Psychiatrists in Multnomah County, OR

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Photo of Teryl Clendenin PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse in Multnomah County, OR
Teryl Clendenin PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
Practice accepting new patients. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am able to provide a wide array of treatment opportunities for adults. I prescribe psychiatric medications, as well as provide counseling and therapy in a holistic, accepting atmosphere. I firmly believe we can all benefit from expanding our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. My practice centers on working collaboratively with you; assisting, guiding and joining you on a pathway to greater overall health and wellness.
Practice accepting new patients. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am able to provide a wide array of treatment opportunities for adults. I prescribe psychiatric medications, as well as provide counseling and therapy in a holistic, accepting atmosphere. I firmly believe we can all benefit from expanding our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. My practice centers on working collaboratively with you; assisting, guiding and joining you on a pathway to greater overall health and wellness.
(503) 743-6874 View (503) 743-6874
Photo of Sheena Munson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Sheena Munson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing holistic and patient-centered care is at the heart of what I do. My approach is warm, empathetic, trauma-informed, and evidenced based. We are not our symptoms and as such deserve to be treated as a whole person. We are shaped and effected by every aspect of our life and this cannot be overlooked when addressing our mental health.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing holistic and patient-centered care is at the heart of what I do. My approach is warm, empathetic, trauma-informed, and evidenced based. We are not our symptoms and as such deserve to be treated as a whole person. We are shaped and effected by every aspect of our life and this cannot be overlooked when addressing our mental health.
(503) 217-6104 View (503) 217-6104
Photo of Jazmyn Price, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Jazmyn Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215
I believe therapy and medication management can be useful tools for cultivating change and healing in our lives. Therapy is a space where we can work out the multitudes of ourselves. As we strive to find harmony within these multitudes we examine how past experiences and important relationships have singularly shaped these selves. Medications can provide extra support alongside therapy. My approach to prescribing is holistic, evidence based and attempts to minimize the need for medications.
I believe therapy and medication management can be useful tools for cultivating change and healing in our lives. Therapy is a space where we can work out the multitudes of ourselves. As we strive to find harmony within these multitudes we examine how past experiences and important relationships have singularly shaped these selves. Medications can provide extra support alongside therapy. My approach to prescribing is holistic, evidence based and attempts to minimize the need for medications.
(503) 832-5997 View (503) 832-5997
Photo of Paul J. McMahon, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Paul J. McMahon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219
I am a board certified psychiatrist, providing both medication management and therapy. My therapeutic style focuses on cognitive behavioral techniques. Treatment decisions are personalized, and evidence-based, ensuring they align with your values. I am comfortable working with medically complex cases, and draw from my additional years of experience in neurology, neuroscience and clinical research. Together, we will develop a specific plan to improve your mental health.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, providing both medication management and therapy. My therapeutic style focuses on cognitive behavioral techniques. Treatment decisions are personalized, and evidence-based, ensuring they align with your values. I am comfortable working with medically complex cases, and draw from my additional years of experience in neurology, neuroscience and clinical research. Together, we will develop a specific plan to improve your mental health.
(971) 251-1167 View (971) 251-1167
Photo of Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW, RYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97229
APRIL 2024 - OPEN. To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Aloha! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring a diverse set of professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
APRIL 2024 - OPEN. To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Aloha! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring a diverse set of professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
(971) 205-1636 View (971) 205-1636
Photo of Kathryn Zerbe, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Kathryn Zerbe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
I work with patients individually and have been inspired to witness personal transformation and growth even after the most difficult life circumstances. My practice includes longer term psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, short-term consultation, and supervision of mental health professionals of all disciplines. Although my approach is primarily psychodynamic, I believe it is important to maintain an integrated treatment perspective because every person is unique. Particular areas of interest include the impact and psychological cost of keeping family secrets, personal growth over the adult life cycle, building resiliency, privacy
I work with patients individually and have been inspired to witness personal transformation and growth even after the most difficult life circumstances. My practice includes longer term psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, short-term consultation, and supervision of mental health professionals of all disciplines. Although my approach is primarily psychodynamic, I believe it is important to maintain an integrated treatment perspective because every person is unique. Particular areas of interest include the impact and psychological cost of keeping family secrets, personal growth over the adult life cycle, building resiliency, privacy
(971) 255-0043 View (971) 255-0043
Photo of Dr Madeline Jacobs Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Dr Madeline Jacobs Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Madeline Jacobs and I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist now practicing in the Portland, OR area. I treat adults of all ages (18 years old and older) with different psychiatric and mental health conditions. My treatment approach includes both psychotherapy and/or medication management. Please visit my website for further information on my practice, including details on my treatment approach, and other logistical information, www.madelinejacobspsychiatry.com
My name is Dr. Madeline Jacobs and I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist now practicing in the Portland, OR area. I treat adults of all ages (18 years old and older) with different psychiatric and mental health conditions. My treatment approach includes both psychotherapy and/or medication management. Please visit my website for further information on my practice, including details on my treatment approach, and other logistical information, www.madelinejacobspsychiatry.com
(971) 287-7953 View (971) 287-7953
Photo of Melanie Ramsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Melanie Ramsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing distress due to internal conflicts, trauma, relationships, fears, or feeling stuck? Do you feel anxious, depressed, and unmotivated? Some things are just too difficult to go through alone. Working with someone in a safe and compassionate environment without judgment can be the key to your understanding and growth. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before developing a shared treatment plan. I am honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
Are you experiencing distress due to internal conflicts, trauma, relationships, fears, or feeling stuck? Do you feel anxious, depressed, and unmotivated? Some things are just too difficult to go through alone. Working with someone in a safe and compassionate environment without judgment can be the key to your understanding and growth. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before developing a shared treatment plan. I am honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
(971) 232-3233 View (971) 232-3233
Photo of Kristen Cole, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Kristen Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
I use a trauma-informed approach to mental health that includes both medication management and psychotherapy. I employ a Health at Every Size philosophy that prioritizes whole person wellness above a weight-centric perspective. In my practice, the client is at the helm of choosing what issues to work on. A holistic approach is favored over one-size-fits-all formulas. As most people today are touched by mental health struggles, whether it be their own or their loved ones, we can use those experiences to learn to ground spiritually and mentally.
(503) 868-0536 View (503) 868-0536
Photo of Lauren Kaplan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Lauren Kaplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I believe that healing occurs in the context of supportive relationships with self, with other people, and with aspects of the natural world beyond people. My passion is collaborative exploration of these core relationships to help empower youth in creating their own path toward increasing wellness. It takes great strength to ask for help and it can be challenging to find someone who feels safe enough to be vulnerable with. Providing you or your child with a safe, supportive, affirming space to go beyond symptom management and explore the root causes of your challenging experiences is an honor.
I believe that healing occurs in the context of supportive relationships with self, with other people, and with aspects of the natural world beyond people. My passion is collaborative exploration of these core relationships to help empower youth in creating their own path toward increasing wellness. It takes great strength to ask for help and it can be challenging to find someone who feels safe enough to be vulnerable with. Providing you or your child with a safe, supportive, affirming space to go beyond symptom management and explore the root causes of your challenging experiences is an honor.
(503) 994-1387 View (503) 994-1387
Photo of Anne Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Anne Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
We all must contend with suffering in one form or another, and it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a psychotherapist to explore the meaning to be found in it. I believe this can lead to deep transformation. We typically come to therapy due to getting caught in a whirlwind of some kind: sudden loss via death or romantic breakup, prolonged grief, or an awakening to our outdated patterns and fixed negative beliefs about ourselves. We can also use the therapy space to enrich our capacity for curiosity, enhance our imagination, and better find our footing.
We all must contend with suffering in one form or another, and it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a psychotherapist to explore the meaning to be found in it. I believe this can lead to deep transformation. We typically come to therapy due to getting caught in a whirlwind of some kind: sudden loss via death or romantic breakup, prolonged grief, or an awakening to our outdated patterns and fixed negative beliefs about ourselves. We can also use the therapy space to enrich our capacity for curiosity, enhance our imagination, and better find our footing.
(503) 928-6402 View (503) 928-6402
Photo of Brooks Oglesby-Junk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Brooks Oglesby-Junk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
Specializing in the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and possessing comprehensive skills in addressing various other psychiatric conditions, I am dedicated to your well-being. My ultimate objective is to equip you with the tools necessary to attain your highest level of wellness. Trust in my competence and compassionate approach as you embark on your journey toward mental health and overall well-being.
Specializing in the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and possessing comprehensive skills in addressing various other psychiatric conditions, I am dedicated to your well-being. My ultimate objective is to equip you with the tools necessary to attain your highest level of wellness. Trust in my competence and compassionate approach as you embark on your journey toward mental health and overall well-being.
(503) 751-3453 View (503) 751-3453
Photo of Walker B. Dixon MD, Summit Wellness center, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Walker B. Dixon MD, Summit Wellness center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Bryan Dixon has over 20 years experience treating patients in the field of psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Dixon provides a complete treatment experience with psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management, and collaboration with or referral to new or established providers and therapists for continuation of care when indicated. With over a decade of experience treating opioid dependence with Suboxone and Subutex , this treatment is available for maintenance including the application of unique and effective ways to lower doses and discontinue this medication.
Dr. Bryan Dixon has over 20 years experience treating patients in the field of psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Dixon provides a complete treatment experience with psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management, and collaboration with or referral to new or established providers and therapists for continuation of care when indicated. With over a decade of experience treating opioid dependence with Suboxone and Subutex , this treatment is available for maintenance including the application of unique and effective ways to lower doses and discontinue this medication.
(503) 483-0871 View (503) 483-0871
Photo of Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
(678) 922-4240 View (678) 922-4240
Photo of Andrew James Hughes, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Andrew James Hughes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Not accepting new clients
My primary aim is to help patients achieve a more fulfilling life. Available evidence indicates that the best psychotherapy outcomes are associated with strong and trusting provider-patient relationships. As such, I strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, and safe environment for my patients.
My primary aim is to help patients achieve a more fulfilling life. Available evidence indicates that the best psychotherapy outcomes are associated with strong and trusting provider-patient relationships. As such, I strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, and safe environment for my patients.
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Photo of Dr. Emily DeMarco, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Dr. Emily DeMarco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
New clients appointments are available within 1 week. I know how much courage it takes to reach out for professional help for yourself, your family or your child. My practice focuses on your unique story, goals and values, and working together on a treatment strategy that will produce lasting change.
New clients appointments are available within 1 week. I know how much courage it takes to reach out for professional help for yourself, your family or your child. My practice focuses on your unique story, goals and values, and working together on a treatment strategy that will produce lasting change.
(971) 231-3441 View (971) 231-3441
Photo of Quimson Behavioral Health: Dr Pia Quimson-Guevarra, Psychiatrist in Multnomah County, OR
Quimson Behavioral Health: Dr Pia Quimson-Guevarra
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
(971) 307-9602 View (971) 307-9602
Photo of Steven Knott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Steven Knott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97225
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others, struggle to prioritize your needs, or have difficulty managing constant distractions and restlessness? Are you overwhelmed by balancing relationships, careers, and personal goals, especially with the added challenges of ADHD, depression, or other mental health struggles? These struggles can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Neglecting your needs and failing to take time for self-care can lead to long-term mental and physical health issues. I understand your challenges and believe that achieving a happier, more focused, and balanced life shouldn’t be so difficult
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and others, struggle to prioritize your needs, or have difficulty managing constant distractions and restlessness? Are you overwhelmed by balancing relationships, careers, and personal goals, especially with the added challenges of ADHD, depression, or other mental health struggles? These struggles can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Neglecting your needs and failing to take time for self-care can lead to long-term mental and physical health issues. I understand your challenges and believe that achieving a happier, more focused, and balanced life shouldn’t be so difficult
(971) 260-3423 View (971) 260-3423
Photo of Angela Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(503) 755-9574 View (503) 755-9574
Photo of MindRx Group, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Multnomah County, OR
MindRx Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
An ideal client is anyone looking for help or in need of help to manage their mental health. These clients often want a life they can be proud of, they want to be there for their families in the best possible way, they want to reach goals, go through life without extreme fears and anxieties. Sometimes we are unaware of our own need for mental health treatment when life gets hectic. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood and personality disorders, etc, can be hindering an individual from reaching their full potential if left untreated.
An ideal client is anyone looking for help or in need of help to manage their mental health. These clients often want a life they can be proud of, they want to be there for their families in the best possible way, they want to reach goals, go through life without extreme fears and anxieties. Sometimes we are unaware of our own need for mental health treatment when life gets hectic. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood and personality disorders, etc, can be hindering an individual from reaching their full potential if left untreated.
(971) 306-5813 View (971) 306-5813

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Number of Psychiatrists in Multnomah County, OR

300+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Multnomah County, OR who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
81% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Aetna
68% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Multnomah County, OR see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Multnomah 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.