Psychiatrists in Minnesota

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Photo of Kristin Oscarson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Kristin Oscarson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy for adults with a holistic and integrative approach, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy for adults with a holistic and integrative approach, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
(651) 877-6409 View (651) 877-6409
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55414
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(612) 682-5855 View (612) 682-5855
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Haley Carlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
(763) 294-7972 View (763) 294-7972
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(603) 207-3133 View (603) 207-3133
Photo of Maria Metry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Maria Metry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Maria Metry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and doctorate of nurse practitioner from the University of Minnesota. Maria prides herself on creating an atmosphere of openness and acceptance with a little bit of humor. Her practice is based on getting to know the whole person and together creating a holistic plan to give her patients the most joy out of life. Maria's strength includes being empathic, nonjudgmental, and solution focused.
Maria Metry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and doctorate of nurse practitioner from the University of Minnesota. Maria prides herself on creating an atmosphere of openness and acceptance with a little bit of humor. Her practice is based on getting to know the whole person and together creating a holistic plan to give her patients the most joy out of life. Maria's strength includes being empathic, nonjudgmental, and solution focused.
(651) 372-3274 View (651) 372-3274
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. 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 $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. 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 $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(651) 315-7493 View (651) 315-7493
Photo of Michael Omomo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Michael Omomo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
My name is Michael Omomo. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years’ experience in helping people with mental health conditions, I treat individuals from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I believe in an integrated approach to care for individuals with mental health. The types of treatments promoted include holistic healing, psychosocial interventions, and medication management.
My name is Michael Omomo. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years’ experience in helping people with mental health conditions, I treat individuals from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I believe in an integrated approach to care for individuals with mental health. The types of treatments promoted include holistic healing, psychosocial interventions, and medication management.
(651) 564-7607 View (651) 564-7607
Photo of Kathleen F Flugel Colle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Kathleen F Flugel Colle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-CNS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55902
"As a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with a minor in alternative healing practices, my approach is one of integrating mind, body, spirit to promote healing on the deepest levels. With over 25 years of clinical experience as a nurse, my focus is patient-centered, holistic care. My mission is to promote self-understanding and mindfulness through provision of psychotherapy with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. I also provide Reiki.
"As a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with a minor in alternative healing practices, my approach is one of integrating mind, body, spirit to promote healing on the deepest levels. With over 25 years of clinical experience as a nurse, my focus is patient-centered, holistic care. My mission is to promote self-understanding and mindfulness through provision of psychotherapy with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. I also provide Reiki.
(507) 837-0363 View (507) 837-0363
Photo of Tina Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Tina Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55439  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.livewellnowmhs.net. My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is whole-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.livewellnowmhs.net. My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is whole-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(507) 565-0946 View (507) 565-0946
Photo of Elysia Peterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Elysia Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
After spending nearly a decade in children’s mental health, I decided it was time to change lanes. Shifting Focus was created to offer a more personalized approach in treating the emotional and behavioral challenges that children and adolescents may face. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and trauma. While these are areas of interest, I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders .
After spending nearly a decade in children’s mental health, I decided it was time to change lanes. Shifting Focus was created to offer a more personalized approach in treating the emotional and behavioral challenges that children and adolescents may face. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and trauma. While these are areas of interest, I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders .
(320) 348-7847 View (320) 348-7847
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Psychiatric Med Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, GNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55901
My role as a PMHNP is to diagnose, treat, prescribe medication and provide therapy. I combine the principles of psychology and pharmacology to treat a variety of mental health issues. I follow evidence-based guidelines but also blend my skill of intuition, personnel observation, and clinical experience to partner with you in finding the best treatment plan. I believe in the mind/body/spiritual connection. We are not a series of parts, but a whole person.
My role as a PMHNP is to diagnose, treat, prescribe medication and provide therapy. I combine the principles of psychology and pharmacology to treat a variety of mental health issues. I follow evidence-based guidelines but also blend my skill of intuition, personnel observation, and clinical experience to partner with you in finding the best treatment plan. I believe in the mind/body/spiritual connection. We are not a series of parts, but a whole person.
(507) 693-0446 View (507) 693-0446
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Natalie Brandsrud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446  (Online Only)
Natalie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6 to 25. In her practice, she strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. With extended appointment times, she has the ability to listen to every individual story. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success. She brings friendly smiles and optimism into her everyday practice.
Natalie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6 to 25. In her practice, she strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. With extended appointment times, she has the ability to listen to every individual story. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success. She brings friendly smiles and optimism into her everyday practice.
(763) 273-8633 View (763) 273-8633
Photo of Tami L Kittleson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Tami L Kittleson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
(952) 234-8637 View (952) 234-8637
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Hanan Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55121
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
(952) 592-9801 View (952) 592-9801
Photo of Krista Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Krista Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
(952) 900-3693 View (952) 900-3693
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Ace Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Dr. Marsha Nelson Adams, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 25 years of health care experience. I believe in providing high-quality care that is built on caring relationships. I, prioritize your well-being above all else and am dedicated to providing you with the best care possible, tailored to meet your unique needs.
Dr. Marsha Nelson Adams, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 25 years of health care experience. I believe in providing high-quality care that is built on caring relationships. I, prioritize your well-being above all else and am dedicated to providing you with the best care possible, tailored to meet your unique needs.
(218) 274-8066 View (218) 274-8066
Photo of Ellie Rizor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Ellie Rizor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edina, MN 55439
Please Note: Ellie practices in IA and MM. Ellie is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with special interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellie believes in advocating for her clients' academic success and has an understanding of the impact mental health can have on educational experience
Please Note: Ellie practices in IA and MM. Ellie is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with special interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellie believes in advocating for her clients' academic success and has an understanding of the impact mental health can have on educational experience
(319) 318-6487 View (319) 318-6487
Photo of Patty-Jo Mantel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Patty-Jo Mantel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Roseville, MN 55113
My clinical approach is to value each person as precious and marvelously unique. I aim to help each person on their journey to have optimal mental health and be the best version of themselves. To reach this goal, I often recommend non-pharmacological interventions or supplements and order medications when it is helpful. I like to incorporate functional medicine into my practice whenever possible by using a holistic mind-body approach.
My clinical approach is to value each person as precious and marvelously unique. I aim to help each person on their journey to have optimal mental health and be the best version of themselves. To reach this goal, I often recommend non-pharmacological interventions or supplements and order medications when it is helpful. I like to incorporate functional medicine into my practice whenever possible by using a holistic mind-body approach.
(952) 592-7921 View (952) 592-7921
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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 Michelle Rowland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota
Michelle Rowland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Woodbury, MN 55125
Life can be a struggle for children and/or adolescents with mental health illnesses, as well as for their families. I have a passion for caring for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and I work with families to develop individualized treatment plans. My goal as a dual certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to provide diagnostic assessments, education, referrals, and medication management to improve the lives of my patients and their families.
Life can be a struggle for children and/or adolescents with mental health illnesses, as well as for their families. I have a passion for caring for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and I work with families to develop individualized treatment plans. My goal as a dual certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to provide diagnostic assessments, education, referrals, and medication management to improve the lives of my patients and their families.
(651) 358-2415 View (651) 358-2415

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Minnesota who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
88% Depression
80% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Minnesota see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Minnesota?

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.