Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ

Photo of Rebecca Blakesley, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca Blakesley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85721
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication management for ADHD, depression, and anxiety, I focus on helping people feel better using medications. I understand how these conditions can make life hard, and I'm here to make the treatment process easier and more effective. I work closely with my patients to figure out which medications might work best for them and to make sure they understand how these medications can help. Whether it's ADHD, depression, or anxiety, I listen carefully to their concerns and preferences to find the right treatment plan.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication management for ADHD, depression, and anxiety, I focus on helping people feel better using medications. I understand how these conditions can make life hard, and I'm here to make the treatment process easier and more effective. I work closely with my patients to figure out which medications might work best for them and to make sure they understand how these medications can help. Whether it's ADHD, depression, or anxiety, I listen carefully to their concerns and preferences to find the right treatment plan.
(928) 436-6586 View (928) 436-6586
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85705
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(520) 602-9422 View (520) 602-9422
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Sharon Meglathery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
(520) 895-4797 View (520) 895-4797
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Surya Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85741
I believe in treating patients with holistic, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment modalities.
I believe in treating patients with holistic, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment modalities.
(520) 639-8576 View (520) 639-8576
Photo of Rachel Genereaux, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Genereaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I possess a deeply rooted passion for prioritizing mental health in today's fast-paced world. Adopting a collaborative approach, I recognize the individualized needs of each client, supporting them on their long-term journey toward holistic well-being. I advocate for the integration of nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and mindfulness into daily life, recognizing these non-pharmacological interventions as crucial components of mental health maintenance and enhancement.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I possess a deeply rooted passion for prioritizing mental health in today's fast-paced world. Adopting a collaborative approach, I recognize the individualized needs of each client, supporting them on their long-term journey toward holistic well-being. I advocate for the integration of nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and mindfulness into daily life, recognizing these non-pharmacological interventions as crucial components of mental health maintenance and enhancement.
(520) 397-3817 View (520) 397-3817
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85705
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(520) 602-8246 View (520) 602-8246
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85755  (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.
(520) 783-3783 View (520) 783-3783
Photo of Rachel Genereaux, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Genereaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85704
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I possess a deeply rooted passion for prioritizing mental health in today's fast-paced world. Adopting a collaborative approach, I recognize the individualized needs of each client, supporting them on their long-term journey toward holistic well-being. I advocate for the integration of nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and mindfulness into daily life, recognizing these non-pharmacological interventions as crucial components of mental health maintenance and enhancement.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I possess a deeply rooted passion for prioritizing mental health in today's fast-paced world. Adopting a collaborative approach, I recognize the individualized needs of each client, supporting them on their long-term journey toward holistic well-being. I advocate for the integration of nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and mindfulness into daily life, recognizing these non-pharmacological interventions as crucial components of mental health maintenance and enhancement.
(520) 462-3713 View (520) 462-3713
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Milagro Behavioral Health-Dr. Shannon Padilla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
No waiting list for appointments! Offering In Person Appointments! Telemedicine visits available for services throughout the state of Arizona! Call 602-460-8416. Dr. Shannon Padilla, DNP, PMHNP, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing adult psychiatric services. She has 25 years experience working in the mental health setting with teens and adults across their life span. Dr. Padilla specializes in diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders. She has strong skills in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders.
No waiting list for appointments! Offering In Person Appointments! Telemedicine visits available for services throughout the state of Arizona! Call 602-460-8416. Dr. Shannon Padilla, DNP, PMHNP, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing adult psychiatric services. She has 25 years experience working in the mental health setting with teens and adults across their life span. Dr. Padilla specializes in diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders. She has strong skills in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders.
(520) 462-6018 View (520) 462-6018
Photo of Stephen Streitfeld - MindSource Centre, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
MindSource Centre
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
BREAK FREE FROM DEPRESSION! GET BACK TO FEELING WELL! At MindSource Centre Stephen Streitfeld, MD can offer you a proven, non-drug treatment for depression called TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS). TMS is FDA-approved and has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association to treat adults with major depression. TMS uses focused electromagnetic pulses to directly stimulate underactive brain regions to improve your mood. TMS is non-systemic and lacks the side effects of medications. TMS is performed in our office while you remain comfortable, awake and alert.
BREAK FREE FROM DEPRESSION! GET BACK TO FEELING WELL! At MindSource Centre Stephen Streitfeld, MD can offer you a proven, non-drug treatment for depression called TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS). TMS is FDA-approved and has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association to treat adults with major depression. TMS uses focused electromagnetic pulses to directly stimulate underactive brain regions to improve your mood. TMS is non-systemic and lacks the side effects of medications. TMS is performed in our office while you remain comfortable, awake and alert.
(520) 394-4904 View (520) 394-4904
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85718
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(520) 201-2421 View (520) 201-2421
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Herald Surya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
At Eastwest Integrated Care we understand that health issues do not only affect the individual, but their family and community, thus we are committed to provide transformational programs created for the recovery and maintenance of overall health and wellness of mind and body, while at the same time, empowering our patients to regain control of their health through the practice of preventative care. The core foundation of our practice is an integrative effective approach with a blend of the best of high-tech biomedicine with the best of complementary medicine.
At Eastwest Integrated Care we understand that health issues do not only affect the individual, but their family and community, thus we are committed to provide transformational programs created for the recovery and maintenance of overall health and wellness of mind and body, while at the same time, empowering our patients to regain control of their health through the practice of preventative care. The core foundation of our practice is an integrative effective approach with a blend of the best of high-tech biomedicine with the best of complementary medicine.
(520) 210-5249 View (520) 210-5249
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Cleve Shirey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Hello. I strive to provide psychiatric care that is knowledgeable, thoughtful, compassionate, and attentive. I will set aside plenty of time to meet with you by offering a 90-minute initial consultation and 30- or 60-minute regular appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who trained at Brown University School of Medicine and have provided care to patients for over 25 years. I have extensive experience with prescribing medication, providing psychotherapy, and understanding how medical and psychiatric conditions can affect each other. I will provide you support as you make your way toward better mental health.
Hello. I strive to provide psychiatric care that is knowledgeable, thoughtful, compassionate, and attentive. I will set aside plenty of time to meet with you by offering a 90-minute initial consultation and 30- or 60-minute regular appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who trained at Brown University School of Medicine and have provided care to patients for over 25 years. I have extensive experience with prescribing medication, providing psychotherapy, and understanding how medical and psychiatric conditions can affect each other. I will provide you support as you make your way toward better mental health.
(520) 346-0199 View (520) 346-0199
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (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.
(520) 500-1149 View (520) 500-1149
Photo of Summer Williams, DNP, PMHNP, WHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Summer Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715  (Online Only)
True Holistic Psychiatric care... rooted in the connection of mind-body-spirit. Are you recognizing that you are not living fully but don’t know how to put the puzzle pieces together? I honor and acknowledge the whole person, all of the complicated and beautiful aspects of you. Providing you the care you deserve requires a multidimensional approach. As we work together and examine the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements in your life I will help you optimize wellbeing through mind/body practices, vitamins/supplements, reconnecting with nature and psychotherapy, to name just a few.
True Holistic Psychiatric care... rooted in the connection of mind-body-spirit. Are you recognizing that you are not living fully but don’t know how to put the puzzle pieces together? I honor and acknowledge the whole person, all of the complicated and beautiful aspects of you. Providing you the care you deserve requires a multidimensional approach. As we work together and examine the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements in your life I will help you optimize wellbeing through mind/body practices, vitamins/supplements, reconnecting with nature and psychotherapy, to name just a few.
(520) 314-9433 View (520) 314-9433
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Clarity BHG Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Tucson, AZ 85737
Clarity Behavioral Health Group endeavors to provide evidenced-based care and treatment that clears the path for all those seeking to overcome their mental health challenges. We work daily with a variety of adult men and women from all walks of life to provide culturally-sensitive quality care that transcends the expected to deliver the exceptional. Our Clear Care Model has been designed to provide comfort and assurances that help individuals break free of the obstacles that once hindered their ability to seek care.
Clarity Behavioral Health Group endeavors to provide evidenced-based care and treatment that clears the path for all those seeking to overcome their mental health challenges. We work daily with a variety of adult men and women from all walks of life to provide culturally-sensitive quality care that transcends the expected to deliver the exceptional. Our Clear Care Model has been designed to provide comfort and assurances that help individuals break free of the obstacles that once hindered their ability to seek care.
(520) 210-5390 View (520) 210-5390
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Betsy Myers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Virtual appointments available. Taking new patients ages 15+. Dr. Betsy Myers is a Psychiatrist and Therapist based in Tucson, AZ. She provides patient-centered mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Myers is trained to evaluate from a holistic mindset exploring biological (body), psychological (mind), and social impacts of each individual to determine their best treatment options. Dr. Myers’ goals are to assist you in improving your mental health symptoms and overall function. Dr. Myers specializes in trauma, PTSD, esketamine therapy, and Women’s Mental Health during the menopausal period.
Virtual appointments available. Taking new patients ages 15+. Dr. Betsy Myers is a Psychiatrist and Therapist based in Tucson, AZ. She provides patient-centered mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Myers is trained to evaluate from a holistic mindset exploring biological (body), psychological (mind), and social impacts of each individual to determine their best treatment options. Dr. Myers’ goals are to assist you in improving your mental health symptoms and overall function. Dr. Myers specializes in trauma, PTSD, esketamine therapy, and Women’s Mental Health during the menopausal period.
(520) 201-0346 View (520) 201-0346
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Judith Ochieng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD/DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
(520) 335-3956 View (520) 335-3956
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Lisa E Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85716  (Online Only)
I specialize in supporting cool people with the mental health attention they need. I am a board certified psychiatrist, licensed in Arizona, accepting new some but not all new patients in my telepsychiatry office. I offer both psychotherapy and evidence based prescribing, and I serve patients directly. By taking the time to get to know you as a unique individual, I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive, wellness based approach to mental health. With over 20 years experience as an MSW psychotherapist, I can offer way more than just pills. I specialize in treating the needs of doctors and other helping professionals.
I specialize in supporting cool people with the mental health attention they need. I am a board certified psychiatrist, licensed in Arizona, accepting new some but not all new patients in my telepsychiatry office. I offer both psychotherapy and evidence based prescribing, and I serve patients directly. By taking the time to get to know you as a unique individual, I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive, wellness based approach to mental health. With over 20 years experience as an MSW psychotherapist, I can offer way more than just pills. I specialize in treating the needs of doctors and other helping professionals.
(520) 214-3220 View (520) 214-3220
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Cristie Sanborn @ Entune Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
(520) 987-8010 View (520) 987-8010

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
76% ADHD
72% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tucson?

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.