Psychiatrists in Minnetonka, MN

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Bruno Perossa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55343  (Online Only)
The Physician's Psychiatrist. Frustrated that you or your child is not getting optimal mental health treatment or direct care with your doctor? Burned out and struggling, looking for discreet medication management and therapy? I am a Mayo Clinic trained, child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing tailored care for individuals struggling with an array of challenges from depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma through an integrative lens offering medication management. Email to set up a 15 minute chat instead of calling. I am out of network with insurance but can provide bills for potential reimbursement of OON benefits.
The Physician's Psychiatrist. Frustrated that you or your child is not getting optimal mental health treatment or direct care with your doctor? Burned out and struggling, looking for discreet medication management and therapy? I am a Mayo Clinic trained, child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing tailored care for individuals struggling with an array of challenges from depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma through an integrative lens offering medication management. Email to set up a 15 minute chat instead of calling. I am out of network with insurance but can provide bills for potential reimbursement of OON benefits.
(651) 240-2858 View (651) 240-2858
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Tiffany Hurt
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
With a holistic and patient-centered approach, Tiffany crafts personalized treatment plans rooted in evidence-based practices. Driven by a genuine desire for her patients' well-being, Tiffany empowers them to achieve optimal mental health. Committed to ongoing education, she stays updated on the latest advancements in psychiatric care, ensuring top-notch treatment for those under her care.
With a holistic and patient-centered approach, Tiffany crafts personalized treatment plans rooted in evidence-based practices. Driven by a genuine desire for her patients' well-being, Tiffany empowers them to achieve optimal mental health. Committed to ongoing education, she stays updated on the latest advancements in psychiatric care, ensuring top-notch treatment for those under her care.
(612) 682-1881 View (612) 682-1881
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Twila B Germanson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
(952) 529-4291 View (952) 529-4291
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John G Luehr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
I believe life’s challenges, including emotional wellness challenges, are like a team sport. You are the most important member of your team. But to play your best game, you need other team members for support, insight, coaching, and practice. My main role on the team is that of equipment manager. Your description of the obstacles and difficulties, coupled with my experience and knowledge, allows us as a team to create the best medication strategy for you. Just as the right shoes can help an athlete gain better traction, the right medication can help you engage in the other components of your emotional wellness.
I believe life’s challenges, including emotional wellness challenges, are like a team sport. You are the most important member of your team. But to play your best game, you need other team members for support, insight, coaching, and practice. My main role on the team is that of equipment manager. Your description of the obstacles and difficulties, coupled with my experience and knowledge, allows us as a team to create the best medication strategy for you. Just as the right shoes can help an athlete gain better traction, the right medication can help you engage in the other components of your emotional wellness.
(612) 979-2077 View (612) 979-2077
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Brett Springsted
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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
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David Brandsrud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Creating an environment where you feel respected, cared for, and understood is my ultimate goal. I want to learn about your history, what stands in the way of you feeling better, and how we can get there together. I will not simply write a prescription and send you on your way – establishing a trusted, long-term partnership is crucial for success. I believe in judicious use of medication, paying full attention to pros and cons. Together we will create a treatment plan that best meets your needs. I am happy to see children, adults, and everyone in between. We can talk about everything from serotonin to sports to spirituality.
Creating an environment where you feel respected, cared for, and understood is my ultimate goal. I want to learn about your history, what stands in the way of you feeling better, and how we can get there together. I will not simply write a prescription and send you on your way – establishing a trusted, long-term partnership is crucial for success. I believe in judicious use of medication, paying full attention to pros and cons. Together we will create a treatment plan that best meets your needs. I am happy to see children, adults, and everyone in between. We can talk about everything from serotonin to sports to spirituality.
(952) 234-3570 View (952) 234-3570
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Ulas M Camsari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Ulas Camsari, M.D. ( Dr. C ) is a quadruple boarded psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has trained at Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Camsari is board certified in four areas of psychiatry: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
Ulas Camsari, M.D. ( Dr. C ) is a quadruple boarded psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has trained at Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Camsari is board certified in four areas of psychiatry: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
(612) 400-7644 View (612) 400-7644
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TMS Center at Sonder Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Are you (or is someone you care about) struggling with severe depression that hasn’t improved, no matter what you’ve tried? We’re excited to introduce you to our newest offering at Sonder: TMS. It’s safe. Effective. Drug-free. And covered by most insurance companies. To learn more, visit us at www.sonderwellness.com
Are you (or is someone you care about) struggling with severe depression that hasn’t improved, no matter what you’ve tried? We’re excited to introduce you to our newest offering at Sonder: TMS. It’s safe. Effective. Drug-free. And covered by most insurance companies. To learn more, visit us at www.sonderwellness.com
(952) 260-0244 View (952) 260-0244
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Ralphvan Healthcare Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Telehealth appointments are available on weekends. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years' experience helping with your mental health concerns from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Telehealth appointments are available on weekends. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years' experience helping with your mental health concerns from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
(952) 592-3987 View (952) 592-3987
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Cassy Burton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
(763) 275-9961 View (763) 275-9961
Photo of Jeanne Bailey, Psychiatrist in Minnetonka, MN
Jeanne Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55345
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
(952) 388-2364 View (952) 388-2364
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Dan J. L. Durbin
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55345
As a clinician, Dan strives to collaborate with each patient to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates a variety of evidence-based healing modalities that may include psychotherapy, exercise, dietary changes, medications, behavioral modifications, positive psychology, and even spirituality (broadly defined), if desired. He particularly enjoys utilizing narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with his patients. Dan always conducts a thorough medication review for each patient to ensure their medications are safe and appropriately dosed.
As a clinician, Dan strives to collaborate with each patient to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates a variety of evidence-based healing modalities that may include psychotherapy, exercise, dietary changes, medications, behavioral modifications, positive psychology, and even spirituality (broadly defined), if desired. He particularly enjoys utilizing narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with his patients. Dan always conducts a thorough medication review for each patient to ensure their medications are safe and appropriately dosed.
(952) 234-6591 View (952) 234-6591
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Plymouth Psych Group
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55343
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
(763) 225-2551 View (763) 225-2551
Photo of Joan Gibson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Minnetonka, MN
Joan Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55345
We work hard at ensuring people get quality mental health care from their first visit forward and are here to support individuals throughout their journey. We provide care for patients who have a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia and comorbid medical/psychiatric conditions. We treat each person with compassion, we speak kindly to others, listen carefully without judgement, we are empathetic to other people's needs and have a desire to help people. The most rewarding part our job is seeing patients who feel and function better.
We work hard at ensuring people get quality mental health care from their first visit forward and are here to support individuals throughout their journey. We provide care for patients who have a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia and comorbid medical/psychiatric conditions. We treat each person with compassion, we speak kindly to others, listen carefully without judgement, we are empathetic to other people's needs and have a desire to help people. The most rewarding part our job is seeing patients who feel and function better.
(952) 900-4427 View (952) 900-4427
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Kayla Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Welcome! I am double board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I believe in working with my patients to develop a plan that works for their individual needs. I focus on not only mental health but also the physical health of my patients.
Welcome! I am double board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I believe in working with my patients to develop a plan that works for their individual needs. I focus on not only mental health but also the physical health of my patients.
(763) 373-7617 View (763) 373-7617
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Haley Carlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
(763) 294-7972 View (763) 294-7972
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Shannon Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
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Jamie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minnetonka, MN 55305
In the whirlwind of life's crazy moments, it's okay to feel like you've been caught in a tornado of emotions. Whether you're dealing with a wild rollercoaster ride like parenthood, marriage, a new career journey, or just trying to decode the map of your own life, I'm here to be your co-pilot. You're not alone in this adventure. So, if you're thinking, "Is there a guidebook for this? Can I get a GPS for my emotions?" Well, you've found it! Life can throw some seriously unexpected curveballs, but I've got the catcher's mitt ready. Think of it as your emotional compass, here to help you rediscover your inner superhero.
In the whirlwind of life's crazy moments, it's okay to feel like you've been caught in a tornado of emotions. Whether you're dealing with a wild rollercoaster ride like parenthood, marriage, a new career journey, or just trying to decode the map of your own life, I'm here to be your co-pilot. You're not alone in this adventure. So, if you're thinking, "Is there a guidebook for this? Can I get a GPS for my emotions?" Well, you've found it! Life can throw some seriously unexpected curveballs, but I've got the catcher's mitt ready. Think of it as your emotional compass, here to help you rediscover your inner superhero.
(763) 401-7520 View (763) 401-7520

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Psychotherapy & Healing Associates
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Edina, MN 55343
Many different factors cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. There may be situational, biological or hormonal components to a person’s suffering. Better self-care, coping techniques, and other alternatives may help, but may not bring enough relief or recovery necessary to function effectively and feel good. We perform thorough evaluations and have a discussion with you to determine if medication would be helpful or advised. Each person’s comfort level is respected and nothing is prescribed that goes against your willingness or readiness.
Many different factors cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. There may be situational, biological or hormonal components to a person’s suffering. Better self-care, coping techniques, and other alternatives may help, but may not bring enough relief or recovery necessary to function effectively and feel good. We perform thorough evaluations and have a discussion with you to determine if medication would be helpful or advised. Each person’s comfort level is respected and nothing is prescribed that goes against your willingness or readiness.
(651) 564-8254 View (651) 564-8254
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Anthony Shabrack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55343
Anthony Shabrack (MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC) is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner in Minnesota with over 12 years experience in psychiatric nursing and mental health care. He studied at Walden University where he earned a Master of Science in Nursing and is now a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is Board Certified by the ANCC. Anthony views mental health as the cornerstone of a person’s overall health. He believes that in order for a person to be truly healthy, their mental health must first in a good state.
Anthony Shabrack (MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC) is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner in Minnesota with over 12 years experience in psychiatric nursing and mental health care. He studied at Walden University where he earned a Master of Science in Nursing and is now a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is Board Certified by the ANCC. Anthony views mental health as the cornerstone of a person’s overall health. He believes that in order for a person to be truly healthy, their mental health must first in a good state.
(763) 284-5792 View (763) 284-5792

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Minnetonka, MN

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Minnetonka, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management
67% ADHD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
85% Optum
69% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Minnetonka, MN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Minnetonka?

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.