Psychiatrists in Oregon

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Photo of Nate Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Nate Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
(503) 962-0493 x2 View (503) 962-0493 x2
Photo of Michelle Schilz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Michelle Schilz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
Now taking new clients. To contact me, make an appointment for a phone call at calendly.com/rainfallwellness. (I am bad at voicemail and email.) I welcome TRANS and GNB folks. I welcome PLURALS and SYSTEMS. I work with people who have ADHD and I prescribe ADHD meds. I teach clients about how our brain causes our symptoms. I do my best to provide safe and respectful care to my Queer and Gender-nonconforming sibs. Together, we will find a treatment plan that suits best.
Now taking new clients. To contact me, make an appointment for a phone call at calendly.com/rainfallwellness. (I am bad at voicemail and email.) I welcome TRANS and GNB folks. I welcome PLURALS and SYSTEMS. I work with people who have ADHD and I prescribe ADHD meds. I teach clients about how our brain causes our symptoms. I do my best to provide safe and respectful care to my Queer and Gender-nonconforming sibs. Together, we will find a treatment plan that suits best.
(971) 253-7516 View (971) 253-7516
Photo of Clarity Health Integrative Psychiatry Jake Freeman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Clarity Health Integrative Psychiatry Jake Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202  (Online Only)
Jake Freeman board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A few Immediate Openings for Tele-Health Oregon ages 12 and up. Practicing psychiatric medicine for 7 years. Has served diverse populations of SMI, general mental health, inpatient and outpatient settings ages 12 and older. I'm here for my clients. My care and respect to my client's is inclusive to all patient populations based on their gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. I believe respect is the cornerstone of patient care and including my client's in the decision making process of their care. Forward progress with compassion.
Jake Freeman board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A few Immediate Openings for Tele-Health Oregon ages 12 and up. Practicing psychiatric medicine for 7 years. Has served diverse populations of SMI, general mental health, inpatient and outpatient settings ages 12 and older. I'm here for my clients. My care and respect to my client's is inclusive to all patient populations based on their gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. I believe respect is the cornerstone of patient care and including my client's in the decision making process of their care. Forward progress with compassion.
(503) 850-2341 View (503) 850-2341
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Michael Zaurov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. Although I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders, my specialties are trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, releasing beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. Although I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders, my specialties are trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, releasing beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
(971) 265-6154 View (971) 265-6154
Photo of Davonna (Dee) Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
(971) 251-1623 View (971) 251-1623
Photo of Sonia Reisdorf, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Sonia Reisdorf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
(541) 952-3310 View (541) 952-3310
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Meghan Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
My experience includes treating adolescents and adults in the inpatient, residential, private practice, emergency department, and outpatient settings. My approach to psychiatric and medication management services is holistic in nature. Although I offer treatment to a wide variety of mental health disorders, I specialize in psychiatric treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. When appropriate, I apply cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy skills to medication management services.
My experience includes treating adolescents and adults in the inpatient, residential, private practice, emergency department, and outpatient settings. My approach to psychiatric and medication management services is holistic in nature. Although I offer treatment to a wide variety of mental health disorders, I specialize in psychiatric treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. When appropriate, I apply cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy skills to medication management services.
(503) 738-1252 View (503) 738-1252
Photo of Dale LaChance, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Dale LaChance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97123  (Online Only)
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
(503) 496-7760 View (503) 496-7760
Photo of Jessica Ward, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Jessica Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97703
Now Accepting New Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
Now Accepting New Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
(458) 236-5875 View (458) 236-5875
Photo of Annemieke Clark Emch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Annemieke Clark Emch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Whether you are just starting to explore if psychiatric medications might be helpful for you, you have a regimen that you feel could benefit from a fresh perspective, or you are happy with your current regimen and just need a new provider, choosing a new practitioner for your mental health team can be daunting. I work with people who are dealing with the full spectrum of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I will conduct a thorough psychiatric assessment and make evidence-based recommendations for medications and interventions that can help restore your sense of equilibrium and self-efficacy and support you in meeting your goals.
Whether you are just starting to explore if psychiatric medications might be helpful for you, you have a regimen that you feel could benefit from a fresh perspective, or you are happy with your current regimen and just need a new provider, choosing a new practitioner for your mental health team can be daunting. I work with people who are dealing with the full spectrum of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I will conduct a thorough psychiatric assessment and make evidence-based recommendations for medications and interventions that can help restore your sense of equilibrium and self-efficacy and support you in meeting your goals.
(503) 741-2735 View (503) 741-2735
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Jeffrey Carlson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Beginning in January 2024, providing psychiatric consultation, treatment, and ongoing psychotherapy, primarily serving late adolescents and young adults.
Beginning in January 2024, providing psychiatric consultation, treatment, and ongoing psychotherapy, primarily serving late adolescents and young adults.
(503) 738-1781 View (503) 738-1781
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Dr. Mikaela Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
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Alyse La Monte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Salem, OR 97301
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon, my patients appreciate the authenticity, professional integrity and open communication that define my practice. Our appointments are time reserved to focus on you. I believe in working with patients to define treatment goals, identify barriers to treatment success and work to develop a plan that works. It's more than a prescription pad.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon, my patients appreciate the authenticity, professional integrity and open communication that define my practice. Our appointments are time reserved to focus on you. I believe in working with patients to define treatment goals, identify barriers to treatment success and work to develop a plan that works. It's more than a prescription pad.
(503) 447-8604 View (503) 447-8604
Photo of Esther Moseka Odaibo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
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
Christina Wellman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Hermiston, OR 97838  (Online Only)
Christina Wellman, DNP, PMHNP-BC, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and graduated with her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Arizona. Christina completed her Doctorate Quality Improvement Project titled, “Standardized Suicide Screening with the Suicide Behavior Questionnaire in Integrated Health.” Christina has been practicing in mental health for over 10 years, serving both the pediatric and adult population.
Christina Wellman, DNP, PMHNP-BC, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and graduated with her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Arizona. Christina completed her Doctorate Quality Improvement Project titled, “Standardized Suicide Screening with the Suicide Behavior Questionnaire in Integrated Health.” Christina has been practicing in mental health for over 10 years, serving both the pediatric and adult population.
(541) 920-1023 View (541) 920-1023
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Jessica L Hilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
(541) 632-8727 View (541) 632-8727
Photo of Sandy Karp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Sandy Karp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NMNP
Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
My genuine, warm, and straightforward style allows me to connect with older children, adolescents and adults and develop interventions to improve their quality of life, relationships and experience of joy. I passionately engage in shared decision making with my clients, believing the most effective treatment plans are made collaboratively through open, honest communication grounded in mutual trust and respect.
My genuine, warm, and straightforward style allows me to connect with older children, adolescents and adults and develop interventions to improve their quality of life, relationships and experience of joy. I passionately engage in shared decision making with my clients, believing the most effective treatment plans are made collaboratively through open, honest communication grounded in mutual trust and respect.
(971) 251-2579 View (971) 251-2579
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Dr. Sydney Barfield - New Clients No Waitlist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages and backgrounds.
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages and backgrounds.
(971) 299-7097 View (971) 299-7097
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Dr. Dianna Harris (Taking New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 2/21/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 2/21/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(971) 318-1713 View (971) 318-1713
Photo of Misha Love, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oregon
Misha Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97006
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
(971) 247-9850 View (971) 247-9850

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Oregon who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
80% Medication Management
73% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Aetna
68% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Oregon see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oregon?

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.