Psychiatrists in Cottonwood Heights, UT

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Shannon Zaryoun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
Shannon is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. She has 20 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in substance use disorders. She is passionate about studying the use of psychedelic medicine to assist in therapy and healing of depression, anxiety, grief and existential concerns. She has participated in MAPS Conferences and completed two different psilocybin assisted therapy trainings taught by expert team members of The Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research.
Shannon is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. She has 20 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in substance use disorders. She is passionate about studying the use of psychedelic medicine to assist in therapy and healing of depression, anxiety, grief and existential concerns. She has participated in MAPS Conferences and completed two different psilocybin assisted therapy trainings taught by expert team members of The Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research.
(385) 376-2390 View (385) 376-2390
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John G Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has 7 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adolescent psychiatry. His doctoral thesis focused of lifestyle modifications to improve mental wellness and resilience. He understands that everyone is unique, requiring personalized treatment plans.
John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has 7 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adolescent psychiatry. His doctoral thesis focused of lifestyle modifications to improve mental wellness and resilience. He understands that everyone is unique, requiring personalized treatment plans.
(801) 406-3731 View (801) 406-3731
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Julie Cain PMHNP // Healthy Minds Rx
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093
Julie Cain is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ( PMHNP-BC). Julie offers psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, Julie has additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for clients exploring these paths of healing.
Julie Cain is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ( PMHNP-BC). Julie offers psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, Julie has additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for clients exploring these paths of healing.
(385) 380-3908 View (385) 380-3908
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Landon Moyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093
Dr. Moyers is a graduate of the University of Utah's top-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatry and Mental Health where he was an R. Harold Burton Fellow. He has worked in all levels of psychiatric care over the last 12 years. His experience began as a psychiatric technician working with pediatric and adolescent patients, as a nurse with young adults in addiction recovery, and then as a charge nurse at the Utah State Hospital pediatric unit. Doctorate-level internships were completed at Polizzi Clinic, the Utah State Hospital, the VA Hospital, and West Ridge Academy.
Dr. Moyers is a graduate of the University of Utah's top-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatry and Mental Health where he was an R. Harold Burton Fellow. He has worked in all levels of psychiatric care over the last 12 years. His experience began as a psychiatric technician working with pediatric and adolescent patients, as a nurse with young adults in addiction recovery, and then as a charge nurse at the Utah State Hospital pediatric unit. Doctorate-level internships were completed at Polizzi Clinic, the Utah State Hospital, the VA Hospital, and West Ridge Academy.
(385) 323-8549 View (385) 323-8549
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Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for almost 20 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, appointments available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for almost 20 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(435) 236-2915 View (435) 236-2915

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Mountain Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN-Ed, QMP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84070
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
(385) 389-1145 View (385) 389-1145
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Josh Woodland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047
Do you feel overwhelmed, and your coping skills aren't working? Have you tried therapy, but it "isn't for you" or it hasn't been enough? Whether you are struggling with ADHD, crippling anxiety, the deep pit of depression, or the mental gymnastics of OCD, the solution often requires more than a "chin up" or a positive attitude. This is where medication plays a critical role in mental health recovery. Proper medication can lift you out of a mental rut, allowing you to work on yourself in ways that you might not have been able to prior. This work on yourself will ultimately lead to the lasting peace you deserve.
Do you feel overwhelmed, and your coping skills aren't working? Have you tried therapy, but it "isn't for you" or it hasn't been enough? Whether you are struggling with ADHD, crippling anxiety, the deep pit of depression, or the mental gymnastics of OCD, the solution often requires more than a "chin up" or a positive attitude. This is where medication plays a critical role in mental health recovery. Proper medication can lift you out of a mental rut, allowing you to work on yourself in ways that you might not have been able to prior. This work on yourself will ultimately lead to the lasting peace you deserve.
(385) 758-5205 View (385) 758-5205
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McKenzie Reynolds
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
(385) 899-2437 View (385) 899-2437
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Kristi Lawrence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
We all have the ability to recover, heal, and grow. Sometimes we just need someone who sees us clearly and can offer the right treatment. By knowing your goals and the challenges you face, we can design a treatment plan to allow you to stop suffering and achieve your full potential. Treatment can be therapy, medications, often a combination of the two. Together we can get you back to living the life you want to live.
We all have the ability to recover, heal, and grow. Sometimes we just need someone who sees us clearly and can offer the right treatment. By knowing your goals and the challenges you face, we can design a treatment plan to allow you to stop suffering and achieve your full potential. Treatment can be therapy, medications, often a combination of the two. Together we can get you back to living the life you want to live.
(435) 465-0822 View (435) 465-0822
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Jennifer Pemble Weakland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
(385) 336-0280 View (385) 336-0280
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Christopher Searle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84094  (Online Only)
People First. You are never your diagnosis. Let's focus on your human experience and let's discover what it's like to be you. I provide a positive, non-judgemental environment where you are free to be yourself.
People First. You are never your diagnosis. Let's focus on your human experience and let's discover what it's like to be you. I provide a positive, non-judgemental environment where you are free to be yourself.
(801) 658-9252 View (801) 658-9252
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Andrea Farmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am providing medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. By joining our multidisciplinary team, you will receive individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in the setting of general adult outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, PHP, IOP, residential treatment programs, and addiction medicine. My goal is to guide and support clients in the restoration of their health. Health can be defined by one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. I consider all these elements when providing care.
Welcome! I am providing medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. By joining our multidisciplinary team, you will receive individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in the setting of general adult outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, PHP, IOP, residential treatment programs, and addiction medicine. My goal is to guide and support clients in the restoration of their health. Health can be defined by one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. I consider all these elements when providing care.
(385) 469-3293 View (385) 469-3293
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Elisa Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Midvale, UT 84047
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS | As a trained and experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and work with clients to achieve a variety of goals, including managing depression or anxiety, navigating losses and life transitions, improving functioning in relationships and work, and more.
(385) 263-7193 View (385) 263-7193
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Dr. J. Todd Holland
Psychiatrist, DO, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
You are an adult experiencing symptoms of untreated ADHD, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, PTSD, addictive behaviors? I am accepting new patients. I offer assessment and treatment plans for adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep issues and general psychiatric conditions. I accept most private insurance, and offer telehealth and in person. Visit my site at Blacksburgpsychiatry.com
You are an adult experiencing symptoms of untreated ADHD, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, PTSD, addictive behaviors? I am accepting new patients. I offer assessment and treatment plans for adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep issues and general psychiatric conditions. I accept most private insurance, and offer telehealth and in person. Visit my site at Blacksburgpsychiatry.com
(540) 501-6533 View (540) 501-6533
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John T Holland
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047  (Online Only)
Welcome! You must be feeling overwhelmed, searching for answers, and seeking a path to a better you. Whether you're grappling with the challenges of adult ADHD, the weight of depression, the turmoil of anxiety, or the relentless cycles of OCD, you're not alone. Dr. John T. Holland is here to help you navigate these complexities and find relief. Meet Dr. Holland Dr. John T. Holland combines the medical expertise of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with the deep scientific understanding that comes from a PhD in biochemistry and physics.
Welcome! You must be feeling overwhelmed, searching for answers, and seeking a path to a better you. Whether you're grappling with the challenges of adult ADHD, the weight of depression, the turmoil of anxiety, or the relentless cycles of OCD, you're not alone. Dr. John T. Holland is here to help you navigate these complexities and find relief. Meet Dr. Holland Dr. John T. Holland combines the medical expertise of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with the deep scientific understanding that comes from a PhD in biochemistry and physics.
(801) 683-5397 View (801) 683-5397
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Suzanne Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, RN
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
Suzanne Peterson is a Utah native and earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Utah. Many years ago while taking nursing classes, her 3-year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, which caused Suzanne to become intensely interested in pediatric care. After her daughter entered remission, she worked in pediatric oncology for years, but Suzanne saw a great need for pediatric and family mental health services given the difficult situations she’d encountered in pediatric oncology. She returned to graduate school and graduated from Georgetown to become a family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in mental health.
Suzanne Peterson is a Utah native and earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Utah. Many years ago while taking nursing classes, her 3-year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, which caused Suzanne to become intensely interested in pediatric care. After her daughter entered remission, she worked in pediatric oncology for years, but Suzanne saw a great need for pediatric and family mental health services given the difficult situations she’d encountered in pediatric oncology. She returned to graduate school and graduated from Georgetown to become a family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in mental health.
(385) 600-7507 View (385) 600-7507
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Hannah Meier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
(307) 323-4523 View (307) 323-4523
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Dr. Megan Kimberly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047
Now Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about helping clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, substance use, self-esteem, and identity struggles. My approach to treatment includes not just medication management, but providing a supportive environment to explore new coping strategies. I strive to establish a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and respect that fosters a sense of security and encourages open communication. The goal of our visits is not just symptom relief, but to increase self-awareness, resiliency, and quality of life.
Now Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about helping clients with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, trauma, life transitions, substance use, self-esteem, and identity struggles. My approach to treatment includes not just medication management, but providing a supportive environment to explore new coping strategies. I strive to establish a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and respect that fosters a sense of security and encourages open communication. The goal of our visits is not just symptom relief, but to increase self-awareness, resiliency, and quality of life.
(801) 758-2138 View (801) 758-2138
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
(385) 316-6427 View (385) 316-6427
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Inner Mind Mental Health Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Holladay, UT 84121
Individuals who are struggling with mental health issues are on the rise, especially considering all that has happened over the last few year. Struggling with mental health issues can be difficult and lead to feelings of hopelessness, making it hard to reach out for help. Please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. I received my MS in Health Education from Utah State University, my BSN from the University of Utah, and my MS in Nursing from Regis College. I have over 16 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties including adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and substance abuse.
Individuals who are struggling with mental health issues are on the rise, especially considering all that has happened over the last few year. Struggling with mental health issues can be difficult and lead to feelings of hopelessness, making it hard to reach out for help. Please know that you are not alone, and that help is available. I received my MS in Health Education from Utah State University, my BSN from the University of Utah, and my MS in Nursing from Regis College. I have over 16 years of experience as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties including adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and substance abuse.
(385) 380-4243 View (385) 380-4243

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cottonwood Heights, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cottonwood Heights, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
80% Addiction
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Other

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cottonwood Heights, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cottonwood Heights?

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.