Psychiatrists in Paradise Valley, AZ

Photo of The Performance Psychiatrist: Brook Choulet, M.D., Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
The Performance Psychiatrist: Brook Choulet, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Meet The Performance Psychiatrist, Brook Choulet, M.D. Dr. Choulet is the premier psychiatrist in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, with a specialized focus on optimizing your mental health and enhancing your performance in both your personal and professional lives. Dr. Choulet, a sports and performance psychiatrist, has a passion for helping high-achieving professionals, top executives, professional athletes, and their families reach their potential through personalized, concierge mental health services. Dr. Choulet works with child, adolescents, and adults.
Meet The Performance Psychiatrist, Brook Choulet, M.D. Dr. Choulet is the premier psychiatrist in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, with a specialized focus on optimizing your mental health and enhancing your performance in both your personal and professional lives. Dr. Choulet, a sports and performance psychiatrist, has a passion for helping high-achieving professionals, top executives, professional athletes, and their families reach their potential through personalized, concierge mental health services. Dr. Choulet works with child, adolescents, and adults.
(480) 608-9669 View (480) 608-9669
Photo of One Psychiatry Dr. DePalma, Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
One Psychiatry Dr. DePalma
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com. To
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com. To
(602) 960-0623 View (602) 960-0623
Photo of Joshua Kanner, Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
Joshua Kanner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I believe in the unique complexity of every individual. As such, I try to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of symptoms: biological, psychological, genetic, and social. I strive to form an authentic therapeutic relationship with each client to ease the pain of mental illness and to help clients obtain the tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I believe in the unique complexity of every individual. As such, I try to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of symptoms: biological, psychological, genetic, and social. I strive to form an authentic therapeutic relationship with each client to ease the pain of mental illness and to help clients obtain the tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
(602) 899-1165 View (602) 899-1165
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Kathryn Kanner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I treat each client as an individual with his/her own unique history, story, and mental health needs. My approach is collaborative, compassionate and respectful. I very much enjoy helping clients discover that they can bring about changes in the here-and-now by building a therapeutic alliance and challenging their old ways of thinking and behaving. The use of medications is carefully considered and done in a safe and evidence based manner.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I treat each client as an individual with his/her own unique history, story, and mental health needs. My approach is collaborative, compassionate and respectful. I very much enjoy helping clients discover that they can bring about changes in the here-and-now by building a therapeutic alliance and challenging their old ways of thinking and behaving. The use of medications is carefully considered and done in a safe and evidence based manner.
(602) 900-8598 View (602) 900-8598
Photo of Marie Gronley, Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
Marie Gronley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
As Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, I treat patients suffering from Anxiety Disorders including Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. You may visit my website directly PsychiatristScottsdale.com
As Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, I treat patients suffering from Anxiety Disorders including Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. You may visit my website directly PsychiatristScottsdale.com
(480) 808-9445 View (480) 808-9445
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Lenyard Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
With 29 years of experience, including a decade as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in neurology and psychiatry, I am a USAF veteran, and a certified ADHD specialist. Well experienced in managing Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety, I work to help others understand the bio-psycho-social model, covering neurotransmitter changes, psychological responses, and lifestyle choices and how they work together. I address the biological aspect with medication and lifestyle assessment, and the psychological dimension with referrals to therapists selected for their skill set, and environmental/social factors with adaptive coping methods.
With 29 years of experience, including a decade as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in neurology and psychiatry, I am a USAF veteran, and a certified ADHD specialist. Well experienced in managing Treatment Resistant Depression and Anxiety, I work to help others understand the bio-psycho-social model, covering neurotransmitter changes, psychological responses, and lifestyle choices and how they work together. I address the biological aspect with medication and lifestyle assessment, and the psychological dimension with referrals to therapists selected for their skill set, and environmental/social factors with adaptive coping methods.
(623) 400-2748 View (623) 400-2748
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Rebecca Reza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you struggle with symptoms related to anxiety, depression, stress, or trauma? Experience mood swings? Suffer from low self-esteem or poor focus? Experience challenges that negatively affect your life? I am here to help! I am a board-certified PMHNP, founder and owner of Tabula Rasa Psychiatry and Wellness. My goal is to give you the tools you need to improve your mental health and overall wellness, through self-discovery and empowerment. Together, we will explore your personal goals and experiences, and formulate a holistic treatment plan that aligns with your values and beliefs.
Do you struggle with symptoms related to anxiety, depression, stress, or trauma? Experience mood swings? Suffer from low self-esteem or poor focus? Experience challenges that negatively affect your life? I am here to help! I am a board-certified PMHNP, founder and owner of Tabula Rasa Psychiatry and Wellness. My goal is to give you the tools you need to improve your mental health and overall wellness, through self-discovery and empowerment. Together, we will explore your personal goals and experiences, and formulate a holistic treatment plan that aligns with your values and beliefs.
(520) 502-6587 View (520) 502-6587
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Joseph Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist that emphasizes the patient and doctor relationship. That means doing whatever is necessary to helping you become symptom free or achieve the goals that you have. I believe in utilizing cutting edge mental health treatments to help you. I implement the importance of therapy, and the strategic/targeted use of medications when absolutely necessary. Some of the areas that I have focused on is people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, relationship issues, and performance issues at work or with athletics.
I am a psychiatrist that emphasizes the patient and doctor relationship. That means doing whatever is necessary to helping you become symptom free or achieve the goals that you have. I believe in utilizing cutting edge mental health treatments to help you. I implement the importance of therapy, and the strategic/targeted use of medications when absolutely necessary. Some of the areas that I have focused on is people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, relationship issues, and performance issues at work or with athletics.
(480) 725-8549 View (480) 725-8549
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(623) 303-8456 View (623) 303-8456
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(623) 304-9183 View (623) 304-9183
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253  (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.
(623) 288-4868 View (623) 288-4868
Photo of Niki Traub, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Niki Traub
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Hello - I am happy that you are here! Asking for help is not an easy thing to do. Whatever challenge you may be facing, I am here to meet you where you are, support your emotional health and ability to live your best life. You will find that I am a great listener, open-minded, nonjudgemental, and accepting. My ideal client is a person that is curious about what the options for feeling better are and they are ready to explore these options together. I see my role as an educator and/or "tour-guide" for your mental health journey. When medication is recommended, my goal is to reduce side effects while maximizing the benefits.
Hello - I am happy that you are here! Asking for help is not an easy thing to do. Whatever challenge you may be facing, I am here to meet you where you are, support your emotional health and ability to live your best life. You will find that I am a great listener, open-minded, nonjudgemental, and accepting. My ideal client is a person that is curious about what the options for feeling better are and they are ready to explore these options together. I see my role as an educator and/or "tour-guide" for your mental health journey. When medication is recommended, my goal is to reduce side effects while maximizing the benefits.
(480) 576-5759 View (480) 576-5759
Photo of Vanessa Arvizu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Vanessa Arvizu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Ultimately, the patients drawn to integrative psychiatry are typically seeking a collaborative and personalized approach that considers their unique needs and preferences. They value the integration of multiple modalities to support their mental health and overall well-being.
Ultimately, the patients drawn to integrative psychiatry are typically seeking a collaborative and personalized approach that considers their unique needs and preferences. They value the integration of multiple modalities to support their mental health and overall well-being.
(480) 741-1334 View (480) 741-1334
Photo of Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry™️ , Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry™️
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
(602) 902-1517 View (602) 902-1517
Photo of Katrina Kaczmarek, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Katrina Kaczmarek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
(480) 605-2393 View (480) 605-2393
Photo of Dr. Sharonah Magdalen Hanson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Dr. Sharonah Magdalen Hanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PsyD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Studies show that more people get the best results from a combination treatment of medication + therapy. Dr. Sharonah complements medications with deeply transformative therapy. While medication works as something external to a person to make change occur, therapy works by nurturing change from the inside out. Working at multiple levels can bring about deeper, more satisfying, and long lasting healing and sense of well-being.
Studies show that more people get the best results from a combination treatment of medication + therapy. Dr. Sharonah complements medications with deeply transformative therapy. While medication works as something external to a person to make change occur, therapy works by nurturing change from the inside out. Working at multiple levels can bring about deeper, more satisfying, and long lasting healing and sense of well-being.
(602) 780-3161 View (602) 780-3161
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(623) 343-3718 View (623) 343-3718
Photo of Roya Karbakhsh, MD., PLC, Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
Roya Karbakhsh, MD., PLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Waitlist for new clients
I am an adult, child and Adolescent psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience through Integeritive psychitary , psychotherapy, medicalwellness check love of humanity got me to choose psychiatry eradicting psychological suffering my clinical expertise plus compassionate inquirey are psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy and nutritional consultation and mind fullness based stress reduction skills building, yoga, meditation, CBT , ACT,parent /child relationship skills training, marriage and couple therapy.
I am an adult, child and Adolescent psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience through Integeritive psychitary , psychotherapy, medicalwellness check love of humanity got me to choose psychiatry eradicting psychological suffering my clinical expertise plus compassionate inquirey are psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy and nutritional consultation and mind fullness based stress reduction skills building, yoga, meditation, CBT , ACT,parent /child relationship skills training, marriage and couple therapy.
(623) 500-6219 View (623) 500-6219

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Clarity Health Integrative Psychiatry Jake Freeman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Paradise Valley, AZ
Clarity Health Integrative Psychiatry Jake Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85253  (Online Only)
Immediate Weekend and Week Nights available! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself as your potential healthcare partner. With immediate openings available for tele-Health services, I am ready to extend care to those 12 and older. I bring 20 years of expertise including seven years of focused psychiatric medicine during which I have served diverse populations with a focus on caring for a broad range of mental health conditions. My commitment to my clients is unwavering. I believe in the importance of inclusivity and respect to all patient populations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
Immediate Weekend and Week Nights available! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself as your potential healthcare partner. With immediate openings available for tele-Health services, I am ready to extend care to those 12 and older. I bring 20 years of expertise including seven years of focused psychiatric medicine during which I have served diverse populations with a focus on caring for a broad range of mental health conditions. My commitment to my clients is unwavering. I believe in the importance of inclusivity and respect to all patient populations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
(503) 850-2341 View (503) 850-2341
Photo of Diane Papke, Psychiatrist in Paradise Valley, AZ
Diane Papke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
I am a no nonsense psychiatrist who believes in “propelling people forward”. I enjoy my work and want to collaborate with you meet you in the middle to attain your goal in wellness and make your dreams a reality.
I am a no nonsense psychiatrist who believes in “propelling people forward”. I enjoy my work and want to collaborate with you meet you in the middle to attain your goal in wellness and make your dreams a reality.
(623) 292-4016 View (623) 292-4016

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Paradise Valley, AZ

10+

Average cost per session

$255

Psychiatrists in Paradise Valley, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% ADHD
89% Depression
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Medication Management
72% Sleep or Insomnia
72% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Paradise Valley, AZ see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Paradise 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.