Psychiatrists in Tigard, OR

Photo of Ken Erickson, Psychiatrist in Tigard, OR
Ken Erickson
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
I treat a range of psychiatric conditions - from depression, stress reactions, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic to ADHD and sleep disorders. I like to individualize treatment to each patient's needs, and to use feedback from my patients to improve their outcome. I have been in practice for over 30 years and find a combination of tailored medication management and CBT therapy works best. In light of COVID-19 precautions, I do provide virtual care for evaluation, therapy and medication management to protect your safety. Should you desire in-office care, I have a large office with lobby to provide the needed six-foot distances.
I treat a range of psychiatric conditions - from depression, stress reactions, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic to ADHD and sleep disorders. I like to individualize treatment to each patient's needs, and to use feedback from my patients to improve their outcome. I have been in practice for over 30 years and find a combination of tailored medication management and CBT therapy works best. In light of COVID-19 precautions, I do provide virtual care for evaluation, therapy and medication management to protect your safety. Should you desire in-office care, I have a large office with lobby to provide the needed six-foot distances.
(503) 430-9190 View (503) 430-9190
Photo of Tina Marie Matthews-Hayes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Tina Marie Matthews-Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , FNP-BC, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new patients in the Oregon and Portland/Tigard area as of March 2024. Her experience working with psychiatric patients of all ages, Tina strives to provide current evidence-based treatment options that provide holistic wellness rather than simple the old standard of stability. Extensive experience treating ADHD/ ADD across the lifespan, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Autism. It is Tina's belief that every patient should have access to branded treatment options that minimize potential side effects and support with psychotherapy.
Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new patients in the Oregon and Portland/Tigard area as of March 2024. Her experience working with psychiatric patients of all ages, Tina strives to provide current evidence-based treatment options that provide holistic wellness rather than simple the old standard of stability. Extensive experience treating ADHD/ ADD across the lifespan, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Autism. It is Tina's belief that every patient should have access to branded treatment options that minimize potential side effects and support with psychotherapy.
(503) 744-5207 View (503) 744-5207
Photo of Sandy Karp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Sandy Karp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NMNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
My genuine, warm, and straightforward style allows me to connect with older children, adolescents and adults and develop interventions to improve their quality of life, relationships and experience of joy. I passionately engage in shared decision making with my clients, believing the most effective treatment plans are made collaboratively through open, honest communication grounded in mutual trust and respect.
My genuine, warm, and straightforward style allows me to connect with older children, adolescents and adults and develop interventions to improve their quality of life, relationships and experience of joy. I passionately engage in shared decision making with my clients, believing the most effective treatment plans are made collaboratively through open, honest communication grounded in mutual trust and respect.
(971) 251-2579 View (971) 251-2579
Photo of Elliott Louis Koivisto, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Elliott Louis Koivisto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Want to Schedule yourself an appointment? Go to my website www.ABetterWayMentalHealth.com and Click the button that says "Schedule your first appointment" on the main page. I would be honored to help you. I am passionate about mental health and love helping people with many different mental health disorders, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, panic disorders, and stress. The journey toward mental health can be long and I am here with you for that journey.
Want to Schedule yourself an appointment? Go to my website www.ABetterWayMentalHealth.com and Click the button that says "Schedule your first appointment" on the main page. I would be honored to help you. I am passionate about mental health and love helping people with many different mental health disorders, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, panic disorders, and stress. The journey toward mental health can be long and I am here with you for that journey.
(503) 854-0349 View (503) 854-0349
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Cora Guren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
I work with school-aged children, teens, and adults. Whether you are experiencing a current life stressor or a longer-term concern (such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mood-related disorders, PTSD, sleep disorders, or schizophrenia), we will work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to best support your individual needs.
I work with school-aged children, teens, and adults. Whether you are experiencing a current life stressor or a longer-term concern (such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mood-related disorders, PTSD, sleep disorders, or schizophrenia), we will work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to best support your individual needs.
(503) 713-6035 View (503) 713-6035
Photo of Tim Perez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Tim Perez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
Hi, my name is Tim Perez. I offer mental health treatments to children (6 and older), adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder & other mood-related disorders; general anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and other anxiety-related disorders; child, adolescent, and adult ADHD, and other cognitive disorders; sleep disorders as well as schizophrenia and other psychosis-related disorders for the primary purpose of helping you rediscover and/or retain your own personal value. I primarily offer medication management therapies coupled with talk therapy and an ongoing emphasis on education into my patients' conditions.
Hi, my name is Tim Perez. I offer mental health treatments to children (6 and older), adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder & other mood-related disorders; general anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and other anxiety-related disorders; child, adolescent, and adult ADHD, and other cognitive disorders; sleep disorders as well as schizophrenia and other psychosis-related disorders for the primary purpose of helping you rediscover and/or retain your own personal value. I primarily offer medication management therapies coupled with talk therapy and an ongoing emphasis on education into my patients' conditions.
(503) 766-5049 View (503) 766-5049
Photo of Alexandra Scott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Alexandra Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
I am currently accepting new patients, and my hours are flexible to accommodate your needs! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and am passionate about providing each client with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive health services. I believe that an individualized approach is paramount to effective mental health treatment. I partner with each client to address their individual mental health needs and pursue their treatment goals. All treatment decisions will be a collaborative effort between the two of us. This can be done in person AND via virtual visits.
I am currently accepting new patients, and my hours are flexible to accommodate your needs! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and am passionate about providing each client with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive health services. I believe that an individualized approach is paramount to effective mental health treatment. I partner with each client to address their individual mental health needs and pursue their treatment goals. All treatment decisions will be a collaborative effort between the two of us. This can be done in person AND via virtual visits.
(503) 912-7319 View (503) 912-7319
Photo of Jacquiline Kariuki, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Jacquiline Kariuki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner working with Adults ages 18 and above in the outpatient setting seeking consultation for diagnosis and treatment of varios Mental health Concerns. My goal is to provide compassionate,  holistic,  patient-centered care with you as a full partner in decision-making . I work to establish a relationship characterized by mutual respect, empathy, and collaboration
I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner working with Adults ages 18 and above in the outpatient setting seeking consultation for diagnosis and treatment of varios Mental health Concerns. My goal is to provide compassionate,  holistic,  patient-centered care with you as a full partner in decision-making . I work to establish a relationship characterized by mutual respect, empathy, and collaboration
(971) 257-8990 View (971) 257-8990
Photo of Roger Tunks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Roger Tunks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223  (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 Debra Pugh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Debra Pugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
I believe that everyone has within them the power to do well. I believe in a person-centered approach, placing the individual at the center of their own care plan. As a experienced clinician, I provide recommendations regarding diagnostic clarification, psychoeducation, and psychopharmacologic interventions but you are the expert on your own (or your child’s) life experiences. In support of the recovery-model, each person has strengths and the right to set their own therapeutic goals. My goal is to work in collaboration with you, developing a treatment plan that can meet the goals you have identified for yourself.
I believe that everyone has within them the power to do well. I believe in a person-centered approach, placing the individual at the center of their own care plan. As a experienced clinician, I provide recommendations regarding diagnostic clarification, psychoeducation, and psychopharmacologic interventions but you are the expert on your own (or your child’s) life experiences. In support of the recovery-model, each person has strengths and the right to set their own therapeutic goals. My goal is to work in collaboration with you, developing a treatment plan that can meet the goals you have identified for yourself.
(520) 447-4656 View (520) 447-4656
Photo of Catherine Rose Hensy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Catherine Rose Hensy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Neurocognitive testing offered, with a treatment plan tailored to you. ADHD testing and diagnosing, with medication management. Patient centered care, where you will leave feeling heard. Goal is to improve your quality of life with the least amount of medications possible. Both telehealth and in person options available! Office location is in Tigard/Portland, Oregon.
Neurocognitive testing offered, with a treatment plan tailored to you. ADHD testing and diagnosing, with medication management. Patient centered care, where you will leave feeling heard. Goal is to improve your quality of life with the least amount of medications possible. Both telehealth and in person options available! Office location is in Tigard/Portland, Oregon.
(971) 364-3897 View (971) 364-3897
Photo of Toyin A Akanni, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Toyin A Akanni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
I am currently accepting new patients. I practice In person and telepsychiatry via a safe and secure telehealth platform. As a PMHNP I provide psychiatric medication management to treat and relieve mental disorders. My treatment approach is empowering the patient through self-knowledge, medication and understanding of their illness to promote and develop resilience to life issues. I see patient from 18 and above. I specialized in comprehensive assessment, diagnose symptoms and medication management. I treat patients with depression, anxiety, Bipolar 1 and 2, schizophrenia, PTSD other psychosis and mood dysregulation
I am currently accepting new patients. I practice In person and telepsychiatry via a safe and secure telehealth platform. As a PMHNP I provide psychiatric medication management to treat and relieve mental disorders. My treatment approach is empowering the patient through self-knowledge, medication and understanding of their illness to promote and develop resilience to life issues. I see patient from 18 and above. I specialized in comprehensive assessment, diagnose symptoms and medication management. I treat patients with depression, anxiety, Bipolar 1 and 2, schizophrenia, PTSD other psychosis and mood dysregulation
(425) 477-4216 View (425) 477-4216
Photo of Kyle Pernula, Physician Assistant in Tigard, OR
Kyle Pernula
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97224
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.
(503) 506-4092 View (503) 506-4092
Photo of Erik Morris, PMHNP, Samadhi Psychiatric, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Erik Morris, PMHNP, Samadhi Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Are you struggling under the weight of a mental health issue or pattern of behavior that you feel is holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, productive and creative existence? Whether it be any number of issues including anxiety, depression, gender issues, identity issues, sleep problems, eating problems, attention problems, hallucination problems, personality and relational issues, substance problems, or even just struggling to find a reason to exist "existential malaise", you are invited to consider Erik at Samadhi Psychiatric to help meet some of your mental health needs. See SamadhiPsychiatric.com for more.
Are you struggling under the weight of a mental health issue or pattern of behavior that you feel is holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, productive and creative existence? Whether it be any number of issues including anxiety, depression, gender issues, identity issues, sleep problems, eating problems, attention problems, hallucination problems, personality and relational issues, substance problems, or even just struggling to find a reason to exist "existential malaise", you are invited to consider Erik at Samadhi Psychiatric to help meet some of your mental health needs. See SamadhiPsychiatric.com for more.
(971) 297-3568 View (971) 297-3568
Photo of Sarah Niese, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Sarah Niese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97224
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients ages 7 and up. I see clients both in person and telemedicine to allow the most comfortable space for you. I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in diagnostic testing and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, an
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients ages 7 and up. I see clients both in person and telemedicine to allow the most comfortable space for you. I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in diagnostic testing and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, an
(971) 571-5713 View (971) 571-5713
Photo of Julee Kim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Julee Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Currently accepting new patients! I believe that the foundation of effective mental health care lies in compassion and collaboration. I approach every patient with genuine empathy, recognizing the unique challenges they face. I aim to create a safe space where patients feel comfortable sharing their experiences. By working together, we can develop holistic treatment plans that resonate with their values and aspirations. I am dedicated to providing thorough psychoeducation, explaining the intricacies of diagnoses, treatment options, and potential outcomes.
Currently accepting new patients! I believe that the foundation of effective mental health care lies in compassion and collaboration. I approach every patient with genuine empathy, recognizing the unique challenges they face. I aim to create a safe space where patients feel comfortable sharing their experiences. By working together, we can develop holistic treatment plans that resonate with their values and aspirations. I am dedicated to providing thorough psychoeducation, explaining the intricacies of diagnoses, treatment options, and potential outcomes.
(503) 809-5829 View (503) 809-5829
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Tigard, OR
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (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) 461-0030 View (503) 461-0030
Photo of Salient Health and Wellness, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Salient Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
(470) 458-3875 View (470) 458-3875
Photo of Med Rx Partners, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Med Rx Partners
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Appointments available in 1 week. Open in both Vancouver, WA and Tigard, OR. Med Rx Partners provides direct access to psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for medication management for nearly all conditions. Serving the community for 14+ years with 9 providers who all collaborate to provide you the best care possible. Our admin team and providers rapidly respond through our phone/text platform so you will always feel supported and taken care of.
Appointments available in 1 week. Open in both Vancouver, WA and Tigard, OR. Med Rx Partners provides direct access to psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for medication management for nearly all conditions. Serving the community for 14+ years with 9 providers who all collaborate to provide you the best care possible. Our admin team and providers rapidly respond through our phone/text platform so you will always feel supported and taken care of.
(503) 404-2338 View (503) 404-2338
Photo of Anton Georgiev, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tigard, OR
Anton Georgiev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
NO WAIT TIME! APPOINTMENTS IN 24 HRS. WEEKENDS AVAILABILITY. SERVING FLORIDA AND OREGON ANTON is aware of the clients’ personal choice of treatment, cultural and spiritual believes, which have the potential to greatly affect the treatment and the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient. He invests the time to explain, educate, and provide the client with all of the needed information to make the best possible choice. Anton understands that a treatment is never static, it is an ongoing and highly dynamic process, involving honest communication and effort from both, provider and client.
NO WAIT TIME! APPOINTMENTS IN 24 HRS. WEEKENDS AVAILABILITY. SERVING FLORIDA AND OREGON ANTON is aware of the clients’ personal choice of treatment, cultural and spiritual believes, which have the potential to greatly affect the treatment and the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient. He invests the time to explain, educate, and provide the client with all of the needed information to make the best possible choice. Anton understands that a treatment is never static, it is an ongoing and highly dynamic process, involving honest communication and effort from both, provider and client.
(904) 867-8162 View (904) 867-8162

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tigard, OR

40+

Average cost per session

$272

Psychiatrists in Tigard, OR who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
77% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
70% ADHD
68% Trauma and PTSD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
72% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Tigard, OR see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tigard?

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.