Psychiatrists in Portland, OR

Photo of Kelly Yan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Kelly Yan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I support mental wellness through medication management and behavioral health counseling. I work in partnership with you, your therapist, and other members of your care team to manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, psychosis, inattention, and neurodivergence. My treatment philosophy is grounded in evidence-based practice and holistic, patient-centered care. I believe in using the gentlest interventions that will achieve your goals. I do not perform ADHD assessments, but I can provide ongoing ADHD treatment. I do not prescribe benzodiazepines long-term.
I support mental wellness through medication management and behavioral health counseling. I work in partnership with you, your therapist, and other members of your care team to manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, psychosis, inattention, and neurodivergence. My treatment philosophy is grounded in evidence-based practice and holistic, patient-centered care. I believe in using the gentlest interventions that will achieve your goals. I do not perform ADHD assessments, but I can provide ongoing ADHD treatment. I do not prescribe benzodiazepines long-term.
(503) 386-0237 View (503) 386-0237
Photo of La Lune Integrative Psychiatry PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
La Lune Integrative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at joinlalune.com. Jaymie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in healthcare for over 15 years. Since 2013, she has worked as a registered nurse and has experience in different areas such as critical care, inpatient medical care and specialty surgeries, cardiology, memory care and rehabilitation, and psychiatry. As a former member of a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), she became proficient in crisis prevention and intervention, and motivational interviewing. She is an instructor of mental health nursing at the undergraduate university level.
Accepting New Patients at joinlalune.com. Jaymie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in healthcare for over 15 years. Since 2013, she has worked as a registered nurse and has experience in different areas such as critical care, inpatient medical care and specialty surgeries, cardiology, memory care and rehabilitation, and psychiatry. As a former member of a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), she became proficient in crisis prevention and intervention, and motivational interviewing. She is an instructor of mental health nursing at the undergraduate university level.
(971) 414-3064 View (971) 414-3064
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Michelle J Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
My mission is to provide treatment plans tailored to your needs, focused on options and solutions that give you the best chance to succeed. I'm thorough and take the time to understand major life stressors, environments and interpersonal relationships that contribute to your distress. The acuity I encountered working at a psychiatric hospital prepared me for private practice and led to my conservative prescribing approach. I value patient feedback and include it in treatment decisions. My practice focus is medication management but I also offer therapy. My blended therapeutic approach includes elements from many modalities.
My mission is to provide treatment plans tailored to your needs, focused on options and solutions that give you the best chance to succeed. I'm thorough and take the time to understand major life stressors, environments and interpersonal relationships that contribute to your distress. The acuity I encountered working at a psychiatric hospital prepared me for private practice and led to my conservative prescribing approach. I value patient feedback and include it in treatment decisions. My practice focus is medication management but I also offer therapy. My blended therapeutic approach includes elements from many modalities.
(971) 407-5284 View (971) 407-5284
Photo of Erika Bales, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(971) 298-8186 View (971) 298-8186
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Scott A Friedman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210
Not accepting new clients
Therapy can lead to the relief of many forms of suffering, and to a fuller experience of love, work, creativity and play -- to a life more fully lived. My practice is centered on psychotherapy, sometimes coupled with judicious use of medications. While I work with adults of all ages, I specialize in working with young adults who find themselves standing apart, perhaps for the first time, from family environments and relationships that were difficult, traumatic, or invalidating.
Therapy can lead to the relief of many forms of suffering, and to a fuller experience of love, work, creativity and play -- to a life more fully lived. My practice is centered on psychotherapy, sometimes coupled with judicious use of medications. While I work with adults of all ages, I specialize in working with young adults who find themselves standing apart, perhaps for the first time, from family environments and relationships that were difficult, traumatic, or invalidating.
(503) 926-6093 View (503) 926-6093
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Nwamaka Emeruem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, MBA, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! Are you struggling with your mood? Anxious all the time? Have you failed several medications in the past and just feel like giving up? @ Ease Psychiatry is here to help. We aim to help our patients by putting them at ease with their mental health. Search no more and call us today: 972-503-4109. We generally respond within 48 hours. Virtual visits from the comfort of your home is also available.
Now accepting new patients! Are you struggling with your mood? Anxious all the time? Have you failed several medications in the past and just feel like giving up? @ Ease Psychiatry is here to help. We aim to help our patients by putting them at ease with their mental health. Search no more and call us today: 972-503-4109. We generally respond within 48 hours. Virtual visits from the comfort of your home is also available.
(480) 525-6840 View (480) 525-6840
Photo of Christina Vaughn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Christina Vaughn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Prior to meeting with me, you will complete intake paperwork regarding practice policies and your health history. This information will be reviewed during your initial assessment. In most instances medication will be prescribed following the initial assessment when indicated. I will work with you to develop a plan of care that is individualized to incorporate your preferences and develop interventions to help you reach your mental health and overall goals.
Prior to meeting with me, you will complete intake paperwork regarding practice policies and your health history. This information will be reviewed during your initial assessment. In most instances medication will be prescribed following the initial assessment when indicated. I will work with you to develop a plan of care that is individualized to incorporate your preferences and develop interventions to help you reach your mental health and overall goals.
(503) 755-1127 View (503) 755-1127
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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
Photo of Madeline Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97204
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(503) 386-0877 x2 View (503) 386-0877 x2
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Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
(971) 999-3237 View (971) 999-3237
Photo of Shannon LaDouce, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Shannon LaDouce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
(503) 438-7830 View (503) 438-7830
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Opus Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Our ideal client may face anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders. They need understanding, personalized care, and effective strategies. Their goals include achieving mental harmony, personal growth, resilience, and enriched relationships. They seek a better quality of life, tools to manage emotions, and the ability to thrive through life's challenges. Our client understands that mental health is integral to overall well-being and desires to take proactive steps in crafting a life that resonates with fulfillment and purpose.
Our ideal client may face anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders. They need understanding, personalized care, and effective strategies. Their goals include achieving mental harmony, personal growth, resilience, and enriched relationships. They seek a better quality of life, tools to manage emotions, and the ability to thrive through life's challenges. Our client understands that mental health is integral to overall well-being and desires to take proactive steps in crafting a life that resonates with fulfillment and purpose.
(503) 470-2602 View (503) 470-2602
Photo of Rebecca M Berman, Psychiatric Nurse in Portland, OR
Rebecca M Berman
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, MSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in a range of clinical issues including depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, issues of loss and bereavement, experiences of past trauma, and end-of-life concerns. I work with adults of all ages, with a particular interest in the treatment of older adults and those who care for them. The services I provide include psychiatric evaluation, medication evaluation, ongoing medication management, and psychotherapy. I will work collaboratively with your other providers to co-create a treatment plan that is as integrated and holistic as possible.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in a range of clinical issues including depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, issues of loss and bereavement, experiences of past trauma, and end-of-life concerns. I work with adults of all ages, with a particular interest in the treatment of older adults and those who care for them. The services I provide include psychiatric evaluation, medication evaluation, ongoing medication management, and psychotherapy. I will work collaboratively with your other providers to co-create a treatment plan that is as integrated and holistic as possible.
(503) 400-7088 View (503) 400-7088
Photo of Jen Miller Clarity Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Jen Miller Clarity Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
Ask about Genetic Testing! Our psychiatric experts offer evening & weekend availability for busy professionals and students. The Clarity Health team embraces a gentle approach to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Social Anxiety, and Public Speaking struggles. We often see those who are unsure if medication is right for them. We are certified in psychiatry and use evidence-based-medicine, genetics and a functional lens to understand of how inflammation, nutrition, genetics, gut health, hormones and stress impact physical and mental health. Please visit www.clarityhealthnow.com to discover if it is the right fit for us both!
Ask about Genetic Testing! Our psychiatric experts offer evening & weekend availability for busy professionals and students. The Clarity Health team embraces a gentle approach to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Social Anxiety, and Public Speaking struggles. We often see those who are unsure if medication is right for them. We are certified in psychiatry and use evidence-based-medicine, genetics and a functional lens to understand of how inflammation, nutrition, genetics, gut health, hormones and stress impact physical and mental health. Please visit www.clarityhealthnow.com to discover if it is the right fit for us both!
(971) 290-4582 View (971) 290-4582
Photo of Paul J. McMahon, Psychiatrist in Portland, 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 Dani Maier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Dani Maier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and experiences of trauma. I believe strongly in translating evidence/science-based mental health care to patients and that through collaboration optimal treatment plans can be created. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and limited therapy. I believe a person is more than their mental illness and strive to understand how each person exists within their environment and relationships.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and experiences of trauma. I believe strongly in translating evidence/science-based mental health care to patients and that through collaboration optimal treatment plans can be created. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and limited therapy. I believe a person is more than their mental illness and strive to understand how each person exists within their environment and relationships.
(503) 461-9509 View (503) 461-9509
Photo of Helen Caldwell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Helen Caldwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) located in Portland, Oregon. I completed my Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Oregon Health & Science University. I have experience working with clients who suffer from a variety of mental health issues including difficulty with focus and attention, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. A majority of my experience has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) located in Portland, Oregon. I completed my Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Oregon Health & Science University. I have experience working with clients who suffer from a variety of mental health issues including difficulty with focus and attention, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. A majority of my experience has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
(971) 231-2646 View (971) 231-2646
Soroush Mohandessi
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Welcome! To the beginning of your journey toward mental clarity, fulfillment and reuniting with your true self. For over 20 years, I've treated individuals with psychiatry disorders. I am currently available for new patients for medication evaluation, 2nd opinion consultation, treatment planning and medication management. I have been appointed a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (2015) in recognition of my dedication and service to the field of mental health treatment.
Welcome! To the beginning of your journey toward mental clarity, fulfillment and reuniting with your true self. For over 20 years, I've treated individuals with psychiatry disorders. I am currently available for new patients for medication evaluation, 2nd opinion consultation, treatment planning and medication management. I have been appointed a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (2015) in recognition of my dedication and service to the field of mental health treatment.
(971) 715-2826 View (971) 715-2826
Photo of Dr. Christopher Galbick, Psychiatrist in Portland, OR
Dr. Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Health Share of Oregon and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in providing medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Photo of Donna D Templeton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
Donna D Templeton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LAC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. I am a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years of experience. One thing I have learned in working with a wide variety of clients is that each person is a unique individual. Even though there may be similarities in problems and symptoms, there is no "one size fits all" treatment approach. When you come to me for treatment, I want to get to know you so that together we can figure out the best ways to help you manage the symptoms and deal with the problems you are experiencing. Together we will work toward achieving optimal well being and life satisfaction for you.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. I am a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years of experience. One thing I have learned in working with a wide variety of clients is that each person is a unique individual. Even though there may be similarities in problems and symptoms, there is no "one size fits all" treatment approach. When you come to me for treatment, I want to get to know you so that together we can figure out the best ways to help you manage the symptoms and deal with the problems you are experiencing. Together we will work toward achieving optimal well being and life satisfaction for you.
(971) 257-1188 View (971) 257-1188

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Portland, OR

400+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
81% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD
72% Bipolar Disorder
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aetna
73% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Portland, OR see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
26% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Portland?

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.