Psychiatrists in Vail, AZ

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Sussan L Goldsworthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Vail, AZ 85641  (Online Only)
Dr. Sussan Goldsworthy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of nursing experience in several different clinical settings. With exposure to patients with both physical manifestations of their mental health conditions and psychiatric mental health co-morbidities, Dr. Goldsworthy has become an expert in her field, offering patients comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care through every step of their mental health journey.
Dr. Sussan Goldsworthy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of nursing experience in several different clinical settings. With exposure to patients with both physical manifestations of their mental health conditions and psychiatric mental health co-morbidities, Dr. Goldsworthy has become an expert in her field, offering patients comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care through every step of their mental health journey.
(520) 214-1767 View (520) 214-1767
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Vail, AZ 85641  (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) 597-8287 View (520) 597-8287
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Sharon Meglathery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vail, AZ 85641
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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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vail, AZ 85641
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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Mindful Aging Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, GNP
Verified Verified
Vail, AZ 85641
Are you or a loved one feeling overwhelmed? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic health issues, cognitive or behavioral changes that don't seem to get better no matter what you do, no matter what treatments you have tried, no matter how hard you have worked to get better? Perhaps you just don't have the energy to even try any longer. Moving forward and feeling better can feel impossible given all the other physical, social and environmental stressors we face. So many of us feel hidden from view, like we are suffering in silence. If this describes you, you are not alone. I see you.
Are you or a loved one feeling overwhelmed? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic health issues, cognitive or behavioral changes that don't seem to get better no matter what you do, no matter what treatments you have tried, no matter how hard you have worked to get better? Perhaps you just don't have the energy to even try any longer. Moving forward and feeling better can feel impossible given all the other physical, social and environmental stressors we face. So many of us feel hidden from view, like we are suffering in silence. If this describes you, you are not alone. I see you.
(520) 201-0732 View (520) 201-0732

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Pinky Castillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, RN
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85756  (Online Only)
Is mental health issue a challenge and preventing you from feeling and doing your best? Let me help you. I am a practicing board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experiences in geriatric psychiatry, adult psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, mental and drug rehabilitation. I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and worked as a FNP in correctional and hospital settings. Additionally, I have long years of RN experience in various specialties. My professional experiences allow me to deliver a caring and a more comprehensive approach in psychiatry.
Is mental health issue a challenge and preventing you from feeling and doing your best? Let me help you. I am a practicing board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experiences in geriatric psychiatry, adult psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, mental and drug rehabilitation. I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and worked as a FNP in correctional and hospital settings. Additionally, I have long years of RN experience in various specialties. My professional experiences allow me to deliver a caring and a more comprehensive approach in psychiatry.
(720) 220-4599 View (720) 220-4599
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Desert Sage Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, MH, NP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85747
Daniel Chafetz is PsychMH/NP Board Certified Graduate of University of Arizona and Arizona State University with over 20 years of experience working in behavioral health in a variety of settings. "I do take a genuine interest in my clients. It is very fulfilling to watch people get better and attain their highest level of functioning. I use a collaborative approach with my clients and strive for excellence in over-all wholesome health."
Daniel Chafetz is PsychMH/NP Board Certified Graduate of University of Arizona and Arizona State University with over 20 years of experience working in behavioral health in a variety of settings. "I do take a genuine interest in my clients. It is very fulfilling to watch people get better and attain their highest level of functioning. I use a collaborative approach with my clients and strive for excellence in over-all wholesome health."
(520) 357-0072 View (520) 357-0072
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Sapphire Journey Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85747  (Online Only)
Insurance and self pay appointments within a few days. Sarah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She works primarily with women and teens. She specializes in maternal mental health and the unique challenges women face at different life stages. She has an understanding of issues related to preconception, pregnancy, infertility, loss, and adjusting to parenting. She provides medication management and/or therapy via telehealth.
Insurance and self pay appointments within a few days. Sarah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She works primarily with women and teens. She specializes in maternal mental health and the unique challenges women face at different life stages. She has an understanding of issues related to preconception, pregnancy, infertility, loss, and adjusting to parenting. She provides medication management and/or therapy via telehealth.
(520) 317-6127 View (520) 317-6127
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85706  (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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Brett Curran - Ages 4 And Up
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP
Verified Verified
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
I have been practicing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2010. I completed my doctoral education in 2021 culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I have also obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s level degrees in psychology/forensic psychology and have worked previously as a counselor. As a PMHNP, I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, virtual telemedicine, corrections, IOP, ACT, long term care, and administration.
I have been practicing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2010. I completed my doctoral education in 2021 culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I have also obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s level degrees in psychology/forensic psychology and have worked previously as a counselor. As a PMHNP, I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, virtual telemedicine, corrections, IOP, ACT, long term care, and administration.
(520) 729-4188 View (520) 729-4188
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85706  (Online Only)
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when consultaton is needed or the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when consultaton is needed or the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
(480) 630-6515 View (480) 630-6515
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Fuanjia Fuangunyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85756
Dually Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.
Dually Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.
(520) 841-5943 View (520) 841-5943
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Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85706
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Arizona & Connecticut. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(520) 201-2456 View (520) 201-2456
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Jeffrey Wright Bayless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85706  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
(602) 671-0011 View (602) 671-0011
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HPC Care ADHD Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85706  (Online Only)
Empowering You to Thrive with ADHD Are you constantly battling to keep your focus? Does staying organized feel impossible? At HPC, we understand ADHD's challenges and are here to help. We offer thorough assessments, medication management, CBT, mindfulness, and flexible telehealth options. Our personalized approach ensures you get the care you need. With a blend of expertise and compassion, we provide a supportive environment to help you overcome your ADHD challenges. Take the first step towards a more organized and focused life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Empowering You to Thrive with ADHD Are you constantly battling to keep your focus? Does staying organized feel impossible? At HPC, we understand ADHD's challenges and are here to help. We offer thorough assessments, medication management, CBT, mindfulness, and flexible telehealth options. Our personalized approach ensures you get the care you need. With a blend of expertise and compassion, we provide a supportive environment to help you overcome your ADHD challenges. Take the first step towards a more organized and focused life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
(520) 552-4400 View (520) 552-4400

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Carrie Cannon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85748
If you are facing challenges with emotional/stress eating, or eating disorders such as food addiction, bulimia, binge eating, that is my area of expertise, and I am here to offer my assistance. I see patients who are 18 years and older.
If you are facing challenges with emotional/stress eating, or eating disorders such as food addiction, bulimia, binge eating, that is my area of expertise, and I am here to offer my assistance. I see patients who are 18 years and older.
(520) 201-7248 View (520) 201-7248
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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
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140  (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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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

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Vail, AZ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Vail, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Grief
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Stress

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
50% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Vail, AZ see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Vail?

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.