Psychiatrists in Wilsonville, OR

Photo of NW Mind-Body Wellness - Rebecca Dorsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
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 Roger Tunks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Roger Tunks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (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 Rebecca Dorsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(971) 278-9898 View (971) 278-9898
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (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) 461-8744 View (503) 461-8744
Photo of Trevor Rachko, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Trevor Rachko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, OR 97070  (Online Only)
I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to mental health, but rather I consider each person in the unique context of his or her own life, and partner with each person to make a plan that leads to the best possible result. To me, the patient is the boss in that dynamic. I would like to note that I am ardent supporter of your Constitutional rights, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to mental health, but rather I consider each person in the unique context of his or her own life, and partner with each person to make a plan that leads to the best possible result. To me, the patient is the boss in that dynamic. I would like to note that I am ardent supporter of your Constitutional rights, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments.
(971) 273-5092 View (971) 273-5092
Photo of Elaina Atwell-Furrow, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Elaina Atwell-Furrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
(971) 444-6362 View (971) 444-6362
Photo of Restore Psychiatric Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Restore Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
Accepting new clients! Psychaitric nurse practitioner - Board certified with over a decade -Psychiatry & Psychotherapy. With compassion I use an in depth and holistic approach to uncover the root causes of your condition, and guide you towards long-term healing. Will collaborate with you or family to provide individualized pschotherapy and medication management .True healing demands an approach to mental health that takes each individual's culture/ enviroment into consideration. Provide ample time for your visits and will educate you about different treatment options to maintain mental stability .
(503) 966-0325 View (503) 966-0325

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Photo of Aisha Abbasi, Psychiatrist in Wilsonville, OR
Aisha Abbasi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
For over 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping people with a vast array of emotional issues. I utilize my understanding of my patients’ past and current life situations, and what I see happening within the therapeutic relationship, to help my patients achieve their goals. I believe it’s because of my consistent dedication to helping my patients that other physicians have voted for me (without solicitation) to be one of America’s Best Doctors for twenty years in a row.
For over 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping people with a vast array of emotional issues. I utilize my understanding of my patients’ past and current life situations, and what I see happening within the therapeutic relationship, to help my patients achieve their goals. I believe it’s because of my consistent dedication to helping my patients that other physicians have voted for me (without solicitation) to be one of America’s Best Doctors for twenty years in a row.
(813) 694-5706 View (813) 694-5706
Photo of Scott Pieper, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Scott Pieper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97007
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, in Oregon as well as Washington. I am accepting new patients in OR and WA currently. With over nine years of dedicated service as a psychiatric nurse, I have gained extensive experience in various healthcare settings. My work has spanned diverse environments, from mental health crisis and substance use to alternative and emerging treatments. I specialize in adults and teens 14 and older, treating ADD/ADHD, Bi-Polar DX, PTSD, LGBTQ support and other symptoms. I look forward to working with you.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, in Oregon as well as Washington. I am accepting new patients in OR and WA currently. With over nine years of dedicated service as a psychiatric nurse, I have gained extensive experience in various healthcare settings. My work has spanned diverse environments, from mental health crisis and substance use to alternative and emerging treatments. I specialize in adults and teens 14 and older, treating ADD/ADHD, Bi-Polar DX, PTSD, LGBTQ support and other symptoms. I look forward to working with you.
(971) 251-2363 View (971) 251-2363
Photo of Tiffany Stradling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Tiffany Stradling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children and adults in AZ, and adults in OR and WA. I have a passion for helping each person live up to their full potential, helping them to live their best lives! I work closely with each patient to develop a personalized plan for improved health and function. In addition to prescribing medication, I recommend herbal supplements and remedies as appropriate. My goal is to have patients on the least amount of medication necessary to help them achieve the goal of a fulfilled, functional and successful life.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children and adults in AZ, and adults in OR and WA. I have a passion for helping each person live up to their full potential, helping them to live their best lives! I work closely with each patient to develop a personalized plan for improved health and function. In addition to prescribing medication, I recommend herbal supplements and remedies as appropriate. My goal is to have patients on the least amount of medication necessary to help them achieve the goal of a fulfilled, functional and successful life.
(503) 483-6530 View (503) 483-6530
Photo of Alyssa Aurisy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Alyssa Aurisy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with clients from all walks of life. I treat the breadth of mental health challenges with thoughtful, evidence based medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy. I consider the whole person rather than their cluster of symptoms and provide education and pharmacological interventions that meet clients goals and account for their preferences. I believe in a collaborative approach and welcome input from therapists and other providers on the team.
I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working with clients from all walks of life. I treat the breadth of mental health challenges with thoughtful, evidence based medication management and adjunctive psychotherapy. I consider the whole person rather than their cluster of symptoms and provide education and pharmacological interventions that meet clients goals and account for their preferences. I believe in a collaborative approach and welcome input from therapists and other providers on the team.
(503) 487-5819 View (503) 487-5819
Photo of Leann Yamanaka, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Leann Yamanaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
(503) 683-8152 View (503) 683-8152
Photo of Alysa Zalma, Psychiatrist in Wilsonville, OR
Alysa Zalma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
(503) 622-8292 View (503) 622-8292
Photo of Njideka Domrufus Dnp Pmhnp-Bc Fnp-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
Njideka Domrufus Dnp Pmhnp-Bc Fnp-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(971) 252-5319 View (971) 252-5319
Photo of Dr. Jonathan Wilson, Psychiatrist in Wilsonville, OR
Dr. Jonathan Wilson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Waitlist for new clients
I am dedicated to helping individuals get through whatever life throws their way. I believe that individual growth can happen in a variety of ways, including a combination of psychotherapy and/or medication management. In my practice I work with patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, OCD and ADHD. I also believe that medications always work best with continued therapy and will partner with psychologists and therapists for medication management to ensure the optimal results.
I am dedicated to helping individuals get through whatever life throws their way. I believe that individual growth can happen in a variety of ways, including a combination of psychotherapy and/or medication management. In my practice I work with patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, OCD and ADHD. I also believe that medications always work best with continued therapy and will partner with psychologists and therapists for medication management to ensure the optimal results.
(503) 213-6167 View (503) 213-6167
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Nurturing Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Tualatin, OR 97062  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Kimberly Richards PMHNP owner and operator of Nurturing Minds has over 20 years experience in health care. I began my journey as an ICU nurse which gives me a unique perspective on the mind-body connection. My approach to mental wellness incorporates knowledge of the physical body , the brain, the mind and the spirit.
Kimberly Richards PMHNP owner and operator of Nurturing Minds has over 20 years experience in health care. I began my journey as an ICU nurse which gives me a unique perspective on the mind-body connection. My approach to mental wellness incorporates knowledge of the physical body , the brain, the mind and the spirit.
(503) 966-2889 View (503) 966-2889
Photo of Kathleen Kelley, Psychiatric Nurse in Wilsonville, OR
Kathleen Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with advanced training in psychotherapy and medication management. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and the adjustment--both physical and psychological--to parenthood. My background as a Community Health Nurse visiting pregnant and newly parenting families, and my understanding of the hormonal and biological factors that are intertwined with emotional issues during this time, make me an excellent choice for prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I have a certificate from Postpartum Support International in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with advanced training in psychotherapy and medication management. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and the adjustment--both physical and psychological--to parenthood. My background as a Community Health Nurse visiting pregnant and newly parenting families, and my understanding of the hormonal and biological factors that are intertwined with emotional issues during this time, make me an excellent choice for prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I have a certificate from Postpartum Support International in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
(503) 967-9232 View (503) 967-9232
Photo of Becky Gordon, Psychiatrist in Wilsonville, OR
Becky Gordon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oregon City, OR 97045
I am currently accepting women and teens that need support related to focusing, organization and time planning challenges. I offer a dynamic three or four month process of: 1) assessing to the extent possible whether ADHD and/or other mental health conditions exist, 2) identifying your personal strengths and challenges related to organizational and time management, and 3) do a 'deep dive' into what many call executive function skills of the brain and explore what external supports strengthen these abilities for you.
I am currently accepting women and teens that need support related to focusing, organization and time planning challenges. I offer a dynamic three or four month process of: 1) assessing to the extent possible whether ADHD and/or other mental health conditions exist, 2) identifying your personal strengths and challenges related to organizational and time management, and 3) do a 'deep dive' into what many call executive function skills of the brain and explore what external supports strengthen these abilities for you.
(971) 231-3449 View (971) 231-3449
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Scott L. Wiener M.D. @Prisma Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
(206) 737-0754 View (206) 737-0754
Photo of James Trott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wilsonville, OR
James Trott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Linn, OR 97068
I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, attention deficits, life transitions, or simply feel that they want to improve their mental health. My clients are looking for a mental health expert that they can collaborate with as they develop their own treatment goals, and are willing to be intentional in their pursuit of these goals. At this time, I am accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Regence, Pacific Source, Moda, Cigna, and private pay.
I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, attention deficits, life transitions, or simply feel that they want to improve their mental health. My clients are looking for a mental health expert that they can collaborate with as they develop their own treatment goals, and are willing to be intentional in their pursuit of these goals. At this time, I am accepting Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Regence, Pacific Source, Moda, Cigna, and private pay.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Wilsonville, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wilsonville, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Suicidal Ideation
57% Child

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Providence
83% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Wilsonville, OR see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wilsonville?

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.