Psychiatrists in Warrenton, OR

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Carol Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrenton, OR 97146
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

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Catherine Rose Hensy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-B, CPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, OR 97103  (Online Only)
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
(503) 738-1874 View (503) 738-1874

Online Psychiatrists

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Peace of Serenity Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
(971) 314-4973 View (971) 314-4973
Photo of Ablavi Agomessou - Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ivydale Psychiatry -Virtual Visit-Children &Adults
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, DNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Oregon and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Oregon! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
(678) 922-4240 View (678) 922-4240
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Shannon Eaton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
Now Serving clients in WA and OR! 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 WA. Currently accepting new patients
Now Serving clients in WA and OR! 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 WA. Currently accepting new patients
(425) 678-3582 View (425) 678-3582
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Todd Infinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97233  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
(541) 539-4683 View (541) 539-4683
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Serenity Mental Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97211
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
(971) 309-8821 View (971) 309-8821
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Gateway Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I'm interested in treating clients that are motivated to engage in self-care related to their mental health and the realization that medication is simply a tool to support their efforts to engage in healthy life styles, which would enhance their physical and mental health.
I'm interested in treating clients that are motivated to engage in self-care related to their mental health and the realization that medication is simply a tool to support their efforts to engage in healthy life styles, which would enhance their physical and mental health.
(503) 386-0987 View (503) 386-0987
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Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
(971) 999-3237 View (971) 999-3237
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Martina Gallagher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
Are you going through a difficult life transition, such as a divorce or a new job? You are feeling disenchanted and sad. Day-to-day change is resulting in anxiety, frustration, and self-doubt. You wonder if taking medication will help? If this sounds like you, you are not alone! Let me support you and collaborate with you as you navigate these life transitions. My areas of expertise are depression and anxiety. When meeting for the first time I will listen to your story, your concerns, and your goals. Seeing how my clients achieve their goals on their path to improving their mental health gives me great satisfaction.
Are you going through a difficult life transition, such as a divorce or a new job? You are feeling disenchanted and sad. Day-to-day change is resulting in anxiety, frustration, and self-doubt. You wonder if taking medication will help? If this sounds like you, you are not alone! Let me support you and collaborate with you as you navigate these life transitions. My areas of expertise are depression and anxiety. When meeting for the first time I will listen to your story, your concerns, and your goals. Seeing how my clients achieve their goals on their path to improving their mental health gives me great satisfaction.
(971) 290-1824 View (971) 290-1824
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Hannah Frazee
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
I specialize in psychiatric medication management. I believe that medication can do great things for people in the right context. I also think there are times that medication should be used in addition to other modalities, like therapy, if needed.
I specialize in psychiatric medication management. I believe that medication can do great things for people in the right context. I also think there are times that medication should be used in addition to other modalities, like therapy, if needed.
(971) 206-3110 View (971) 206-3110
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Stefan Bulatovic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97220
Our therapeutic alliance is the very foundation of successful outcomes. By taking the time to listen to and understand the client, I explore various factors that could be contributing to the clinical presentation, and in turn, aim to develop a mutually agreeable, practical, and effective treatment plan.
Our therapeutic alliance is the very foundation of successful outcomes. By taking the time to listen to and understand the client, I explore various factors that could be contributing to the clinical presentation, and in turn, aim to develop a mutually agreeable, practical, and effective treatment plan.
(503) 461-4039 View (503) 461-4039
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Maggie Yorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
(971) 306-9491 View (971) 306-9491
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and all commercial insurances. We do in person appointment and telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availabilities. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints. We treat our clients as a “full flesh human being”, with respect and dignity.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and all commercial insurances. We do in person appointment and telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availabilities. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints. We treat our clients as a “full flesh human being”, with respect and dignity.
(971) 314-6635 View (971) 314-6635
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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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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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Lynaudry Louise Vickers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and have earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout the lifespan. I am passionate about providing a holistic and evidence-based approach to psychiatric care.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and have earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout the lifespan. I am passionate about providing a holistic and evidence-based approach to psychiatric care.
(971) 233-3831 View (971) 233-3831
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Shayna Loomis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97213
While medication management plays a pivotal role in recovery, the connection, support and care from a provider is the foundation for a powerful growth process. As an experienced mental healthcare professional, I understand the benefits and challenges that can come with psychiatric medications and I know the importance of staying current with evidence.
While medication management plays a pivotal role in recovery, the connection, support and care from a provider is the foundation for a powerful growth process. As an experienced mental healthcare professional, I understand the benefits and challenges that can come with psychiatric medications and I know the importance of staying current with evidence.
(503) 594-4733 View (503) 594-4733
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ValueCore Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97233
People come to ValueCore to overcome the barriers that hinder their ability to improve their quality of life. We offer the guidance to help you embrace your absolute value. Together we work to foster the realization that happiness is the rule for you, and not the exception. As you accept your personal value, and implement the changes you need for yourself, we hope you will be free to grow, relax and recreate, socialize, work and serve others, educate, and live a fulfilling life.
People come to ValueCore to overcome the barriers that hinder their ability to improve their quality of life. We offer the guidance to help you embrace your absolute value. Together we work to foster the realization that happiness is the rule for you, and not the exception. As you accept your personal value, and implement the changes you need for yourself, we hope you will be free to grow, relax and recreate, socialize, work and serve others, educate, and live a fulfilling life.
(503) 389-1500 View (503) 389-1500
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Synchronous Mental Health (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97211  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
(971) 252-7298 View (971) 252-7298

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Number of Psychiatrists in Warrenton, OR

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Psychiatrists in Warrenton, OR who prioritize treating:

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
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How Psychiatrists in Warrenton, OR see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Warrenton?

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.