Psychiatrists in Valley County, ID

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Patrick Abel
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McCall, ID 83638
I am accepting clients for face-to-face and telehealth services. I am a graduate from Idaho State University. Prior to school I worked in wilderness therapy in Utah with teens with behavioral/mood disorders and technology/substance addiction. I am passionate about working with teens and adults who are struggling to thrive in life and are in need of coaching and coping skills. I utilize a combination of CBT/DBT in my work with patients. And I also do ketamine therapy for those who are interested.
I am accepting clients for face-to-face and telehealth services. I am a graduate from Idaho State University. Prior to school I worked in wilderness therapy in Utah with teens with behavioral/mood disorders and technology/substance addiction. I am passionate about working with teens and adults who are struggling to thrive in life and are in need of coaching and coping skills. I utilize a combination of CBT/DBT in my work with patients. And I also do ketamine therapy for those who are interested.
(208) 537-7800 View (208) 537-7800

Online Psychiatrists

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Alex B Wills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
(208) 273-9536 View (208) 273-9536
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Brig Panther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that working with vulnerable populations is my purpose. Although my focus is medication management, I believe improving mental health involves a holistic approach that addresses multiple lifestyle factors. I take pride in being a good listener. I genuinely want to understand where my patients come from so that I can develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, holistic, and targeted to meet individual needs.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that working with vulnerable populations is my purpose. Although my focus is medication management, I believe improving mental health involves a holistic approach that addresses multiple lifestyle factors. I take pride in being a good listener. I genuinely want to understand where my patients come from so that I can develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, holistic, and targeted to meet individual needs.
(208) 544-4478 View (208) 544-4478
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Ryan Shackelford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705
Are you suffering with depression and/or anxiety? Have medications not been enough? Are you feeling stuck or keep hitting the same barriers in life? Difficulty in your relationships? Do you want to work in an accelerated and intensive manner with a knowledgeable and supportive therapist? If any of this is true or you have any range of emotional issues you need help with then please call me for help.
Are you suffering with depression and/or anxiety? Have medications not been enough? Are you feeling stuck or keep hitting the same barriers in life? Difficulty in your relationships? Do you want to work in an accelerated and intensive manner with a knowledgeable and supportive therapist? If any of this is true or you have any range of emotional issues you need help with then please call me for help.
(208) 427-3308 View (208) 427-3308
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Shantel Escobar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nampa, ID 83651  (Online Only)
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych MEDS if needed.
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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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Elisha Ross
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83646
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
(208) 271-3257 View (208) 271-3257
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Nerkissa Curtis Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83713  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step in seeking high quality mental health treatment! Have you been experiencing low energy or low motivation? Do you often worry constantly about your loved ones, or have a constant fear that something bad may happen? Do you often lay in bed at night with racing thoughts and find it difficult to fall asleep or even stay asleep? Have you noticed mood changes or find that many situations cause you to feel irritated? I am here to you tell that it is OK to seek mental health treatment for how you feel!
Congratulations on taking the first step in seeking high quality mental health treatment! Have you been experiencing low energy or low motivation? Do you often worry constantly about your loved ones, or have a constant fear that something bad may happen? Do you often lay in bed at night with racing thoughts and find it difficult to fall asleep or even stay asleep? Have you noticed mood changes or find that many situations cause you to feel irritated? I am here to you tell that it is OK to seek mental health treatment for how you feel!
(251) 572-7370 View (251) 572-7370
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Kerrie Petech
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nampa, ID 83686
I am a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner and I work with individuals across the lifespan. I offer in person for Idaho and Telehealth for WA and ID. I believe all people need to be heard and listened to. I also believe everyone needs to be a collaborator in their own treatment. I will only offer treatments that you and I have agreed on. I treat all psychiatric illnesses in children and adults. My number one goal is to get you feeling better. Together we will explore what is happening in your life. Together we will find a way for you to enjoy life and to heal. It will be a honor to travel with you on your journey to wellness.
I am a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner and I work with individuals across the lifespan. I offer in person for Idaho and Telehealth for WA and ID. I believe all people need to be heard and listened to. I also believe everyone needs to be a collaborator in their own treatment. I will only offer treatments that you and I have agreed on. I treat all psychiatric illnesses in children and adults. My number one goal is to get you feeling better. Together we will explore what is happening in your life. Together we will find a way for you to enjoy life and to heal. It will be a honor to travel with you on your journey to wellness.
(208) 782-5581 View (208) 782-5581
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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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Michelle Monson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
Michelle is a compassionate PMHNP dedicated to helping others create or build upon a strong foundation of mental wellness through medication management, talk therapy, nutracuetical supplementation, and overall wellness. She recognizes the need to address one’s mental health is essential in treating the whole being. She treats adults ages 18+ with a wide range of mental health ailments to include depression, anxiety, trauma/stress, ADHD, sleep struggles, bipolar disorders and beyond. Please specify with inquiry if you are located in TX or ID and if you are self-pay or which insurance.
(214) 239-4572 View (214) 239-4572
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(208) 914-6756 View (208) 914-6756
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Sean Haggerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a deep-rooted passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach to care is person-centered, meaning that I prioritize the individual needs, preferences, and values of each client. I believe that every person is unique and that their treatment should reflect this individuality. Therefore, I work diligently to develop a treatment plan that fits the specific needs of each client, ensuring that they receive the most effective and personalized care possible. Your mental health is a priority to me.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a deep-rooted passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys. My approach to care is person-centered, meaning that I prioritize the individual needs, preferences, and values of each client. I believe that every person is unique and that their treatment should reflect this individuality. Therefore, I work diligently to develop a treatment plan that fits the specific needs of each client, ensuring that they receive the most effective and personalized care possible. Your mental health is a priority to me.
(208) 428-5804 View (208) 428-5804
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Meridian Advanced Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
Meridian Advanced Psychiatry was created for patients that have previously received less than ideal treatment. We work with all patients with difficult to treat mental health concerns. If you feel you have not been listened to, or your concerns have been dismissed we are here to listen and help. We specialize in ADHD treatment in children through adults. We also specialize in substance use treatment or medication-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone, Sublocade, or Vivitrol.
Meridian Advanced Psychiatry was created for patients that have previously received less than ideal treatment. We work with all patients with difficult to treat mental health concerns. If you feel you have not been listened to, or your concerns have been dismissed we are here to listen and help. We specialize in ADHD treatment in children through adults. We also specialize in substance use treatment or medication-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone, Sublocade, or Vivitrol.
(208) 547-6511 View (208) 547-6511
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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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Leslie Pardue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
(208) 626-6168 View (208) 626-6168
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83646  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(208) 508-1928 View (208) 508-1928
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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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TeleMental Health Link
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
TeleMental Health Link serves the entire state of Idaho. We are accepting new patients 18 through old age. I am physically located in Meridian/Boise. I am willing to see patients residing in assisted living and geriatric nursing homes within 2I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and hold 23 years experience treating many psychiatric and mental health conditions with medication and counseling therapies. Disorders such as depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, dementia, anxiety, and addictive disorders.
TeleMental Health Link serves the entire state of Idaho. We are accepting new patients 18 through old age. I am physically located in Meridian/Boise. I am willing to see patients residing in assisted living and geriatric nursing homes within 2I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and hold 23 years experience treating many psychiatric and mental health conditions with medication and counseling therapies. Disorders such as depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, dementia, anxiety, and addictive disorders.
(208) 225-8904 View (208) 225-8904
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83646  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with feelings of depression or anxiety? I can help you overcome some of these feelings. The goal would be to navigate a route toward a happier and healthier future. I look at the whole person and provide dignity and respect. I look at your needs to figure out how to work through the frustrations that you are dealing with. Guiding you through your crisis and providing problem-solving skills.
Are you grappling with feelings of depression or anxiety? I can help you overcome some of these feelings. The goal would be to navigate a route toward a happier and healthier future. I look at the whole person and provide dignity and respect. I look at your needs to figure out how to work through the frustrations that you are dealing with. Guiding you through your crisis and providing problem-solving skills.
(208) 556-7384 View (208) 556-7384

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Number of Psychiatrists in Valley County, ID

< 10

Psychiatrists in Valley County, ID who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Autism

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicaid
100% Medicare
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Valley County, ID see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Valley 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.