Psychiatrists in Hillsboro, OR

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Jardine Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Hello! I offer a holistic approach that combines conventional (pharmaceuticals) and complementary therapies (non-pharmaceuticals) for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and insomnia for all types of individuals. I would like to enhance your quality of life! I serve clients in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area.
Hello! I offer a holistic approach that combines conventional (pharmaceuticals) and complementary therapies (non-pharmaceuticals) for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and insomnia for all types of individuals. I would like to enhance your quality of life! I serve clients in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area.
(971) 253-7530 View (971) 253-7530
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Peace of Serenity Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
(971) 314-4973 View (971) 314-4973
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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, MBA
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
(503) 447-4661 View (503) 447-4661
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Dale LaChance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
(503) 496-7760 View (503) 496-7760
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(949) 303-7436 View (949) 303-7436
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Faiza Haque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
(971) 364-4240 View (971) 364-4240
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Innocent Ogbede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
(971) 260-4703 View (971) 260-4703
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Anthony C Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97006
Not accepting new clients
My primary focus is improving the day-to-day function of my patients, which impacts their relationships and interactions with others, their ability to live more fully in the present moment, and fosters opportunities for self-growth and development. I utilize a wholistic, biopsychosocial approach to mental health treatment, with treatment plans personalized to each of my patients. I help patients to learn to monitor their mental health symptoms effectively, and develop lifelong habits and routines that will continue to transform their lives even after concluding our work together.
My primary focus is improving the day-to-day function of my patients, which impacts their relationships and interactions with others, their ability to live more fully in the present moment, and fosters opportunities for self-growth and development. I utilize a wholistic, biopsychosocial approach to mental health treatment, with treatment plans personalized to each of my patients. I help patients to learn to monitor their mental health symptoms effectively, and develop lifelong habits and routines that will continue to transform their lives even after concluding our work together.
(971) 999-3050 View (971) 999-3050
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Patrick Testa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97123
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. I have experience helping patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric issues. In my practice, I use psychiatric medication and complementary approaches such as lifestyle changes, nutrition, and mindfulness. My philosophy is to treat the whole person and prescribe medication thoughtfully, considering best practice along with patient preferences. I enjoy working together with clients to develop a plan of care that is tailored to their goals, unique strengths and life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. I have experience helping patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric issues. In my practice, I use psychiatric medication and complementary approaches such as lifestyle changes, nutrition, and mindfulness. My philosophy is to treat the whole person and prescribe medication thoughtfully, considering best practice along with patient preferences. I enjoy working together with clients to develop a plan of care that is tailored to their goals, unique strengths and life.
(503) 868-2326 View (503) 868-2326
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Kaitlyn Steffen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97006
My core values center around close collaboration with you, offering holistic, trauma-informed, and neurodiversity-affirming care that addresses your tailored needs and fosters empowerment. I wholeheartedly embrace that each of us is on a unique life journey, and I approach every client with appreciation for their individual path, recognizing that personal growth unfolds at its own pace.
My core values center around close collaboration with you, offering holistic, trauma-informed, and neurodiversity-affirming care that addresses your tailored needs and fosters empowerment. I wholeheartedly embrace that each of us is on a unique life journey, and I approach every client with appreciation for their individual path, recognizing that personal growth unfolds at its own pace.
(971) 265-8581 View (971) 265-8581
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(503) 433-8823 View (503) 433-8823
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Neupathway (Onome Edokun)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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) 260-4363 View (971) 260-4363
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Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
I am an integrative and functional psychiatric nurse practitioner, which means I offer a holistic approach utilizing the latest advances in naturopathic and allopathic medicine for mental health.
I am an integrative and functional psychiatric nurse practitioner, which means I offer a holistic approach utilizing the latest advances in naturopathic and allopathic medicine for mental health.
(727) 285-9487 View (727) 285-9487
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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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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
(971) 365-3324 View (971) 365-3324
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Dr. Sydney Barfield - New Clients No Waitlist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
(971) 299-7097 View (971) 299-7097
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Visionary Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
(971) 257-8415 View (971) 257-8415
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Madeleine Sanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123
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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Victor Gomes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97006
As a lifelong learner with a multicultural background, I believe that every individual comes with a story that needs to be told. My objective as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to help guide each individual to realize their narrative by utilizing individualized tools and resources to navigate their mental fitness journey. I intend to meet you where you are in your process and to support you while carefully considering your goals, aspirations, limitations, and fears alike.
As a lifelong learner with a multicultural background, I believe that every individual comes with a story that needs to be told. My objective as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to help guide each individual to realize their narrative by utilizing individualized tools and resources to navigate their mental fitness journey. I intend to meet you where you are in your process and to support you while carefully considering your goals, aspirations, limitations, and fears alike.
(503) 543-1034 View (503) 543-1034
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Tina Marie Matthews-Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , FNP-BC, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Hi! I'm Tina, a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner welcoming new patients in the Portland/Tigard area of Oregon since March 2024. With over 17 years of experience in the field of psychiatry, I've developed a modern approach to medication management that's continually evolving with the latest advancements in the field. I specialize in conditions such as ADHD/ADD, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism. I aim to offer personalized medication management across all ages while minimizing side effects and optimizing treatment outcomes.
Hi! I'm Tina, a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner welcoming new patients in the Portland/Tigard area of Oregon since March 2024. With over 17 years of experience in the field of psychiatry, I've developed a modern approach to medication management that's continually evolving with the latest advancements in the field. I specialize in conditions such as ADHD/ADD, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism. I aim to offer personalized medication management across all ages while minimizing side effects and optimizing treatment outcomes.
(503) 744-5207 View (503) 744-5207

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hillsboro, OR

50+

Average cost per session

$287

Psychiatrists in Hillsboro, OR who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
84% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Hillsboro, OR see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hillsboro?

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.