Psychiatrists in Canadian County, OK

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Nicoline Lami Edie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Piedmont, OK 73078
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
(405) 873-7130 View (405) 873-7130
Thrive Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Mustang, OK 73064
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
(405) 349-5861 View (405) 349-5861
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Jennifer Van Treese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yukon, OK 73085
Depression and anxiety are extremely prevalent in today's society and it is not uncommon for individuals to sometimes need help getting through the hard times in life. Please don't hesitate to call and set up an appointment today and start feeling better! My favorite thing about this job is seeing the change in people that comes from therapy and medication. In addition to depressions and anxiety, other diagnosis such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia are life-long conditions which require more complex management and treatment. If this is you and you are needing help managing your medications, call me today.
Depression and anxiety are extremely prevalent in today's society and it is not uncommon for individuals to sometimes need help getting through the hard times in life. Please don't hesitate to call and set up an appointment today and start feeling better! My favorite thing about this job is seeing the change in people that comes from therapy and medication. In addition to depressions and anxiety, other diagnosis such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia are life-long conditions which require more complex management and treatment. If this is you and you are needing help managing your medications, call me today.
(405) 583-4525 View (405) 583-4525
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Dr. Ifeoma Grace Ogbalu: Grace Springs Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Mustang, OK 73064  (Online Only)
Dr. Ifeoma graduated from the Maryville University of St Louis with her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. She provides psychiatric evaluation, prescriptive medication management, psychotherapy services to patients 18 years and older via telehealth.
Dr. Ifeoma graduated from the Maryville University of St Louis with her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. She provides psychiatric evaluation, prescriptive medication management, psychotherapy services to patients 18 years and older via telehealth.
(405) 931-0264 View (405) 931-0264
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Advanced Practice Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, PA-C , CAQ psy, LCSW
Verified Verified
Yukon, OK 73099
Hello, I'm Laurie Ray, a Board Certified PA-C with a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in psychiatry and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide quality care to patients. My recent work includes inpatient/outpatient services for those suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunction and OCD. Caring for Veterans, couples and individuals, I have learned to personalize patient care. My promise is to provide an open, safe and non-judgemental environment in which we can work together to achieve your optimal mental health.
Hello, I'm Laurie Ray, a Board Certified PA-C with a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in psychiatry and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide quality care to patients. My recent work includes inpatient/outpatient services for those suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunction and OCD. Caring for Veterans, couples and individuals, I have learned to personalize patient care. My promise is to provide an open, safe and non-judgemental environment in which we can work together to achieve your optimal mental health.
(405) 833-1108 View (405) 833-1108

Online Psychiatrists

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Brooke Thompson Peyton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. I provide compassionate, thoughtful and individualized care and will work together with you to help you improve your mental and emotional well being.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. I provide compassionate, thoughtful and individualized care and will work together with you to help you improve your mental and emotional well being.
(405) 369-8860 View (405) 369-8860
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Lindsay Gavit
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Lindsay completed her Masters of Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University and her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to practicing at LifeStance Health, Lindsay worked in urgent care.
Lindsay completed her Masters of Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgetown University and her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to practicing at LifeStance Health, Lindsay worked in urgent care.
(405) 931-0788 View (405) 931-0788
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Oklahoma Integrated Care plc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Clinton, OK 73601
Aiming to provide timely, high-quality mental health care, Oklahoma Integrated Care, PLC. (OIC) has built a multidisciplinary community mental health team. We are a group of local mental healthcare providers with a passion for enriching lives and building a stronger community by helping to restore balance and sense of well-being to our patients. The professionals in our group treat different age groups and have varying specialties. Older adults face a different set of emotional challenges adjusting to life’s transitions such as retirement, illness, loss of spouse.
Aiming to provide timely, high-quality mental health care, Oklahoma Integrated Care, PLC. (OIC) has built a multidisciplinary community mental health team. We are a group of local mental healthcare providers with a passion for enriching lives and building a stronger community by helping to restore balance and sense of well-being to our patients. The professionals in our group treat different age groups and have varying specialties. Older adults face a different set of emotional challenges adjusting to life’s transitions such as retirement, illness, loss of spouse.
(580) 238-4277 View (580) 238-4277
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Dr. Sun Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
(405) 592-7873 View (405) 592-7873
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Karyn Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73112  (Online Only)
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
(405) 450-7167 View (405) 450-7167
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Caroline Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
(405) 645-5037 View (405) 645-5037
Addiction Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC-, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Addiction Wellness Center Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Disorder Treatment No matter what type of substance abuse issues you’re battling, Addiction Wellness Center is here to help you take your life back.
Addiction Wellness Center Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Disorder Treatment No matter what type of substance abuse issues you’re battling, Addiction Wellness Center is here to help you take your life back.
(405) 446-5714 View (405) 446-5714
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Safe space psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73105  (Online Only)
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
(405) 829-6403 View (405) 829-6403
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TASEL Health LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73071
We are accepting new patients at Tasel Health. Our board-certified psychiatrist offers in-person and Telehealth appointments. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or feeling as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Then, welcome to Tasel Health. At Tasel Health, high-quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better and take control of their circumstances.
We are accepting new patients at Tasel Health. Our board-certified psychiatrist offers in-person and Telehealth appointments. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or feeling as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Then, welcome to Tasel Health. At Tasel Health, high-quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness. Our approach is to help clients form more effective strategies for managing stress so they can feel better and take control of their circumstances.
(405) 351-5218 View (405) 351-5218
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Luci Gratch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Luci received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Oklahoma where she then continued to get her master's from The University of Texas Arlington for Adult Acute Care. After that, she received her Post-Masters for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She holds a National Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center along with State certification through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
Luci received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Oklahoma where she then continued to get her master's from The University of Texas Arlington for Adult Acute Care. After that, she received her Post-Masters for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She holds a National Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center along with State certification through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
(405) 477-1212 View (405) 477-1212
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Melanie Barrett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Dr. Melanie Barrett received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine following undergraduate studies in Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, where she served as Chief Resident. She maintains board certification through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett specializes in interventional treatments including Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression as well as Spravato (esketamine) and ketamine IV therapy for treatment resistant depression.
Dr. Melanie Barrett received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine following undergraduate studies in Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, where she served as Chief Resident. She maintains board certification through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett specializes in interventional treatments including Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression as well as Spravato (esketamine) and ketamine IV therapy for treatment resistant depression.
(405) 645-6034 View (405) 645-6034
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Dr. Sean Whelan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
The ideal patient for Dr. Sean Whelan is between the ages of 18-69. They are seeking services for psychotropic med to assist with varying disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, or Bipolar; however, they are interested in the least amount of medication/dosage to maintain stability and optimum functioning. Our ideal patient's desire change and are significantly focused on factors within their personal control. Our patient's are desiring to make lifestyle changes to optimize their health such as maintaining a certain level of dedication to sleep, exercise, and/or re-evaluate relationships that are not serving them.
The ideal patient for Dr. Sean Whelan is between the ages of 18-69. They are seeking services for psychotropic med to assist with varying disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, or Bipolar; however, they are interested in the least amount of medication/dosage to maintain stability and optimum functioning. Our ideal patient's desire change and are significantly focused on factors within their personal control. Our patient's are desiring to make lifestyle changes to optimize their health such as maintaining a certain level of dedication to sleep, exercise, and/or re-evaluate relationships that are not serving them.
(405) 251-6697 View (405) 251-6697
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Ketamine Therapy at LifeStance Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
(405) 927-5025 View (405) 927-5025
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Norman Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069
We know that you are a unique individual and cater our treatment to your specific needs. We treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Problems, Addiction, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, etc. We believe in lifestyle change and other research-supported interventions, well as medication and therapy. Our staff work together as a team and communicate with each other regarding treatment progress. We have three Psychiatrists, three Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and 6 counselors on staff. We treat ages 5 and older. We have counselors who specialize in addiction, trauma, grief, and one who does marital and family therapy.
We know that you are a unique individual and cater our treatment to your specific needs. We treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Problems, Addiction, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, etc. We believe in lifestyle change and other research-supported interventions, well as medication and therapy. Our staff work together as a team and communicate with each other regarding treatment progress. We have three Psychiatrists, three Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and 6 counselors on staff. We treat ages 5 and older. We have counselors who specialize in addiction, trauma, grief, and one who does marital and family therapy.
(405) 384-4408 View (405) 384-4408
MIRCS Psychiatric and Counseling Services
Psychiatrist, MD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
(405) 583-7579 View (405) 583-7579

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Number of Psychiatrists in Canadian County, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in Canadian County, OK who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Depression
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Medication Management
60% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Canadian County, OK see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Canadian 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.