Psychiatrists in Cloquet, MN

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Northern Waters Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cloquet, MN 55720
Immediate openings available. Northern Waters Clinic is comprised of experienced professionals who provide individualized treatment to promote mental health and wellness for the people we serve. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan, family and marital counseling, and Genesight testing. We are offering another option to our community to receive psychiatric and therapy services. Our goal is to provider personal centered care, collaboratively with the clients that we serve.
Immediate openings available. Northern Waters Clinic is comprised of experienced professionals who provide individualized treatment to promote mental health and wellness for the people we serve. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan, family and marital counseling, and Genesight testing. We are offering another option to our community to receive psychiatric and therapy services. Our goal is to provider personal centered care, collaboratively with the clients that we serve.
(218) 228-3578 View (218) 228-3578
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WebMed Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , FNP, LICSW, LPCC
Verified Verified
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 217-0648 View (218) 217-0648

Online Psychiatrists

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Kristin Mary Sorensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
(218) 228-8910 View (218) 228-8910
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Kathy Udovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ely, MN 55731  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance misuse, and other mental health issues across the lifespan. I am an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). I endeavor to treat the whole person empathetically, compassionately, and non-judgmentally while maintaining the patient’s dignity.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance misuse, and other mental health issues across the lifespan. I am an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). I endeavor to treat the whole person empathetically, compassionately, and non-judgmentally while maintaining the patient’s dignity.
(218) 695-8528 View (218) 695-8528
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Inner Fokus
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Duluth, MN 55802
As an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric medication evaluations and management, as well as Sexuality Counseling and Education Services to clients at Inner Fokus. My clinical foundation lies within my background as a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing psychiatric medication evaluation and management services. Medication with psychotherapy can provide many people with the highest standard of care. It is a big decision to incorporate medication into your psychological care, but the modalities are complementary, and usually lead to the most significant clinical improvement. Each medication appointment involves a complete assessment of symptoms, diagnosis, and collaborative discussion about treatment recommendations.
As an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric medication evaluations and management, as well as Sexuality Counseling and Education Services to clients at Inner Fokus. My clinical foundation lies within my background as a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing psychiatric medication evaluation and management services. Medication with psychotherapy can provide many people with the highest standard of care. It is a big decision to incorporate medication into your psychological care, but the modalities are complementary, and usually lead to the most significant clinical improvement. Each medication appointment involves a complete assessment of symptoms, diagnosis, and collaborative discussion about treatment recommendations.
(218) 789-0561 View (218) 789-0561
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East Central Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mora, MN 55051  (Online Only)
I am certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which means I am certified to provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, ongoing medication management, and psychotherapy for individuals across the lifespan (ages 6 and up). I have been in the metal health field for 20 years, training in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient community mental health, private practice, direct care with children and adolescents, corrections, and both forensic and substance abuse programs. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns.
I am certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which means I am certified to provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, ongoing medication management, and psychotherapy for individuals across the lifespan (ages 6 and up). I have been in the metal health field for 20 years, training in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient community mental health, private practice, direct care with children and adolescents, corrections, and both forensic and substance abuse programs. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns.
(320) 364-7292 View (320) 364-7292
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55802
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.
(253) 487-0709 View (253) 487-0709
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Kari Rengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55810  (Online Only)
What I love about psychiatry is helping you return to your True North. We work together to identify symptoms causing difficulty. We create a treatment plan that is based on your most deeply held beliefs, values, and principles. We celebrate when your symptoms lessen and you feel yourself moving back towards your True North.
What I love about psychiatry is helping you return to your True North. We work together to identify symptoms causing difficulty. We create a treatment plan that is based on your most deeply held beliefs, values, and principles. We celebrate when your symptoms lessen and you feel yourself moving back towards your True North.
(218) 231-5013 View (218) 231-5013
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Twilla Oskey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baxter, MN 56425
My vision is to see you become the person you were designed to be. We all carry things from the past with us that limit our perspective of ourselves. I love to see individuals broaden their perspective of themselves and shake off the things that hold them back. We do this by thorough history, assessments, diagnosis, and medication management combined with psychotherapy. I provide Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) with amazingly fast resolution from intrusive thoughts, fear, anxiety, and negative emotions that are associated with trauma.
My vision is to see you become the person you were designed to be. We all carry things from the past with us that limit our perspective of ourselves. I love to see individuals broaden their perspective of themselves and shake off the things that hold them back. We do this by thorough history, assessments, diagnosis, and medication management combined with psychotherapy. I provide Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) with amazingly fast resolution from intrusive thoughts, fear, anxiety, and negative emotions that are associated with trauma.
(218) 307-7979 View (218) 307-7979
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Dr. Beth A. Good
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MN 55008
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
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Wendi Tvedt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LADC
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MN 55008
Wendi has 30 + years of experience working in the nursing field. She has worked with all ages, currently specializing in ages 6+; and over the last 15 years, she has worked in public health and has both psychiatric and substance use experience. In addition, Wendi also has over 4 years of experience working as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1992 with a BA in Nursing. Wendi furthered her education and received her Chemical Dependency certificate from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2017 and holds her license as an alcohol and drug counselor.
Wendi has 30 + years of experience working in the nursing field. She has worked with all ages, currently specializing in ages 6+; and over the last 15 years, she has worked in public health and has both psychiatric and substance use experience. In addition, Wendi also has over 4 years of experience working as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1992 with a BA in Nursing. Wendi furthered her education and received her Chemical Dependency certificate from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2017 and holds her license as an alcohol and drug counselor.
(612) 712-8649 View (612) 712-8649
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, MN 55808
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.
(612) 284-0573 View (612) 284-0573
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Terri Duncan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MN 55008
I have been working in healthcare in many different facets for over 25 years. I am eager to work with clients that are struggling with depression, anxiety (feelings of being overwhelmed), social anxiety, mood disorders and so many other mental health problems. I have worked with substance use and drug abuse extensively for over 10 years. Overcoming substance use does not have to be hard, it does not have to be a struggle, I am here to help. Struggling with mental health problems can sometimes be lonely and scary, I am here to listen and offer help and support, you don't have to struggle in silence or alone. I can help.
I have been working in healthcare in many different facets for over 25 years. I am eager to work with clients that are struggling with depression, anxiety (feelings of being overwhelmed), social anxiety, mood disorders and so many other mental health problems. I have worked with substance use and drug abuse extensively for over 10 years. Overcoming substance use does not have to be hard, it does not have to be a struggle, I am here to help. Struggling with mental health problems can sometimes be lonely and scary, I am here to listen and offer help and support, you don't have to struggle in silence or alone. I can help.
(612) 662-7985 View (612) 662-7985
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, MN 55805  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Dr. Sara Ocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MN 55008
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
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Integrative Healing Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hibbing, MN 55746
Greetings, I am Tammy Word, a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in providing high-quality healthcare services. My journey in the field of nursing has been driven by a profound commitment to patient well-being, a passion for continuous learning, and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those under my care.
Greetings, I am Tammy Word, a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in providing high-quality healthcare services. My journey in the field of nursing has been driven by a profound commitment to patient well-being, a passion for continuous learning, and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those under my care.
(218) 261-7087 View (218) 261-7087
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Jody Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MN 55744  (Online Only)
My focus is on providing person-centered and evidence-based care. I place great value on the therapeutic alliance formed between patient and provider, and believe this is an essential part of successful treatment. I am an autistic, nonbinary, queer psychiatric nurse practitioner.
My focus is on providing person-centered and evidence-based care. I place great value on the therapeutic alliance formed between patient and provider, and believe this is an essential part of successful treatment. I am an autistic, nonbinary, queer psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(218) 438-0937 View (218) 438-0937
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Tracy Zimmerman-DeSchepper ( Modern Mojo)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
(218) 975-0525 View (218) 975-0525
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Christina Kirchen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chisholm, MN 55719
Christina is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management and therapy services. She has specialty training in perinatal mental health and also cares for those with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis and all other mental health conditions.
Christina is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management and therapy services. She has specialty training in perinatal mental health and also cares for those with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis and all other mental health conditions.
(218) 254-0101 View (218) 254-0101
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Angelica Stoltz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Mora, MN 55051  (Online Only)
Angelica, a compassionate Nurse Practitioner at Recovering Hope Treatment Center, empowers individuals seeking transformation and growth. With non-judgmental care, she helps clients grappling with mental health, behavioral health, and addiction find balance and reclaim their sense of self. Her dedication and empathy inspire hope, fostering resilience on the path to wellness.
Angelica, a compassionate Nurse Practitioner at Recovering Hope Treatment Center, empowers individuals seeking transformation and growth. With non-judgmental care, she helps clients grappling with mental health, behavioral health, and addiction find balance and reclaim their sense of self. Her dedication and empathy inspire hope, fostering resilience on the path to wellness.
(320) 264-8725 View (320) 264-8725

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cloquet, MN

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Psychiatrists in Cloquet, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Eating Disorders

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medica

How Psychiatrists in Cloquet, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cloquet?

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.