Psychiatrists in McLoud, OK

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Karyn Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLoud, OK 74851  (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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Ashley Wigington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Choctaw, OK 73020  (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.
(405) 775-9872 View (405) 775-9872

Online Psychiatrists

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Channel Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
(918) 303-5112 View (918) 303-5112
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Branden Carr
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
(918) 818-3581 View (918) 818-3581
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Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73071
Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen (M.D.) is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder center, an acute inpatient psychiatric facility and OU's Athletic Department caring for athletes. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
Dr. Thuy Hong Nguyen (M.D.) is a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomat of ABPN. Dr. Nguyen graduated medical school from Medical University of the Americas in 2013 and completed four years of residency specializing in psychiatry at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OK. Dr. Nguyen also serves as the consulting psychiatrist at a residential eating disorder center, an acute inpatient psychiatric facility and OU's Athletic Department caring for athletes. Dr. Nguyen emphasizes the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach.
(405) 369-4881 View (405) 369-4881
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Teresa Green
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owasso, OK 74055
Struggling? I want to help you, so please reach out today. Mental health problems can make life difficult, and I am here for you. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, addiction, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief.
Struggling? I want to help you, so please reach out today. Mental health problems can make life difficult, and I am here for you. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, addiction, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief.
(888) 688-0646 View (888) 688-0646
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Tabor Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardmore, OK 73401
We offer a wide range of services, covering all aspects of your healthcare needs. Whether you require routine check-ups, mental health evaluations, therapy sessions, or a combination of these, we have you covered. We understand that mental health and physical health are interconnected. Unlike traditional clinics, we believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, ensuring that every aspect of your care is closely coordinated and communicated between our expert team members.
We offer a wide range of services, covering all aspects of your healthcare needs. Whether you require routine check-ups, mental health evaluations, therapy sessions, or a combination of these, we have you covered. We understand that mental health and physical health are interconnected. Unlike traditional clinics, we believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, ensuring that every aspect of your care is closely coordinated and communicated between our expert team members.
(580) 219-4605 View (580) 219-4605
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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.
(405) 296-7026 View (405) 296-7026
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Judy Wagga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74135
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
(918) 708-9850 View (918) 708-9850
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Colby Pacheco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
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.
(405) 956-2182 View (405) 956-2182
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Psychiatric Wellness APRN-CNP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Del City, OK 73115
Psychiatric Wellness provides integrative psychiatric care, a method that is a whole-body, approach that utilizes nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, supplements and medications as needed to ensure your well-being and optimize outcomes for each patient. Psychiatric Wellness provides therapeutic treatments using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and ImTT (Image transformation therapy) to help patients reduce anxiety and heal from trauma. We have multiple providers including board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioners and Licensed professional counselors.
Psychiatric Wellness provides integrative psychiatric care, a method that is a whole-body, approach that utilizes nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, supplements and medications as needed to ensure your well-being and optimize outcomes for each patient. Psychiatric Wellness provides therapeutic treatments using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and ImTT (Image transformation therapy) to help patients reduce anxiety and heal from trauma. We have multiple providers including board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioners and Licensed professional counselors.
(405) 378-4089 View (405) 378-4089
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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.
(405) 925-0848 View (405) 925-0848
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J. J. Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Whether you're facing life transitions, relationship challenges, or simply seeking self-improvement, I'm here to provide unwavering support. Taking a holistic approach, we will partner together to nurture your inner self, fostering a renewed sense of balance and harmony.
Whether you're facing life transitions, relationship challenges, or simply seeking self-improvement, I'm here to provide unwavering support. Taking a holistic approach, we will partner together to nurture your inner self, fostering a renewed sense of balance and harmony.
(405) 449-5785 View (405) 449-5785
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Susan Barker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Susan Barker APRN-CNP, FNP, PMHNP, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Graceland University in 2015 and has also obtained a post-master's certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University in 2021. Prior to NP school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Central University in 2002, and worked at as a registered nurse at a local hospital for 13 years. Before joining LifeStance Health, Susan worked as an NP in a busy OB/GYN clinic.
Susan Barker APRN-CNP, FNP, PMHNP, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Graceland University in 2015 and has also obtained a post-master's certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University in 2021. Prior to NP school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Central University in 2002, and worked at as a registered nurse at a local hospital for 13 years. Before joining LifeStance Health, Susan worked as an NP in a busy OB/GYN clinic.
(405) 972-8550 View (405) 972-8550
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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Katarina Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74119
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
(539) 209-4127 View (539) 209-4127
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Reliance Mental Health and Functional Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, FMA-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethany, OK 73008
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves 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, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves 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, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
(405) 449-5836 View (405) 449-5836
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Judith L Armstrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Greetings, I'm Judith, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to helping individuals navigate their mental health journey. My expertise spans a range of conditions including adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and others. Listening is at the core of my approach. I will make sure you feel heard and understood. Collaboratively, we will identify the medication regimen best suited to your specific needs and current situation. See my website: www.calmingcreekcare.com.
Greetings, I'm Judith, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to helping individuals navigate their mental health journey. My expertise spans a range of conditions including adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and others. Listening is at the core of my approach. I will make sure you feel heard and understood. Collaboratively, we will identify the medication regimen best suited to your specific needs and current situation. See my website: www.calmingcreekcare.com.
(539) 212-4282 View (539) 212-4282
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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
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Maris Mills
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
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.
(405) 725-2696 View (405) 725-2696

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Number of Psychiatrists in McLoud, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in McLoud, OK who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in McLoud, OK see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McLoud?

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.