Psychiatrists in Tillamook County, OR

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Photo of Jill C. Gladish, MD, MPH, ABPN, Psychiatrist
Jill C. Gladish
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, ABPN
Verified Verified
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
(503) 563-7431 View (503) 563-7431
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Christopher Galbick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tillamook, OR 97141  (Online Only)
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in medication management, active listening, and empathy.
Dr. Galbick accepts OHP patients with Columbia Pacific CCO, Health Share of Oregon, and Jackson Care Connect. He is accepting new patients and offers new patient appointments within 2 weeks. He specializes in medication management, active listening, and empathy.
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Visionary Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tillamook, OR 97141
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
(971) 257-8415 View (971) 257-8415
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Carol Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tillamook, OR 97141
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
(503) 946-3621 View (503) 946-3621

Online Psychiatrists

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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
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Carl Glissmeyer
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
I seek to create an opportunity for real change through both reflection and action. My belief is that each person has a unique story that deserves attention, and I am committed to listening. Approaching discussions in a relaxed and practical way, I have seen many positive shifts in people. Let's make decisions together – I want you to feel well-informed and actively engaged in your care.
I seek to create an opportunity for real change through both reflection and action. My belief is that each person has a unique story that deserves attention, and I am committed to listening. Approaching discussions in a relaxed and practical way, I have seen many positive shifts in people. Let's make decisions together – I want you to feel well-informed and actively engaged in your care.
(503) 477-4969 View (503) 477-4969
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Elia Wellness Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Your Mental health is essential at Elia Wellness Services, and we offer a safe space to seek help. At Elia Wellness Services we provide treatment for adolescents and adults, ages 13 to 65+. We treat most psychiatric disorders and provide medication management and brief psychotherapy. We offer evidence-based treatment for various conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar, ADHD (evaluation & Treatment), postpartum depression, and phase of life transitions tailored to our client's needs in a safe and confidential environment.
Your Mental health is essential at Elia Wellness Services, and we offer a safe space to seek help. At Elia Wellness Services we provide treatment for adolescents and adults, ages 13 to 65+. We treat most psychiatric disorders and provide medication management and brief psychotherapy. We offer evidence-based treatment for various conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar, ADHD (evaluation & Treatment), postpartum depression, and phase of life transitions tailored to our client's needs in a safe and confidential environment.
(206) 825-6290 View (206) 825-6290
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Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
(503) 506-4987 View (503) 506-4987
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Keith Lowenstein MD- Brain Body Mind LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
We take great care to fully explore all aspects of a patient's needs and place primary emphasis on the initial consultation process. Through the health assessment, an integrated wellness plan is created. Dr. Lowenstein works with patients using a wide array of integrative medicine approaches. We assist patients in achieving optimal health and vitality. Dr. Lowenstein addresses both physical and mental health needs for patients of all ages. He works with each individual developing a unique integrated wellness plan to foster personal growth and achieve balance in their lives.
(503) 925-5847 View (503) 925-5847
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Faiza Haque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
(971) 364-4240 View (971) 364-4240
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Steven Knott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
I am a board certified, licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from college with recognition for outstanding scholastic performance in the major of nursing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. I spent the next 7 years working in mental health with all different populations and facilities within Las Vegas, then graduated from top-ranked Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the United States through Vanderbilt University. I was a recipient of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Scholarship fund and was invited to the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
I am a board certified, licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from college with recognition for outstanding scholastic performance in the major of nursing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. I spent the next 7 years working in mental health with all different populations and facilities within Las Vegas, then graduated from top-ranked Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the United States through Vanderbilt University. I was a recipient of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Scholarship fund and was invited to the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
(971) 545-8153 View (971) 545-8153
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Eshcol Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 9 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 9 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
(281) 916-3143 View (281) 916-3143
Photo of Rachel Scott, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Anxiety and depression can be overwhelming, casting a shadow over every aspect of life. Recognizing the courage it takes to seek help, my focus is on individuals ready to take active steps towards betterment. Leveraging my expertise in psychiatry, I aim to create a supportive environment where we collaboratively address these challenges. Through a careful and compassionate approach to medication management, we can find a path to a brighter, more balanced life, empowering you to reclaim control over your mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety and depression can be overwhelming, casting a shadow over every aspect of life. Recognizing the courage it takes to seek help, my focus is on individuals ready to take active steps towards betterment. Leveraging my expertise in psychiatry, I aim to create a supportive environment where we collaboratively address these challenges. Through a careful and compassionate approach to medication management, we can find a path to a brighter, more balanced life, empowering you to reclaim control over your mental health and wellbeing.
(800) 702-2150 View (800) 702-2150
Photo of Ryan R. Gorman, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan R. Gorman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97211  (Online Only)
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
(425) 578-5995 View (425) 578-5995
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NW Mind-Body Wellness - Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ENP
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
Accepting new patients! As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(503) 966-2448 View (503) 966-2448
Photo of Erik Lee, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erik Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
(503) 868-2632 View (503) 868-2632
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Kokoro Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
Are you looking for NEW and Cutting Edge ways to treat your mental health illness? Have you tried SSRI's or SNRI's without success? Have had it with providers that do not listen or explain treatment options? You have come to the right place! I am a PMHNP with 6 years of experience. I partner with Visionary Psychiatry in Hillsboro Oregon where we are innovative, up today, and specialize in providing excellent outpatient psychiatry. in a positive environment. Call today to get set up with your first appt!
Are you looking for NEW and Cutting Edge ways to treat your mental health illness? Have you tried SSRI's or SNRI's without success? Have had it with providers that do not listen or explain treatment options? You have come to the right place! I am a PMHNP with 6 years of experience. I partner with Visionary Psychiatry in Hillsboro Oregon where we are innovative, up today, and specialize in providing excellent outpatient psychiatry. in a positive environment. Call today to get set up with your first appt!
(503) 966-3455 View (503) 966-3455
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Mary E. Theodore, MD, MPH
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97210
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty years experience taking care of patients. Practicing for all these years in a field that I love, I have developed deep and lasting bonds with many of them. I am both a psycho-pharmacologist and a psycho-therapist. I treat numerous psychiatric & personality disorders but specialize in Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, adult ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders, Women's Mental Health, and HIV psychiatry. My goal is to help you create solutions and restore balance and well being in your life.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty years experience taking care of patients. Practicing for all these years in a field that I love, I have developed deep and lasting bonds with many of them. I am both a psycho-pharmacologist and a psycho-therapist. I treat numerous psychiatric & personality disorders but specialize in Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, adult ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders, Women's Mental Health, and HIV psychiatry. My goal is to help you create solutions and restore balance and well being in your life.
(646) 593-2134 View (646) 593-2134
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Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
(971) 286-5055 View (971) 286-5055
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Lyntressa Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97007
Hello, I am Dr. Lyntressa Grant, DNP, I am a Doctorate level Board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a healthcare professional for 25yrs. My background as an ARNP includes both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare with clients of all ages. I have experience in treatment for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Substance abuse and many other mental illnesses. I have been providing telepsychiatry services for patients since 2014. My professional psychiatric care practice model encompasses clinical practice, education, research, and leadership.
Hello, I am Dr. Lyntressa Grant, DNP, I am a Doctorate level Board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a healthcare professional for 25yrs. My background as an ARNP includes both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare with clients of all ages. I have experience in treatment for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Substance abuse and many other mental illnesses. I have been providing telepsychiatry services for patients since 2014. My professional psychiatric care practice model encompasses clinical practice, education, research, and leadership.
(971) 287-6152 View (971) 287-6152

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tillamook County, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tillamook County, OR who prioritize treating:

75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Psychosis
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Addiction

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% First Choice Health | FCH
75% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Tillamook County, OR see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tillamook County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.