Psychiatrists in 99208

Photo of Mind Body Soul Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Mind Body Soul Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
If you're looking for a provider to come alongside you in your healing journey and offer you tools to empower you in your recovery and growth, we'll make a great team! With Kristy on your care team as your board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, we'll work together to clarify your psychiatric diagnoses and choose the evidence-based treatments that feel like the best fit for you, including medication and/or non-medication modalities.
If you're looking for a provider to come alongside you in your healing journey and offer you tools to empower you in your recovery and growth, we'll make a great team! With Kristy on your care team as your board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, we'll work together to clarify your psychiatric diagnoses and choose the evidence-based treatments that feel like the best fit for you, including medication and/or non-medication modalities.
(509) 738-1390 View (509) 738-1390
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Rena's Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I provide telehealth/virtual mental health care services, specifically medication management. The appointments are provided via a secure and HIPAA-compliant platform. With this platform, I can provide care in the comfort and privacy of your home. I am committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs and expectations. I can help you make informed decisions regarding medication treatment and symptom management. I offer holistic care using problem-solving, critical thinking, and observation skills. I take into consideration psychological, biological, developmental, and social aspects of my clients.
I provide telehealth/virtual mental health care services, specifically medication management. The appointments are provided via a secure and HIPAA-compliant platform. With this platform, I can provide care in the comfort and privacy of your home. I am committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs and expectations. I can help you make informed decisions regarding medication treatment and symptom management. I offer holistic care using problem-solving, critical thinking, and observation skills. I take into consideration psychological, biological, developmental, and social aspects of my clients.
(509) 236-8437 View (509) 236-8437
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Anna Caruso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208
Welcome! I am a board certified PMHNP with enthusiasm for helping people improve their mental health. My practice philosophy is both evidence based and client centered, working with clients to help them find stability of symptoms for health maintenance and life enhancing potential. I use the biopsychosocial framework to integrate biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors to systematically understand an individual’s health and illness. I work with individuals of all ages treating a variety of mental health conditions incorporating individualized care plans, medication management, and complementary interventions.
Welcome! I am a board certified PMHNP with enthusiasm for helping people improve their mental health. My practice philosophy is both evidence based and client centered, working with clients to help them find stability of symptoms for health maintenance and life enhancing potential. I use the biopsychosocial framework to integrate biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors to systematically understand an individual’s health and illness. I work with individuals of all ages treating a variety of mental health conditions incorporating individualized care plans, medication management, and complementary interventions.
(509) 215-2134 View (509) 215-2134
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Photo of Steven K Elrod, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anger? A psychiatric evaluation and research backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anger? A psychiatric evaluation and research backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
(509) 560-5798 View (509) 560-5798
Photo of Elizabeth J Mitchell, Psychiatric Nurse in 99208, WA
Elizabeth J Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, ARNP, ND
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208
It is one of my greatest joys to see each of my client's life restored and improved. I consider this work my life's calling. I have expertise with a variety of mental-health conditions including: Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder / Depression); Anxiety Disorders; Grieving; and various life adjustments. I am Nationally Board Certified to do individual, marital, and family counseling as well as prescribe psychiatric medication. I do enjoy helping people with chronic health conditions and also am a certified naturopath to work with diet, herbs, and supplements which I can incorporate into treatment if the client desires.
It is one of my greatest joys to see each of my client's life restored and improved. I consider this work my life's calling. I have expertise with a variety of mental-health conditions including: Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder / Depression); Anxiety Disorders; Grieving; and various life adjustments. I am Nationally Board Certified to do individual, marital, and family counseling as well as prescribe psychiatric medication. I do enjoy helping people with chronic health conditions and also am a certified naturopath to work with diet, herbs, and supplements which I can incorporate into treatment if the client desires.
(509) 592-4249 View (509) 592-4249
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Morna Agoki- Tween, Teen & Young Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
We are Accepting New Clients, Evening and Weekend appointments. Specialize in Preteen, Teen and Young Adult. Are You Struggling With: - Difficulty sleeping? - Issues with focus and concentration? - Staying motivated or feeling sad? - Feeling chronically tired with just enough energy for the essentials? - To shower, eat, cook, or do your hair? - Feeling overwhelmed and anxious? - Easily upset without meaning to? - Trouble interacting and engaging, feeling more isolated? - Previous medications trials not working? Are any of these affecting you at school or work? Ace Behavioral Health and Wellness is here for for you.
We are Accepting New Clients, Evening and Weekend appointments. Specialize in Preteen, Teen and Young Adult. Are You Struggling With: - Difficulty sleeping? - Issues with focus and concentration? - Staying motivated or feeling sad? - Feeling chronically tired with just enough energy for the essentials? - To shower, eat, cook, or do your hair? - Feeling overwhelmed and anxious? - Easily upset without meaning to? - Trouble interacting and engaging, feeling more isolated? - Previous medications trials not working? Are any of these affecting you at school or work? Ace Behavioral Health and Wellness is here for for you.
(206) 678-1472 View (206) 678-1472
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Anu Marrott-Ware
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-L, RN
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
(206) 202-2823 View (206) 202-2823
Photo of Mike Colver, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Mike Colver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for helping people improve their mental health and overall quality of life. With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, I have honed my skills in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. At Persona Mental Health, I specialize in medication management for individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders. My approach is patient-centered, meaning that I take the time to understand each patient's unique situation and develop a personalized treatment plan that suits their specific needs and goals.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for helping people improve their mental health and overall quality of life. With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, I have honed my skills in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. At Persona Mental Health, I specialize in medication management for individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders. My approach is patient-centered, meaning that I take the time to understand each patient's unique situation and develop a personalized treatment plan that suits their specific needs and goals.
(509) 790-6638 View (509) 790-6638
Photo of Shelley Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Shelley Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208
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
Photo of Dylan Ward, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Dylan Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208
Welcome! My name is Dylan - I want work with you to find a treatment plan to meet your goals. Your concerns and questions are put at the center of our decision-making process. I feel strongly that those who endure mental illness and/or substance use disorders in our community have the innate capacity to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Reducing the stigma of mental illnesses and substance use disorders is one of the biggest goals in my practice. I will always work to ensure you never feel judged. The path to recovery and treatment is non-linear. I am here to support you through every step of the way.
Welcome! My name is Dylan - I want work with you to find a treatment plan to meet your goals. Your concerns and questions are put at the center of our decision-making process. I feel strongly that those who endure mental illness and/or substance use disorders in our community have the innate capacity to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Reducing the stigma of mental illnesses and substance use disorders is one of the biggest goals in my practice. I will always work to ensure you never feel judged. The path to recovery and treatment is non-linear. I am here to support you through every step of the way.
(509) 519-1504 View (509) 519-1504
Photo of Rose Ifeyinwa Chigbo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Rose Ifeyinwa Chigbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
(701) 501-8321 View (701) 501-8321
Photo of Dr. Brian Neal, Psychiatrist in 99208, WA
Dr. Brian Neal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
Dr. Neal is a member of Neal & Garrard, PLLC, a fully virtual psychiatry practice. We recognize the challenges that patients and their families face navigating the mental health system. Our goal is to deliver quality treatment to adults living in Washington state with mental illness. We treat a wide range of conditions—anxiety, depression, ADHD, and addiction—and specialize in severe mental illness, including bipolar spectrum illnesses and psychotic disorders. We will work with you to customize a treatment plan designed to help you reach your goals from the convenience of your home.
Dr. Neal is a member of Neal & Garrard, PLLC, a fully virtual psychiatry practice. We recognize the challenges that patients and their families face navigating the mental health system. Our goal is to deliver quality treatment to adults living in Washington state with mental illness. We treat a wide range of conditions—anxiety, depression, ADHD, and addiction—and specialize in severe mental illness, including bipolar spectrum illnesses and psychotic disorders. We will work with you to customize a treatment plan designed to help you reach your goals from the convenience of your home.
(253) 262-0178 View (253) 262-0178
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Dr. Robert Garrard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208  (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
Photo of Dr. Brandi Morgan, Psychiatric Nurse in 99208, WA
Dr. Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, FPMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Our goal is to meet all of your medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Our goal is to meet all of your medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
(425) 250-9360 View (425) 250-9360
Photo of Nicholas Goodwin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Nicholas Goodwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99208
At Goodwin Health Cafe we offer the following psychiatric services: 1) Esketamine (Spravato), Transcranial Magenetic Stimulation (TMS), Intramuscular Ketamine (out of pocket only), psychiatric medication management. We accept most insurances, but coverage can vary based off of the specific service.
At Goodwin Health Cafe we offer the following psychiatric services: 1) Esketamine (Spravato), Transcranial Magenetic Stimulation (TMS), Intramuscular Ketamine (out of pocket only), psychiatric medication management. We accept most insurances, but coverage can vary based off of the specific service.
(509) 300-3974 View (509) 300-3974
Photo of Molly Oakley, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Molly Oakley, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208
My office in Spokane is accepting new clients. My name is Molly Oakley. I am a Spokane native who studied at Yale University to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I trained and worked across the country for several years before returning to Spokane to start Panoramic Psychiatry, with the goal of providing high quality, psychiatric care in a comfortable environment to residents of the Inland Northwest.
My office in Spokane is accepting new clients. My name is Molly Oakley. I am a Spokane native who studied at Yale University to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I trained and worked across the country for several years before returning to Spokane to start Panoramic Psychiatry, with the goal of providing high quality, psychiatric care in a comfortable environment to residents of the Inland Northwest.
(509) 822-2856 View (509) 822-2856
Photo of Michele Tulk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Michele Tulk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing mental health medication management to adult clients living with anxiety, depression and as trauma survivors. I have 11 years of experience practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Before that I was a critical care registered nurse who worked in the ICU and ER for 8 years. I am non-judgmental, empathic, kind, and I know how to talk with and treat other people. My style is client-centered where I function as a guide to help you find a sustainable medication regimen to help you feel your best. I absolutely love what I do. :)
I am passionate about providing mental health medication management to adult clients living with anxiety, depression and as trauma survivors. I have 11 years of experience practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Before that I was a critical care registered nurse who worked in the ICU and ER for 8 years. I am non-judgmental, empathic, kind, and I know how to talk with and treat other people. My style is client-centered where I function as a guide to help you find a sustainable medication regimen to help you feel your best. I absolutely love what I do. :)
(360) 900-1861 View (360) 900-1861
Photo of Megan Sapp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Megan Sapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208
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
Photo of Angela Barnett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 99208, WA
Angela Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208
Weekend and evening appointments available! I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in treating adults only. I love and strive to take the stigma out of mental health and help my patients make sense of their lives by embracing their unique journey. I am comfortable and proficient in treating a variety of mental health challenges and I am LGBTQIA friendly!
Weekend and evening appointments available! I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in treating adults only. I love and strive to take the stigma out of mental health and help my patients make sense of their lives by embracing their unique journey. I am comfortable and proficient in treating a variety of mental health challenges and I am LGBTQIA friendly!
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Number of Psychiatrists in 99208

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 99208 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management
68% Bipolar Disorder
59% Sleep or Insomnia
55% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
78% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 99208 see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 99208?

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.