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Debra Avery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln City, OR 97367
In-Person Appts for OR. My practice offers a unique mix of biology-based pharmaceuticals & holistic modalities as well as esoteric offerings. Each treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client & based upon the clients personal goals for healing & growth. I believe that each individual has the knowledge within them to heal themselves. But sometimes circumstances, illness, stress, trauma, etc. blocks us from accessing this. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for qualifying individuals. I am not a licensed therapist nor am I accepting patients for talk therapy. The therapy services offered are in conjunction with Ketamine.
In-Person Appts for OR. My practice offers a unique mix of biology-based pharmaceuticals & holistic modalities as well as esoteric offerings. Each treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client & based upon the clients personal goals for healing & growth. I believe that each individual has the knowledge within them to heal themselves. But sometimes circumstances, illness, stress, trauma, etc. blocks us from accessing this. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for qualifying individuals. I am not a licensed therapist nor am I accepting patients for talk therapy. The therapy services offered are in conjunction with Ketamine.
(541) 319-8348 View (541) 319-8348
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Omolola Akinnodi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln City, OR 97367
My name is Lola and I am a doctoral-prepared double board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP/PMHNP). As a PMHNP with expertise in treating various mental disorders, my role is to assess, diagnose, and provide evidence-based care for conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more.
My name is Lola and I am a doctoral-prepared double board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP/PMHNP). As a PMHNP with expertise in treating various mental disorders, my role is to assess, diagnose, and provide evidence-based care for conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more.
(541) 833-2643 View (541) 833-2643

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Dr. Dianna Harris (Taking New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/12/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/12/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(971) 318-1713 View (971) 318-1713
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Keenan Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97210
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
(509) 285-0748 View (509) 285-0748
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Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/12/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/12/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(971) 703-5503 View (971) 703-5503
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Pacific Northwest Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
Covid-19 has challenged many basic expectations about how the world functions, and how we live in it. During these complicated and chaotic times, it can be helpful to have a place to explore how all that is happening affects your feelings, relationships, and life course. As a psychiatrist, I am a physician who specializes in psychotherapy and the medicines that support mental health. While I have training and experience in a number of treatment modalities, my primary interest is getting to know you, and understanding your unique experience in the world.
Covid-19 has challenged many basic expectations about how the world functions, and how we live in it. During these complicated and chaotic times, it can be helpful to have a place to explore how all that is happening affects your feelings, relationships, and life course. As a psychiatrist, I am a physician who specializes in psychotherapy and the medicines that support mental health. While I have training and experience in a number of treatment modalities, my primary interest is getting to know you, and understanding your unique experience in the world.
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Alexandra Gomez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
Hi, are you looking for more holistic- patient-centered care? I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with mental health issues with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. I am compassionate and nonjudgmental. I work hard to help my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. We provide Telehealth visits in Oregon.
Hi, are you looking for more holistic- patient-centered care? I specialize in treating adults and adolescents with mental health issues with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. I am compassionate and nonjudgmental. I work hard to help my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. We provide Telehealth visits in Oregon.
(503) 506-4575 View (503) 506-4575
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Jonathan McCully
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
My name is Jon McCully. I am a board-certified PMHNP located in Bend, Oregon seeing patients via the internet throughout Oregon. I am accepting new patients ages 18 to 65. I have a strong military, first responder, and social services treatment background and understand the unique situations these professions face. I work with people from all different walks of life as well. With a "think like a nurse first mentality," the core of how I practice is understanding the whole person and the interplay of biological, socio-cultural, and environmental factors that influence mental health and wellbeing unique to only you.
My name is Jon McCully. I am a board-certified PMHNP located in Bend, Oregon seeing patients via the internet throughout Oregon. I am accepting new patients ages 18 to 65. I have a strong military, first responder, and social services treatment background and understand the unique situations these professions face. I work with people from all different walks of life as well. With a "think like a nurse first mentality," the core of how I practice is understanding the whole person and the interplay of biological, socio-cultural, and environmental factors that influence mental health and wellbeing unique to only you.
(458) 200-4087 View (458) 200-4087
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Compass Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97211
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and needs.
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and needs.
(971) 306-4749 View (971) 306-4749
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Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(346) 644-6584 View (346) 644-6584
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Frances Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Frances Murphy is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine for adults. She provides medication management and psychoeducation to those suffering from various mental health conditions. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, and trauma.
Frances Murphy is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine for adults. She provides medication management and psychoeducation to those suffering from various mental health conditions. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, and trauma.
(503) 436-6629 View (503) 436-6629
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Brian Pollock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried in the past to get better haven't worked? Now more than ever, people are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, discouraged and exhausted. For many people, finding the right medications can help them on their path to feeling better so they can live a happier and more fulfilling life. I am compassionate, patient and committed to helping people of all backgrounds and identities. Let's figure out what medications will work best to improve your health. I will collaborate with you every step of the way!
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried in the past to get better haven't worked? Now more than ever, people are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, discouraged and exhausted. For many people, finding the right medications can help them on their path to feeling better so they can live a happier and more fulfilling life. I am compassionate, patient and committed to helping people of all backgrounds and identities. Let's figure out what medications will work best to improve your health. I will collaborate with you every step of the way!
(971) 247-3643 x1 View (971) 247-3643 x1
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(503) 461-0030 View (503) 461-0030
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Madeleine Sanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304
Madeleine is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). After many years and extensive experience as a family nurse practitioner working in multiple settings including outpatient, school-based health, education, and urgent care, she obtained an additional degree to become a PMHNP and focus on her passion for mental health. Her style is individualized to the person, evidence-based, trauma-informed and holistic. She sees patients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents. Additionally, she has completed training for MAT (medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorders).
Madeleine is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). After many years and extensive experience as a family nurse practitioner working in multiple settings including outpatient, school-based health, education, and urgent care, she obtained an additional degree to become a PMHNP and focus on her passion for mental health. Her style is individualized to the person, evidence-based, trauma-informed and holistic. She sees patients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents. Additionally, she has completed training for MAT (medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorders).
(503) 662-9216 View (503) 662-9216
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Deb Kiehlmeier
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
Accepting new patients with immediate availability! I am a board certified psychiatrist offering telepsychiatric services to patients throughout Oregon. I have in-person availability for those local to Portland. I have experience diagnosing and treating all mental health disorders, but focus primarily on ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders (including C-PTSD), depressive disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In addition, I have extensive experience treating LGBTQIA+ patients.
Accepting new patients with immediate availability! I am a board certified psychiatrist offering telepsychiatric services to patients throughout Oregon. I have in-person availability for those local to Portland. I have experience diagnosing and treating all mental health disorders, but focus primarily on ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders (including C-PTSD), depressive disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In addition, I have extensive experience treating LGBTQIA+ patients.
(971) 983-8132 View (971) 983-8132
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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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Neupathway (Melissa Osada)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
(971) 315-4970 View (971) 315-4970
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Jacquiline Kariuki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner working with Adults ages 18 and above in the outpatient setting seeking consultation for diagnosis and treatment of varios Mental health Concerns. My goal is to provide compassionate,  holistic,  patient-centered care with you as a full partner in decision-making . I work to establish a relationship characterized by mutual respect, empathy, and collaboration
I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner working with Adults ages 18 and above in the outpatient setting seeking consultation for diagnosis and treatment of varios Mental health Concerns. My goal is to provide compassionate,  holistic,  patient-centered care with you as a full partner in decision-making . I work to establish a relationship characterized by mutual respect, empathy, and collaboration
(971) 257-8990 View (971) 257-8990
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Jessica Bentura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006
I have over 10 years of experience working with the geriatric population. My background includes extensive experience with Alzheimer’s dementia. My love of assisting memory care residents quickly led to her curiosity of overall mental health improvement and paved the way for me to obtain a masters degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. When I am not working to improve her patients mental health she enjoys spending time with her family, homeschooling her son, cooking, and frequent family vacations to the Oregon coast.
I have over 10 years of experience working with the geriatric population. My background includes extensive experience with Alzheimer’s dementia. My love of assisting memory care residents quickly led to her curiosity of overall mental health improvement and paved the way for me to obtain a masters degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. When I am not working to improve her patients mental health she enjoys spending time with her family, homeschooling her son, cooking, and frequent family vacations to the Oregon coast.
(971) 251-2354 View (971) 251-2354
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Dr. Mercy Ngeusang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Dr. Mercy Ngeusang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years of cumulative experience in caring. Obtained her doctorate degree at Northern Kentucky University, prior to years of clinical practice specializing in Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University in Maryland USA, and continued to further her education through Walden University where she received her Master’s Degree. She treats numerous complex mental health conditions requiring ongoing medication management for children, adolescents, Adults and Elderly populations.
Dr. Mercy Ngeusang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years of cumulative experience in caring. Obtained her doctorate degree at Northern Kentucky University, prior to years of clinical practice specializing in Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University in Maryland USA, and continued to further her education through Walden University where she received her Master’s Degree. She treats numerous complex mental health conditions requiring ongoing medication management for children, adolescents, Adults and Elderly populations.
(512) 764-1759 View (512) 764-1759

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Depoe Bay?

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.