Psychiatrists in Prairie Village, KS

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Zachary Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66207
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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Steven Rains NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66208
My patient care is built on empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practices. I believe that every person has a unique story which deserves individualized care. I became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to treat emotional pain, assist clients and their families adapt to mental health changes, and to normalize mental health in our community. I use a team-based approach to mental health where the client’s experience and the provider’s skills meet to create the greatest results.
My patient care is built on empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practices. I believe that every person has a unique story which deserves individualized care. I became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to treat emotional pain, assist clients and their families adapt to mental health changes, and to normalize mental health in our community. I use a team-based approach to mental health where the client’s experience and the provider’s skills meet to create the greatest results.
(913) 354-8788 View (913) 354-8788
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66207
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
Photo of Maria Davila, Psychiatrist in Prairie Village, KS
Maria Davila
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66207
Dr. Davila was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been the Awakenings Medical Director since January, 2022. She completed her medical school training in Buenos Aires before moving to Kansas City where she completed her psychiatric residency training at UMKC. She has been practicing in the community since 1998 and has served in many positions in local universities and hospitals. She is a bilingual (Spanish) physician that has a passion for serving those in her community and helping with their needs.
Dr. Davila was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been the Awakenings Medical Director since January, 2022. She completed her medical school training in Buenos Aires before moving to Kansas City where she completed her psychiatric residency training at UMKC. She has been practicing in the community since 1998 and has served in many positions in local universities and hospitals. She is a bilingual (Spanish) physician that has a passion for serving those in her community and helping with their needs.
(913) 379-4479 View (913) 379-4479
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Penninah M. Muthoka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairie Village, KS 66206
Psychiatric nursing has always been my passion and I am ready to put my experience and skills to provide care to all patients requiring mental health services in the underserved healthcare sector. As a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will be willing to offer people of all ages with mental conditions the care they may require living a sustainable life. My dedication is to help those that may deal with a variety of mental illness conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, trauma, Insomnia, ADHD, OCD, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, and PTSD among other conditions. I welcome all patients hereto get the best experience.
Psychiatric nursing has always been my passion and I am ready to put my experience and skills to provide care to all patients requiring mental health services in the underserved healthcare sector. As a Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will be willing to offer people of all ages with mental conditions the care they may require living a sustainable life. My dedication is to help those that may deal with a variety of mental illness conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, trauma, Insomnia, ADHD, OCD, Personality Disorders, Bipolar, and PTSD among other conditions. I welcome all patients hereto get the best experience.
(913) 386-7375 View (913) 386-7375
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Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress-related conditions affect one in five adults and can cause a lot of distress. Finding the right treatment often takes time and effort. That is where I come in. 14 years of experience in diverse clinical settings enables me to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals living with these conditions. I often collaborate with other clinicians in the care of my patients to ensure that treatment is integrated and holistic. I look forward to working with you.
Conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress-related conditions affect one in five adults and can cause a lot of distress. Finding the right treatment often takes time and effort. That is where I come in. 14 years of experience in diverse clinical settings enables me to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals living with these conditions. I often collaborate with other clinicians in the care of my patients to ensure that treatment is integrated and holistic. I look forward to working with you.
(623) 518-1025 View (623) 518-1025
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Kathy Steen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairie Village, KS 66206
Don’t Go Without ADHD Medicine! Good options are available and I can help find the best one for you. The stimulant shortage is showing no signs of improving, leaving many without the medicines they need to be their best at home, at school, and at work. The truth is that excellent ADHD medicines are available. And, my ADHD Care Plans are designed to improve symptoms as quickly as possible. If you're ready to conquer your ADHD, visit my website to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call.
Don’t Go Without ADHD Medicine! Good options are available and I can help find the best one for you. The stimulant shortage is showing no signs of improving, leaving many without the medicines they need to be their best at home, at school, and at work. The truth is that excellent ADHD medicines are available. And, my ADHD Care Plans are designed to improve symptoms as quickly as possible. If you're ready to conquer your ADHD, visit my website to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call.
(913) 423-2599 View (913) 423-2599

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Photo of Steven K Elrod, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66224  (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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Charles Ray Lake
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
Voted Top Doctor of Psychiatry in 435 Magazine, 2019 through 2022 by doctors. Will answer & schedule your appointment within 48 hrs. I listen, am non-judgmental & help you gain self-esteem, exercise better choices & increase your happy hours. I have MD & PhD degrees from Duke University, when MD's were taught to treat with psychotherapy as well as medications when warranted. As Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at KU, School of Medicine I've published widely about depression, bipolar & anxiety disorders, panic, OCD & PTSD. Will conduct sessions with FaceTime or Zoom. Probably out of network, NO insurance accepted.
Voted Top Doctor of Psychiatry in 435 Magazine, 2019 through 2022 by doctors. Will answer & schedule your appointment within 48 hrs. I listen, am non-judgmental & help you gain self-esteem, exercise better choices & increase your happy hours. I have MD & PhD degrees from Duke University, when MD's were taught to treat with psychotherapy as well as medications when warranted. As Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at KU, School of Medicine I've published widely about depression, bipolar & anxiety disorders, panic, OCD & PTSD. Will conduct sessions with FaceTime or Zoom. Probably out of network, NO insurance accepted.
(816) 399-2295 View (816) 399-2295
Photo of Tina Hendrix, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Tina Hendrix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
(913) 423-9109 View (913) 423-9109
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Brent Menninger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
(913) 357-9555 View (913) 357-9555
Photo of Sue Clavette, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Sue Clavette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
(913) 294-7895 View (913) 294-7895
Photo of Karen L. Pulcher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Karen L. Pulcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
(913) 379-3132 View (913) 379-3132
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Photo of Elizabeth Brake, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(316) 799-3426 View (316) 799-3426
Photo of Alexander B. Rose, Psychiatrist in Prairie Village, KS
Alexander B. Rose
Psychiatrist, MD, MPHS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leawood, KS 66206
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
WAIT TIME: ≤ 2-4 weeks | REQUEST VISIT BY VISITING MY WEBSITE (www.veritas-psych.com) AND/OR EMAILING ME. | Dr. Rose is a forensic psychiatrist providing both clinical and medical-legal services. His approach begins by taking ample time to obtain a thorough understanding of who you are as a person from a variety of perspectives. He values making sure that every patient is informed and understands the meaning behind every diagnosis and the reasons for why certain treatments are recommended over others. Initial patient contact via my website or email is required. Phone calls are intended for existing patients (or attorneys) only.
(314) 380-8764 View (314) 380-8764
Photo of Arista Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Psychiatrist in Prairie Village, KS
Arista Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66207
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
(913) 379-4207 View (913) 379-4207
Photo of Amanda Murphy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Amanda Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
(913) 243-2570 View (913) 243-2570
Photo of Diane Gaunt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Prairie Village, KS
Diane Gaunt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
(913) 521-3951 View (913) 521-3951
Photo of Matthew Brown, Psychiatrist in Prairie Village, KS
Matthew Brown
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204  (Online Only)
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
(872) 266-7958 View (872) 266-7958

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Number of Psychiatrists in Prairie Village, KS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Prairie Village, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Prairie Village, KS see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prairie Village?

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.