Psychiatrists in Tulsa, OK

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Andrew Carter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Andrew Carter is a physician assistant, practicing in psychiatry since 2009. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Andrew believes in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and assisting a person to find the best treatment option(s) for the situation. Andrew's main role is to treat with medications, though he understands there are nonpharmacological approaches to explore as well. His main areas of focus include depression, insomnia and various types of anxiety, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Andrew Carter is a physician assistant, practicing in psychiatry since 2009. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Andrew believes in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and assisting a person to find the best treatment option(s) for the situation. Andrew's main role is to treat with medications, though he understands there are nonpharmacological approaches to explore as well. His main areas of focus include depression, insomnia and various types of anxiety, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(918) 727-7682 View (918) 727-7682
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Peteryne D Miller, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74105
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
(918) 203-7916 View (918) 203-7916
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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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Kara Lynn Alger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
(918) 300-4902 View (918) 300-4902
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Janefrances Ologolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
(918) 921-7043 View (918) 921-7043
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Heath Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
(918) 553-5708 View (918) 553-5708
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Sarah Aafedt
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Sarah is a Physician Assistant in the Tulsa area and has over eighteen years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She was born and raised in Kansas where she first started working in health care and developed a love of helping other people with their medical needs. She attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Psychology in 2001. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Sarah is a Physician Assistant in the Tulsa area and has over eighteen years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She was born and raised in Kansas where she first started working in health care and developed a love of helping other people with their medical needs. She attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Psychology in 2001. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
(918) 731-3908 View (918) 731-3908
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Rebecca Cline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
(918) 727-7673 View (918) 727-7673
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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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Jeffrey Owen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
(918) 393-2655 View (918) 393-2655
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Rachael Touma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
(918) 380-3675 View (918) 380-3675
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Levi Stanford
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
(918) 203-6877 View (918) 203-6877
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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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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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Elocin Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Avoiding treatment due to your busy schedule or difficulty finding a psychiatrist that will see you outside of traditional hours? Are you a recognizable professional in your community and not comfortable being seen in a psychiatrist office? Tired of trying to handle your mental health issues alone? If this sounds like you, then let's talk about how I can help you take back control of your life.
Avoiding treatment due to your busy schedule or difficulty finding a psychiatrist that will see you outside of traditional hours? Are you a recognizable professional in your community and not comfortable being seen in a psychiatrist office? Tired of trying to handle your mental health issues alone? If this sounds like you, then let's talk about how I can help you take back control of your life.
(918) 338-6422 View (918) 338-6422
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Dr. Ifeoma Grace Ogbalu: Grace Springs Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136  (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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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74135  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide in Oklahoma. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide in Oklahoma. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(405) 674-4082 View (405) 674-4082
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Sylvie Mawoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74104  (Online Only)
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
(405) 987-3730 View (405) 987-3730
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Rachel Dalthorp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
(405) 449-5265 View (405) 449-5265
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Dustin O Hayes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74105
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
(918) 416-3039 View (918) 416-3039

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tulsa, OK

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Tulsa, OK who prioritize treating:

93% Bipolar Disorder
89% Depression
86% Anxiety
82% ADHD
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
87% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Tulsa, OK see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tulsa?

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.