Psychiatrists in Edmond, OK

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Alicia Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
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Ashley Mathias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73012  (Online Only)
As a dedicated PMHNP, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental healthcare that transforms lives. I believe in the power of compassionate and personalized care to promote healing and growth. Starting a private practice allows me to offer patient-centered space where individuals can find solace and support on their mental health journey. With a focus on evidence-based treatments and holistic approaches, I aim to address not just symptoms but the underlying factors. My commitment to continuous learning ensures my patients receive the highest standard of care.
As a dedicated PMHNP, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental healthcare that transforms lives. I believe in the power of compassionate and personalized care to promote healing and growth. Starting a private practice allows me to offer patient-centered space where individuals can find solace and support on their mental health journey. With a focus on evidence-based treatments and holistic approaches, I aim to address not just symptoms but the underlying factors. My commitment to continuous learning ensures my patients receive the highest standard of care.
(405) 796-3357 View (405) 796-3357
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Skye Helker
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
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Jennifer Dunning
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
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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.
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Jillian Pollard
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
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Natalie Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
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Karon Potter
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73003
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
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Edmond Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, ABPN, ABPM, ABOM
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73013
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
(405) 285-2260 View (405) 285-2260
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Ketamine Therapy at LifeStance Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
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.
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Dr. Ifeoma Grace Ogbalu: Grace Springs Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034  (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.
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Thuy Hong Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73012
Dr. Nguyen is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat member of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in the field of psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the lead consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder treatment center and an Attending staff psychiatrist at an inpatient psychiatric facility. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
Dr. Nguyen is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat member of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in the field of psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the lead consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder treatment center and an Attending staff psychiatrist at an inpatient psychiatric facility. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
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Ashley Wigington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73013  (Online Only)
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
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Maris Mills
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
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Jennifer Van Treese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73003
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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Colby Pacheco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73003
Hello! My name is Colby and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). PMHNPs utilize nursing science coupled along with holistic care, medication management, and interventional psychiatry - and that is exactly my practice. Let’s explore a holistic approach to your mental health care and help you be the best person you can be. Proudly offering LGBT+, BIPOC, and gender affirming care.
Hello! My name is Colby and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). PMHNPs utilize nursing science coupled along with holistic care, medication management, and interventional psychiatry - and that is exactly my practice. Let’s explore a holistic approach to your mental health care and help you be the best person you can be. Proudly offering LGBT+, BIPOC, and gender affirming care.
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Gary L Massad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73013
With a distinguished career spanning over five decades, Dr. Gary Massad stands as a beacon in the medical community. He is a psychiatrist, widely recognized for his expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics, and workers' compensation. Currently, Dr. Massad is a pivotal figure at the Rivus Wellness and Research Institute, where he dedicates his extensive knowledge and experience to the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Massad's approach to patient care is deeply rooted in his passion for listening to and understanding the unique needs of each individu
With a distinguished career spanning over five decades, Dr. Gary Massad stands as a beacon in the medical community. He is a psychiatrist, widely recognized for his expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics, and workers' compensation. Currently, Dr. Massad is a pivotal figure at the Rivus Wellness and Research Institute, where he dedicates his extensive knowledge and experience to the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Massad's approach to patient care is deeply rooted in his passion for listening to and understanding the unique needs of each individu
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James Henneberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73003
Not accepting new clients
I am currently not able to accept new clients. I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, mood, post-traumatic, psychotic, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. As an out of network provider, I offer services of psychotherapy (with or without medications) and focused medication visits. If you have established a relationship with another therapist and would like to continue to work with them, I am able to offer medication only visits.
I am currently not able to accept new clients. I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, mood, post-traumatic, psychotic, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. As an out of network provider, I offer services of psychotherapy (with or without medications) and focused medication visits. If you have established a relationship with another therapist and would like to continue to work with them, I am able to offer medication only visits.
(405) 582-3799 View (405) 582-3799
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Lyndsey Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edmond, OK 73013  (Online Only)
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Edmond, OK

20+

Average cost per session

$137

Psychiatrists in Edmond, OK who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
87% Depression
87% Medication Management
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% ADHD
74% Bipolar Disorder
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Edmond, OK see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

94% Female
6% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Edmond?

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.