Psychiatrists in Astoria, OR

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Carol Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, OR 97103
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
(503) 946-3621 View (503) 946-3621
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Catherine Rose Hensy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-B, CPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, OR 97103  (Online Only)
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
(503) 738-1874 View (503) 738-1874

Online Psychiatrists

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Med Rx Partners
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Appointments available in 1 week. Open in both Vancouver, WA and Tigard, OR. Med Rx Partners provides direct access to psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for medication management for nearly all conditions. Serving the community for 14+ years with 9 providers who all collaborate to provide you the best care possible. Our admin team and providers rapidly respond through our phone/text platform so you will always feel supported and taken care of.
Appointments available in 1 week. Open in both Vancouver, WA and Tigard, OR. Med Rx Partners provides direct access to psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for medication management for nearly all conditions. Serving the community for 14+ years with 9 providers who all collaborate to provide you the best care possible. Our admin team and providers rapidly respond through our phone/text platform so you will always feel supported and taken care of.
(503) 404-2338 View (503) 404-2338
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Brilliant Mind Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
(971) 345-9159 View (971) 345-9159
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Kristen Fernandez-Kong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I believe that patients are essential members of their healthcare team and should be involved in making decisions that affect their wellbeing. Patients are often experts of their own body and experiences; if not, we will work through blockages disconnecting oneself from one's body to gain insights. It can be overwhelming to seek help for mental health and be vulnerable with a new provider, so I want patients to know that I am here for you with an open heart and nonjudgmental mind. Since I have worked with patients who felt misunderstood or mistreated by healthcare professionals, I intentionally endeavor to break that pattern.
I believe that patients are essential members of their healthcare team and should be involved in making decisions that affect their wellbeing. Patients are often experts of their own body and experiences; if not, we will work through blockages disconnecting oneself from one's body to gain insights. It can be overwhelming to seek help for mental health and be vulnerable with a new provider, so I want patients to know that I am here for you with an open heart and nonjudgmental mind. Since I have worked with patients who felt misunderstood or mistreated by healthcare professionals, I intentionally endeavor to break that pattern.
(503) 744-6625 x9605 View (503) 744-6625 x9605
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Lynae Edmonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Currently Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working with patients across the lifespan who suffer from a variety of mental health concerns. A majority of my experience as a DNP has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
Currently Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working with patients across the lifespan who suffer from a variety of mental health concerns. A majority of my experience as a DNP has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
(458) 213-4989 View (458) 213-4989
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Yoonhui Choe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Navigating the challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression requires a compassionate approach grounded in understanding and expertise. I specialize in these areas, aiming to offer relief and support through personalized medication management. With over 15 years of experience, my practice focuses on understanding your unique experience, providing a safe space where we can work together to address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of your distress. By fostering a collaborative and empathetic environment, we will work as a team to improve your mental health and enhance your quality of life.
Navigating the challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression requires a compassionate approach grounded in understanding and expertise. I specialize in these areas, aiming to offer relief and support through personalized medication management. With over 15 years of experience, my practice focuses on understanding your unique experience, providing a safe space where we can work together to address not only the symptoms but also the root causes of your distress. By fostering a collaborative and empathetic environment, we will work as a team to improve your mental health and enhance your quality of life.
(503) 755-8602 View (503) 755-8602
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Lacey Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97233
Please add Insurances Accepted on the Website: First Choice Health, (OHP), HealthShare, DMAP, Humana Inc, Kaiser, Managed Health Network, Medicare, Providence Health Plan, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, TriCare, Optum, United Behavioral Health, United Medical Resource. Thank you so much
Please add Insurances Accepted on the Website: First Choice Health, (OHP), HealthShare, DMAP, Humana Inc, Kaiser, Managed Health Network, Medicare, Providence Health Plan, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, TriCare, Optum, United Behavioral Health, United Medical Resource. Thank you so much
(971) 306-8319 View (971) 306-8319
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Annika Burnett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
I’m a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. I earned my medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed psychiatry residence at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. I practice in both Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon.
I’m a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. I earned my medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed psychiatry residence at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. I practice in both Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon.
(424) 655-3954 View (424) 655-3954
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Ka'lesha Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
Are you searching for holistic, personalized support on your mental health journey? Are you looking for a provider who is inclusive, non-judgmental and affirming? I'm Ka'lesha, your trusted ally in achieving emotional well-being & empowerment. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care across all stages of life. I believe in creating a safe & collaborative environment for my clients, utilizing evidence-based practice, a holistic approach, & supportive interventions to maximize treatment benefits and support clients on a deeper level.
Are you searching for holistic, personalized support on your mental health journey? Are you looking for a provider who is inclusive, non-judgmental and affirming? I'm Ka'lesha, your trusted ally in achieving emotional well-being & empowerment. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care across all stages of life. I believe in creating a safe & collaborative environment for my clients, utilizing evidence-based practice, a holistic approach, & supportive interventions to maximize treatment benefits and support clients on a deeper level.
(971) 248-7827 View (971) 248-7827
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Uchechi Uka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97007
I am Dr. Uchechi Uka, DNP, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience, specializing in mental health for more than 6 years. My mission is holistic mental health care, addressing a broad spectrum of disorders, and providing a supportive environment for individuals seeking help on their journey to overall well-being. My mission is holistic mental health care, addressing a broad spectrum of disorders, and providing a supportive environment for individuals seeking help on their journey to overall well-being.
I am Dr. Uchechi Uka, DNP, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience, specializing in mental health for more than 6 years. My mission is holistic mental health care, addressing a broad spectrum of disorders, and providing a supportive environment for individuals seeking help on their journey to overall well-being. My mission is holistic mental health care, addressing a broad spectrum of disorders, and providing a supportive environment for individuals seeking help on their journey to overall well-being.
(971) 999-3405 View (971) 999-3405
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Dr. Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick sees OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon, Jackson Care Connect, and Columbia Pacific CCO. He is currently welcoming new patients and can usually offer appointment availability within 2 weeks! He specializes in medication management, and he emphasizes active listening and empathy in his approach to patient care.
Dr. Galbick sees OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon, Jackson Care Connect, and Columbia Pacific CCO. He is currently welcoming new patients and can usually offer appointment availability within 2 weeks! He specializes in medication management, and he emphasizes active listening and empathy in his approach to patient care.
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Marisa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
(541) 920-1081 View (541) 920-1081
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Susan Mbugua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
Welcome to Imani Mental Health and Wellness. My name is Susan Mbugua, and I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the importance of personalized mental health treatment that addresses the biological, emotional, environmental, and spiritual aspects of mental health and wellness. My treatment approach is to use a combination of medications, therapy, and education to interrupt acute episodes of illness and to break the cycle of recurrence with a holistic approach that includes medications, supportive therapy, guidance on diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
Welcome to Imani Mental Health and Wellness. My name is Susan Mbugua, and I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the importance of personalized mental health treatment that addresses the biological, emotional, environmental, and spiritual aspects of mental health and wellness. My treatment approach is to use a combination of medications, therapy, and education to interrupt acute episodes of illness and to break the cycle of recurrence with a holistic approach that includes medications, supportive therapy, guidance on diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
(503) 300-4113 View (503) 300-4113
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Cary Shore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
*** NOW OFFERING TELE-MEDICINE*** I am a doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and provide the following services: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups, diagnose and prescribe medications as necessary, as well as providing therapy. I have a special interest in working with adults, particularly those in their 20s and 30s as many are starting to transition to adulthood.
*** NOW OFFERING TELE-MEDICINE*** I am a doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and provide the following services: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups, diagnose and prescribe medications as necessary, as well as providing therapy. I have a special interest in working with adults, particularly those in their 20s and 30s as many are starting to transition to adulthood.
(503) 683-8114 View (503) 683-8114
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97201
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
(541) 655-3581 View (541) 655-3581
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Abraham Ashton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
(971) 308-5723 View (971) 308-5723
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Ana Tattersall-Cocke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Lost your keys? You misplaced the phone you were using a minute ago and then asked your loved one, "Can you call it again?" Do you see the same patterns in your child? ADHD can run in families with symptoms that present as primarily inattentive, mostly hyperactive-impulsive, or a combination of both types of symptoms. Many other problems can present as ADHD, like sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities. Sometimes, you can have co-occurring conditions that need to be evaluated and treated with medications.
Lost your keys? You misplaced the phone you were using a minute ago and then asked your loved one, "Can you call it again?" Do you see the same patterns in your child? ADHD can run in families with symptoms that present as primarily inattentive, mostly hyperactive-impulsive, or a combination of both types of symptoms. Many other problems can present as ADHD, like sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities. Sometimes, you can have co-occurring conditions that need to be evaluated and treated with medications.
(971) 306-4402 View (971) 306-4402
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Daniel Bristow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Finding good treatment for mental health and addictions that is personalized to you can be life-saving. My practice delivers that treatment directly to you using secure video telehealth. I specialize in combined talk therapy and medication management (including addictions treatment) in 45-50 minute sessions that address your individual mental health and addiction issues. Getting talk therapy, mental health, and addictions treatment through the same physician can save you time and be more effective. I am currently accepting new clients and offer medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Finding good treatment for mental health and addictions that is personalized to you can be life-saving. My practice delivers that treatment directly to you using secure video telehealth. I specialize in combined talk therapy and medication management (including addictions treatment) in 45-50 minute sessions that address your individual mental health and addiction issues. Getting talk therapy, mental health, and addictions treatment through the same physician can save you time and be more effective. I am currently accepting new clients and offer medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
(503) 549-4470 View (503) 549-4470
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Lauren Merrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
(971) 318-1721 View (971) 318-1721

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Number of Psychiatrists in Astoria, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Astoria, OR who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% ADHD
50% Eating Disorders
50% Geriatric and Seniors

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Astoria, OR see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Astoria?

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.