Psychiatrists in Olathe, KS

Photo of Vicki Tsai, PMHNP, MSN, MHA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olathe, KS 66061
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
(913) 586-2755 View (913) 586-2755
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66061
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
(913) 795-5524 View (913) 795-5524
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Beth Arterburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
Accepting new clients! Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Whether you are struggling with mood instability, depression, concentration issues, anxiety or trauma there is help. I am an experienced and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a strong dedication to providing you with a treatment plan that will focus on restoring your mental health. I strive to provide a holistic approach by encouraging therapy with medication management. I look forward to seeing you!
Accepting new clients! Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Whether you are struggling with mood instability, depression, concentration issues, anxiety or trauma there is help. I am an experienced and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a strong dedication to providing you with a treatment plan that will focus on restoring your mental health. I strive to provide a holistic approach by encouraging therapy with medication management. I look forward to seeing you!
(913) 704-6569 View (913) 704-6569
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Olathe, KS 66061  (Online Only)
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
(913) 675-1395 View (913) 675-1395
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Megan Nickell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
(913) 578-6171 View (913) 578-6171
Photo of Yesenia Olmedo - Buena Vida Integrative Health , DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Buena Vida Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olathe, KS 66061
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
(913) 380-4856 View (913) 380-4856
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Loise Wameithi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
(913) 578-6024 View (913) 578-6024
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Prila Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olathe, KS 66062
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
(913) 513-3817 View (913) 513-3817
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Violet Meiseiyieki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
Hello! I am glad you made it here. Mental Health can make it challenging to seek help. I am happy you are trying to improve your mental health by looking for a psychiatric provider. Reaching out is the first step to recovery. I have made it easy for you to book an appointment with me through online scheduling. Feel free to call me or email me as well. I look forward to getting to know you as your psychiatric provider and working together to meet your needs and goals.
Hello! I am glad you made it here. Mental Health can make it challenging to seek help. I am happy you are trying to improve your mental health by looking for a psychiatric provider. Reaching out is the first step to recovery. I have made it easy for you to book an appointment with me through online scheduling. Feel free to call me or email me as well. I look forward to getting to know you as your psychiatric provider and working together to meet your needs and goals.
(913) 398-4551 View (913) 398-4551
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Julie Owens With Beyond Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Kansas. I work with adults and teenagers age 16+. I currently offer telehealth and in-office appointments using a self-pay model. I like to spend more time with my patients. I approach the treatment process from the perspective that we are a team. Meeting you where you are, and learning where you want to be, leads to the best outcomes. I offer a free 15-minute consultation. You can self-schedule through my website: beyondpsychnp.com. Beyond Psychiatry - Health is More than a Prescription.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Kansas. I work with adults and teenagers age 16+. I currently offer telehealth and in-office appointments using a self-pay model. I like to spend more time with my patients. I approach the treatment process from the perspective that we are a team. Meeting you where you are, and learning where you want to be, leads to the best outcomes. I offer a free 15-minute consultation. You can self-schedule through my website: beyondpsychnp.com. Beyond Psychiatry - Health is More than a Prescription.
(913) 349-9307 View (913) 349-9307
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Success Health System, Worldwide Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olathe, KS 66062
Success Health System strives to provide the best patient experience possible. We offer virtual and in-person services at convenient locations in Olathe, KS; Columbia, MO; Independence, MO; and Creve Coeur, MO. We will answer and schedule your appointment within 48 hours. Providers at Success Health System are passionate about providing patient-centered psychotropic and psychotherapeutic interventions that are individualized to each patient’s diagnosis.
Success Health System strives to provide the best patient experience possible. We offer virtual and in-person services at convenient locations in Olathe, KS; Columbia, MO; Independence, MO; and Creve Coeur, MO. We will answer and schedule your appointment within 48 hours. Providers at Success Health System are passionate about providing patient-centered psychotropic and psychotherapeutic interventions that are individualized to each patient’s diagnosis.
(573) 269-3946 View (573) 269-3946
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The Mind Clinic Of Kansas City
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
Our ideal client battles adjustment, acute or chronic anxiety and depression, impacting daily life due to intrusive thoughts and low mood. Yearns for stability and relief from emotional turmoil. Requires personalized medication management for symptom control. Aspires to emotional balance, enhanced daily life, renewed motivation. Seeks effective meds with minimal side effects for better quality of life and emotional well-being. Aims to regain control, build relationships, find purpose.
(913) 423-9059 View (913) 423-9059
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Bob Born
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66061  (Online Only)
I deeply understand the immense challenges you face living with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It can feel like a relentless struggle, dealing with the isolation, the overwhelming emotions, and the persistent negative thoughts. The fears of being judged, feeling abnormal, or losing control can be paralyzing. Yet, amidst these challenges, you harbor desires and dreams that reflect your strength and resilience. You long for inner peace, meaningful connections, restful sleep, and the ability to enjoy life’s everyday moments. You dream of a future where you wake up refreshed, pursue your passions, and inspire others with your recovery.
I deeply understand the immense challenges you face living with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It can feel like a relentless struggle, dealing with the isolation, the overwhelming emotions, and the persistent negative thoughts. The fears of being judged, feeling abnormal, or losing control can be paralyzing. Yet, amidst these challenges, you harbor desires and dreams that reflect your strength and resilience. You long for inner peace, meaningful connections, restful sleep, and the ability to enjoy life’s everyday moments. You dream of a future where you wake up refreshed, pursue your passions, and inspire others with your recovery.
(316) 395-9914 View (316) 395-9914
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66061  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
(816) 680-4287 View (816) 680-4287
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Laura Tieszen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66061
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
(913) 398-3965 View (913) 398-3965

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Zachary Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66062
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
(913) 490-0687 View (913) 490-0687
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Alive Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66062
I provide medication management to children, adolescents, and adults 18+ years of age at Alive Family Psychiatry in Leavenworth, KS. I treat several disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD, to name a few. My passion for treating mental health started during my RN training, and this desire has stayed solid and consistent ever since. I am a veteran of the Texas State Guard, the wife of a retired U.S. Army veteran, and a mother to exceptional children.
I provide medication management to children, adolescents, and adults 18+ years of age at Alive Family Psychiatry in Leavenworth, KS. I treat several disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD, to name a few. My passion for treating mental health started during my RN training, and this desire has stayed solid and consistent ever since. I am a veteran of the Texas State Guard, the wife of a retired U.S. Army veteran, and a mother to exceptional children.
(913) 349-9607 View (913) 349-9607
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Anna K McMullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66062  (Online Only)
I aim to provide a positive and holistic approach to medication management. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem and good self care. I use a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be within your comfort level. Ultimately, I want to hear your story in whatever way you want to tell it. I believe in a trust based relationship with mutual understanding and shared decision making. My goal is work with you on being the best version of you and being there to support you in your mental health journey.
I aim to provide a positive and holistic approach to medication management. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem and good self care. I use a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be within your comfort level. Ultimately, I want to hear your story in whatever way you want to tell it. I believe in a trust based relationship with mutual understanding and shared decision making. My goal is work with you on being the best version of you and being there to support you in your mental health journey.
(206) 207-3615 View (206) 207-3615
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66062
Jessica Wunder is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric and ketamine services for Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH). She obtained her BSN from Creighton University in 2007, and her MSN from Rush University in 2014. In 2022, she completed a fellowship for integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica practices with the principles of holistic healing that focus on mind, body, and lifestyle. She has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings and now works with adults in an outpatient setting.
Jessica Wunder is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric and ketamine services for Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH). She obtained her BSN from Creighton University in 2007, and her MSN from Rush University in 2014. In 2022, she completed a fellowship for integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica practices with the principles of holistic healing that focus on mind, body, and lifestyle. She has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings and now works with adults in an outpatient setting.
(913) 423-8733 View (913) 423-8733

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Olathe, KS

10+

Average cost per session

$174

Psychiatrists in Olathe, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
94% Medication Management
88% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
64% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Olathe, KS see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Olathe?

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.