with Premera, First Choice, Aetna and cash pay. She has over a decade of experience and specializes in ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.
(360) 515-3370 View (360) 515-3370
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Al Jerome Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lacey, WA 98503
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
(360) 531-6869 View (360) 531-6869
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Mercygrace Mental Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(206) 202-8325 View (206) 202-8325
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503  (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.
(509) 677-1686 View (509) 677-1686
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Linda Kellams-Keith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98503
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in this specialty for over 20 years. My office is a warm and welcoming place and my goal is to ensure that my clients feel safe and heard. However, I am not accepting new clients at this time.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in this specialty for over 20 years. My office is a warm and welcoming place and my goal is to ensure that my clients feel safe and heard. However, I am not accepting new clients at this time.
(360) 709-3332 View (360) 709-3332
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Harvey Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, CCM-R, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lacey, WA 98503
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
(360) 346-9520 View (360) 346-9520
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Chasity Spring Langman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSc, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98503  (Online Only)
Let's face it. Life can be hard sometimes. Maybe you don't have the right people in your life that offer you a safe space to express yourself. Sometimes you need medication to help with the lows of life, deal with depression, stress, or whatever else that is going on preventing you from thriving. You want a non-judgmental space where you can talk about anything and everything. I often hear from my clients that it's too exhausting to re-tell their story to someone else if their therapist suggests a psychiatrist or vice versa. I do both; you wont have to find someone else to share with to get the care you need.
Let's face it. Life can be hard sometimes. Maybe you don't have the right people in your life that offer you a safe space to express yourself. Sometimes you need medication to help with the lows of life, deal with depression, stress, or whatever else that is going on preventing you from thriving. You want a non-judgmental space where you can talk about anything and everything. I often hear from my clients that it's too exhausting to re-tell their story to someone else if their therapist suggests a psychiatrist or vice versa. I do both; you wont have to find someone else to share with to get the care you need.
(206) 823-0383 View (206) 823-0383
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Claire A Tilley
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lacey, WA 98503  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Washington. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, panic disorders, OCD, PTSD & bipolar disorders. I appreciate the unique strengths and insights that all people develop through their life experiences.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Washington. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, panic disorders, OCD, PTSD & bipolar disorders. I appreciate the unique strengths and insights that all people develop through their life experiences.
(206) 489-2964 View (206) 489-2964
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Edward Rosanski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503
Edward Rosanski is a Nurse Practitioner in Arizona who has been practicing since 1996. Edward believes in a collaborative approach for medication management. Outside of work, Edward enjoys stained glass, glass fusing, woodworking, golf, and blues music.
Edward Rosanski is a Nurse Practitioner in Arizona who has been practicing since 1996. Edward believes in a collaborative approach for medication management. Outside of work, Edward enjoys stained glass, glass fusing, woodworking, golf, and blues music.
(360) 615-2690 View (360) 615-2690
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ABQ Behavioral Services/ ABQ Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503  (Online Only)
About To receive the best and favorable care entails the provider to be an expert and know you as a person. Understanding emotions & behaviors can be challenging and we are all distinctive people with unique life experiences, relationships, and strengths.. I join with the patient to help them explore meaning and purpose. Due to my pragmatic nature, I also pay attention to their behaviors. I have demonstrated expertise in in supporting patients with multiple chronic co morbidities including diagnosing, treating and initiating medication, performing diagnostic interventions and executing follow ups as required. Fashioned treatment.
About To receive the best and favorable care entails the provider to be an expert and know you as a person. Understanding emotions & behaviors can be challenging and we are all distinctive people with unique life experiences, relationships, and strengths.. I join with the patient to help them explore meaning and purpose. Due to my pragmatic nature, I also pay attention to their behaviors. I have demonstrated expertise in in supporting patients with multiple chronic co morbidities including diagnosing, treating and initiating medication, performing diagnostic interventions and executing follow ups as required. Fashioned treatment.
(360) 583-4396 View (360) 583-4396
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Pamela Handran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a nationally board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric and mental health. Prior to this, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I have been in healthcare since 1998, transitioning to mental health in 2016. I have worked with both adults and adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric setting. My experience includes the management of acute exacerbations of existing mental health conditions and treating newer concerns.
I am a nationally board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric and mental health. Prior to this, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I have been in healthcare since 1998, transitioning to mental health in 2016. I have worked with both adults and adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric setting. My experience includes the management of acute exacerbations of existing mental health conditions and treating newer concerns.
(206) 539-1147 View (206) 539-1147
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Aspiring Health Pathway Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98503

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 98503 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
82% Premera
82% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 98503 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98503?

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.