Psychiatrists in Midvale, UT

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Dr. Veronica Forchu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Midvale, UT 84047  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from UMass Global California with a specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes, and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
I am Dr. Veronica Forchu. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from UMass Global California with a specialty in Psychiatry and Mental Health Across the Lifespan. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio. I have experience in case management, serving patients of different age groups in home health, palliative care, and hospice, and managing anxiety, depression, dementia, psychotic episodes, and pain at end-of-life. I bring with me over 10 years of experience working with patients and providing emotional support to their families and loved ones dealing with loss & grief.
(385) 526-3339 View (385) 526-3339
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Andrew Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Midvale, UT 84047  (Online Only)
Know that you are not alone and that healing is possible for you. Any mental anguish you experience in connection with growing up; encountering bullying, tragedy, or violence; losing someone or something dear to you; or facing overwhelming circumstances does not define who you are. You are so much more than your depression, your anxiety, your loss, or what happened to you. My treatment philosophy incorporates the Swedish principle of LAGOM: "Not too little, not too much; just right. Being in perfect balance.” Together, we’ll tailor a personalized treatment plan that capitalizes on your strengths and moves you toward your best life.
Know that you are not alone and that healing is possible for you. Any mental anguish you experience in connection with growing up; encountering bullying, tragedy, or violence; losing someone or something dear to you; or facing overwhelming circumstances does not define who you are. You are so much more than your depression, your anxiety, your loss, or what happened to you. My treatment philosophy incorporates the Swedish principle of LAGOM: "Not too little, not too much; just right. Being in perfect balance.” Together, we’ll tailor a personalized treatment plan that capitalizes on your strengths and moves you toward your best life.
(385) 481-5342 View (385) 481-5342
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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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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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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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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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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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Tonya Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midvale, UT 84047  (Online Only)
I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and private pay per sliding scale. I am a passionate, board-certified mental health provider from Utah who is committed to promoting mental well-being. Beyond my professional pursuits, I find solace and inspiration in nature, and hiking in the beautiful landscapes of Utah allows me to reconnect with myself and appreciate the wonders of the world around me. Additionally, I firmly believe in meditation's power to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness, both of which are essential elements in maintaining mental well-being.
I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and private pay per sliding scale. I am a passionate, board-certified mental health provider from Utah who is committed to promoting mental well-being. Beyond my professional pursuits, I find solace and inspiration in nature, and hiking in the beautiful landscapes of Utah allows me to reconnect with myself and appreciate the wonders of the world around me. Additionally, I firmly believe in meditation's power to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness, both of which are essential elements in maintaining mental well-being.
(801) 829-9734 View (801) 829-9734

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Jean Stanford
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070  (Online Only)
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
(385) 279-5729 View (385) 279-5729
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Josh Bentley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
(801) 316-8951 View (801) 316-8951
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Melissa Schulzke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP-I
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Melissa is a psychiatric nurse practitioner intern completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s in nursing and has worked as a registered nurse in a residential eating disorder treatment center and as a pediatric oncology nurse.
Melissa is a psychiatric nurse practitioner intern completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s in nursing and has worked as a registered nurse in a residential eating disorder treatment center and as a pediatric oncology nurse.
(385) 475-5229 View (385) 475-5229
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Katey McKell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
In 2021, Dr. McKell (she/her/hers) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in psychiatric-mental health from the University of Utah. Katey started her career working primarily with adolescents at the Huntsman Mental Health (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). She has over 10 years of in-patient mental health experience. Katey believes in using evidence-based therapies and creating a collaborative environment with her clients. She emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach and the use of medications along with therapy.
In 2021, Dr. McKell (she/her/hers) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in psychiatric-mental health from the University of Utah. Katey started her career working primarily with adolescents at the Huntsman Mental Health (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). She has over 10 years of in-patient mental health experience. Katey believes in using evidence-based therapies and creating a collaborative environment with her clients. She emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach and the use of medications along with therapy.
(385) 519-0552 View (385) 519-0552
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Julie Cain PMHNP // Healthy Minds Rx
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84091
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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Jane Coats
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
(385) 483-5436 View (385) 483-5436
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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 M Himstedt
Physician Assistant, MA, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
My goal and passion as a health care provider is to work as a team, with you and others involved and impacted, to develop the best medication plan and holistic approach to finding your best healthy self. I believe it is crucial to look at all aspects of your life that impact your health, such as diet, exercise, sleep, relationships. We will work to minimize medication side effects, while improving your view on life.
My goal and passion as a health care provider is to work as a team, with you and others involved and impacted, to develop the best medication plan and holistic approach to finding your best healthy self. I believe it is crucial to look at all aspects of your life that impact your health, such as diet, exercise, sleep, relationships. We will work to minimize medication side effects, while improving your view on life.
(385) 250-0562 View (385) 250-0562
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Mitzy Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84121
Mitzy Stewart is an advance practice registered nurse (APRN). She has in nursing for 45 years and has worked as a APRN for 20 years. She graduated with a masters degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix and as an APRN from the University of Utah in 2003. She has enjoyed working with a variety of populations, which include the seriously mentally ill homeless population, substance abuse and all types of mental health settings. She approaches every client that she sees with an open mind and to allow the client to be a partner in their own treatment.
Mitzy Stewart is an advance practice registered nurse (APRN). She has in nursing for 45 years and has worked as a APRN for 20 years. She graduated with a masters degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix and as an APRN from the University of Utah in 2003. She has enjoyed working with a variety of populations, which include the seriously mentally ill homeless population, substance abuse and all types of mental health settings. She approaches every client that she sees with an open mind and to allow the client to be a partner in their own treatment.
(385) 393-2631 View (385) 393-2631
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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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Suzanne Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, RN
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
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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Maurice Fiedel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Maurice has had the privilege of working in many practice areas throughout his nursing career, including psychiatry, oncology, palliative care, medical intensive care, hospice, and home health. Much of his psychiatry experience has been in adolescents; however, he also has many years of experience working with adults. He enjoys working with a variety of age groups and possesses a natural ability to build rapport with his patients.
Maurice has had the privilege of working in many practice areas throughout his nursing career, including psychiatry, oncology, palliative care, medical intensive care, hospice, and home health. Much of his psychiatry experience has been in adolescents; however, he also has many years of experience working with adults. He enjoys working with a variety of age groups and possesses a natural ability to build rapport with his patients.
(385) 492-6538 View (385) 492-6538

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Midvale, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Midvale, UT who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Midvale, UT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Midvale?

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.