Psychiatrists in Anoka County, MN

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Photo of Lilian Omodi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Lilian Omodi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Fridley, MN 55432
We are seeing new clients and are focused on providing compassionate care to people with various mental health struggles. We provide client centered care for Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Trauma, Schizophrenia, ADHD and other psychiatric needs.
We are seeing new clients and are focused on providing compassionate care to people with various mental health struggles. We provide client centered care for Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Trauma, Schizophrenia, ADHD and other psychiatric needs.
(612) 662-1214 View (612) 662-1214
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Anoka, MN 55303
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 trauma 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 virtual 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 trauma 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 virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(503) 461-9447 View (503) 461-9447
Photo of Irene Ottoson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Irene Ottoson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , APRN, CNP
Verified
Andover, MN 55304
I am currently accepting new clients. I provide the kind of psychiatric care that I would love extended to me and my family. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management and work alongside each patient to instill hope, providing them the tools they need to succeed, build their confidence, and get them to looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.
I am currently accepting new clients. I provide the kind of psychiatric care that I would love extended to me and my family. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management and work alongside each patient to instill hope, providing them the tools they need to succeed, build their confidence, and get them to looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.
(763) 275-9304 View (763) 275-9304
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Brenda Simasiku Russ
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified
Fridley, MN 55432
My goal as a provider is to provide holistic care by understanding individual culture, and spiritual, social, and personal values that make us who we are. My treatment strategy includes utilizing evidence-based practice, collaboration, and creating an individualized plan that is unique to your needs and goals. The journey to seek mental health treatment takes courage. Patient inclusiveness in the treatment plan to ensure individuals matter on their journey to mental well-being is important in my treatment plan
My goal as a provider is to provide holistic care by understanding individual culture, and spiritual, social, and personal values that make us who we are. My treatment strategy includes utilizing evidence-based practice, collaboration, and creating an individualized plan that is unique to your needs and goals. The journey to seek mental health treatment takes courage. Patient inclusiveness in the treatment plan to ensure individuals matter on their journey to mental well-being is important in my treatment plan
(612) 439-3029 View (612) 439-3029
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Suzanne Lee
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHCNS, CARN-AP
Verified
Anoka, MN 55303
I have expertise in addiction, trauma, emotional and physiological pain, and a range of psychiatric illnesses; I particularly appreciate the need to treat clients holistically, taking into account co-morbid issues, when such are present. I believe in a partnership with clients to enhance strengths and address, when possible, harmful behaviors, beliefs and relationships. I diagnose, prescribe and offer therapy for psychiatric and psychological problems for individuals, couples and families.
I have expertise in addiction, trauma, emotional and physiological pain, and a range of psychiatric illnesses; I particularly appreciate the need to treat clients holistically, taking into account co-morbid issues, when such are present. I believe in a partnership with clients to enhance strengths and address, when possible, harmful behaviors, beliefs and relationships. I diagnose, prescribe and offer therapy for psychiatric and psychological problems for individuals, couples and families.
(763) 280-5231 View (763) 280-5231
Photo of Mark L Willenbring, Psychiatrist in Anoka County, MN
Mark L Willenbring
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified
You are looking for a psychiatrist who actually listens to you, and responds to your needs. You are looking for clear answers to your questions, delivered in a compassionate way. Naturally, you are also looking for expert psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapy. You can find all of that and more in my office. I have over 50 years practice as a psychiatrist, in many different settings. I can offer you brief psychotherapy, psychopharmacology or extended treatment.
You are looking for a psychiatrist who actually listens to you, and responds to your needs. You are looking for clear answers to your questions, delivered in a compassionate way. Naturally, you are also looking for expert psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapy. You can find all of that and more in my office. I have over 50 years practice as a psychiatrist, in many different settings. I can offer you brief psychotherapy, psychopharmacology or extended treatment.
(651) 560-8355 View (651) 560-8355
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Princess Gehyigon-Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fridley, MN 55432
Have you experienced some kind of trauma or emotional challenge, or perhaps have been struggling with a mental health issue for some time? Are you open to exploring your feelings and thoughts in a non-judgmental environment, and be willing to work hard to create positive change? Do you have a desire to learn how to manage your emotions and create healthier relationships with yourself and others? Martha’s Open Hands can help you, your child, or loved one by creating an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based practice that is safe and effective.
Have you experienced some kind of trauma or emotional challenge, or perhaps have been struggling with a mental health issue for some time? Are you open to exploring your feelings and thoughts in a non-judgmental environment, and be willing to work hard to create positive change? Do you have a desire to learn how to manage your emotions and create healthier relationships with yourself and others? Martha’s Open Hands can help you, your child, or loved one by creating an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based practice that is safe and effective.
(612) 482-0679 View (612) 482-0679
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Faith Mental Health and Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Andover, MN 55304  (Online Only)
Faith Sapit, PMHNP-BC is a Master prepared, nationally certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Minnesota. She has served the nursing field with an emphasis in both Adults and pediatric mental health care for the last 2 Years as a nurse practitioner and 10+ years as a Nurse in general.
Faith Sapit, PMHNP-BC is a Master prepared, nationally certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Minnesota. She has served the nursing field with an emphasis in both Adults and pediatric mental health care for the last 2 Years as a nurse practitioner and 10+ years as a Nurse in general.
(505) 587-5640 View (505) 587-5640
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Chinwe Eke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Circle Pines, MN 55014
Chinwe Eke is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2022. Chinwe offers her clients the ability to provide accurate, effective, and quality care, managing varieties of mental health and emotional challenges affecting individuals and families, plus medication management. Outside of work, Chinwe enjoys reading, music, and sports.
Chinwe Eke is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2022. Chinwe offers her clients the ability to provide accurate, effective, and quality care, managing varieties of mental health and emotional challenges affecting individuals and families, plus medication management. Outside of work, Chinwe enjoys reading, music, and sports.
(651) 243-9780 View (651) 243-9780
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Patty Jo Mantel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Blaine, MN 55434  (Online Only)
Patty Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner with additional certification in Geriatrics. She strives to provide holistic patient care and include functional/integrative medicine approach to visits. She has a passion for helping patients tap into personal motivation within themselves to be healthy. Patty Jo has treated acute conditions such as skin or respiratory infections, chronic conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. Hypertension, pain, anxiety, and depression are also specialty fields. She is also trained in the FEMM approach for treating women’s health issues such as PMS, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and PCOS.
Patty Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner with additional certification in Geriatrics. She strives to provide holistic patient care and include functional/integrative medicine approach to visits. She has a passion for helping patients tap into personal motivation within themselves to be healthy. Patty Jo has treated acute conditions such as skin or respiratory infections, chronic conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. Hypertension, pain, anxiety, and depression are also specialty fields. She is also trained in the FEMM approach for treating women’s health issues such as PMS, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and PCOS.
(218) 483-7626 View (218) 483-7626
Photo of Lisa Ocker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Lisa Ocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Oak Grove, MN 55011
Welcome to LR Psychiatry and Counseling Services specializing in Integrative Medication Management. I am hoping to be your trusted resource for holistic and comprehensive mental health care. I believe in the power of an integrative approach to medication management, addressing not only the symptoms but the whole person.
Welcome to LR Psychiatry and Counseling Services specializing in Integrative Medication Management. I am hoping to be your trusted resource for holistic and comprehensive mental health care. I believe in the power of an integrative approach to medication management, addressing not only the symptoms but the whole person.
(763) 325-8736 View (763) 325-8736
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Canvas Health Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
I serve ages 18+. I can provide services in Spanish and English. Services are offered in a hybrid format for ADHD/ADD (Adults), Anger, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Grief, Hoarding, Mindfulness, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia Disorder, Self-Harm, Self-Worth, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Sexual Assault, Shame, Substance Use Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and Trauma.
I serve ages 18+. I can provide services in Spanish and English. Services are offered in a hybrid format for ADHD/ADD (Adults), Anger, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Grief, Hoarding, Mindfulness, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Schizophrenia Disorder, Self-Harm, Self-Worth, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Sexual Assault, Shame, Substance Use Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and Trauma.
(651) 538-2770 View (651) 538-2770
Photo of Dr. Beth A. Good, Psychiatric Nurse in Anoka County, MN
Dr. Beth A. Good
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified
Blaine, MN 55449
Utilizing a philosophy of care that is wholistic...treating the body, mind & spirit with a positive, dynamic, recovery-focused approach to health and well-being, I would be honored to help you on your journey. Providing an atmosphere of warmth, positive regard, and mutual respect, I enjoy discussing with patients their health and life goals, focusing on one's strengths and resilience to work through current difficulties & chart a positive course going forward. With my vast experience, I utilize evidence-based medications and approaches to treat psychiatric/mental health disorders & stay up to date on cutting edge therapies.
Utilizing a philosophy of care that is wholistic...treating the body, mind & spirit with a positive, dynamic, recovery-focused approach to health and well-being, I would be honored to help you on your journey. Providing an atmosphere of warmth, positive regard, and mutual respect, I enjoy discussing with patients their health and life goals, focusing on one's strengths and resilience to work through current difficulties & chart a positive course going forward. With my vast experience, I utilize evidence-based medications and approaches to treat psychiatric/mental health disorders & stay up to date on cutting edge therapies.
(763) 225-2171 View (763) 225-2171
Photo of Wisdom Psychiatric Care & Medication Management, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Wisdom Psychiatric Care & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Blaine, MN 55449
Boutique Mental Healthcare: Setting itself apart from large health systems, our boutique approach to mental healthcare ensures that we can deliver high-quality care that is tailored to your unique needs; we make the time to listen and to truly hear what your needs, healing goals, and preferences are. We take pride in delivering an exceptional level of customer service, medical expertise, and commitment to health and wellness for all our patients. Wisdom-Clinic is SHARE certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, because we believe in shared decision-making when it comes to care for our clients.
Boutique Mental Healthcare: Setting itself apart from large health systems, our boutique approach to mental healthcare ensures that we can deliver high-quality care that is tailored to your unique needs; we make the time to listen and to truly hear what your needs, healing goals, and preferences are. We take pride in delivering an exceptional level of customer service, medical expertise, and commitment to health and wellness for all our patients. Wisdom-Clinic is SHARE certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, because we believe in shared decision-making when it comes to care for our clients.
(651) 412-3726 View (651) 412-3726
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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 trauma 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 virtual 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 trauma 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 virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(603) 207-3133 View (603) 207-3133
Photo of Heather Teske, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Heather Teske
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CNP, APRN-BC
Verified
Coon Rapids, MN 55433  (Online Only)
I work with individuals with depression, anxiety, life stress, schizophrenia, developmental delays, BIPOC, LGTBQIA+ and those wanting change from substance abuse. I strive to work with clients sharing my experience, scientific research, and their goal to reach their highest potential. I have experience working with ages 16+ in areas of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), inpatient and outpatient co-occurring mental and substance use programs, serious and persistent mental illness, developmental delays/ASD, MAT (suboxone/vivitrol/naltrexone) and more.
I work with individuals with depression, anxiety, life stress, schizophrenia, developmental delays, BIPOC, LGTBQIA+ and those wanting change from substance abuse. I strive to work with clients sharing my experience, scientific research, and their goal to reach their highest potential. I have experience working with ages 16+ in areas of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), inpatient and outpatient co-occurring mental and substance use programs, serious and persistent mental illness, developmental delays/ASD, MAT (suboxone/vivitrol/naltrexone) and more.
(651) 362-1920 View (651) 362-1920
Photo of Barb Bryant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Barb Bryant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
Anoka, MN 55304  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
(952) 243-5531 View (952) 243-5531
Photo of Dr. Sara Ocker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Dr. Sara Ocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Blaine, MN 55434
Dr. Ocker graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing receiving her doctorate in nursing practice specializing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as receiving a graduate certificate in Integrative Health and Healing. Sara has extensive experience in crisis intervention working with a diverse population as she originally received a BA in Sociology – Law, Crime, and Deviance with a focus on Psychology working at a large metropolitan adult detention center and then at a large metropolitan 911 center. Sara continued her education and received a BS in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica.
Dr. Ocker graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing receiving her doctorate in nursing practice specializing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as receiving a graduate certificate in Integrative Health and Healing. Sara has extensive experience in crisis intervention working with a diverse population as she originally received a BA in Sociology – Law, Crime, and Deviance with a focus on Psychology working at a large metropolitan adult detention center and then at a large metropolitan 911 center. Sara continued her education and received a BS in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica.
(612) 682-4337 View (612) 682-4337
Photo of Heduik Mah Cho-Mofor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Anoka County, MN
Heduik Mah Cho-Mofor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Fridley, MN 55432
(612) 473-3309 View (612) 473-3309

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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Rochester, MN 55901
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Anoka County, MN

10+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in Anoka County, MN who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Psychosis
74% ADHD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% Optum
71% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Anoka County, MN see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

94% Female
6% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Anoka County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.