Psychiatrists in Lane County, OR

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Ross Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
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Paul Choi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Board Certified psychiatrist. Holistic mental health care - integrating the judicious use of psychiatric mediations with psychotherapy, nutritional guidance, mindfulness & spiritual practices, and attention to the whole person.
Board Certified psychiatrist. Holistic mental health care - integrating the judicious use of psychiatric mediations with psychotherapy, nutritional guidance, mindfulness & spiritual practices, and attention to the whole person.
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Joshua J Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
Appointments as late as 8pm! Whether you are a parent who can’t leave work to get to your child to an appointment , or your schedule simply doesn’t line up with the “norm”! I have a Passion for treating children, adolescents, young adults, and adults with specialty focus in: ADHD, trauma, PTSD/C-PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, self-harm, and more. Offering years of personal and professional experience and insight to each client. As someone who has been diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and panic attacks: I bring a level of insight an understanding to my practice that most providers lack!
Appointments as late as 8pm! Whether you are a parent who can’t leave work to get to your child to an appointment , or your schedule simply doesn’t line up with the “norm”! I have a Passion for treating children, adolescents, young adults, and adults with specialty focus in: ADHD, trauma, PTSD/C-PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, self-harm, and more. Offering years of personal and professional experience and insight to each client. As someone who has been diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and panic attacks: I bring a level of insight an understanding to my practice that most providers lack!
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Todd Infinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
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Jeffrey Sperla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
I see people in the office, not just telehealth! In my opinion, psychiatry/therapy should be in person to foster good communication and connection. I treat all mental health disorders. I also aim to help those treated poorly in the past by other health care providers. I try to unlock resilience, independence, and problem solving, with or without medications. I help people find inner strength and unleash power they have within themselves. Women who have been oppressed need a voice. Everyone should have an enjoyable life with good balance. I will coach you through stressful times and encourage you to lean on healthy relationships.
I see people in the office, not just telehealth! In my opinion, psychiatry/therapy should be in person to foster good communication and connection. I treat all mental health disorders. I also aim to help those treated poorly in the past by other health care providers. I try to unlock resilience, independence, and problem solving, with or without medications. I help people find inner strength and unleash power they have within themselves. Women who have been oppressed need a voice. Everyone should have an enjoyable life with good balance. I will coach you through stressful times and encourage you to lean on healthy relationships.
(541) 861-7930 View (541) 861-7930
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Kelly Severhof
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
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Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! I work with Adults who have various mental health conditions. I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals struggling with Substance use, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Relationship issues, Grief and Loss. My main goal is to help patients find ways to manage and cope with mental illnesses. I believe that every patient is unique and different, therefore I focus on utilizing an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! I work with Adults who have various mental health conditions. I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals struggling with Substance use, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Relationship issues, Grief and Loss. My main goal is to help patients find ways to manage and cope with mental illnesses. I believe that every patient is unique and different, therefore I focus on utilizing an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being.
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97402  (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.
(541) 623-2622 View (541) 623-2622
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DeRoy C Obilor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
(541) 299-3947 View (541) 299-3947
Benson Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Currently Accepting New Patients with one of our many Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, some have openings as soon as 2 weeks! Most of our providers that are accepting new patients are only able to do telehealth appointments. We do have a couple providers that are able to do in person appointments. Your provider will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you achieve your behavioral health goals.
Currently Accepting New Patients with one of our many Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, some have openings as soon as 2 weeks! Most of our providers that are accepting new patients are only able to do telehealth appointments. We do have a couple providers that are able to do in person appointments. Your provider will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help you achieve your behavioral health goals.
(541) 568-6933 View (541) 568-6933
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Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 7/9/24 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 7/9/24 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.
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Photo of Brandi Yund, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brandi Yund
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Free ADHD, genetic & neuropsychological testing available! Please call for more details. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals by providing a safe, non-judgmental environment. I have over 20 years of experience in both medical and psychiatric care settings including inpatient, outpatient, critical care, and corrections.I have experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations and have particular clinical interests in PTSD, ADHD, depression and/or anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Currently accepting new patients! Free ADHD, genetic & neuropsychological testing available! Please call for more details. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals by providing a safe, non-judgmental environment. I have over 20 years of experience in both medical and psychiatric care settings including inpatient, outpatient, critical care, and corrections.I have experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations and have particular clinical interests in PTSD, ADHD, depression and/or anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
(541) 854-7983 View (541) 854-7983
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Jessica Yeager
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Not accepting new clients
I can treat a wide range of mental health and health related issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, general fatigue and malaise, and irritability/anger issues. I unfortunately do not specialize in ADHD though. At this time my practice is solely focused on individuals over the age of 18.
I can treat a wide range of mental health and health related issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, general fatigue and malaise, and irritability/anger issues. I unfortunately do not specialize in ADHD though. At this time my practice is solely focused on individuals over the age of 18.
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Natalya Mortimer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Waitlist for new clients
Our clients seek meaningful outcomes. They aspire to improve their well-being, enabling them to actively participate in life, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose. Natalya provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individualized treatment planning tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. She has a particular interest in addressing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders, with a focus on integrating evidence-based practices that promote resilience and positive mental health outcomes.
Our clients seek meaningful outcomes. They aspire to improve their well-being, enabling them to actively participate in life, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose. Natalya provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individualized treatment planning tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. She has a particular interest in addressing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders, with a focus on integrating evidence-based practices that promote resilience and positive mental health outcomes.
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Photo of April Dvorak, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
April Dvorak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Waitlist for new clients
Our clients desire meaningful outcomes. They want to feel better so they can engage in their lives, function optimally, and purse deeper purpose. We can help with issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, symptoms of burnout, functional impairment; interpersonal problems; stress management, lifestyle, wellness.
Our clients desire meaningful outcomes. They want to feel better so they can engage in their lives, function optimally, and purse deeper purpose. We can help with issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, symptoms of burnout, functional impairment; interpersonal problems; stress management, lifestyle, wellness.
(541) 843-8541 View (541) 843-8541
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Sarah M Merritt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
I have been in mental health nursing for over a decade in high acuity inpatient settings here in Oregon. I am delighted to transfer this knowledge to an advanced practice role in an outpatient setting. This atmosphere allows for the authentic connection and collaborative decision making a hospital setting doesn't often accommodate.
I have been in mental health nursing for over a decade in high acuity inpatient settings here in Oregon. I am delighted to transfer this knowledge to an advanced practice role in an outpatient setting. This atmosphere allows for the authentic connection and collaborative decision making a hospital setting doesn't often accommodate.
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Marissa Gaines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
My practice is focused on holistic and integrative psychiatry, and my passion is working with individuals seeking a fresh perspective on their mental health. In our work together, we will examine underlying cause(s) of symptoms, lifestyle factors such as diet and inflammation, as well as any experiences of trauma and disconnection. When root causes are addressed, we can tap into the body’s natural ability to heal and promote lasting well-being.
My practice is focused on holistic and integrative psychiatry, and my passion is working with individuals seeking a fresh perspective on their mental health. In our work together, we will examine underlying cause(s) of symptoms, lifestyle factors such as diet and inflammation, as well as any experiences of trauma and disconnection. When root causes are addressed, we can tap into the body’s natural ability to heal and promote lasting well-being.
(458) 235-4405 View (458) 235-4405
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NTX
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Your mental health isn't something to put off. Start feeling better today! Expert Help For Your Emotional Health. Online and in- person help for anxiety, depression, insomnia, traumatic stress, ADHD. We have licensed prescribers, therapists and provide ADHD Testing, and Ketamine treatments. We embrace diversity and have a team of clinicians to treat clients of all ages. Please visit our website at www.neuropsychiatrytx.com
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Your mental health isn't something to put off. Start feeling better today! Expert Help For Your Emotional Health. Online and in- person help for anxiety, depression, insomnia, traumatic stress, ADHD. We have licensed prescribers, therapists and provide ADHD Testing, and Ketamine treatments. We embrace diversity and have a team of clinicians to treat clients of all ages. Please visit our website at www.neuropsychiatrytx.com
(541) 800-2169 View (541) 800-2169
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Sonia Reisdorf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
(541) 952-3310 View (541) 952-3310
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Jessica L Hilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
(541) 632-8727 View (541) 632-8727

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lane County, OR

80+

Average cost per session

$247

Psychiatrists in Lane County, OR who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
91% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder
65% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
73% PacificSource
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lane County, OR see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lane County?

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.