Psychiatrists in Newberg, OR

Photo of undefined - Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP
Verified Verified
Newberg, OR 97132  (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
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Timothy Lafolette
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newberg, OR 97132  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping clients to identify and head toward their goals. I've been in practice for 11 years, and worked with a diverse set of clients in a federally qualified health clinic. I believe in the power of individual work, alongside being involved in relationships to bring about the greatest healing and fulfillment in life. I believe in focusing on client values to collaborate on the plan. I value viewing and addressing issues from multiple angles to find what's going to be the best approach for a particular client. For instance, I will focus on physical health, thoughts, emotions, as well as spirituality, and chosen community.
I enjoy helping clients to identify and head toward their goals. I've been in practice for 11 years, and worked with a diverse set of clients in a federally qualified health clinic. I believe in the power of individual work, alongside being involved in relationships to bring about the greatest healing and fulfillment in life. I believe in focusing on client values to collaborate on the plan. I value viewing and addressing issues from multiple angles to find what's going to be the best approach for a particular client. For instance, I will focus on physical health, thoughts, emotions, as well as spirituality, and chosen community.
(971) 278-9801 View (971) 278-9801
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Mackenzie Callis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newberg, OR 97132  (Online Only)
I provide medication management primarily via telehealth for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (depression and bipolar spectrum disorders), psychosis, ADHD (after assessment by a psychologist), and substance use (alcohol, tobacco, and opioids). I specialize in managing nuisance side effects, many of which cause folks to discontinue otherwise effective medications. My prescribing philosophy embraces collaborative decision-making and the integration of multiple therapeutic modalities into medication management visits. At this time I do not offer weekly psychotherapy, but can provide referrals to therapists in your community.
I provide medication management primarily via telehealth for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (depression and bipolar spectrum disorders), psychosis, ADHD (after assessment by a psychologist), and substance use (alcohol, tobacco, and opioids). I specialize in managing nuisance side effects, many of which cause folks to discontinue otherwise effective medications. My prescribing philosophy embraces collaborative decision-making and the integration of multiple therapeutic modalities into medication management visits. At this time I do not offer weekly psychotherapy, but can provide referrals to therapists in your community.
(503) 664-9799 View (503) 664-9799
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Thrive Integrative Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newberg, OR 97132
Serving Yamhill County - Now Offering TMS! We are a team of clinicians (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, LPC) with a passion for helping people cultivate optimal mental health and wellbeing. We believe medication can be a powerful tool but is often just part of the puzzle of true healing. We value taking time with people, being present and listening to the whole story. We believe we heal best when we feel heard and take an active role in our own treatment.
Serving Yamhill County - Now Offering TMS! We are a team of clinicians (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, LPC) with a passion for helping people cultivate optimal mental health and wellbeing. We believe medication can be a powerful tool but is often just part of the puzzle of true healing. We value taking time with people, being present and listening to the whole story. We believe we heal best when we feel heard and take an active role in our own treatment.
(971) 251-9589 View (971) 251-9589

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(971) 278-9898 View (971) 278-9898
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Restore Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
(503) 966-0325 View (503) 966-0325
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NW Mind-Body Wellness - Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ENP
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(503) 966-2448 View (503) 966-2448
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Solid Foundation Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aurora, OR 97002  (Online Only)
At Solid Foundation Psychiatry, our ideal clients are individuals navigating the intricate landscape of mental health, seeking support to address various challenges like depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. These individuals arrive seeking relief from the overwhelming weight of their conditions, each person carrying a unique set of issues, needs, and aspirations. Depression often manifests as an unrelenting cloud overshadowing daily life. Our ideal clients with depression yearn for a sense of vitality and emotional equilibrium. They desire to rediscover the joy in simple moments.
At Solid Foundation Psychiatry, our ideal clients are individuals navigating the intricate landscape of mental health, seeking support to address various challenges like depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychosis. These individuals arrive seeking relief from the overwhelming weight of their conditions, each person carrying a unique set of issues, needs, and aspirations. Depression often manifests as an unrelenting cloud overshadowing daily life. Our ideal clients with depression yearn for a sense of vitality and emotional equilibrium. They desire to rediscover the joy in simple moments.
(619) 762-3487 View (619) 762-3487
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Julie Bremer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, OR 97002
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
Welcome! Meet Julie Bremer, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in acute care, labor and delivery, newborn care, and case management. Passionate about perinatal mental health, Julie is certified through PSI and has volunteered as a peer support. She believes in treating the whole person with a welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental approach.
(720) 707-3124 View (720) 707-3124
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (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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Trevor Rachko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (Online Only)
I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to mental health, but rather I consider each person in the unique context of his or her own life, and partner with each person to make a plan that leads to the best possible result. To me, the patient is the boss in that dynamic. I would like to note that I am ardent supporter of your Constitutional rights, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to mental health, but rather I consider each person in the unique context of his or her own life, and partner with each person to make a plan that leads to the best possible result. To me, the patient is the boss in that dynamic. I would like to note that I am ardent supporter of your Constitutional rights, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
(971) 273-5092 View (971) 273-5092
Photo of Roger Tunks, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Roger Tunks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (Online Only)
I see patients from school-aged to 64, specializing in people struggling with focus, inattention, depressive thoughts, anxiety, and mood irregularities. I see people that are struggling in their lives and often times do not understand what these struggles are or how to describe them, but know they want to feel better. I want to partner with people to help them understand what is causing their challenges and more importantly what can be done to improve their quality of life.
I see patients from school-aged to 64, specializing in people struggling with focus, inattention, depressive thoughts, anxiety, and mood irregularities. I see people that are struggling in their lives and often times do not understand what these struggles are or how to describe them, but know they want to feel better. I want to partner with people to help them understand what is causing their challenges and more importantly what can be done to improve their quality of life.
(503) 386-0537 View (503) 386-0537
Photo of Bonnie Lambert, PMHNP, LPC, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bonnie Lambert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, RN
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Not accepting new clients
Visit BloomWellnessPdx.com. Mental health diagnoses can vary from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, and personality disorders, among others. I believe that all things exist on a spectrum, and the intensity will vary. Due to this, diagnosis is an ever-evolving process that won’t happen with one session, but several and with rapport and trust. Information gathered in the initial evaluation is thoroughly reviewed to establish a diagnosis.
Visit BloomWellnessPdx.com. Mental health diagnoses can vary from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, and personality disorders, among others. I believe that all things exist on a spectrum, and the intensity will vary. Due to this, diagnosis is an ever-evolving process that won’t happen with one session, but several and with rapport and trust. Information gathered in the initial evaluation is thoroughly reviewed to establish a diagnosis.
(971) 351-4287 View (971) 351-4287
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Alysa Zalma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123
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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Elaina Atwell-Furrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
(971) 444-6362 View (971) 444-6362
Dr. Julia Bishop-Tall (Previously Bishop-Taylor)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sherwood, OR 97140
(503) 379-1178 View (503) 379-1178

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Melissa Kidby, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Kidby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oregon City, OR 97045  (Online Only)
Many people are fearful of having a mental health diagnosis. My goal is to reduce and/or alleviate symptoms so those I work with can begin to walk the path of wellness. In order to meet this goal I engage in a thorough 2-hour initial assessment. During this appointment we discuss your history, I order laboratory studies, discuss the benefits of genetic testing, and together we come up with a treatment plan.
Many people are fearful of having a mental health diagnosis. My goal is to reduce and/or alleviate symptoms so those I work with can begin to walk the path of wellness. In order to meet this goal I engage in a thorough 2-hour initial assessment. During this appointment we discuss your history, I order laboratory studies, discuss the benefits of genetic testing, and together we come up with a treatment plan.
(541) 295-5172 View (541) 295-5172
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Jonathan Wayne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Hello! I’m Jonathan Wayne founder of LGBTQ+ Telepsychiatry and NTX. Have you ever felt judged by your family, friends or colleagues for your way of life, values, or world view? If yes, then you’re in the right place. I noticed that there weren’t many mental health options tailored to assist the specific needs for the LGBTQ+ community & as a black gay male, I knew this would be my niche.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Hello! I’m Jonathan Wayne founder of LGBTQ+ Telepsychiatry and NTX. Have you ever felt judged by your family, friends or colleagues for your way of life, values, or world view? If yes, then you’re in the right place. I noticed that there weren’t many mental health options tailored to assist the specific needs for the LGBTQ+ community & as a black gay male, I knew this would be my niche.
(541) 236-9062 View (541) 236-9062
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Christy Farleigh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
(971) 351-3362 View (971) 351-3362
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Serenity Mental Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
(206) 705-3740 View (206) 705-3740

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newberg, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Newberg, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
75% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Newberg, OR see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newberg?

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.