Psychiatrists in Oro Valley, AZ

Photo of Ottilia Sibanda - Depression, anxiety, and ADHD , MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Depression, anxiety, and ADHD
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Are you or your child struggling with depression or ADHD? Or are you dealing with anxiety that leads to fears, worries, or panic? If so, you don't have to face these challenges alone. With compassion & understanding, having a space where feelings can be explored, insights gained, & effective ways to manage symptoms are considered (whether counseling or medication management), there is a better way forward. Together, we can work towards a brighter, more fulfilling future, empowering you & your family to overcome such emotional distress & achieve the balance & peace you all deserve.
Are you or your child struggling with depression or ADHD? Or are you dealing with anxiety that leads to fears, worries, or panic? If so, you don't have to face these challenges alone. With compassion & understanding, having a space where feelings can be explored, insights gained, & effective ways to manage symptoms are considered (whether counseling or medication management), there is a better way forward. Together, we can work towards a brighter, more fulfilling future, empowering you & your family to overcome such emotional distress & achieve the balance & peace you all deserve.
(520) 779-5592 View (520) 779-5592
Photo of Margaret N Kyakuwa - Dativa body and mind healthcare, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dativa body and mind healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Margaret N Kyakuwa empathetic and experienced Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in multiple states dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services and offering personalized and compassionate care to individuals and families, specializing in both physical and mental well-being. Trust in my expertise to guide you on your journey to optimal health and wellness."
Margaret N Kyakuwa empathetic and experienced Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in multiple states dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services and offering personalized and compassionate care to individuals and families, specializing in both physical and mental well-being. Trust in my expertise to guide you on your journey to optimal health and wellness."
(520) 900-0220 View (520) 900-0220
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Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(520) 376-8661 View (520) 376-8661
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Jordan Reuter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
As an advocate for integrative mental health care, I am dedicated to providing empathetic and comprehensive treatment plans to individuals facing various mental health challenges. I implement evidence-based psychiatric interventions with complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle modifications, and a strengths-based approach to empower individuals on their journey toward recovery.
As an advocate for integrative mental health care, I am dedicated to providing empathetic and comprehensive treatment plans to individuals facing various mental health challenges. I implement evidence-based psychiatric interventions with complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle modifications, and a strengths-based approach to empower individuals on their journey toward recovery.
(520) 221-2306 View (520) 221-2306
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Margery Ruth Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85737  (Online Only)
After many years of practicing at a major children's hospital in Chicago, I have moved to Arizona and hope to continue to provide thorough, thoughtful evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents and young adults. I have experience with a broad range of problems, including ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders, as well as bipolar disorder, trauma-related problems, and psychotic disorders. I am happy to collaborate with non-physician therapists and with pediatricians, to provide comprehensive care, with the goal of getting the young patient on track to achieve his or her goals in life.
After many years of practicing at a major children's hospital in Chicago, I have moved to Arizona and hope to continue to provide thorough, thoughtful evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents and young adults. I have experience with a broad range of problems, including ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorders, as well as bipolar disorder, trauma-related problems, and psychotic disorders. I am happy to collaborate with non-physician therapists and with pediatricians, to provide comprehensive care, with the goal of getting the young patient on track to achieve his or her goals in life.
(520) 391-6790 View (520) 391-6790
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Brain and Body Connections, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Most psychiatric patient comes into the office with a mental health problem and requires a professional to listen to their issues and assist them in meeting their needs. I first listen attentively to the patient for the reason of their concerns. Then, I perform an Initial Psychiatric Evaluation in according to the information the patient provided. After, this assessment I make an individual treatment plan and goals according to the patient's needs and with the patient's input. I believe in collaborating with my patients.
Most psychiatric patient comes into the office with a mental health problem and requires a professional to listen to their issues and assist them in meeting their needs. I first listen attentively to the patient for the reason of their concerns. Then, I perform an Initial Psychiatric Evaluation in according to the information the patient provided. After, this assessment I make an individual treatment plan and goals according to the patient's needs and with the patient's input. I believe in collaborating with my patients.
(520) 779-4581 View (520) 779-4581
Photo of Kelly Irwin, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelly Irwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
I am honored to help all individuals with mental health challenges and find that a client centered approach and collaborative care is the key to a therapeutic relationship and the best outcomes. I recognize that the client knows themselves best and listen earnestly to what has helped in the past and what has not. I approach mental health treatment from a holistic view understanding that biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors lend to one's mental health . I offer supplement and medication management and respect whichever path supports the individual's journey to better mental well-being.
I am honored to help all individuals with mental health challenges and find that a client centered approach and collaborative care is the key to a therapeutic relationship and the best outcomes. I recognize that the client knows themselves best and listen earnestly to what has helped in the past and what has not. I approach mental health treatment from a holistic view understanding that biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors lend to one's mental health . I offer supplement and medication management and respect whichever path supports the individual's journey to better mental well-being.
(520) 462-2182 x100 View (520) 462-2182 x100
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Esperanza Behavioral Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Book with me by clicking on my website link whether you’re facing difficulties related to ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or any other mental health conditions, I’m here to provide unwavering support on your journey toward healing. Let’s work together to achieve lasting positive outcomes. Our personalized approach includes comprehensive services such as medication management, psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Furthermore, I am fluent in Spanish, ensuring bilingual support for those who need it. You can book with me by clicking on my website esperanzabhsaz.org or on headway.co/providers/jovan-ramirez
Book with me by clicking on my website link whether you’re facing difficulties related to ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or any other mental health conditions, I’m here to provide unwavering support on your journey toward healing. Let’s work together to achieve lasting positive outcomes. Our personalized approach includes comprehensive services such as medication management, psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Furthermore, I am fluent in Spanish, ensuring bilingual support for those who need it. You can book with me by clicking on my website esperanzabhsaz.org or on headway.co/providers/jovan-ramirez
(520) 363-6259 View (520) 363-6259
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Jackson Njeru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral prepared licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who brings extensive experience in treating diverse mental health conditions. Licensed in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan and I reflect a commitment to accessible, high-quality care to diverse mental health clients. Rooted in evidence-based methodologies, I employs a comprehensive strategy encompassing evaluation, diagnosis, and individualized treatment plans that include medication prescriptions and management.
I am a doctoral prepared licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who brings extensive experience in treating diverse mental health conditions. Licensed in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan and I reflect a commitment to accessible, high-quality care to diverse mental health clients. Rooted in evidence-based methodologies, I employs a comprehensive strategy encompassing evaluation, diagnosis, and individualized treatment plans that include medication prescriptions and management.
(520) 650-5657 View (520) 650-5657
Photo of Maua Swai - Select Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Select Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Flexible appointments! I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I have a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy.
Flexible appointments! I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I have a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy.
(520) 317-7421 View (520) 317-7421
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Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(520) 201-2456 View (520) 201-2456
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Kailey Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
My name is Kailey Miller and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have 12 years of experience working within the mental health and substance use field. I have worked in various settings including inpatient, residential, and clinics with different populations.
My name is Kailey Miller and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have 12 years of experience working within the mental health and substance use field. I have worked in various settings including inpatient, residential, and clinics with different populations.
(520) 525-1543 View (520) 525-1543
Photo of Tonia A Isotalo - Oro Valley Psychiatric Services, LLC, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Oro Valley Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Tonia A. Isotalo, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in Arizona to treat both adults and children (Ages 5 & Up) for a wide range of psychological disorders. Tonia graduated from the University of Arizona with a doctorates in nursing with an emphasis as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She completed her residency in both in-patient and out-patient psychiatry with an emphasis in children and adolescent psychiatry.
Tonia A. Isotalo, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in Arizona to treat both adults and children (Ages 5 & Up) for a wide range of psychological disorders. Tonia graduated from the University of Arizona with a doctorates in nursing with an emphasis as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She completed her residency in both in-patient and out-patient psychiatry with an emphasis in children and adolescent psychiatry.
(520) 307-0044 View (520) 307-0044
Photo of Judy Olepere - AJ Psychiatry  PLLC, PMHNP , BC, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AJ Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oro Valley, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Now accepting New Patients. "Telemedicine appointments only". Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction? Do you feel that life is so hard, and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
Now accepting New Patients. "Telemedicine appointments only". Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction? Do you feel that life is so hard, and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
(520) 636-5223 View (520) 636-5223
Photo of Edena Walden, APN, MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(520) 487-3644 View (520) 487-3644
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Francisca Onyemize
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Do you struggle with depression, an inability to focus, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, insomnia, or PTSD? Do you want to develop coping skills to reduce your symptoms & enhance your understanding and quality of life? Are you interested in medication to help you reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life, as well as how to reduce some of the side effects of the medications? My responsibility is that you gain insight into understanding the underlying factors contributing to your issues, what you are experiencing, and how you want to learn the skills & coping strategies to help you deal with issues and emotions.
Do you struggle with depression, an inability to focus, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, insomnia, or PTSD? Do you want to develop coping skills to reduce your symptoms & enhance your understanding and quality of life? Are you interested in medication to help you reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life, as well as how to reduce some of the side effects of the medications? My responsibility is that you gain insight into understanding the underlying factors contributing to your issues, what you are experiencing, and how you want to learn the skills & coping strategies to help you deal with issues and emotions.
(520) 987-9201 View (520) 987-9201
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(520) 636-7699 View (520) 636-7699
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Trilogy Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
(727) 349-5438 View (727) 349-5438
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(520) 602-8246 View (520) 602-8246
Photo of Allen Masry - Harmony Bay, MD, Psychiatrist
Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(520) 636-0480 View (520) 636-0480
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Number of Psychiatrists in Oro Valley, AZ

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Oro Valley, AZ who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
89% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Oro Valley, AZ see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oro Valley?

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.