Psychiatrists in Maplewood, MN

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Elizabeth Storm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maplewood, MN 55109
Elizabeth Storm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2020. Elizabeth is a compassionate and empathetic professional that values people as individuals. She takes pride in providing timely, patient-specific care based on current evidence-based research. As a provider, Elizabeth takes pride in her ability to listen to, observe, educate, and understand the needs of her clients. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys the outdoors. She and her dogs hike at every opportunity and will jump into any lake not frozen over.
Elizabeth Storm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2020. Elizabeth is a compassionate and empathetic professional that values people as individuals. She takes pride in providing timely, patient-specific care based on current evidence-based research. As a provider, Elizabeth takes pride in her ability to listen to, observe, educate, and understand the needs of her clients. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys the outdoors. She and her dogs hike at every opportunity and will jump into any lake not frozen over.
(651) 467-5067 View (651) 467-5067
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Dr. Dana Eason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maplewood, MN 55117
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

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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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Chandra White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
(651) 615-4470 View (651) 615-4470
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Michelle Rowland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Life can be a struggle for children and/or adolescents with mental health illnesses, as well as for their families. I have a passion for caring for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and I work with families to develop individualized treatment plans. My goal as a dual certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to provide diagnostic assessments, education, referrals, and medication management to improve the lives of my patients and their families.
Life can be a struggle for children and/or adolescents with mental health illnesses, as well as for their families. I have a passion for caring for children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses and I work with families to develop individualized treatment plans. My goal as a dual certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to provide diagnostic assessments, education, referrals, and medication management to improve the lives of my patients and their families.
(651) 358-2415 View (651) 358-2415
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Tamara Tew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Parenting a child and/or adolescent with a mental illness can be challenging and may require asking for help. Kids and teens are complex and often shut their parents out. They are fascinating beings whose lives can be severely disrupted by mental illness. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to provide assessments, medication management, and referrals to help the family get back on track and achieve balance.
Parenting a child and/or adolescent with a mental illness can be challenging and may require asking for help. Kids and teens are complex and often shut their parents out. They are fascinating beings whose lives can be severely disrupted by mental illness. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to provide assessments, medication management, and referrals to help the family get back on track and achieve balance.
(651) 376-2492 View (651) 376-2492
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James Fiske
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Greetings, my name is James Tutu Fiske, a doctoral nurse practitioner with three years of experience in acute psychiatric crisis management, and outpatient treatment of substance abuse and comorbid psychiatric conditions. I am calm and empathetic. All my patients are aware that my work is more than just a job, which is why I also focus on teaching about what I diagnose and what I will propose to treat. Patients will have the final decision to choose from viable options presented to them. I make referrals when they are needed and discussed with the patient.
Greetings, my name is James Tutu Fiske, a doctoral nurse practitioner with three years of experience in acute psychiatric crisis management, and outpatient treatment of substance abuse and comorbid psychiatric conditions. I am calm and empathetic. All my patients are aware that my work is more than just a job, which is why I also focus on teaching about what I diagnose and what I will propose to treat. Patients will have the final decision to choose from viable options presented to them. I make referrals when they are needed and discussed with the patient.
(651) 412-3479 View (651) 412-3479
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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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Chinwe Eke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. I received my Masters from Liberty University, Virginia, and have been practicing for 2 years. I help young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, career stress, and burnout become the best versions of themselves.
Hi! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. I received my Masters from Liberty University, Virginia, and have been practicing for 2 years. I help young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, career stress, and burnout become the best versions of themselves.
(763) 888-8931 View (763) 888-8931
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Dr. Dina M Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55101
My goal is to help you lead a hopeful, fulfilling life. I see adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, alcohol use, psychotic disorders, neurocognitive disorders, ASD, dementia. You will feel heard and validated when you see me. I currently see only adults (older than 18).
My goal is to help you lead a hopeful, fulfilling life. I see adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, alcohol use, psychotic disorders, neurocognitive disorders, ASD, dementia. You will feel heard and validated when you see me. I currently see only adults (older than 18).
(651) 409-4512 View (651) 409-4512
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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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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
(319) 220-6751 View (319) 220-6751
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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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Fatuma Guhad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a dedicated mental health professional who is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. I have worked with a wide range of demographics and have extensive experience working with patients with psychiatric/mental health issues, so I understand the obstacles that everyone faces.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a dedicated mental health professional who is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. I have worked with a wide range of demographics and have extensive experience working with patients with psychiatric/mental health issues, so I understand the obstacles that everyone faces.
(612) 895-1400 View (612) 895-1400
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55130
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(612) 324-4110 View (612) 324-4110
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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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Kellie “Kiki” Hanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55109  (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 believe 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 believe 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
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YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
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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Funsho King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55106
My name is Funsho King (Foon-sha), and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that patients deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic. I like to meet patients where they are, anticipate their needs, and meet those needs so that they can function optimally. I treat mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, etc. throughout the lifespan.
My name is Funsho King (Foon-sha), and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that patients deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic. I like to meet patients where they are, anticipate their needs, and meet those needs so that they can function optimally. I treat mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, etc. throughout the lifespan.
(651) 390-1468 View (651) 390-1468
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Shalene Kennedy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist that specializes in children and adolescents with a special interest in medically complex cases. My practice is primarily with those enrolled in the Aris Clinic –Woodwinds Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents. I place great importance on a team approach to providing care to ensure that a patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all addressed in an interconnected way. The benefits of nutrition, sleep and exercise are also included in my treatment approach.
I am a board certified psychiatrist that specializes in children and adolescents with a special interest in medically complex cases. My practice is primarily with those enrolled in the Aris Clinic –Woodwinds Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents. I place great importance on a team approach to providing care to ensure that a patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all addressed in an interconnected way. The benefits of nutrition, sleep and exercise are also included in my treatment approach.
(651) 349-4698 View (651) 349-4698

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Maplewood, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Maplewood, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Maplewood, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maplewood?

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.