Psychiatrists in Lake Oswego, OR

Photo of Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients), PsyD, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/16/24 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 7/16/24 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.
(503) 386-0826 View (503) 386-0826
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Victor Gomes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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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Dr. Rachel Rittman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Patients are at the center of my psychiatric practice. I believe a collaborative approach towards treatment is generally the most effective route to wellness. Throughout my years of training and practice I have enjoyed working alongside patients to help manage their medications and meet their therapy needs.
Patients are at the center of my psychiatric practice. I believe a collaborative approach towards treatment is generally the most effective route to wellness. Throughout my years of training and practice I have enjoyed working alongside patients to help manage their medications and meet their therapy needs.
(503) 766-4785 View (503) 766-4785
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Dr. Jonathan Wilson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
I am dedicated to helping individuals get through whatever life throws their way. I believe that individual growth can happen in a variety of ways, including psychotherapy. In my practice I work with patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, OCD and ADHD. I also believe that medications always work best with continued therapy and will partner with psychologists and therapists for medication management to ensure the optimal results.
I am dedicated to helping individuals get through whatever life throws their way. I believe that individual growth can happen in a variety of ways, including psychotherapy. In my practice I work with patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, OCD and ADHD. I also believe that medications always work best with continued therapy and will partner with psychologists and therapists for medication management to ensure the optimal results.
(503) 213-6167 View (503) 213-6167
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Annemieke Clark Emch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Whether you are just starting to explore if psychiatric medications might be helpful for you, you have a regimen that you feel could benefit from a fresh perspective, or you are happy with your current regimen and just need a new provider, choosing a new practitioner for your mental health team can be daunting. I work with people who are dealing with the full spectrum of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I will conduct a thorough psychiatric assessment and make evidence-based recommendations for medications and interventions that can help restore your sense of equilibrium and self-efficacy and support you in meeting your goals.
Whether you are just starting to explore if psychiatric medications might be helpful for you, you have a regimen that you feel could benefit from a fresh perspective, or you are happy with your current regimen and just need a new provider, choosing a new practitioner for your mental health team can be daunting. I work with people who are dealing with the full spectrum of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I will conduct a thorough psychiatric assessment and make evidence-based recommendations for medications and interventions that can help restore your sense of equilibrium and self-efficacy and support you in meeting your goals.
(503) 741-2735 View (503) 741-2735
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Leah Bloomberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Waitlist for new clients
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
(503) 395-3865 View (503) 395-3865
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Adrienne Elyse Harmon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I understand mental wellness or illness to be a dynamic interplay between environmental, physical, psychological, and social factors with the individual or family at the center of the healing process. I work in collaboration with children, families, and individuals to provide evidence-based individualized care to attain mental wellness and improve the quality of life. I diagnose and treat patients across the lifespan, specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide holistic care, taking into consideration the diverse elements in the patient's life that are barriers and strengths to improving mental health.
I understand mental wellness or illness to be a dynamic interplay between environmental, physical, psychological, and social factors with the individual or family at the center of the healing process. I work in collaboration with children, families, and individuals to provide evidence-based individualized care to attain mental wellness and improve the quality of life. I diagnose and treat patients across the lifespan, specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide holistic care, taking into consideration the diverse elements in the patient's life that are barriers and strengths to improving mental health.
(971) 251-1177 View (971) 251-1177
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Shauna L Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP, BC, CBIS
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Hello and a warm welcome! In my 18-year career, I have worked with quite literally thousands of different patients with a variety of different mental health problems and diagnoses and a wide variety of issues, including neurological problems like TBIs, POTS/ dysautonomia, and vestibulopathies. My patients want up-to-date information and a clinician who is constantly educating herself. I hear from patients that they often feel rushed by their provider visits; in my practice, I nurture our relationship and take my time. A typical encounter with me is a full hour. I strive to know and to understand you.
Hello and a warm welcome! In my 18-year career, I have worked with quite literally thousands of different patients with a variety of different mental health problems and diagnoses and a wide variety of issues, including neurological problems like TBIs, POTS/ dysautonomia, and vestibulopathies. My patients want up-to-date information and a clinician who is constantly educating herself. I hear from patients that they often feel rushed by their provider visits; in my practice, I nurture our relationship and take my time. A typical encounter with me is a full hour. I strive to know and to understand you.
(503) 908-1625 View (503) 908-1625
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Denyse Collins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES. You will receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that may include labs to help determine the best treatment plan. Treatment can include evidence-based medication strategies, supplements, lifestyle interventions, and psychotherapy.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. CURRENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SERVICES. You will receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that may include labs to help determine the best treatment plan. Treatment can include evidence-based medication strategies, supplements, lifestyle interventions, and psychotherapy.
(503) 461-7488 View (503) 461-7488
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Alysa Zalma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
(503) 622-8292 View (503) 622-8292
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Wendy Zamora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I care about you as a whole person. Empathetic, nonjudgmental listening is one of my strengths. I will perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment to help you understand what your symptoms mean and how they can be managed with psychiatric medication or lifestyle changes.
I care about you as a whole person. Empathetic, nonjudgmental listening is one of my strengths. I will perform a comprehensive psychiatric assessment to help you understand what your symptoms mean and how they can be managed with psychiatric medication or lifestyle changes.
(503) 308-7538 View (503) 308-7538
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Farzad Kamyar
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, ABPN, ABPM
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
For all new patient inquiries and questions, please go to: www.principlemind.com/new-patient-inquiry EMAILS and CALLS sent through Psychology Today are not monitored nor responded to. At the Principal Mind, the practice is about the integration of medication with goal-specific therapy. We aim to meet individuals where they are, while at the same time working as hard as they are. We treat the person in front of us and their symptoms, as every diagnosis may present differently, and be caused by different sources. If you are motivated and open-minded, we can work to actually get you better.
For all new patient inquiries and questions, please go to: www.principlemind.com/new-patient-inquiry EMAILS and CALLS sent through Psychology Today are not monitored nor responded to. At the Principal Mind, the practice is about the integration of medication with goal-specific therapy. We aim to meet individuals where they are, while at the same time working as hard as they are. We treat the person in front of us and their symptoms, as every diagnosis may present differently, and be caused by different sources. If you are motivated and open-minded, we can work to actually get you better.
Photo of Tiffany Stradling, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tiffany Stradling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children and adults in AZ, and adults in OR and WA. I have a passion for helping each person live up to their full potential, helping them to live their best lives! I work closely with each patient to develop a personalized plan for improved health and function. In addition to prescribing medication, I recommend herbal supplements and remedies as appropriate. My goal is to have patients on the least amount of medication necessary to help them achieve the goal of a fulfilled, functional and successful life.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children and adults in AZ, and adults in OR and WA. I have a passion for helping each person live up to their full potential, helping them to live their best lives! I work closely with each patient to develop a personalized plan for improved health and function. In addition to prescribing medication, I recommend herbal supplements and remedies as appropriate. My goal is to have patients on the least amount of medication necessary to help them achieve the goal of a fulfilled, functional and successful life.
(503) 483-6530 View (503) 483-6530
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Kathleen Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with advanced training in psychotherapy and medication management. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and the adjustment--both physical and psychological--to parenthood. My background as a Community Health Nurse visiting pregnant and newly parenting families, and my understanding of the hormonal and biological factors that are intertwined with emotional issues during this time, make me an excellent choice for prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I have a certificate from Postpartum Support International in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with advanced training in psychotherapy and medication management. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and the adjustment--both physical and psychological--to parenthood. My background as a Community Health Nurse visiting pregnant and newly parenting families, and my understanding of the hormonal and biological factors that are intertwined with emotional issues during this time, make me an excellent choice for prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I have a certificate from Postpartum Support International in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
(503) 967-9232 View (503) 967-9232
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (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) 461-8744 View (503) 461-8744
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Joan Ili
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
(503) 543-1207 View (503) 543-1207
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
(458) 216-5983 View (458) 216-5983
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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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Christa DeGrazia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I am a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Nurse Practitioner with a decade of experience working within diverse clinical settings. I have partnered with individuals and families experiencing a myriad of mental and physical challenges developing deep empathy for the human experience in all of its complexity. I work collaboratively with each patient to create a personalized care plan integrating evidence-based practices with integrative and complementary approaches. I provide a combination of medication management and supportive psychotherapy in every appointment.
I am a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Nurse Practitioner with a decade of experience working within diverse clinical settings. I have partnered with individuals and families experiencing a myriad of mental and physical challenges developing deep empathy for the human experience in all of its complexity. I work collaboratively with each patient to create a personalized care plan integrating evidence-based practices with integrative and complementary approaches. I provide a combination of medication management and supportive psychotherapy in every appointment.
(458) 231-8282 View (458) 231-8282
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 274-8510 View (412) 274-8510
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Number of Psychiatrists in Lake Oswego, OR

60+

Average cost per session

$279

Psychiatrists in Lake Oswego, OR who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
87% Trauma and PTSD
87% Medication Management
77% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% PacificSource
78% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Lake Oswego, OR see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake Oswego?

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.