Psychiatrists in Jones County, IA

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Angela Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anamosa, IA 52205
I am a board certified medication provider who specializes in the diagnosing and medication management of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Gender Dysphoria, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder), Autism, Schizophrenia and Behavioral Disorders. I help clients through the lifespan (3+) and have over a decade of experience in healthcare assisting individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
I am a board certified medication provider who specializes in the diagnosing and medication management of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Gender Dysphoria, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder), Autism, Schizophrenia and Behavioral Disorders. I help clients through the lifespan (3+) and have over a decade of experience in healthcare assisting individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
(319) 500-4283 View (319) 500-4283
Photo of Megan Engen, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Engen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anamosa, IA 52205
Currently accepting new clients! Megan has over 10 years experience as a nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Megan has been a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022, and has experience in the community mental health setting.
Currently accepting new clients! Megan has over 10 years experience as a nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Megan has been a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022, and has experience in the community mental health setting.
(319) 224-0722 View (319) 224-0722
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Emily Reiter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Anamosa, IA 52205
I began my career in 2006 as a social worker in Dubuque. For several years I worked side-by-side with adults and children diagnosed with significant mental health disorders. I then decided to pursue a nursing degree, which led to earning a Master's in Nursing in 2021. Throughout my nursing education, I continued to work in the mental health field in various capacities, realizing this was the specialty that spoke to my heart. Because of my extensive background in the mental health field, I'm able to understand, empathize and relate to my clients; as well as see all of their potential in achieving their goals.
I began my career in 2006 as a social worker in Dubuque. For several years I worked side-by-side with adults and children diagnosed with significant mental health disorders. I then decided to pursue a nursing degree, which led to earning a Master's in Nursing in 2021. Throughout my nursing education, I continued to work in the mental health field in various capacities, realizing this was the specialty that spoke to my heart. Because of my extensive background in the mental health field, I'm able to understand, empathize and relate to my clients; as well as see all of their potential in achieving their goals.
(563) 334-4757 View (563) 334-4757

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Neelam Thomas, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Neelam Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
(319) 349-2629 View (319) 349-2629
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Dubuque, IA 52001  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 859-8138 View (515) 859-8138
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Larry Newman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613  (Online Only)
I am Larry Newman, DNP, AGNPPC, PMHNP. I am dually board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health and an Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I provide services to adults and children. My areas of focus include mental health in adults, LGBTQIA+, immigrant community members, Native Americans and other marginalized communities. Trauma-informed care is foundational in my practice. I collaborate with clients in all decision making. I use motivational interviewing techniques, person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral technique.
I am Larry Newman, DNP, AGNPPC, PMHNP. I am dually board-certified as both a Psychiatric Mental Health and an Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I provide services to adults and children. My areas of focus include mental health in adults, LGBTQIA+, immigrant community members, Native Americans and other marginalized communities. Trauma-informed care is foundational in my practice. I collaborate with clients in all decision making. I use motivational interviewing techniques, person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral technique.
(319) 205-6888 View (319) 205-6888
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Calamity Rose Ranch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Muscatine, IA 52761
Our ideal client struggles with anxiety, depression, or trauma, seeking a holistic approach to mental health. They need a safe space to express feelings, professional guidance to manage symptoms, and practical coping strategies. Their goals are to reduce anxiety and depression, build self-esteem, and improve relationships. They come to Calamity Rose Ranch for the unique blend of professional therapy and the healing presence of therapy animals, aiming for mental balance and a fulfilling life. They want to feel understood, supported, and empowered to make positive changes.
Our ideal client struggles with anxiety, depression, or trauma, seeking a holistic approach to mental health. They need a safe space to express feelings, professional guidance to manage symptoms, and practical coping strategies. Their goals are to reduce anxiety and depression, build self-esteem, and improve relationships. They come to Calamity Rose Ranch for the unique blend of professional therapy and the healing presence of therapy animals, aiming for mental balance and a fulfilling life. They want to feel understood, supported, and empowered to make positive changes.
(563) 261-4434 View (563) 261-4434
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Margaret Burchianti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Coralville, IA 52241  (Online Only)
I practice integrative psychiatry, which weaves together conventional psychiatric treatments like medications with complementary and alternative ones. To care for you, I will draw on functional medicine, natural and traditional remedies, lifestyle interventions, and mind-body practices. The integrative approach also tends to be much more holistic and individualized than the conventional psychiatric approach so you can expect highly personalized care. I also take a functional medicine approach, which means that we look below the surface and aim to resolve the root causes of your symptoms.
I practice integrative psychiatry, which weaves together conventional psychiatric treatments like medications with complementary and alternative ones. To care for you, I will draw on functional medicine, natural and traditional remedies, lifestyle interventions, and mind-body practices. The integrative approach also tends to be much more holistic and individualized than the conventional psychiatric approach so you can expect highly personalized care. I also take a functional medicine approach, which means that we look below the surface and aim to resolve the root causes of your symptoms.
(319) 658-5164 View (319) 658-5164
Photo of Andrew Foster, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrew Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
(319) 463-3607 View (319) 463-3607
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Robin Cook Kopelman
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Liberty, IA 52317
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
(319) 209-9344 View (319) 209-9344
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Atlas Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PHMNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marion, IA 52302
At Atlas Psychiatry we approach psychiatry differently. We guide Christians pursuing emotional freedom toward genuine change, not merely masking symptoms. We use a biblical and holistic approach that respects the mind’s innate potential to heal primarily by being "transformed by the renewing of the mind" Romans 12:2. We also specialize in integrative approaches such as psychotherapy, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle modification, as well as informed guidance for those seeking to safely withdraw from psychiatric medication. We seek to treat the whole person in one place for genuine change.
At Atlas Psychiatry we approach psychiatry differently. We guide Christians pursuing emotional freedom toward genuine change, not merely masking symptoms. We use a biblical and holistic approach that respects the mind’s innate potential to heal primarily by being "transformed by the renewing of the mind" Romans 12:2. We also specialize in integrative approaches such as psychotherapy, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle modification, as well as informed guidance for those seeking to safely withdraw from psychiatric medication. We seek to treat the whole person in one place for genuine change.
(319) 224-8593 View (319) 224-8593
Photo of Natasha Lash, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Natasha Lash
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Are you struggling with managing mental health illness? Do you want a partner to help you manage symptoms and improve functionality? Would finding someone who is compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable be beneficial?
Are you struggling with managing mental health illness? Do you want a partner to help you manage symptoms and improve functionality? Would finding someone who is compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable be beneficial?
(319) 271-8894 View (319) 271-8894
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Rosaline During
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 800-4471 View (515) 800-4471
Photo of Zachary Gilliam, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zachary Gilliam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Marion, IA 52302  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Zac Gilliam, and I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC-AG). In working with patients, I strive for a holistic approach to care that encompasses eating healthy, staying active, sleeping well, spending time with people you love, and doing the work and activities you enjoy, all of which are so important to mental health. Working on all of the things that contribute to well-being creates a synergistic effect to help patients achieve lasting and meaningful improvements.
Hello! My name is Zac Gilliam, and I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC-AG). In working with patients, I strive for a holistic approach to care that encompasses eating healthy, staying active, sleeping well, spending time with people you love, and doing the work and activities you enjoy, all of which are so important to mental health. Working on all of the things that contribute to well-being creates a synergistic effect to help patients achieve lasting and meaningful improvements.
(319) 474-5607 View (319) 474-5607
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Christopher Okiishi
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
As a third generation Iowa Mental Health Professional, I enjoy working with people of any background, in any circumstance, and with any mental health concerns. I have specialty training in working with children, adolescents as well as full training in working with adults.
As a third generation Iowa Mental Health Professional, I enjoy working with people of any background, in any circumstance, and with any mental health concerns. I have specialty training in working with children, adolescents as well as full training in working with adults.
(319) 308-4966 View (319) 308-4966
Photo of Germaine Mbuh, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Germaine Mbuh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving children, adults and the senior population. Professionally, I have worked in diverse roles in numerous care settings. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. In these care situations, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading me to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluations.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) serving children, adults and the senior population. Professionally, I have worked in diverse roles in numerous care settings. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. In these care situations, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading me to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluations.
(319) 469-8632 View (319) 469-8632
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Shyrl Hoag
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANRP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Grinnell, IA 50112
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer from emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. At such times, we could benefit from treatment, including psychotherapy treatment, including psychotherapy, and prescription medicine.
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer from emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. At such times, we could benefit from treatment, including psychotherapy treatment, including psychotherapy, and prescription medicine.
(641) 212-6404 View (641) 212-6404
Photo of Jenna Z Berendzen, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jenna Z Berendzen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
(319) 469-8951 View (319) 469-8951
Photo of Laurie McCormick, MD, DFAPA, Psychiatrist
Laurie McCormick
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
I’m an integrative/holistic psychiatrist and family physician with functional medicine as well as psychedelic-assisted therapy training. I’ve been in practice for 20 years (post-residency, as a tenure-track academic research scientist and educator at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, then in private practice in St Thomas, USVI, and Iowa City. I’m excited to now be able to offer a variety of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy options to more people suffering from a variety of conditions including anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
I’m an integrative/holistic psychiatrist and family physician with functional medicine as well as psychedelic-assisted therapy training. I’ve been in practice for 20 years (post-residency, as a tenure-track academic research scientist and educator at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, then in private practice in St Thomas, USVI, and Iowa City. I’m excited to now be able to offer a variety of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy options to more people suffering from a variety of conditions including anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
(319) 220-0134 View (319) 220-0134
Photo of Elizabeth Brake - Bliss Psychiatry, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bliss Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52246  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 379-8572 View (515) 379-8572

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Jones County, IA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jones County, IA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana
100% HealthPartners of MN and WI

How Psychiatrists in Jones County, IA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jones County?

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.