Psychiatrists in Douglas County, NV

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Photo of Richard A. Bermudes, Psychiatrist in Douglas County, NV
Richard A. Bermudes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Bermudes is a compassionate, collaborative board-certified psychiatrist specializing in treating teens and adults with Major Depression, Bipolar Depression, and Anxiety conditions such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. He has been at the forefront of numerous innovative treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Esketamine, and Ketamine. In his telehealth practice, he incorporates cutting-edge medication management and psychological treatments.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Bermudes is a compassionate, collaborative board-certified psychiatrist specializing in treating teens and adults with Major Depression, Bipolar Depression, and Anxiety conditions such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. He has been at the forefront of numerous innovative treatments, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Esketamine, and Ketamine. In his telehealth practice, he incorporates cutting-edge medication management and psychological treatments.
(775) 403-5332 View (775) 403-5332
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Seaside Wellness & Peace of Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP, ADHDCSP
Verified Verified
Gardnerville, NV 89410
I am a integrative family psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I specialize and am certified as an ADHD clinical service provider and mental health integrative practitioner. I am here to help you overcome obstacles, restore balance, and renew mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I am currently accepting new patients in Nevada and Florida.
I am a integrative family psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. I specialize and am certified as an ADHD clinical service provider and mental health integrative practitioner. I am here to help you overcome obstacles, restore balance, and renew mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I am currently accepting new patients in Nevada and Florida.
(775) 204-4798 View (775) 204-4798
Photo of Lori Darnelle Lewis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Lori Darnelle Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Glenbrook, NV 89413  (Online Only)
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
(770) 562-7345 View (770) 562-7345
Photo of Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Glenbrook, NV 89413
Are you taking medications, but still not feeling like yourself? Do you feel like you need mental healthcare, but are afraid of being put on medications? Have you been tried on multiple medications and have not found one or a combination that works for you? Or do you have no energy and motivation and coffee is barely helping?
Are you taking medications, but still not feeling like yourself? Do you feel like you need mental healthcare, but are afraid of being put on medications? Have you been tried on multiple medications and have not found one or a combination that works for you? Or do you have no energy and motivation and coffee is barely helping?
(702) 745-1902 View (702) 745-1902

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Dr. Anthony Quinn, Psychiatrist in Douglas County, NV
Dr. Anthony Quinn
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
(702) 820-4164 View (702) 820-4164
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 628-6098 View (775) 628-6098
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Solidarity Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, BS, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
I treat people across a broad spectrum of age, background, and need. I have a person centered focus, we will work together to figure out the best approach to achieve your goals. I have been a longtime resident of Northern Nevada. I am a graduate of UNR where I received my Doctorate of Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP). I opened my private practice, Solidarity Mental Health Services, near Downtown Reno, in 2021. I share my life with my husband of over 20 years and our four wonderful children who inspire me to be better.
I treat people across a broad spectrum of age, background, and need. I have a person centered focus, we will work together to figure out the best approach to achieve your goals. I have been a longtime resident of Northern Nevada. I am a graduate of UNR where I received my Doctorate of Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP). I opened my private practice, Solidarity Mental Health Services, near Downtown Reno, in 2021. I share my life with my husband of over 20 years and our four wonderful children who inspire me to be better.
(775) 405-6437 View (775) 405-6437
Photo of Hagop Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sparks, NV 89431
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 628-5858 View (775) 628-5858
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, NP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89511  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am board-certified to treat Children, Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am board-certified to treat Children, Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 313-0622 View (833) 313-0622
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TeleMind
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89503
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(855) 835-3696 View (855) 835-3696
Photo of Shanna Schreurs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Shanna Schreurs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89521
I am currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients for medication management, and adult patients for therapy. I am able to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a treatment that uses eye movements to help take the distressful emotions away from past situations that are troubling and painful and has been shown to have positive effects treating problems stemming from trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, or addictions.
I am currently accepting new adolescent and adult patients for medication management, and adult patients for therapy. I am able to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a treatment that uses eye movements to help take the distressful emotions away from past situations that are troubling and painful and has been shown to have positive effects treating problems stemming from trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, or addictions.
(775) 442-6692 View (775) 442-6692
Photo of Jeffrey W Bayless, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Jeffrey W Bayless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89501  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
(775) 346-6752 View (775) 346-6752
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Reno, NV 89503
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 628-5849 View (775) 628-5849
Photo of Janelle Yim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Janelle Yim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89012  (Online Only)
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
(509) 260-2380 View (509) 260-2380
Photo of David Walsh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
David Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89501  (Online Only)
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
My primary area of interest is in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction, and supporting those in recovery through smart medication management and ongoing therapy. My belief in the recovery model informs my empathic yet pragmatic approach to behavioral healthcare.
(775) 587-2376 View (775) 587-2376
Photo of Mellum Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Mellum Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89501
Nate Mellum is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about treating children and adolescents, but also sees adults on a limited basis. A Reno native, Nate attended University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he specialized in mental health and psychiatry. He worked for five years as a registered nurse at Veteran's Affairs in Reno before deciding to focus on mental health and psychiatry. He has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, consultation on medical floors, and a mental health crisis unit.
Nate Mellum is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about treating children and adolescents, but also sees adults on a limited basis. A Reno native, Nate attended University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate studies where he specialized in mental health and psychiatry. He worked for five years as a registered nurse at Veteran's Affairs in Reno before deciding to focus on mental health and psychiatry. He has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, consultation on medical floors, and a mental health crisis unit.
(775) 256-4309 View (775) 256-4309
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fernley, NV 89408
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(775) 514-7136 View (775) 514-7136
Photo of Regina Wiggins Speights, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Regina Wiggins Speights
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89511
My ideal client is one who is who recognizes they need assistance but is uncertain where to start. My approach to care utilizes motivational interviewing and Phil Barker’s “Tidal Theory.” The "Tidal Theory," gives the client full control over the conversations, speed of progress, and plan of care. My goal is to listen, help you navigate your “life journey”, and provide you with the support and resources to move along your plan.
My ideal client is one who is who recognizes they need assistance but is uncertain where to start. My approach to care utilizes motivational interviewing and Phil Barker’s “Tidal Theory.” The "Tidal Theory," gives the client full control over the conversations, speed of progress, and plan of care. My goal is to listen, help you navigate your “life journey”, and provide you with the support and resources to move along your plan.
(702) 817-2258 View (702) 817-2258
Photo of Annette Rothman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Douglas County, NV
Annette Rothman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89509
My practice is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of youth with ADHD. I am accepting new patients and provide care on the weekends. I am an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. I have extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of youth with various psychiatric conditions, working in both inpatient and outpatient youth psychiatric settings. My clinical interests are varied but I have a strong interest in the treatment of ADHD. I operate my practice completely on my own, intentionally keeping it small so I am able to provide a "concierge" level of care for my patients and families.
My practice is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of youth with ADHD. I am accepting new patients and provide care on the weekends. I am an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. I have extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment of youth with various psychiatric conditions, working in both inpatient and outpatient youth psychiatric settings. My clinical interests are varied but I have a strong interest in the treatment of ADHD. I operate my practice completely on my own, intentionally keeping it small so I am able to provide a "concierge" level of care for my patients and families.
(775) 243-2284 View (775) 243-2284
2Be Wellness Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89521
Are you frustrated by western medicine, and would like a fresh approach to your mental health needs? At 2Be Wellness our integrative approach helps you move towards optimal mental wellbeing. What sets us apart from other clinics? At 2Be, we utilize evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to restore balance in your life and guide you to your highest quality of being.
Are you frustrated by western medicine, and would like a fresh approach to your mental health needs? At 2Be Wellness our integrative approach helps you move towards optimal mental wellbeing. What sets us apart from other clinics? At 2Be, we utilize evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to restore balance in your life and guide you to your highest quality of being.
(775) 256-4815 View (775) 256-4815

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Douglas County, NV

< 10

Psychiatrists in Douglas County, NV who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Cigna and Evernorth
50% TRICARE
50% TriWest

How Psychiatrists in Douglas County, NV see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Douglas 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.