Psychiatrists in Yuma, AZ

Photo of Sidonie Ngankeu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yuma, AZ
Sidonie Ngankeu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
Our Ideal client is an individual whom is in need of help. They have been of service in the community and need support. We are speaking generally of First Responders, Teachers, Veterans, Medical Professionals, Laborers. In this difficult & challenging time you have options, Please consider Serenity Health Cares.
Our Ideal client is an individual whom is in need of help. They have been of service in the community and need support. We are speaking generally of First Responders, Teachers, Veterans, Medical Professionals, Laborers. In this difficult & challenging time you have options, Please consider Serenity Health Cares.
(928) 916-6043 View (928) 916-6043
Photo of Nicole Lee , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yuma, AZ
Nicole Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85364
Accepting New Patients in Arizona, Colorado, & Iowa! As a dual-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, I am passionate about helping people achieve optimal mental health and wellbeing. My goal is to empower individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds to be the best version of themselves. I serve clients across the lifespan and I'm licensed & provide telehealth services in Arizona, Colorado, & Iowa. I also offer Friday, evening, and weekend appointments!
Accepting New Patients in Arizona, Colorado, & Iowa! As a dual-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, I am passionate about helping people achieve optimal mental health and wellbeing. My goal is to empower individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds to be the best version of themselves. I serve clients across the lifespan and I'm licensed & provide telehealth services in Arizona, Colorado, & Iowa. I also offer Friday, evening, and weekend appointments!
(928) 323-0765 View (928) 323-0765
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Shawn Dugan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364
Hello, I'm Shawn Dugan, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a nurse in the psychiatric specialty for 17 years. I have experience working with clients of all ages, providing care for individuals requesting treatment for mental health and substance use disorders utilizing evidence-based methodology. My approach to treatment is holistic, person focused, and I utilize a collaborative approach, where treatment is individually tailored to each person and the client takes an active role in their treatment planning.
Hello, I'm Shawn Dugan, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a nurse in the psychiatric specialty for 17 years. I have experience working with clients of all ages, providing care for individuals requesting treatment for mental health and substance use disorders utilizing evidence-based methodology. My approach to treatment is holistic, person focused, and I utilize a collaborative approach, where treatment is individually tailored to each person and the client takes an active role in their treatment planning.
(928) 260-1188 View (928) 260-1188
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Caroline Miya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364
My name is Caroline Miya. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and practice in Arizona via Telehealth. My focus is on providing holistic, patient-centered care. Mental wellness is as vital as physical health, and I'm dedicated to crafting personalized treatment plans with compassion and professionalism. Let's work together to nurture your well-being, beyond just symptoms. My communication style is calm, accommodating, and personable. I want my clients to feel comfortable talking with me about anything, and I pride myself on my ability to listen without judgment.
My name is Caroline Miya. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and practice in Arizona via Telehealth. My focus is on providing holistic, patient-centered care. Mental wellness is as vital as physical health, and I'm dedicated to crafting personalized treatment plans with compassion and professionalism. Let's work together to nurture your well-being, beyond just symptoms. My communication style is calm, accommodating, and personable. I want my clients to feel comfortable talking with me about anything, and I pride myself on my ability to listen without judgment.
(928) 492-6480 View (928) 492-6480
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Sonar Behavior Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
My ideal patient is the next door neighbor who has good days, and bad days, and trying to make it all come together.
My ideal patient is the next door neighbor who has good days, and bad days, and trying to make it all come together.
(928) 378-3060 View (928) 378-3060
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Maryam Lateef
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364
I am a board -certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified energy medicine practitioner. Using Bio-energenetic interventions, I incorporate holistic mind/body healing modalities to restore the energetic balance of my clients thereby facilitating mental heal and wellbeing. I offer positive psychology, supportive therapy as well as psychiatric medication management services. I utilize the following treatment modalities: Psychiatric medication management, Supportive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Therapy, Meditation, Guided Visualization, EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy), Energy Medicine
I am a board -certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified energy medicine practitioner. Using Bio-energenetic interventions, I incorporate holistic mind/body healing modalities to restore the energetic balance of my clients thereby facilitating mental heal and wellbeing. I offer positive psychology, supportive therapy as well as psychiatric medication management services. I utilize the following treatment modalities: Psychiatric medication management, Supportive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Therapy, Meditation, Guided Visualization, EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy), Energy Medicine
(928) 295-3471 View (928) 295-3471
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Jonquil Michael
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
When thinking of my potential client, this is an individual who wants to make positive changes in their life and would like assistance with both medication and therapy. They are willing to work to try to make lasting changes to feel better and enjoy their lives. They are looking for a patient and willing health professional to assist them with their needs and work together to meet them.
When thinking of my potential client, this is an individual who wants to make positive changes in their life and would like assistance with both medication and therapy. They are willing to work to try to make lasting changes to feel better and enjoy their lives. They are looking for a patient and willing health professional to assist them with their needs and work together to meet them.
(928) 770-6885 View (928) 770-6885
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Yuma, AZ
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85365
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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Charlotte Toms
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85365  (Online Only)
Your strength has led you here in this moment to take the next step in embracing a new path, a different future. I’m here to help guide you - through psychiatric evaluation/diagnosis, medication management, or therapy. You don't need to keep self-medicating with technology, social media, food, and alcohol to feel happy, dull your emotional pain or shame, or escape your feelings. Wake up feeling rested, worthy, and motivated. Reconnect with others and find joy in the simple things again. Experience peace in your life by making healthier choices and building healthier relationships with yourself and others.
Your strength has led you here in this moment to take the next step in embracing a new path, a different future. I’m here to help guide you - through psychiatric evaluation/diagnosis, medication management, or therapy. You don't need to keep self-medicating with technology, social media, food, and alcohol to feel happy, dull your emotional pain or shame, or escape your feelings. Wake up feeling rested, worthy, and motivated. Reconnect with others and find joy in the simple things again. Experience peace in your life by making healthier choices and building healthier relationships with yourself and others.
(520) 346-6561 View (520) 346-6561
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364  (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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Dr. Shawn Faust
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
Dr. Shawn Faust, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a distinguished Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings a unique and patient-centric approach to the field of mental health. His philosophy centers around the belief that individuals are experts in their own experiences, and collaboration between the patient and their mental health provider is essential for effective and personalized treatment. He believes that informed patients are better equipped to navigate their unique mental health challenges. Thus, treatment with Dr. Faust often involves teaching patients about their diagnosis and discussing the pros and cons of various treatment options.
Dr. Shawn Faust, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a distinguished Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings a unique and patient-centric approach to the field of mental health. His philosophy centers around the belief that individuals are experts in their own experiences, and collaboration between the patient and their mental health provider is essential for effective and personalized treatment. He believes that informed patients are better equipped to navigate their unique mental health challenges. Thus, treatment with Dr. Faust often involves teaching patients about their diagnosis and discussing the pros and cons of various treatment options.
(336) 515-1193 View (336) 515-1193
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Jamie Miskell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MA, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364
Hi- I am available for telehealth appointments throughout the state of Arizona. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I look forward to virtually meeting you. My goal is improve your quality of life by assisting you with your medication management needs. Our journey together will focus on supporting you in pursuing wholeness, resilience and relief. I am committed to lasting relationships with my clients and enjoy seeing the positive changes that can occur as we work together! ​
Hi- I am available for telehealth appointments throughout the state of Arizona. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I look forward to virtually meeting you. My goal is improve your quality of life by assisting you with your medication management needs. Our journey together will focus on supporting you in pursuing wholeness, resilience and relief. I am committed to lasting relationships with my clients and enjoy seeing the positive changes that can occur as we work together! ​
(520) 277-3859 View (520) 277-3859
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(623) 304-7774 View (623) 304-7774
Photo of Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yuma, AZ
Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85365  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(623) 462-3855 View (623) 462-3855
Photo of Allison Stuart, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yuma, AZ
Allison Stuart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85366  (Online Only)
My name is Ally and I am currently accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management for ages 10-65. When it comes to mental health, I believe that getting to know who you are as a whole person is one of the most important things that can happen. You are more than just symptoms and answers don't always just lie in prescriptions to "fix" these symptoms. Mental health is a whole-body experience. While using a medication can be a piece of your treatment plan, I like to consider other treatments too including therapy, supplements, and nutrition.
My name is Ally and I am currently accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management for ages 10-65. When it comes to mental health, I believe that getting to know who you are as a whole person is one of the most important things that can happen. You are more than just symptoms and answers don't always just lie in prescriptions to "fix" these symptoms. Mental health is a whole-body experience. While using a medication can be a piece of your treatment plan, I like to consider other treatments too including therapy, supplements, and nutrition.
(602) 833-2972 View (602) 833-2972
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Nicole Richelle Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Mental wellness is a lifelong journey and is a very important aspect of your overall health. Often times, one does not recognize signs of a mental illness or there is a lack of understanding about the many treatment options available. I offer evening and weekend appointments in Arizona, Iowa, and Colorado (Telehealth only). I am a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner who would like to help you improve your mental health. I serve clients across the lifespan and am licensed in Arizona, Colorado, and Iowa.
Accepting New Patients! Mental wellness is a lifelong journey and is a very important aspect of your overall health. Often times, one does not recognize signs of a mental illness or there is a lack of understanding about the many treatment options available. I offer evening and weekend appointments in Arizona, Iowa, and Colorado (Telehealth only). I am a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner who would like to help you improve your mental health. I serve clients across the lifespan and am licensed in Arizona, Colorado, and Iowa.
(520) 467-5351 View (520) 467-5351
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Select Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
Flexible appointments! I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I have a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy.
Flexible appointments! I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I have a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy.
(520) 317-7421 View (520) 317-7421
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Uncharted Territory Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85367
With my unique background and experiences, I believe that my ideal client is open minded and ready for change. I believe that we can change our situations by having a positive outlook and making the necessary changes. My military and life experiences have helped me understand the mental challenges that so many go through.
With my unique background and experiences, I believe that my ideal client is open minded and ready for change. I believe that we can change our situations by having a positive outlook and making the necessary changes. My military and life experiences have helped me understand the mental challenges that so many go through.
(346) 770-2628 View (346) 770-2628
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Sound Mynd, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85365
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 Ike Uzowulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yuma, AZ
Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yuma, AZ 85364  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(520) 210-0290 View (520) 210-0290

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Yuma, AZ

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Yuma, AZ who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
76% Bipolar Disorder
71% Medication Management
67% Sleep or Insomnia
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Yuma, AZ see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yuma?

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.