Psychiatrists in Sandoval County, NM

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Photo of undefined - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, APRN, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients in New Mexico for telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present with loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients in New Mexico for telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present with loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 531-0387 View (833) 531-0387
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Jacqueline E Willis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive mental health services that integrate primary care with psychopharmacology. I am trained to diagnose, assess, order, and interpret diagnostic tests and create a treatment plan for clients across the life span. I treat clients of all ages by providing individual, family, and group therapy. Patients can be seen face to face office visits or via telepsychiatry which is available for those who are unable to take time off from work and family or other important activities to drive two or more hours to see a specialist; the wait time is reduced to 2 hours or less.
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive mental health services that integrate primary care with psychopharmacology. I am trained to diagnose, assess, order, and interpret diagnostic tests and create a treatment plan for clients across the life span. I treat clients of all ages by providing individual, family, and group therapy. Patients can be seen face to face office visits or via telepsychiatry which is available for those who are unable to take time off from work and family or other important activities to drive two or more hours to see a specialist; the wait time is reduced to 2 hours or less.
(505) 305-0676 View (505) 305-0676
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Chikodili Obianuju Oji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
My name is Chikodi Oji, I am a certified-PMNHP in NM. I do medication management for individuals with mental health illness sucu as Depression Anxiety, PTSD, Panic attacks, Bipolar
My name is Chikodi Oji, I am a certified-PMNHP in NM. I do medication management for individuals with mental health illness sucu as Depression Anxiety, PTSD, Panic attacks, Bipolar
(505) 596-4249 View (505) 596-4249
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Selenite Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Abigail Banmbuh, owner of Selenite Health & Wellness LLC, I help adults who are struggling with depression/anxiety and sleep issues or those who are wandering if they are suffering from the above, through providing an initial assessment and discussing medication or therapy or both.
Hello my name is Abigail Banmbuh, owner of Selenite Health & Wellness LLC, I help adults who are struggling with depression/anxiety and sleep issues or those who are wandering if they are suffering from the above, through providing an initial assessment and discussing medication or therapy or both.
(505) 421-7651 View (505) 421-7651
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Janice M Penn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, CNS
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
We help patients with mood disorders, i.e. depression, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders. We recognize that each individual presents with unique needs. Our goal is to assist our clients to reach their goals that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. We build on your strengths. We are culturally sensitive and responsive.
We help patients with mood disorders, i.e. depression, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders. We recognize that each individual presents with unique needs. Our goal is to assist our clients to reach their goals that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. We build on your strengths. We are culturally sensitive and responsive.
(505) 892-3639 View (505) 892-3639
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
100% Online Visit. Schedule ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com You finally decide it's time to get some help. You don't have time to take out of your day for a visit. With AtYourServicePsychiatry.com, we offer video visits from your computer or phone with prescription medications sent electronically to your pharmacy. Telepsychiatry is an easier way to get care from the privacy of your home. Online ADHD Care, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder.
100% Online Visit. Schedule ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com You finally decide it's time to get some help. You don't have time to take out of your day for a visit. With AtYourServicePsychiatry.com, we offer video visits from your computer or phone with prescription medications sent electronically to your pharmacy. Telepsychiatry is an easier way to get care from the privacy of your home. Online ADHD Care, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder.
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Yuliya Caprietta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Currently offering SAME week appointments! I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering exceptional and empathetic care. I perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management with an emphasis on holistic approach, and consideration of each patient’s history, traumatic life events, current circumstances, and personal preferences. While my primary focus is medication management, I integrate various therapeutic techniques into every session, ensuring a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
Currently offering SAME week appointments! I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to delivering exceptional and empathetic care. I perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management with an emphasis on holistic approach, and consideration of each patient’s history, traumatic life events, current circumstances, and personal preferences. While my primary focus is medication management, I integrate various therapeutic techniques into every session, ensuring a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
(505) 391-3552 View (505) 391-3552
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Sharon Sama
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Sharon Sama, a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) based in New Mexico. I bring a wealth of expertise and compassion to my Telehealth practice featured on Psychology Today. With a commitment to patient-centered care, I specialize in aiding individuals grappling with a spectrum of mental health challenges. My ideal clients often navigate the complexities of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, seeking a dedicated professional who can provide nuanced support tailored to their unique experiences.
Hello, I am Sharon Sama, a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) based in New Mexico. I bring a wealth of expertise and compassion to my Telehealth practice featured on Psychology Today. With a commitment to patient-centered care, I specialize in aiding individuals grappling with a spectrum of mental health challenges. My ideal clients often navigate the complexities of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, seeking a dedicated professional who can provide nuanced support tailored to their unique experiences.
(505) 560-0340 View (505) 560-0340
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Eshcol Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Bernalillo, NM 87004  (Online Only)
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 8 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
(832) 981-7930 View (832) 981-7930
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(505) 591-4656 View (505) 591-4656
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Shannon Starkey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and developmental challenges, as well as a wide range of other concerns. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services through telehealth and in-person visits. I also offer guidance in mindfulness meditation.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and developmental challenges, as well as a wide range of other concerns. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services through telehealth and in-person visits. I also offer guidance in mindfulness meditation.
(505) 657-8734 View (505) 657-8734
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(505) 437-4925 View (505) 437-4925
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Blissful Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87144  (Online Only)
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
(505) 605-6848 View (505) 605-6848
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Grounded Mind Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corrales, NM 87048  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Jessica Matos and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Masters in Nursing. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals and families through the lifespan. I possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
Welcome! My name is Jessica Matos and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Masters in Nursing. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals and families through the lifespan. I possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
(505) 295-5458 View (505) 295-5458
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ABQ Behavioral Services/ABQ Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
To receive the best and favorable care entails the provider to be an expert and know you as a person. Understanding emotions & behaviors can be challenging and we are all distinctive people with unique life experiences, relationships, and strengths.. I join with the patient to help them explore meaning and purpose. Due to my pragmatic nature, I also pay attention to their behaviors. I have demonstrated expertise in in supporting patients with multiple chronic co morbidities including diagnosing, treating and initiating medication, performing diagnostic interventions and executing follow ups as required. Fashioned treatment.
To receive the best and favorable care entails the provider to be an expert and know you as a person. Understanding emotions & behaviors can be challenging and we are all distinctive people with unique life experiences, relationships, and strengths.. I join with the patient to help them explore meaning and purpose. Due to my pragmatic nature, I also pay attention to their behaviors. I have demonstrated expertise in in supporting patients with multiple chronic co morbidities including diagnosing, treating and initiating medication, performing diagnostic interventions and executing follow ups as required. Fashioned treatment.
(505) 278-6669 View (505) 278-6669
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Lucia Marquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87144  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Lucia Marquez, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in El Paso, TX. With a heart for service and over two decades of diverse medical experience, I bring a unique blend of empathy and expertise to mental health care. My journey began in Mexico as a medical doctor, which laid the foundation for my deep-seated passion for patient care. Transitioning to nursing, I graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and have since been recognized with the prestigious Nurse Excellence Award. Fluent in both English and Spanish, I bridge language barriers to provide inclusive care.
Welcome! I'm Lucia Marquez, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in El Paso, TX. With a heart for service and over two decades of diverse medical experience, I bring a unique blend of empathy and expertise to mental health care. My journey began in Mexico as a medical doctor, which laid the foundation for my deep-seated passion for patient care. Transitioning to nursing, I graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and have since been recognized with the prestigious Nurse Excellence Award. Fluent in both English and Spanish, I bridge language barriers to provide inclusive care.
(505) 806-1745 View (505) 806-1745
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Millian Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
(321) 341-5154 View (321) 341-5154
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Keira Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87144  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with life? Are you are struggling to get through the day? Do you feel underwater, not yourself, like there is no hope anymore? At NP Psych and Mental Health, we can help. We offer in-depth psychiatric evaluations and medication management therapies to help you get back to who you want to be. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan uniquely suited to you. We are accepting NEW PATIENTS in ARIZONA and NEW MEXICO
Do you feel overwhelmed with life? Are you are struggling to get through the day? Do you feel underwater, not yourself, like there is no hope anymore? At NP Psych and Mental Health, we can help. We offer in-depth psychiatric evaluations and medication management therapies to help you get back to who you want to be. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan uniquely suited to you. We are accepting NEW PATIENTS in ARIZONA and NEW MEXICO
(480) 470-9127 View (480) 470-9127
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Labyrinth Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Rio Rancho, NM 87124  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing uncontrolled anxiety or panic attacks? Do you have trouble in social settings? Let us help you. We are a telepsychiatry practice that provides quality, convenient mental health care. We assist clients by providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, and more. Appointments are 100% online through a HIPAA-compliant, secure platform.
Are you experiencing uncontrolled anxiety or panic attacks? Do you have trouble in social settings? Let us help you. We are a telepsychiatry practice that provides quality, convenient mental health care. We assist clients by providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, and more. Appointments are 100% online through a HIPAA-compliant, secure platform.
(505) 209-8377 View (505) 209-8377
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Njideka Domrufus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(505) 309-3856 View (505) 309-3856

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sandoval County, NM

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Sandoval County, NM who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
87% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
78% ADHD
78% Bipolar Disorder
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Sandoval County, NM see their clients

69% Online Only
31% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

95% Female
5% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sandoval County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.