Psychiatrists in Tempe, AZ

Photo of Rebecca Reza, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Rebecca Reza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN, APRN
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85284  (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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Spectrum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, WHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
Not accepting new clients
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I offer both in-office and virtual appointments as well as Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I offer both in-office and virtual appointments as well as Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
(480) 680-7951 View (480) 680-7951
Photo of Brian Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Brian Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85283
Brian Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing clients at Thriving Mind Solutions located in Tempe, AZ. He has decades of experience working in diverse mental health environments. His commitment is evident through his dedicated efforts to foster collaborative relationships with clients. Brian specializes in creating personalized treatment plans to enhance mental health and overall well-being, catering specifically to individuals dealing with depression and anxiety. Additionally, he works with individuals struggling with OCD, trauma, ADHD and more.
Brian Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing clients at Thriving Mind Solutions located in Tempe, AZ. He has decades of experience working in diverse mental health environments. His commitment is evident through his dedicated efforts to foster collaborative relationships with clients. Brian specializes in creating personalized treatment plans to enhance mental health and overall well-being, catering specifically to individuals dealing with depression and anxiety. Additionally, he works with individuals struggling with OCD, trauma, ADHD and more.
(602) 362-8190 View (602) 362-8190
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in Tempe, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85281  (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.
(480) 605-3910 View (480) 605-3910
Photo of Alevea Mental Health, Physician Assistant in Tempe, AZ
Alevea Mental Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
At Alevea Mental Health, we understand that each individual is unique, and that's why we're committed to providing personalized, integrative mental healthcare that meets you where you are. From a range of conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD to more complex psychiatric conditions, our experienced team of dedicated and compassionate providers tailor treatment plans to suit your specific needs. What sets us apart is our holistic approach that combines psychiatric medication management with evidence-based counseling services, primary care, and psychedelic therapy.
At Alevea Mental Health, we understand that each individual is unique, and that's why we're committed to providing personalized, integrative mental healthcare that meets you where you are. From a range of conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD to more complex psychiatric conditions, our experienced team of dedicated and compassionate providers tailor treatment plans to suit your specific needs. What sets us apart is our holistic approach that combines psychiatric medication management with evidence-based counseling services, primary care, and psychedelic therapy.
(480) 923-6200 View (480) 923-6200
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85281
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
(480) 405-3782 View (480) 405-3782
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Sunitha Jose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
Sunitha has worked with outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals with mental health disorders including serious mental illness (SMI) and the correctional health population. Most of Sunitha’s clients are adults, but she has had clients from ages 6 and up. Her PMHNP license covers the population across the lifespan.
Sunitha has worked with outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals with mental health disorders including serious mental illness (SMI) and the correctional health population. Most of Sunitha’s clients are adults, but she has had clients from ages 6 and up. Her PMHNP license covers the population across the lifespan.
(480) 376-7122 View (480) 376-7122
Photo of Andrea Stults, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Andrea Stults
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85288
Feeling like you're under a constant cloud, struggling to find a bit of sunshine? You're not alone. Many of us move through life carrying a weight only we can see, silently questioning if anyone else could truly understand. Recognizing and seeking help for these feelings is a brave step. Imagine for a moment the possibility of lightening this load, allowing your true self to shine through once again. My practice is built on a foundation of compassion using a client-centered approach. We focus on creating a partnership where you feel seen and understood.
Feeling like you're under a constant cloud, struggling to find a bit of sunshine? You're not alone. Many of us move through life carrying a weight only we can see, silently questioning if anyone else could truly understand. Recognizing and seeking help for these feelings is a brave step. Imagine for a moment the possibility of lightening this load, allowing your true self to shine through once again. My practice is built on a foundation of compassion using a client-centered approach. We focus on creating a partnership where you feel seen and understood.
(623) 264-6074 View (623) 264-6074
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AZ Holistic Anxiety Treatment, LLC/Jamie Gustafson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85283
If you are tired of not getting answers, being told you will always feel this way, and suffering in silence, you are in the right place. I specialize in non-traditional symptoms and treatment resistant presentations of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD.
If you are tired of not getting answers, being told you will always feel this way, and suffering in silence, you are in the right place. I specialize in non-traditional symptoms and treatment resistant presentations of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD.
(520) 523-6335 View (520) 523-6335
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Samantha Kragel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
(480) 685-4123 View (480) 685-4123
Photo of Thriving Mind Solutions, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
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
Photo of Dr. Anthony Quinn, Psychiatrist in Tempe, AZ
Dr. Anthony Quinn
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85281
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
(702) 820-4164 View (702) 820-4164
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85281
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) 288-4064 View (623) 288-4064
Photo of Elevate Mental Health and Wellness PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Elevate Mental Health and Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85288
Hello, I'm looking forward to providing telehealth visits and in person visits at my Tempe office late April. My dedication is serving others through compassionate patient-centered care and culturally sensitive care. As a mental health practitioner I provide evidenced based treatment across the lifespan, working with children ages 6 and older, adolescents, and adults up to age 80. I love partnering with my patients to work towards a healthier path. All of my patients are provided individualized treatment that serves their needs.
Hello, I'm looking forward to providing telehealth visits and in person visits at my Tempe office late April. My dedication is serving others through compassionate patient-centered care and culturally sensitive care. As a mental health practitioner I provide evidenced based treatment across the lifespan, working with children ages 6 and older, adolescents, and adults up to age 80. I love partnering with my patients to work towards a healthier path. All of my patients are provided individualized treatment that serves their needs.
(928) 272-7224 View (928) 272-7224
Photo of Sarah Jennings, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Sarah Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85284
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have always had a passion for helping people obtain better mental healthcare. I like to collaborate with my patients to ensure that they can make educated decisions about their mental health treatment options. I currently specialize in serving adolescents and adults with mental health disorders or concerns. I look forward to meeting you at Iridescent Counseling's peaceful office space. Tele-med is available as well.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have always had a passion for helping people obtain better mental healthcare. I like to collaborate with my patients to ensure that they can make educated decisions about their mental health treatment options. I currently specialize in serving adolescents and adults with mental health disorders or concerns. I look forward to meeting you at Iridescent Counseling's peaceful office space. Tele-med is available as well.
(480) 914-3387 View (480) 914-3387
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in Tempe, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (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) 471-7873 View (623) 471-7873
Photo of Nikkita Dinnella, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Nikkita Dinnella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85283
I aim to serve anyone grappling with the challenges of mental health issues or addiction. My approach is rooted in empathy, understanding, and evidence-based care. If you are seeking someone who can collaborate with you and personalize your treatment to your unique needs, please consider a new patient consultation. Together, we can navigate the challenges that have been affecting your life and work towards a brighter future.
I aim to serve anyone grappling with the challenges of mental health issues or addiction. My approach is rooted in empathy, understanding, and evidence-based care. If you are seeking someone who can collaborate with you and personalize your treatment to your unique needs, please consider a new patient consultation. Together, we can navigate the challenges that have been affecting your life and work towards a brighter future.
(602) 854-9871 View (602) 854-9871
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Sound Mynd, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85284
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. I also offer psychiatric care for oncology patients and psychological evaluation for surgeries. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. I also offer psychiatric care for oncology patients and psychological evaluation for surgeries. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(480) 608-9188 View (480) 608-9188
Photo of Makenna Francis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Makenna Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85288
I see individuals starting at age 0-65 years old (babies, young children, adolescents, and adults). Although I do not prescribe medication for children under the age of 7, I do perform psychiatric evaluations, provide environmental and behavioral modification treatment plans, and provide parents with tools for young children with complexities. I incorporate family dynamics into my planning. I am a proponent of early intervention for concerns of adaptability. I also prioritize long-term cognitive and memory health and enjoy working with older adults as well.
I see individuals starting at age 0-65 years old (babies, young children, adolescents, and adults). Although I do not prescribe medication for children under the age of 7, I do perform psychiatric evaluations, provide environmental and behavioral modification treatment plans, and provide parents with tools for young children with complexities. I incorporate family dynamics into my planning. I am a proponent of early intervention for concerns of adaptability. I also prioritize long-term cognitive and memory health and enjoy working with older adults as well.
(480) 351-0417 View (480) 351-0417
Photo of Dr. Jade Goodloe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tempe, AZ
Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85281  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Tempe, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Tempe, AZ who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
82% ADHD
79% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tempe, AZ see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tempe?

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.