Psychiatrists in Sparks, NV

Photo of Dominique Sanders - Raelin Bright Wellness, PhD, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89436  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(971) 601-3087 View (971) 601-3087
Photo of Hagop Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Angela Mangum - Bee Mindful Mental Health and Wellness Center PLLC, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bee Mindful Mental Health and Wellness Center PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89436
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, from Sparks, Nevada, who works with children, adolescents, and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and much more.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, from Sparks, Nevada, who works with children, adolescents, and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and much more.
(775) 256-6811 View (775) 256-6811
Photo of Aline Paredes - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, APRN, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, NP
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89436  (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
Photo of Shanna Schreurs, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shanna Schreurs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sparks, NV 89434
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
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Behavioral Health Solutions
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89431  (Online Only)
***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. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
***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. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(725) 226-3505 View (725) 226-3505
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F Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89434  (Online Only)
My private psychiatric consulting practice is devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I often see folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The two letters after my surname are M and D. To me these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
My private psychiatric consulting practice is devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I often see folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The two letters after my surname are M and D. To me these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(844) 390-3778 View (844) 390-3778
Photo of Brandee Lynn Shipman - Solidarity Mental Health Services, Brandee Shipman, DNP, APRN, BS, BSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Solidarity Mental Health Services, Brandee Shipman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, BS, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89431
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 Martha Akinbile, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Martha Akinbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sparks, NV 89434  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Martha is committed to providing high-quality mental health care to individuals across various age groups (6+ and 99). With a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing, she specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With Martha's empathetic nature and excellent communication skills, Martha encourages her patients to open up about their struggles, aiding in their journey towards mental wellness.
As a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Martha is committed to providing high-quality mental health care to individuals across various age groups (6+ and 99). With a strong foundation in psychiatric nursing, she specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. With Martha's empathetic nature and excellent communication skills, Martha encourages her patients to open up about their struggles, aiding in their journey towards mental wellness.
(262) 384-5771 View (262) 384-5771

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Dr. Nicole Gregorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89701
Are you feeling overwhelmed by non-stop worry, racing thoughts, and an overpowering sense of unease? Is anxiety impacting your daily life, making it difficult to concentrate, sleep, or engage in activities you once enjoyed? If the weight of anxiety is bearing down on you, know that you're not alone. Are you experiencing a persistent low mood, a loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and making every day a bit more challenging? Perhaps you're carrying the weight of past experience. Do you feel haunted by memories that affect your present?
Are you feeling overwhelmed by non-stop worry, racing thoughts, and an overpowering sense of unease? Is anxiety impacting your daily life, making it difficult to concentrate, sleep, or engage in activities you once enjoyed? If the weight of anxiety is bearing down on you, know that you're not alone. Are you experiencing a persistent low mood, a loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and making every day a bit more challenging? Perhaps you're carrying the weight of past experience. Do you feel haunted by memories that affect your present?
(702) 830-9588 View (702) 830-9588
Photo of Katylynn Hymas, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katylynn Hymas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89702
NOW offering ketamine services, inquire and let's talk about it. We believe that your mental illness does not define you. We recognize that mental illness is not a choice, but treatment is – and we're here to help. Our services span a wide range of mental health conditions, especially treatment resistant depression. Let's take the first step towards total mental wellness together.
NOW offering ketamine services, inquire and let's talk about it. We believe that your mental illness does not define you. We recognize that mental illness is not a choice, but treatment is – and we're here to help. Our services span a wide range of mental health conditions, especially treatment resistant depression. Let's take the first step towards total mental wellness together.
(775) 521-6608 View (775) 521-6608
Photo of Nate Mellum - Mellum Family Psychiatry, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mellum Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carson City, NV 89701
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 Angela Sanders - Seaside Wellness & Peace of Mind Psychiatry, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP, ADHDCSP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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 Brandon Burr - Adhd Aid, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adhd Aid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Carson City, NV 89706
Imagine your ideal self. What challenges are you facing? Welcome to a new beginning. Covid-19 is over, and we are accepting new patients. Say goodbye to long wait times. Whether you're a student or a professional struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression, help is here. Take the first step towards a brighter future today. Make an appointment, get tested, and start enjoying life again. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing for ADA accommodations. Anxiety and sleep issues can mimic ADHD, and untreated depression can present similar symptoms. Let’s uncover your true struggles and achieve your goals.
Imagine your ideal self. What challenges are you facing? Welcome to a new beginning. Covid-19 is over, and we are accepting new patients. Say goodbye to long wait times. Whether you're a student or a professional struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression, help is here. Take the first step towards a brighter future today. Make an appointment, get tested, and start enjoying life again. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing for ADA accommodations. Anxiety and sleep issues can mimic ADHD, and untreated depression can present similar symptoms. Let’s uncover your true struggles and achieve your goals.
(775) 347-8256 View (775) 347-8256
Photo of Grace Cadavona, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Cadavona
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89701  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Grace and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Grace Cadavona is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career working as a registered nurse in 2013. She has worked in a multitude of hospitals and outpatient facilities focusing on diverse areas including psychiatric, geriatric, juvenile correctional, medical detox, public health, community, and telehealth settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Grace and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Grace Cadavona is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career working as a registered nurse in 2013. She has worked in a multitude of hospitals and outpatient facilities focusing on diverse areas including psychiatric, geriatric, juvenile correctional, medical detox, public health, community, and telehealth settings. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(775) 441-7454 View (775) 441-7454
Photo of Trae Stewart, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Trae Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carson City, NV 89703  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
(702) 887-1601 View (702) 887-1601

Online Psychiatrists

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Ohio Valley Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89511
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
(502) 586-2592 View (502) 586-2592
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Intricate Mind & Body LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Reno, NV 89503
Intricate Mind & Body offers Psychiatric Care, Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management. Our goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment where you will feel comfortable and confident in the care we provide and the care you receive.
Intricate Mind & Body offers Psychiatric Care, Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management. Our goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment where you will feel comfortable and confident in the care we provide and the care you receive.
(775) 452-4407 View (775) 452-4407
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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
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Sparks, NV

< 10

Psychiatrists in Sparks, NV who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
89% Depression
89% ADHD
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Sparks, NV see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sparks?

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.