Psychiatrists in Boise, ID

Photo of Victor Onodjacha, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victor Onodjacha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
(208) 551-1712 View (208) 551-1712
Photo of Nykol Bailey - Boise Ketamine Clinic, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Boise Ketamine Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83705
I opened Boise Ketamine Clinic over 8 years ago after losing a loved one to suicide. I read a study on ketamine for suicidal ER patients and the results were astounding, a 70% remission in 24 hours after a single ketamine dose. I opened BKC as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and returned to school to obtain my PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I served a three year board term for the non-profit, American Society of Ketamine Practitioners. I then completed Integrative Psychiatry Institute Certificate Program for guiding non-ordinary states journeys and legal psychedelic medicine work.
I opened Boise Ketamine Clinic over 8 years ago after losing a loved one to suicide. I read a study on ketamine for suicidal ER patients and the results were astounding, a 70% remission in 24 hours after a single ketamine dose. I opened BKC as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and returned to school to obtain my PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I served a three year board term for the non-profit, American Society of Ketamine Practitioners. I then completed Integrative Psychiatry Institute Certificate Program for guiding non-ordinary states journeys and legal psychedelic medicine work.
(208) 427-8596 View (208) 427-8596
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Dana McKee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83706
Hi! I’m Dana McKee, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing at Treasure Valley Psychology. My specialty is mental health evaluation and medication management for conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more. I am additionally certified to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This means I am equipped to support people preparing for, in the midst of, and following a pregnancy and during lactation. I happily work with non-birthing partners, intended, and adoptive parents, as well as any non-childbearing adult desiring compassionate and supportive mental health care.
Hi! I’m Dana McKee, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing at Treasure Valley Psychology. My specialty is mental health evaluation and medication management for conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more. I am additionally certified to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This means I am equipped to support people preparing for, in the midst of, and following a pregnancy and during lactation. I happily work with non-birthing partners, intended, and adoptive parents, as well as any non-childbearing adult desiring compassionate and supportive mental health care.
(986) 202-0657 View (986) 202-0657
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
(208) 900-4637 View (208) 900-4637
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Headway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN, BC, CNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83713
I specialize in mental health and wellness, addiction (drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and food), body image and weight loss support, transgender support, depression, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality, RAD, ODD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorders, insomnia, Bipolar, schizophrenia, spectrum disorders, suicidal tendencies and emotional support across the lifespan licensed and trained in youth, adolescence, adult and geriatric population. I have both inpatient and outpatient care level experience as well as intensive outpatient support training and services. I encourage patient and family involvement in care planning and decision making.
I specialize in mental health and wellness, addiction (drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and food), body image and weight loss support, transgender support, depression, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality, RAD, ODD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorders, insomnia, Bipolar, schizophrenia, spectrum disorders, suicidal tendencies and emotional support across the lifespan licensed and trained in youth, adolescence, adult and geriatric population. I have both inpatient and outpatient care level experience as well as intensive outpatient support training and services. I encourage patient and family involvement in care planning and decision making.
(208) 581-4308 View (208) 581-4308
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Dumu Psychiatry LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83704
As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner the most significant part of my work is to provide a healing presence. Healing presence is being consciously and compassionately in the present moment with another or with others, believing in and affirming their potential for wholeness, wherever they are in life. I have found this an invaluable tool when dealing with patients in a mental crisis. It has helped me dismantle mistrust, helped me create rapport, helped me creating a lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients. When you are completely present, you stay awake to each unfolding moment.
As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner the most significant part of my work is to provide a healing presence. Healing presence is being consciously and compassionately in the present moment with another or with others, believing in and affirming their potential for wholeness, wherever they are in life. I have found this an invaluable tool when dealing with patients in a mental crisis. It has helped me dismantle mistrust, helped me create rapport, helped me creating a lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients. When you are completely present, you stay awake to each unfolding moment.
(208) 205-9894 View (208) 205-9894
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Krystal Demoney-Hendrickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
Currently, I am licensed in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington! As a mental health practitioner, I aim to enhance mental wellness and soothe the frayed nerves of those overwhelmed by life experiences. My restorative approach to mental health, attracts clients interested in the root cause of their mental health symptoms. I believe in treatment from a holistic perspective, involving mind, physical body, intuition, and spirit.
Currently, I am licensed in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington! As a mental health practitioner, I aim to enhance mental wellness and soothe the frayed nerves of those overwhelmed by life experiences. My restorative approach to mental health, attracts clients interested in the root cause of their mental health symptoms. I believe in treatment from a holistic perspective, involving mind, physical body, intuition, and spirit.
(208) 515-2812 View (208) 515-2812
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Todd Salzsieder
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, M ED
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
(208) 754-5874 View (208) 754-5874
Photo of Laura Ross, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
Telemed appointments are available. I am a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients over lifespan, child, adolescent/teen, adult and geriatric. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using medications and non-med options, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. I am here to help guide you back to “the real you”.
Telemed appointments are available. I am a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients over lifespan, child, adolescent/teen, adult and geriatric. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using medications and non-med options, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. I am here to help guide you back to “the real you”.
(208) 203-7722 View (208) 203-7722
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Kathryn Werner
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, CAQ
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with insomnia, depression or anxiety? Have you been diagnosed with OCD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder? Or maybe you don't know exactly what's going on, but you know something is definitely off. You desperately want to get to the bottom of what's going on and get back to feeling like your self ASAP. Or maybe you're just tired of feeling like your providers don't really get you or your needs, and you're ready to work with someone who truly cares about the entire picture and not just prescribing meds.
Do you struggle with insomnia, depression or anxiety? Have you been diagnosed with OCD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder? Or maybe you don't know exactly what's going on, but you know something is definitely off. You desperately want to get to the bottom of what's going on and get back to feeling like your self ASAP. Or maybe you're just tired of feeling like your providers don't really get you or your needs, and you're ready to work with someone who truly cares about the entire picture and not just prescribing meds.
(208) 271-9557 View (208) 271-9557
Photo of Kristina Harrington - Omega Mental Health Services, MD, Psychiatrist
Omega Mental Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83703
Omega Mental Health has been serving the Treasure Valley community with quality healthcare since 1997. It has been our endeavor to bring to you the best healthcare available at affordable costs during hours that accommodate your schedule.
Omega Mental Health has been serving the Treasure Valley community with quality healthcare since 1997. It has been our endeavor to bring to you the best healthcare available at affordable costs during hours that accommodate your schedule.
(208) 449-1991 View (208) 449-1991
Photo of Emily Davidson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Davidson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
Hi there! I’m Emily. I am a holistic and integrative PMHNP committed to helping you achieve optimal mental well-being. I treat adults, adolescents and children. I offer a warm, compassionate space and personalized approach. I am trained in traditional psychiatry and have also completed an internship in integrative psychiatry. My goal is to get to the root cause of your issues, rather than just apply a “bandaid” solution. I will work alongside you to heal your body, mind and spirit
Hi there! I’m Emily. I am a holistic and integrative PMHNP committed to helping you achieve optimal mental well-being. I treat adults, adolescents and children. I offer a warm, compassionate space and personalized approach. I am trained in traditional psychiatry and have also completed an internship in integrative psychiatry. My goal is to get to the root cause of your issues, rather than just apply a “bandaid” solution. I will work alongside you to heal your body, mind and spirit
(208) 729-8711 View (208) 729-8711
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Featherstone (Rachel) Featherstone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, WHNP-BC, MSN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83701  (Online Only)
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
(208) 295-9541 View (208) 295-9541
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Elisa M Salazar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
I am a board-certified Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced assessing and treating patients age 16-65 for a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I have additional experience in treating late adolescents and young adults (age 16-25) in first onset of psychosis and other mental illness.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am experienced assessing and treating patients age 16-65 for a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I have additional experience in treating late adolescents and young adults (age 16-25) in first onset of psychosis and other mental illness.
(208) 408-1512 View (208) 408-1512
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Heidi Posey
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83703
Need to be heard? That is what I am here for. To listen and to explore what hasn't worked, and what has. Regardless of diagnosis, I want to help you with whatever symptoms are affecting you the most, and are your priority to address. I will help guide, but it is just as important that you feel comfortable with the options and any changes we make, every step of the way! I am well versed in psychopharmacology and want my patients to understand and feel comfortable with all our options, from prescription medications, supplements to brief psychotherapy; your situation is unique and your needs are too.
Need to be heard? That is what I am here for. To listen and to explore what hasn't worked, and what has. Regardless of diagnosis, I want to help you with whatever symptoms are affecting you the most, and are your priority to address. I will help guide, but it is just as important that you feel comfortable with the options and any changes we make, every step of the way! I am well versed in psychopharmacology and want my patients to understand and feel comfortable with all our options, from prescription medications, supplements to brief psychotherapy; your situation is unique and your needs are too.
(208) 295-0297 View (208) 295-0297
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Cassi Shelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Peaceful Mind Psychiatry is a Telehealth based company dedicated to virtually providing patients in Idaho and Washington with medication management services. This service is geared towards helping you achieve the mental wellness you deserve and need to live a happy and full life. Here are some of the diagnoses we are adept in treating: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective disorders, ADHD, Substance Use Disorders, insomnia.
Peaceful Mind Psychiatry is a Telehealth based company dedicated to virtually providing patients in Idaho and Washington with medication management services. This service is geared towards helping you achieve the mental wellness you deserve and need to live a happy and full life. Here are some of the diagnoses we are adept in treating: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective disorders, ADHD, Substance Use Disorders, insomnia.
(208) 875-5685 View (208) 875-5685
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Healthy Mind Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
We are now offering medication management services through telehealth & in person. Please contact us to learn more and see if you qualify. We offer same day visits. Call Today 2082847100 or (986) 234-6010
We are now offering medication management services through telehealth & in person. Please contact us to learn more and see if you qualify. We offer same day visits. Call Today 2082847100 or (986) 234-6010
(986) 234-6010 View (986) 234-6010
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Resolve Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83713  (Online Only)
We specialize in mental health treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and ODD in children, teens/adolescents and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of mental health services, in the comfort of your home, through telemedicine. Allow us to provide quality mental health telepsychiatry to you or your child.
We specialize in mental health treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and ODD in children, teens/adolescents and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of mental health services, in the comfort of your home, through telemedicine. Allow us to provide quality mental health telepsychiatry to you or your child.
(986) 333-4378 View (986) 333-4378
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Elizabeth Corrao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
At the heart of my practice lies a commitment to person-centered care. I am guided by evidence-based practices, ensuring that our journey is grounded in approaches backed by research and proven effectiveness. Your path towards mental wellness is unique, and it deserves a tailored approach that resonates with your individual needs and experiences. While therapy modalities play a crucial role in addressing underlying issues and fostering resilience, I also understand that for some, medication can be an essential tool in managing symptoms and restoring balance.
At the heart of my practice lies a commitment to person-centered care. I am guided by evidence-based practices, ensuring that our journey is grounded in approaches backed by research and proven effectiveness. Your path towards mental wellness is unique, and it deserves a tailored approach that resonates with your individual needs and experiences. While therapy modalities play a crucial role in addressing underlying issues and fostering resilience, I also understand that for some, medication can be an essential tool in managing symptoms and restoring balance.
(208) 518-0570 View (208) 518-0570
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Dr. Tamara McDonald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705
I help men and women struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD/trauma to feel empowered, regain confidence, and achieve emotional wellness. I specialize in mental healthcare for women who experience hormone fluctuations throughout the menstrual and reproductive years, perimenopause, and menopause. I empower my patients with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make informed decisions about their mental health. I believe that long term health and happiness are not only possible, they are also sustainable. I love helping my patients heal so they can live and love fully once again.
I help men and women struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD/trauma to feel empowered, regain confidence, and achieve emotional wellness. I specialize in mental healthcare for women who experience hormone fluctuations throughout the menstrual and reproductive years, perimenopause, and menopause. I empower my patients with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make informed decisions about their mental health. I believe that long term health and happiness are not only possible, they are also sustainable. I love helping my patients heal so they can live and love fully once again.
(208) 886-1959 View (208) 886-1959
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boise, ID

70+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Boise, ID who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Boise, ID see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boise?

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.