Psychiatrists in Hennepin County, MN

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Photo of Dr. Bola Salabiu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Dr. Bola Salabiu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444  (Online Only)
Dr. Bola Salabiu is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of working with people experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, eating DO, Mental, Behavioral, Neurodevelopmental disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, and others. Bola sees patients through Lifespan for Mental health and medication management. Bola has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, couples, and groups in clinical and outpatient settings. In her clinical work,
Dr. Bola Salabiu is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of working with people experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, eating DO, Mental, Behavioral, Neurodevelopmental disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, and others. Bola sees patients through Lifespan for Mental health and medication management. Bola has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, couples, and groups in clinical and outpatient settings. In her clinical work,
(612) 800-8165 View (612) 800-8165
Photo of Tina Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Tina Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55439  (Online Only)
Are the shadows of depression, anxiety, ADHD, or PTSD casting a heavy toll on you or your daily life? I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner here to provide more than just clinical expertise, I offer a listening ear, a guiding hand, and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? I specialize in crafting tailored treatment plans that consider your unique experiences. Let's embark on a collaborative journey, where your concerns are not just heard but form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
Are the shadows of depression, anxiety, ADHD, or PTSD casting a heavy toll on you or your daily life? I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner here to provide more than just clinical expertise, I offer a listening ear, a guiding hand, and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? I specialize in crafting tailored treatment plans that consider your unique experiences. Let's embark on a collaborative journey, where your concerns are not just heard but form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
(507) 565-0946 View (507) 565-0946
Photo of Kayla E Nowak, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Kayla E Nowak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, CNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55439
I am passionate about providing patient centered care. I enjoys education and being a life-long learner. My clinical interests encompass a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. With a diverse clinical background and experience in treating patients in various settings, I focus on integrating traditional psychiatric treatments with complementary approaches. This allows me to provide my patients with the best tools possible to achieve their goals.
I am passionate about providing patient centered care. I enjoys education and being a life-long learner. My clinical interests encompass a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. With a diverse clinical background and experience in treating patients in various settings, I focus on integrating traditional psychiatric treatments with complementary approaches. This allows me to provide my patients with the best tools possible to achieve their goals.
(952) 234-6184 View (952) 234-6184
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Mood And Anxiety Disorders Center
Psychiatrist
Verified
The providers at our clinic are dedicated to providing the most empathetic, effective, evidence-based treatment for our patients with mood and anxiety disorders. Our providers understand the complexities of the various psychiatric medications used to manage these illnesses so our treatments are more effective. We have often found that patients who are referred to us have been put on many psychiatric medications that may not be truly targeting the individual's symptoms. We take the time to truly understand our patients, therefore, our treatment is truly more tailored to the individual.
The providers at our clinic are dedicated to providing the most empathetic, effective, evidence-based treatment for our patients with mood and anxiety disorders. Our providers understand the complexities of the various psychiatric medications used to manage these illnesses so our treatments are more effective. We have often found that patients who are referred to us have been put on many psychiatric medications that may not be truly targeting the individual's symptoms. We take the time to truly understand our patients, therefore, our treatment is truly more tailored to the individual.
(952) 260-2451 View (952) 260-2451
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YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446
At YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis, we believe it’s ‘your time’ to feel better. We are dedicated to assisting adults, teenagers, and children with using psychiatric medication and medical cannabis to improve mental health.
At YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis, we believe it’s ‘your time’ to feel better. We are dedicated to assisting adults, teenagers, and children with using psychiatric medication and medical cannabis to improve mental health.
(763) 343-5759 View (763) 343-5759
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
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 Tami L Kittleson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Tami L Kittleson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
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
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
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 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.
(612) 682-5855 View (612) 682-5855
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Prakriti Chaulagain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55416  (Online Only)
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
(612) 887-3591 View (612) 887-3591
Photo of Lisa Ocker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Lisa Ocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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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Michael O'Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369
At Innovative Psychological Consultants we know there are always ways to feel better. People can't control their genetics and body chemistry on their own. Issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and others all have a basis in physiology and brain chemistry. With the right diagnosis, we can find the right tools to bring your chemistry into alignment and give you the relief you are seeking. Mental health issues are not a personal weakness and nothing to be ashamed of; or suffer with. Let's work together to find a solution.
At Innovative Psychological Consultants we know there are always ways to feel better. People can't control their genetics and body chemistry on their own. Issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD and others all have a basis in physiology and brain chemistry. With the right diagnosis, we can find the right tools to bring your chemistry into alignment and give you the relief you are seeking. Mental health issues are not a personal weakness and nothing to be ashamed of; or suffer with. Let's work together to find a solution.
(763) 284-5631 View (763) 284-5631
Photo of Jacqueline Cooper, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Jacqueline Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Jackie Cooper is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in mental health. She's skilled in working with a variety of patient populations across the mental health care continuum and treats adults ages 18 and older. Jackie is passionate about helping people live their best lives and strives to provide care that is meaningful to each individual and fully involves each patient in their care.
Jackie Cooper is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in mental health. She's skilled in working with a variety of patient populations across the mental health care continuum and treats adults ages 18 and older. Jackie is passionate about helping people live their best lives and strives to provide care that is meaningful to each individual and fully involves each patient in their care.
(612) 482-2521 View (612) 482-2521
Photo of Dr. Dana Eason, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Dr. Dana Eason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55425
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
(248) 710-0775 View (248) 710-0775
Photo of Brett Springsted, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Brett Springsted
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
My professional ambition is to create a stigma free, collaborative environment where my patients can feel comfortable and respected. Communication between provider and client is paramount in achieving the ultimate goal, your mental well-being. Whether it’s lifestyle changes, therapeutic techniques, or medication management, I will tailor your treatment to align with your personal vision of a healthy life. This is never a “one size fits all” approach as our minds are all created in diverse and unique ways. Often, adjustments are needed to identify the best approach to realize the most optimal treatment plan.
My professional ambition is to create a stigma free, collaborative environment where my patients can feel comfortable and respected. Communication between provider and client is paramount in achieving the ultimate goal, your mental well-being. Whether it’s lifestyle changes, therapeutic techniques, or medication management, I will tailor your treatment to align with your personal vision of a healthy life. This is never a “one size fits all” approach as our minds are all created in diverse and unique ways. Often, adjustments are needed to identify the best approach to realize the most optimal treatment plan.
(612) 482-1653 View (612) 482-1653
Photo of Joy Kubis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Joy Kubis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Joy Kubis is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has over 16 years' experience in mental health. She has a Master of Science in Nursing. Joy has experience working with inpatient, county, and civilly committed patients at the Minnesota Security Hospital. Joy completes diagnostic assessments, individual psychotherapy, medication management, and individual treatment plans to fit the individual's unique needs. She specializes in adult psychiatric care, assessing and treating adults 18+ with a variety of mental health conditions.
Joy Kubis is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has over 16 years' experience in mental health. She has a Master of Science in Nursing. Joy has experience working with inpatient, county, and civilly committed patients at the Minnesota Security Hospital. Joy completes diagnostic assessments, individual psychotherapy, medication management, and individual treatment plans to fit the individual's unique needs. She specializes in adult psychiatric care, assessing and treating adults 18+ with a variety of mental health conditions.
(763) 324-9167 View (763) 324-9167
Photo of Cassie Renee Rider, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Cassie Renee Rider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425  (Online Only)
Are you considering medication management for your mental health? I can help! Dealing with mental health issues can often be intimidating or make you feel ashamed. Are you afraid of being judged? Are you afraid to talk to someone about your mental health? I am here to tell you "Don't be! Our meeting can be like two old friends sitting down talking and having coffee! I can discuss your anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and many other mental health concerns with compassion and empathy. I believe that mental health treatment should be holistic; treating patients mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Are you considering medication management for your mental health? I can help! Dealing with mental health issues can often be intimidating or make you feel ashamed. Are you afraid of being judged? Are you afraid to talk to someone about your mental health? I am here to tell you "Don't be! Our meeting can be like two old friends sitting down talking and having coffee! I can discuss your anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and many other mental health concerns with compassion and empathy. I believe that mental health treatment should be holistic; treating patients mentally, physically, and spiritually.
(715) 710-1040 View (715) 710-1040
Photo of Krista Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Krista Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
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
Photo of Kellie “Kiki” Hanson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Hennepin County, MN
Kellie “Kiki” Hanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
I don't really have an "ideal" client. I am in this field to help everyone, not only bigger issues, but what we would perceive as "small" ones as well. I think everyone has something in their life that needs to be tweaked, and I think with medication, therapy, and coping skill, most people can conquer their problems. It just takes a lot of hard work, and those are the types of patients I love. The ones not afraid to put the work in to become healthy, both mentally and physically.
I don't really have an "ideal" client. I am in this field to help everyone, not only bigger issues, but what we would perceive as "small" ones as well. I think everyone has something in their life that needs to be tweaked, and I think with medication, therapy, and coping skill, most people can conquer their problems. It just takes a lot of hard work, and those are the types of patients I love. The ones not afraid to put the work in to become healthy, both mentally and physically.
(763) 265-7126 View (763) 265-7126
Photo of Michael Moore, Psychiatrist in Hennepin County, MN
Michael Moore
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55402
I am board certified in adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. I offer psychoanalytic treatment, ranging from weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy to psychoanalysis. I prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and therapy. The benefits of such treatment not just symptom alleviation, but permanent desired changes and expanded self-knowledge that improve the quality and depth of one's life. Psychoanalytic treatment is aimed towards permanent improvement and improved mental and physical health. It leads to expanded possibilities in relationships and work and an increased sense of agency in one's life.
I am board certified in adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. I offer psychoanalytic treatment, ranging from weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy to psychoanalysis. I prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and therapy. The benefits of such treatment not just symptom alleviation, but permanent desired changes and expanded self-knowledge that improve the quality and depth of one's life. Psychoanalytic treatment is aimed towards permanent improvement and improved mental and physical health. It leads to expanded possibilities in relationships and work and an increased sense of agency in one's life.
(612) 294-7628 View (612) 294-7628
Photo of Tiffany Hurt, Physician Assistant in Hennepin County, MN
Tiffany Hurt
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
As a psychiatric physician's assistant, I use a patient-centered approach to evaluate the whole person. I believe there are many avenues for mental wellness, and medications can be an important tool on the path to feeling better.
As a psychiatric physician's assistant, I use a patient-centered approach to evaluate the whole person. I believe there are many avenues for mental wellness, and medications can be an important tool on the path to feeling better.
(612) 682-1881 View (612) 682-1881

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hennepin County, MN

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Hennepin County, MN who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
82% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hennepin County, MN see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hennepin 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.