Psychiatrists in Dallas, OR

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Andrea Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, OR 97338
Not accepting new clients
My practice draws heavily from Relational Theory, meaning that I believe in the importance of the patient-provider relationship. I share openly about my identities because I believe this disclosure empowers people who are considering working with me to decide for themselves if my identities and stances create comfort or conflict for them. I am a white-skinned, able-bodied, straight-passing, bisexual, queer cis-woman of Western European ancestry. I am generally conferred access to most spaces, places, resources, etc. with ease, even while some of my identities are also subject to marginalization and persecution.
My practice draws heavily from Relational Theory, meaning that I believe in the importance of the patient-provider relationship. I share openly about my identities because I believe this disclosure empowers people who are considering working with me to decide for themselves if my identities and stances create comfort or conflict for them. I am a white-skinned, able-bodied, straight-passing, bisexual, queer cis-woman of Western European ancestry. I am generally conferred access to most spaces, places, resources, etc. with ease, even while some of my identities are also subject to marginalization and persecution.
(971) 251-1285 View (971) 251-1285

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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monmouth, OR 97361
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
(503) 444-8973 View (503) 444-8973
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Elizabeth Catherine Dotson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Independence, OR 97351
Currently accepting new patients, with appointment availability in approximately 3-4 weeks. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I serve Oregon patients through in-person and telehealth services. My primary focus is on medication management, with therapy provided rarely and only on a case-by-case basis due to limited availability. I do not offer therapy alone. My approach to psychiatric care is holistic, non-judgmental, and collaborative, ensuring a safe, confidential space for discussing thoughts and challenges. I also make treatment recommendations beyond medication for a comprehensive, tailored plan.
Currently accepting new patients, with appointment availability in approximately 3-4 weeks. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I serve Oregon patients through in-person and telehealth services. My primary focus is on medication management, with therapy provided rarely and only on a case-by-case basis due to limited availability. I do not offer therapy alone. My approach to psychiatric care is holistic, non-judgmental, and collaborative, ensuring a safe, confidential space for discussing thoughts and challenges. I also make treatment recommendations beyond medication for a comprehensive, tailored plan.
(971) 328-4643 View (971) 328-4643
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Micheal Draheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, OR 97351
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
(503) 461-6138 View (503) 461-6138

Online Psychiatrists

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Sarah R Paul
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Sarah Paul PMHNP is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has 15 years of practice, with a background in psychiatry, addictions, and neurology. She attended Washington State University and the University of North Florida. Her treatment modality utilizes an integrative treatment approach for psychiatric disorders and addictions. Consultation and supervision services available for mental health clinicians.
Sarah Paul PMHNP is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has 15 years of practice, with a background in psychiatry, addictions, and neurology. She attended Washington State University and the University of North Florida. Her treatment modality utilizes an integrative treatment approach for psychiatric disorders and addictions. Consultation and supervision services available for mental health clinicians.
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UltimateProfessionalServices
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
Gostine Dankwa is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive and individualized psychiatric care for patients who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses such as Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia and sleep related disorders. He is an engaging and compassionate practitioner who focuses on patient-centered care and listens to heal the patient from within. He specializes in therapy and medication management for individuals who suffer from mental illnesses. His focus is on holistic care and encourages individuals to be part of their care and help manage their physical and emotional.
Gostine Dankwa is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive and individualized psychiatric care for patients who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses such as Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia and sleep related disorders. He is an engaging and compassionate practitioner who focuses on patient-centered care and listens to heal the patient from within. He specializes in therapy and medication management for individuals who suffer from mental illnesses. His focus is on holistic care and encourages individuals to be part of their care and help manage their physical and emotional.
(503) 447-8069 View (503) 447-8069
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Steven Knott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97225
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others, struggle to prioritize your needs, or have difficulty managing constant distractions and restlessness? Are you overwhelmed by balancing relationships, careers, and personal goals, especially with the added challenges of ADHD, depression, or other mental health struggles? These struggles can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Neglecting your needs and failing to take time for self-care can lead to long-term mental and physical health issues. I understand your challenges and believe that achieving a happier, more focused, and balanced life shouldn’t be so difficult
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others, struggle to prioritize your needs, or have difficulty managing constant distractions and restlessness? Are you overwhelmed by balancing relationships, careers, and personal goals, especially with the added challenges of ADHD, depression, or other mental health struggles? These struggles can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Neglecting your needs and failing to take time for self-care can lead to long-term mental and physical health issues. I understand your challenges and believe that achieving a happier, more focused, and balanced life shouldn’t be so difficult
(971) 260-3423 View (971) 260-3423
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Misha Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97006
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
(971) 247-9850 View (971) 247-9850
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Dave Ngugi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330
As a PMHNP-C, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be challenging, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing their concerns. With a deep understanding of psychiatric disorders and evidence-based treatments, I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
As a PMHNP-C, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be challenging, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing their concerns. With a deep understanding of psychiatric disorders and evidence-based treatments, I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(503) 744-6053 View (503) 744-6053
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Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Saint Helens, OR 97051  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, or Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and can usually offer appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, or Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and can usually offer appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Melinda Lowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
(503) 831-9183 View (503) 831-9183
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Lillian Nagi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
At your first visit we will discuss what you are looking to obtain from my service and next to try to create a plan. This way, I can accommodate both our expectations and come up with a realistic, achievable plan. There is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to mental health. The goal is to build a solid relationship with you and continue this journey until treatment is completed or ongoing desired stability is achieved. As the saying goes, some things cannot be fixed, they can only be carried- but they still can be managed! And we can work on that.
At your first visit we will discuss what you are looking to obtain from my service and next to try to create a plan. This way, I can accommodate both our expectations and come up with a realistic, achievable plan. There is not a one size fits all approach when it comes to mental health. The goal is to build a solid relationship with you and continue this journey until treatment is completed or ongoing desired stability is achieved. As the saying goes, some things cannot be fixed, they can only be carried- but they still can be managed! And we can work on that.
(503) 506-7946 View (503) 506-7946
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Willamette Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN, LMFT, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Willamette Health & Wellness is a small group practice employing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and therapists from a variety of training backgrounds. We provide counseling, therapy, and medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Willamette Health & Wellness is a small group practice employing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and therapists from a variety of training backgrounds. We provide counseling, therapy, and medication management for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
(503) 444-8729 View (503) 444-8729
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Kennedy Anyanwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97007
Kennedy Anyanwu Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Working in jail as a correctional office created and shaped my awareness of mental health illness. Individualized approach to care and meeting the patients where they are in their journey in other to provide person centered care.
Kennedy Anyanwu Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Working in jail as a correctional office created and shaped my awareness of mental health illness. Individualized approach to care and meeting the patients where they are in their journey in other to provide person centered care.
(971) 803-5853 View (971) 803-5853
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Ideal Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202
Hello, I'm Debbie, a mental health provider specializing in complex mental illness and personal issues. My mission is to equip you with the tools and resources necessary to regain control of your well-being. Together, we'll work towards empowering you to actively manage your mental health and achieve a happier, healthier life. My focus is on providing dedicated support to individuals navigating a wide range of mental health conditions and symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, autism, medication management, and ADHD, and I specialize in women's health.
Hello, I'm Debbie, a mental health provider specializing in complex mental illness and personal issues. My mission is to equip you with the tools and resources necessary to regain control of your well-being. Together, we'll work towards empowering you to actively manage your mental health and achieve a happier, healthier life. My focus is on providing dedicated support to individuals navigating a wide range of mental health conditions and symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, autism, medication management, and ADHD, and I specialize in women's health.
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Rebecca Moyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat a wide range of mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication and therapy along with an emphasis on lifestyle changes that promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deep work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths.
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat a wide range of mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication and therapy along with an emphasis on lifestyle changes that promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deep work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths.
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Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
(971) 251-1623 View (971) 251-1623
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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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Dr. Mikaela Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
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Kristen Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Dallas, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dallas, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Dallas, OR see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dallas?

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.