Psychiatrists in Prescott, AZ

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The Wellness Hub
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP-, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301
The Wellness Hub offers in-office and virtual psychiatric and mental health services for clients ages 8 and older located in Arizona and Washington, suffering from anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, substance use disorder, etc. The practice specializes in medication management and psychotherapy services, ensuring that each client's treatment is tailored for optimal safety and effectiveness. The practice also integrates holistic approaches like lifestyle and nutritional counseling to enhance mental and emotional wellness. The practice proudly offers its services in English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
The Wellness Hub offers in-office and virtual psychiatric and mental health services for clients ages 8 and older located in Arizona and Washington, suffering from anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, substance use disorder, etc. The practice specializes in medication management and psychotherapy services, ensuring that each client's treatment is tailored for optimal safety and effectiveness. The practice also integrates holistic approaches like lifestyle and nutritional counseling to enhance mental and emotional wellness. The practice proudly offers its services in English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
(928) 597-8512 View (928) 597-8512
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Inge Gisela Bundchen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301
I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults. The art of psychiatry seems to be lost these days, with the emphasis on finding a medication for each symptom. Many times the big picture is lost in the focus on specifics. People end up being on a medication for this, a medication for that, ultimately dealing with the side effects of medications instead of healing the core issues. This is not the way that I practice. I’m someone who will take the time to get to know you to help you discover what will ultimately help you feel better.
I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults. The art of psychiatry seems to be lost these days, with the emphasis on finding a medication for each symptom. Many times the big picture is lost in the focus on specifics. People end up being on a medication for this, a medication for that, ultimately dealing with the side effects of medications instead of healing the core issues. This is not the way that I practice. I’m someone who will take the time to get to know you to help you discover what will ultimately help you feel better.
(928) 291-4862 View (928) 291-4862
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Deb Collins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RxN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Prescott, AZ 86303
There is always hope! Sometimes we struggle with life changing illness or events or even every day difficulties, but there is the possibility of working through and moving forward to find peace and happiness. I believe everyone has the power to make changes in their own life and it is my goal to work with individuals and families to use that power and find Joy. My experience encompasses medication management and integrative psychiatry with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have witnessed growth and change in individuals and this is my hope for you or your loved one.
There is always hope! Sometimes we struggle with life changing illness or events or even every day difficulties, but there is the possibility of working through and moving forward to find peace and happiness. I believe everyone has the power to make changes in their own life and it is my goal to work with individuals and families to use that power and find Joy. My experience encompasses medication management and integrative psychiatry with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have witnessed growth and change in individuals and this is my hope for you or your loved one.
(520) 201-2632 View (520) 201-2632
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DNP Innovative Strategies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86305
At DNP we treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Other Childhood Disorders, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
At DNP we treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Other Childhood Disorders, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
(520) 502-7250 View (520) 502-7250
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NG Cares LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301
24/7 Inmate follow up services and medication management. MAT Services, Same Day Prescriptions for Naltrexone, Suboxone, Spravato, Ketamine, Vivitrol, Naloxone for overdose prevention. Call or Come in we are open. Dr. Nancy's, clients are individuals committed to living drug-free, healthy lives. They believe in themselves and seek compassionate, experienced providers like Dr. Nancy and her team. Together, we address your health and wellness journey with expertise and understanding. Through Vertically integrated individualized care that focuses on the strengths of our clients.
24/7 Inmate follow up services and medication management. MAT Services, Same Day Prescriptions for Naltrexone, Suboxone, Spravato, Ketamine, Vivitrol, Naloxone for overdose prevention. Call or Come in we are open. Dr. Nancy's, clients are individuals committed to living drug-free, healthy lives. They believe in themselves and seek compassionate, experienced providers like Dr. Nancy and her team. Together, we address your health and wellness journey with expertise and understanding. Through Vertically integrated individualized care that focuses on the strengths of our clients.
(520) 595-1409 View (520) 595-1409
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Lea Jarrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301  (Online Only)
A quote by Mariel Hemingway states, "Mental Health and Mental Balance is critical to leading a Healthy Life." In my practice, I believe mental health and addiction treatment should be free from stigma and disability. With telemedicine services you can get the mental health or addiction treatment you need in the privacy of your home.
A quote by Mariel Hemingway states, "Mental Health and Mental Balance is critical to leading a Healthy Life." In my practice, I believe mental health and addiction treatment should be free from stigma and disability. With telemedicine services you can get the mental health or addiction treatment you need in the privacy of your home.
(205) 905-6340 View (205) 905-6340
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Dustin Husemann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ACNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86304
My interest and passion for mental health began in 2007 with a position as a behavioral health tech in Iowa. I eventually advanced my education in the Nursing field and obtained my associates and bachelor’s degrees. Shortly after finishing school, I began travel nursing and served patients in the state of Oregon. I eventually relocated to Phoenix, AZ, in 2014, where I completed my first master’s degree and began working as a Trauma/ICU Nurse Practitioner.
My interest and passion for mental health began in 2007 with a position as a behavioral health tech in Iowa. I eventually advanced my education in the Nursing field and obtained my associates and bachelor’s degrees. Shortly after finishing school, I began travel nursing and served patients in the state of Oregon. I eventually relocated to Phoenix, AZ, in 2014, where I completed my first master’s degree and began working as a Trauma/ICU Nurse Practitioner.
(928) 285-0710 View (928) 285-0710
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Cheryl Carstens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-c, FNP-c, WHNP-c
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301
Hi! My name is Cheryl Carstens and I am a Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I realize that seeking mental health care is often outside of our comfort zone. My hope is to provide an experience that is relaxed, supportive and effective. I offer telehealth visits in the comfort of your home or in person visits in my Flagstaff office.
Hi! My name is Cheryl Carstens and I am a Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I realize that seeking mental health care is often outside of our comfort zone. My hope is to provide an experience that is relaxed, supportive and effective. I offer telehealth visits in the comfort of your home or in person visits in my Flagstaff office.
(928) 916-6916 View (928) 916-6916
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Advanced Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prescott, AZ 86301
I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner in the State of Arizona. For over fifteen years, I have worked in the healthcare field. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, a Masters of Science Family Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University and a post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health certificate from Wilkes University. I incorporate my training from these specialties to provide a holistic approach in order to help my clients achieve the best outcomes possible.
I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner in the State of Arizona. For over fifteen years, I have worked in the healthcare field. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, a Masters of Science Family Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University and a post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health certificate from Wilkes University. I incorporate my training from these specialties to provide a holistic approach in order to help my clients achieve the best outcomes possible.
(928) 916-6235 View (928) 916-6235
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CRNP
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86303  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(844) 901-1692 View (844) 901-1692
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prescott, AZ 86303
100% ONLINE visits via Zoom. To see available appointments and SCHEDULE ONLINE, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. With over a decade of psychiatric mental health practice, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient care.
100% ONLINE visits via Zoom. To see available appointments and SCHEDULE ONLINE, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. With over a decade of psychiatric mental health practice, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient care.
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Victory Health Solution LLC (Virtual Appts ONLY)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC, CNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Prescott, AZ 86301  (Online Only)
Attention:Same day prescriptions. we offer only telepsychiatry services. Afraid of over dose call me for Naloxone Now ! Addiction,Opiod use, CALL for your Naltrexone now. No more addiction. Your local pharmacy may be able to give you Vivitrol. TRIWEST/ TRICARE welcome. Please note we do not offer in-person services at this time. We treat opioid, addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, cleptomaniac, ADHD and depression. We treat all other mental health disorders. Please click on our website link to make your appointment. We accept cash at $90 / Month if you do not have insurance.
Attention:Same day prescriptions. we offer only telepsychiatry services. Afraid of over dose call me for Naloxone Now ! Addiction,Opiod use, CALL for your Naltrexone now. No more addiction. Your local pharmacy may be able to give you Vivitrol. TRIWEST/ TRICARE welcome. Please note we do not offer in-person services at this time. We treat opioid, addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, cleptomaniac, ADHD and depression. We treat all other mental health disorders. Please click on our website link to make your appointment. We accept cash at $90 / Month if you do not have insurance.
(623) 304-6079 View (623) 304-6079
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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prescott, AZ 86301  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(928) 642-9264 View (928) 642-9264

Online Psychiatrists

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Maricopa Christian Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, RNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Chandler, AZ 85225  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Christy Olloh is a Family Psych-Mental Nurse Practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. She provides non-judgmental, unrushed care to her patients and their families. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP)is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona and other states. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidenced-based psychiatric services.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Christy Olloh is a Family Psych-Mental Nurse Practitioner who is very passionate about mental health care. She provides non-judgmental, unrushed care to her patients and their families. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP)is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona and other states. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidenced-based psychiatric services.
(480) 462-7241 View (480) 462-7241
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Rodney Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85283
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
(725) 237-5770 View (725) 237-5770
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Thriving Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85283
Our patients come from all walks of life with varied backgrounds. If you have ever left a provider feeling like you haven’t been heard, you will experience a completely different level of care with Tyler. Taking the time to listen, giving you all the options available from medication to alternative interventions, are her specialties. If you have difficulty with focus, concentration, procrastination, anxiety, depression, or just need a medication evaluation, Tyler and Thriving Mind Solutions are here to help.
Our patients come from all walks of life with varied backgrounds. If you have ever left a provider feeling like you haven’t been heard, you will experience a completely different level of care with Tyler. Taking the time to listen, giving you all the options available from medication to alternative interventions, are her specialties. If you have difficulty with focus, concentration, procrastination, anxiety, depression, or just need a medication evaluation, Tyler and Thriving Mind Solutions are here to help.
(602) 854-9820 View (602) 854-9820
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Joo Tatham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044
After 20 years as an ICU Nurse, I decided to change my direction and treatment focus by integrating mental health with the physical aspects to support a holistic approach to patient wellness. I advocate good nutrition, exercise, and decreasing inflammation to treat both mental and physical problems. The most important aspect in a therapeutic relationship is working together in helping you reach your goals. I'm not like other providers you may have seen before. I take time to get to know you and won't rush you out the door. Finding a good fit is important and you deserve to feel comfortable, safe, and listened to.
After 20 years as an ICU Nurse, I decided to change my direction and treatment focus by integrating mental health with the physical aspects to support a holistic approach to patient wellness. I advocate good nutrition, exercise, and decreasing inflammation to treat both mental and physical problems. The most important aspect in a therapeutic relationship is working together in helping you reach your goals. I'm not like other providers you may have seen before. I take time to get to know you and won't rush you out the door. Finding a good fit is important and you deserve to feel comfortable, safe, and listened to.
(520) 277-3442 View (520) 277-3442
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(623) 471-7659 View (623) 471-7659
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Unchained Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
(480) 690-9157 View (480) 690-9157

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Prescott, AZ

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Prescott, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% ADHD
79% Sleep or Insomnia
79% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Prescott, AZ see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prescott?

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.