Psychiatrists in Inver Grove Heights, MN

Nels Kurt Langsten
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified Verified
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and therapist with 40 years experience. I am experienced in prescribing psychiatric medications but believe there is substantial evidence that the risks of most psychiatric medications are greater than the benefits. Abruptly stopping medication can cause serious withdrawal symptoms which reinforces the belief that people need to remain on medication indefinitely. My experience with thousands of patients has been that therapy has much more long term benefit than medications and that with good therapy most people can gradually taper off medications eventually. I have a sliding fee scale and accept most major insurance.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and therapist with 40 years experience. I am experienced in prescribing psychiatric medications but believe there is substantial evidence that the risks of most psychiatric medications are greater than the benefits. Abruptly stopping medication can cause serious withdrawal symptoms which reinforces the belief that people need to remain on medication indefinitely. My experience with thousands of patients has been that therapy has much more long term benefit than medications and that with good therapy most people can gradually taper off medications eventually. I have a sliding fee scale and accept most major insurance.
(646) 553-4082 View (646) 553-4082

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AB Holistic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(763) 710-3772 View (763) 710-3772
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InnerClarity Psychiatry & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, PHN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help young adults, women, and mothers struggling with depression, anxiety, and burnout improve their mood, reduce anxiety, feel energized, and engage more effectively in their personal and professional relationships through holistic treatment modalities.
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help young adults, women, and mothers struggling with depression, anxiety, and burnout improve their mood, reduce anxiety, feel energized, and engage more effectively in their personal and professional relationships through holistic treatment modalities.
(952) 260-6430 View (952) 260-6430
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Hanan Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbury, MN 55125
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
(952) 592-9801 View (952) 592-9801
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Kristin Oscarson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rosemount, MN 55068
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. As a Christian, I integrate faith into my practice for clients who are interested. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy with a holistic and integrative approach for ages 14-64, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. As a Christian, I integrate faith into my practice for clients who are interested. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy with a holistic and integrative approach for ages 14-64, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
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Tina Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.livewellnowmhs.net. My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is whole-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.livewellnowmhs.net. My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is whole-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(507) 565-0946 View (507) 565-0946
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Michelle Kotte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Michelle Kotte specializes in depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She takes a holistic approach to your treatment. Michelle is solution based and loves helping her patients meet their treatment and life goals. Michelle has had training in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Beck Institute. Michelle works with patients between the ages of 18-55. She treats patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor concentration, and interpersonal issues. Michelle is a warm provider who uses a direct approach. She is goal-centered and enjoys working with her patients to meet those goals.
Michelle Kotte specializes in depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She takes a holistic approach to your treatment. Michelle is solution based and loves helping her patients meet their treatment and life goals. Michelle has had training in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Beck Institute. Michelle works with patients between the ages of 18-55. She treats patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor concentration, and interpersonal issues. Michelle is a warm provider who uses a direct approach. She is goal-centered and enjoys working with her patients to meet those goals.
(651) 448-8613 View (651) 448-8613
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Ethan Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55116  (Online Only)
Ethan is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings including inpatient, emergency care, and outpatient clinic. Ethan is committed to welcoming patients of all backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals for wellness through evidence-based treatment options.
Ethan is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings including inpatient, emergency care, and outpatient clinic. Ethan is committed to welcoming patients of all backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals for wellness through evidence-based treatment options.
(612) 887-2502 View (612) 887-2502
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Wellpsych Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eagan, MN 55121  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in the States of Minnesota and Maryland, I provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatment of psychiatric conditions including but not limited to depressive and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD and Psychotic disorders across the lifespan.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in the States of Minnesota and Maryland, I provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatment of psychiatric conditions including but not limited to depressive and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD and Psychotic disorders across the lifespan.
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Michael Omomo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
My name is Michael Omomo. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years’ experience in helping people with mental health conditions, I treat individuals from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I believe in an integrated approach to care for individuals with mental health. The types of treatments promoted include holistic healing, psychosocial interventions, and medication management.
My name is Michael Omomo. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years’ experience in helping people with mental health conditions, I treat individuals from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I believe in an integrated approach to care for individuals with mental health. The types of treatments promoted include holistic healing, psychosocial interventions, and medication management.
(651) 564-7607 View (651) 564-7607
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Ekaete Oyeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Ekaete "Eka" Oyeka, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client's uniqueness and ensures holistic care based on individual needs. I provide individualized treatment using an evidence-based approach along with holistic care that facilitates the body’s own natural ability to relieve symptoms. My approach therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on examining and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors to promote positive changes in emotions and behaviors.
Ekaete "Eka" Oyeka, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client's uniqueness and ensures holistic care based on individual needs. I provide individualized treatment using an evidence-based approach along with holistic care that facilitates the body’s own natural ability to relieve symptoms. My approach therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on examining and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors to promote positive changes in emotions and behaviors.
(651) 371-6806 View (651) 371-6806
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Emily James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP/PMH
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55111
Emily James is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2024. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily offers personcentered care and recognizes the unique nature of each patient's journey. Emily believes in utilizing holistic care to address physical, emotional, mental, relational, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing. She is an advocate for evidencebased lifestyle adjustments that promote optimal mental health and wellbeing.
Emily James is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2024. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily offers personcentered care and recognizes the unique nature of each patient's journey. Emily believes in utilizing holistic care to address physical, emotional, mental, relational, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing. She is an advocate for evidencebased lifestyle adjustments that promote optimal mental health and wellbeing.
(612) 324-1866 View (612) 324-1866
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Melissa Buss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Welcome! My name is Melissa Buss, I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I possess the skills and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With over a decade of expertise, I have served as an outpatient clinician in Minnesota addressing the mental health needs of individuals in rural settings.
Welcome! My name is Melissa Buss, I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I possess the skills and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With over a decade of expertise, I have served as an outpatient clinician in Minnesota addressing the mental health needs of individuals in rural settings.
(651) 615-4661 View (651) 615-4661
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Afolake Adewumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
(952) 592-2485 View (952) 592-2485
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Mountain & Valley Sojourning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANCC BC
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101  (Online Only)
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
(507) 533-3136 View (507) 533-3136
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Jacob Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55111
Jacob Robinson is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2019. Jacob believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to mental health care. He specializes in ADHD (AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia. He works closely with his clients to develop personalized treatment plans that incorporate psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle modifications, and complementary therapies as appropriate. Jacob emphasizes patient education and empowerment, striving to create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where individuals feel heard and respected.
Jacob Robinson is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2019. Jacob believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to mental health care. He specializes in ADHD (AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia. He works closely with his clients to develop personalized treatment plans that incorporate psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle modifications, and complementary therapies as appropriate. Jacob emphasizes patient education and empowerment, striving to create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where individuals feel heard and respected.
(651) 386-2256 View (651) 386-2256
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Katlyn Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Hi! I am Katlyn Bowman, Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Yes, it's a mouthful. I believe in meeting people wherever they are in their path towards better wellness. Our sessions usually consistent of checking in on current life stressors/events, lifestyle modifications, and medications. I often use a patient-centered care model and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I truly believe it is important for patients to understand why they feel how they do, what we can do about it, and how we can help move towards better wellness.
Hi! I am Katlyn Bowman, Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Yes, it's a mouthful. I believe in meeting people wherever they are in their path towards better wellness. Our sessions usually consistent of checking in on current life stressors/events, lifestyle modifications, and medications. I often use a patient-centered care model and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I truly believe it is important for patients to understand why they feel how they do, what we can do about it, and how we can help move towards better wellness.
(651) 372-2964 View (651) 372-2964
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Mike Goedken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
Tired of not being heard? Feeling stressed, down, overwhelmed or having a difficult time enjoying anything? I have immediate openings. I am determined to provide compassionate, quality, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. I possess strong clinical skills in managing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders including; anxiety, bipolar disorders, depression, psychotic disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorders. I am currently a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Tired of not being heard? Feeling stressed, down, overwhelmed or having a difficult time enjoying anything? I have immediate openings. I am determined to provide compassionate, quality, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. I possess strong clinical skills in managing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders including; anxiety, bipolar disorders, depression, psychotic disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorders. I am currently a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
(952) 592-5265 View (952) 592-5265
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Princess Gehyigon-Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55121
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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Brooke Kern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55120
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
(952) 295-4039 View (952) 295-4039

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Number of Psychiatrists in Inver Grove Heights, MN

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Psychiatrists in Inver Grove Heights, MN who prioritize treating:

Top 3 insurances accepted

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How Psychiatrists in Inver Grove Heights, 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 Inver Grove Heights?

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.