Psychiatrists in Salem, OR

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Sublime behavioral and wellness clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC , PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
(346) 616-9129 View (346) 616-9129
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Michael Zaurov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, exploring beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, exploring beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
(971) 265-6154 View (971) 265-6154
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Leann Yamanaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
(503) 683-8152 View (503) 683-8152
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Lisa Theobald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
As a new grad and mom, I am very aware of how life can be very stressful and overwhelming. Life sometimes gets hard to process and get through just day to day. I became a nurse and a nurse practitioner to help people with times like these. I want to have people see that things can be better and will work with them in a safe, nonjudgmental space to allow them to find what they hope and dream of. My work is focused on helping you to be the best you that you can be.
As a new grad and mom, I am very aware of how life can be very stressful and overwhelming. Life sometimes gets hard to process and get through just day to day. I became a nurse and a nurse practitioner to help people with times like these. I want to have people see that things can be better and will work with them in a safe, nonjudgmental space to allow them to find what they hope and dream of. My work is focused on helping you to be the best you that you can be.
(503) 486-3340 View (503) 486-3340
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Jenn Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
(503) 966-4192 View (503) 966-4192
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Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301  (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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Melinda Lowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
(503) 831-9183 View (503) 831-9183
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Janet Salimonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
I am passionate about seeing people live life to their maximum potential. I found out that mental health illness can be an hinderance to people functioning to their full potential. It is my goal to help my clients to be the best they can be and function to as close to their full capacity as possible unhindered by health issues.
I am passionate about seeing people live life to their maximum potential. I found out that mental health illness can be an hinderance to people functioning to their full potential. It is my goal to help my clients to be the best they can be and function to as close to their full capacity as possible unhindered by health issues.
(503) 966-9089 View (503) 966-9089
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Robert Hiester
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I assess, diagnose and treat adults with mental health concerns. I offer medication management and brief and supportive therapy. Many of my patients are established with a psychotherapist and see me for management of psychiatric medications.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I assess, diagnose and treat adults with mental health concerns. I offer medication management and brief and supportive therapy. Many of my patients are established with a psychotherapist and see me for management of psychiatric medications.
(503) 455-7714 View (503) 455-7714
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Joel Dupuis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Seeking a partner in your mental health journey? Are you open to holistic approaches and dedicated to profound self-discovery? Are you ready to embrace a comprehensive evaluation and collaborate on a personalized care plan? Do you aspire to move beyond surface symptoms to address the root causes of your challenges, with a willingness to engage in innovative therapies and an unwavering commitment to self-improvement? If yes to these questions then together, we will strive for lasting wellness.
Seeking a partner in your mental health journey? Are you open to holistic approaches and dedicated to profound self-discovery? Are you ready to embrace a comprehensive evaluation and collaborate on a personalized care plan? Do you aspire to move beyond surface symptoms to address the root causes of your challenges, with a willingness to engage in innovative therapies and an unwavering commitment to self-improvement? If yes to these questions then together, we will strive for lasting wellness.
(503) 339-7689 View (503) 339-7689
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Robert Olsen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
(503) 451-6408 View (503) 451-6408
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Kimberly Rickel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting New Patients! My name is Kimberly Rickel, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2022, I worked over a decade as a board-certified mental health registered nurse in a variety of mental health settings with the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. My experience includes working with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and cognitive disorders.
Accepting New Patients! My name is Kimberly Rickel, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2022, I worked over a decade as a board-certified mental health registered nurse in a variety of mental health settings with the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. My experience includes working with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and cognitive disorders.
(503) 386-9652 View (503) 386-9652
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Giovanni Pascal Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
(503) 676-5313 View (503) 676-5313
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Tania Guerrier Castor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
As you consider embarking on a journey towards healing, I want to extend my hand to you with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to support you every step of the way. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals who grapple with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. I understand that reaching out for help can be daunting, and I commend you for taking this courageous step. My journey in this field has been driven by a deep passion for helping others navigate the complexities of their mental health.
As you consider embarking on a journey towards healing, I want to extend my hand to you with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to support you every step of the way. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals who grapple with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. I understand that reaching out for help can be daunting, and I commend you for taking this courageous step. My journey in this field has been driven by a deep passion for helping others navigate the complexities of their mental health.
(503) 386-0257 View (503) 386-0257
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Micheal Draheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
(503) 461-6138 View (503) 461-6138
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Wunmie Semore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP PMH, AGPCNP, MHCA
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97309  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. OlaWunmie Ogun-Semore DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-CB, MHCA Dual Board Certified as a child, family, and adolescent gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
Hello! I am Dr. OlaWunmie Ogun-Semore DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-CB, MHCA Dual Board Certified as a child, family, and adolescent gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
(509) 213-0132 View (509) 213-0132
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Nathan P. Johnson - (Stasis Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
(503) 773-6576 View (503) 773-6576
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Ryan Dozler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
(425) 584-6910 View (425) 584-6910
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Hope Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting NEW patients virtually. Hope is a doctorate-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout an adult's lifespan. Hope understands that clients are the experts in themselves. She collaborates with her patients to create an individual treatment plan that values the patient's preferences while she provides clinical expertise. Her style is easygoing and practical, as she tries to engage clients in a unified discussion.
Accepting NEW patients virtually. Hope is a doctorate-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout an adult's lifespan. Hope understands that clients are the experts in themselves. She collaborates with her patients to create an individual treatment plan that values the patient's preferences while she provides clinical expertise. Her style is easygoing and practical, as she tries to engage clients in a unified discussion.
(503) 966-2248 View (503) 966-2248
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Euhealth Psychiatry & Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, LPC, CADC-I
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting New Clients. Welcome to EuHealth Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, your sanctuary for achieving comprehensive mental wellness through medication mgmt & therapy. We serve Oregon and Washington State residents and make your life easier with flexible evening and weekend telehealth appointments. At EuHealth, 'good health' isn't merely a phrase—it's a complete lifestyle with mental peace. Are emotional challenges, sleep disruptions, or issues with focus derailing your progress in school, work, or relationships? Distinctive in my approach, We bring a unique cultural and linguistic dimension to psychiatric care.
Accepting New Clients. Welcome to EuHealth Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, your sanctuary for achieving comprehensive mental wellness through medication mgmt & therapy. We serve Oregon and Washington State residents and make your life easier with flexible evening and weekend telehealth appointments. At EuHealth, 'good health' isn't merely a phrase—it's a complete lifestyle with mental peace. Are emotional challenges, sleep disruptions, or issues with focus derailing your progress in school, work, or relationships? Distinctive in my approach, We bring a unique cultural and linguistic dimension to psychiatric care.
(503) 300-6709 View (503) 300-6709

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Salem, OR

80+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Salem, OR who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
93% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
80% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
78% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Salem, OR see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salem?

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.