Psychiatrists in Proctor, MN

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Patty Jo Mantel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Proctor, MN 55810  (Online Only)
Patty Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner with additional certification in Geriatrics. She strives to provide holistic patient care and include functional/integrative medicine approach to visits. She has a passion for helping patients tap into personal motivation within themselves to be healthy. Patty Jo has treated acute conditions such as skin or respiratory infections, chronic conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. Hypertension, pain, anxiety, and depression are also specialty fields. She is also trained in the FEMM approach for treating women’s health issues such as PMS, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and PCOS.
Patty Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner with additional certification in Geriatrics. She strives to provide holistic patient care and include functional/integrative medicine approach to visits. She has a passion for helping patients tap into personal motivation within themselves to be healthy. Patty Jo has treated acute conditions such as skin or respiratory infections, chronic conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. Hypertension, pain, anxiety, and depression are also specialty fields. She is also trained in the FEMM approach for treating women’s health issues such as PMS, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and PCOS.
(218) 483-7626 View (218) 483-7626

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Christina Kirchen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55811
Christina is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management and therapy services. She has specialty training in perinatal mental health and also cares for those with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis and all other mental health conditions.
Christina is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management and therapy services. She has specialty training in perinatal mental health and also cares for those with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis and all other mental health conditions.
(218) 254-0101 View (218) 254-0101
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Northern Waters Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55811
Immediate openings available. Northern Waters Clinic is comprised of experienced professionals who provide individualized treatment to promote mental health and wellness for the people we serve. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan, family and marital counseling, and Genesight testing. We are offering another option to our community to receive psychiatric and therapy services. Our goal is to provider personal centered care, collaboratively with the clients that we serve.
Immediate openings available. Northern Waters Clinic is comprised of experienced professionals who provide individualized treatment to promote mental health and wellness for the people we serve. Services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan, family and marital counseling, and Genesight testing. We are offering another option to our community to receive psychiatric and therapy services. Our goal is to provider personal centered care, collaboratively with the clients that we serve.
(218) 228-3578 View (218) 228-3578
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Kathy Udovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55805  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance misuse, and other mental health issues across the lifespan. I endeavor to treat the whole person empathetically, compassionately, and non-judgmentally while maintaining the patient’s dignity.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance misuse, and other mental health issues across the lifespan. I endeavor to treat the whole person empathetically, compassionately, and non-judgmentally while maintaining the patient’s dignity.
(218) 695-8528 View (218) 695-8528
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Nexus Of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Duluth, MN 55811
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110
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Mariposa Psychiatric Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Duluth, MN 55806
At Mariposa Psychiatric Center, Elizabeth Homan, MD, MPH is a ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has expertise in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Homan graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2010, Psychiatry Residency Training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2013, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2015. At Mariposa Psychiatric Center obtain the expertise to help your or loved one to adapt and soar.
At Mariposa Psychiatric Center, Elizabeth Homan, MD, MPH is a ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has expertise in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Homan graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2010, Psychiatry Residency Training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2013, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2015. At Mariposa Psychiatric Center obtain the expertise to help your or loved one to adapt and soar.
(319) 536-1964 View (319) 536-1964
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55802
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
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Kari Rengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55810  (Online Only)
What I love about psychiatry is helping you return to your True North. We work together to identify symptoms causing difficulty. We create a treatment plan that is based on your most deeply held beliefs, values, and principles. We celebrate when your symptoms lessen and you feel yourself moving back towards your True North.
What I love about psychiatry is helping you return to your True North. We work together to identify symptoms causing difficulty. We create a treatment plan that is based on your most deeply held beliefs, values, and principles. We celebrate when your symptoms lessen and you feel yourself moving back towards your True North.
(218) 231-5013 View (218) 231-5013
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55808
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(612) 284-0573 View (612) 284-0573
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Karl Olson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55812
I have immediate openings at SensibleMentalHealth.com. Make your life easier by removing the barriers of traditional psychiatric care. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience serving adults with mood, anxiety, thought, trauma, eating, and substance use disorders. I believe in teaching people about the intricacies of mental illness and treatment and advocating for their recovery. I believe medications play a powerful – yet in some cases proportionally small – role in mental health recovery. I am authentic, direct, and empathetic.
I have immediate openings at SensibleMentalHealth.com. Make your life easier by removing the barriers of traditional psychiatric care. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience serving adults with mood, anxiety, thought, trauma, eating, and substance use disorders. I believe in teaching people about the intricacies of mental illness and treatment and advocating for their recovery. I believe medications play a powerful – yet in some cases proportionally small – role in mental health recovery. I am authentic, direct, and empathetic.
(763) 951-1825 View (763) 951-1825
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55802
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
(612) 324-6788 x2 View (612) 324-6788 x2
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55802
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(253) 487-0709 View (253) 487-0709
Dr. Joannah Bluntach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Hermantown, MN 55811
Hello to everyone! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) located in northern Minnesota.I am passionate about helping people and mental health. I strive to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and provide culturally sensitive, non-non-judgmental, non-judgmental, person-centered care. I believe in a holistic, collaborative approach and am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you on meeting your goals. I created Compassionate Quality Psychiatry with the goal to provide quality, compassionate, affordable care to the community in Minnesota.
Hello to everyone! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) located in northern Minnesota.I am passionate about helping people and mental health. I strive to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and provide culturally sensitive, non-non-judgmental, non-judgmental, person-centered care. I believe in a holistic, collaborative approach and am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you on meeting your goals. I created Compassionate Quality Psychiatry with the goal to provide quality, compassionate, affordable care to the community in Minnesota.
(218) 304-0839 View (218) 304-0839
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Jessica Denning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, PHN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, MN 55802  (Online Only)
I empower patients that are motivated for treatment who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar spectrum disorders learn how to regulate their emotions, find pleasure in the little things, and live their best life. I do this by taking the time to Truly Listen and offer a personalized integrative treatment plan including medications, supplements, therapy, and lifestyle coaching. I also specialize in working with healthcare workers who are struggling with burnout.
I empower patients that are motivated for treatment who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar spectrum disorders learn how to regulate their emotions, find pleasure in the little things, and live their best life. I do this by taking the time to Truly Listen and offer a personalized integrative treatment plan including medications, supplements, therapy, and lifestyle coaching. I also specialize in working with healthcare workers who are struggling with burnout.
(651) 867-6764 View (651) 867-6764
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Inner Fokus
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified
Duluth, MN 55802
As an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric medication evaluations and management, as well as Sexuality Counseling and Education Services to clients at Inner Fokus. My clinical foundation lies within my background as a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing psychiatric medication evaluation and management services. Medication with psychotherapy can provide many people with the highest standard of care. It is a big decision to incorporate medication into your psychological care, but the modalities are complementary, and usually lead to the most significant clinical improvement. Each medication appointment involves a complete assessment of symptoms, diagnosis, and collaborative discussion about treatment recommendations.
As an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric medication evaluations and management, as well as Sexuality Counseling and Education Services to clients at Inner Fokus. My clinical foundation lies within my background as a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing psychiatric medication evaluation and management services. Medication with psychotherapy can provide many people with the highest standard of care. It is a big decision to incorporate medication into your psychological care, but the modalities are complementary, and usually lead to the most significant clinical improvement. Each medication appointment involves a complete assessment of symptoms, diagnosis, and collaborative discussion about treatment recommendations.
(218) 789-0561 View (218) 789-0561
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Lisa Ann Miles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, CNM, RN
Verified
Duluth, MN 55805
My web site is mentalhealthmeds.org. You can self-schedule on the website. If you are considering medications, I can help with this decision. I personally know how badly mental-health symptoms can feel. In 2010, I had a serious depressive episode; it so affected me that I changed my career path. The cause of mental illness is not yet fully understood. It is thought that both biology and stress can contribute to the development of mental-illness symptoms. I have been told my greatest strength is my ability to listen and hear what is being said.
My web site is mentalhealthmeds.org. You can self-schedule on the website. If you are considering medications, I can help with this decision. I personally know how badly mental-health symptoms can feel. In 2010, I had a serious depressive episode; it so affected me that I changed my career path. The cause of mental illness is not yet fully understood. It is thought that both biology and stress can contribute to the development of mental-illness symptoms. I have been told my greatest strength is my ability to listen and hear what is being said.
(612) 430-6163 View (612) 430-6163
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Duluth, MN 55805  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Stacey T Mietus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Duluth, MN 55812  (Online Only)
Tele-health only. Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health med visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. You also have a right to mental wellbeing - the ability to experience and move through all normal human emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, anxiety) with the energy and motivation to do the things you need and want to do.
Tele-health only. Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health med visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. You also have a right to mental wellbeing - the ability to experience and move through all normal human emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, anxiety) with the energy and motivation to do the things you need and want to do.
(651) 661-5433 View (651) 661-5433
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Duluth, MN 55805
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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WebMed Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , FNP, LICSW, LPCC
Verified
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 217-0648 View (218) 217-0648

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Number of Psychiatrists in Proctor, MN

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Psychiatrists in Proctor, MN who prioritize treating:

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100% Geriatric and Seniors
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100% Women's Issues

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How Psychiatrists in Proctor, MN see their clients

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Proctor?

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.