Psychiatrists in Millcreek, UT

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Julie Cain PMHNP // Healthy Minds Rx
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84117
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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Carian McLean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNM, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84124
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
(385) 743-1995 View (385) 743-1995
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Nancy Pham
Psychiatric Nurse, MPH, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84124
Waitlist for new clients
My clients are brilliant detectives with a curiosity about themselves. Utilizing eastern, western, and indigenous practices, I am focused on supporting patients learn the body-spirit-mind connection to help people achieve wellness on the least amount of medications as possible. Medications can keep you afloat, but they don't help you swim to shore. We seek ways for you to be well. I prioritize principles of resiliency including teaching tools of mindfulness, IFS, movement, nature, and community instead of traditional talk therapy. I currently have a waitlist.
My clients are brilliant detectives with a curiosity about themselves. Utilizing eastern, western, and indigenous practices, I am focused on supporting patients learn the body-spirit-mind connection to help people achieve wellness on the least amount of medications as possible. Medications can keep you afloat, but they don't help you swim to shore. We seek ways for you to be well. I prioritize principles of resiliency including teaching tools of mindfulness, IFS, movement, nature, and community instead of traditional talk therapy. I currently have a waitlist.
(385) 324-7007 View (385) 324-7007
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Julie M Himstedt
Physician Assistant, MA, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84106
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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Nancy Foster
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN
Verified Verified
Millcreek, UT 84109
Not accepting new clients
I believe that each patient has a right to choose his or her own path in treatment. My job is to guide you in understanding the medical causes, therapy options and potential results in order to enable your right to make informed choices about your mental health. I specialize in mental health issues as based on an integrative, evidence based approach to mind, body and spirit. I focus on identifying and treating the individual rather than the symptoms.
I believe that each patient has a right to choose his or her own path in treatment. My job is to guide you in understanding the medical causes, therapy options and potential results in order to enable your right to make informed choices about your mental health. I specialize in mental health issues as based on an integrative, evidence based approach to mind, body and spirit. I focus on identifying and treating the individual rather than the symptoms.
(801) 691-7064 View (801) 691-7064

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Mind Body Ketamine
Psychiatrist, (ABPN), (ABAM), (ABPM)
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Dr. Jason Andersen primarily treats patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, addiction, and pain. In recent years he has found ketamine to be extremely proactive in patients with these conditions. Ketamine has been a ground shaking treatment in the mental health world for many people, as we have seen in our practice help patients with major depressive disorder, PTSD and severe anxiety live a better life by providing relief from their symptoms. Patients frequently report instant relief from anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and even pain from subanesthetic doses of Ketamine.
Dr. Jason Andersen primarily treats patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, addiction, and pain. In recent years he has found ketamine to be extremely proactive in patients with these conditions. Ketamine has been a ground shaking treatment in the mental health world for many people, as we have seen in our practice help patients with major depressive disorder, PTSD and severe anxiety live a better life by providing relief from their symptoms. Patients frequently report instant relief from anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and even pain from subanesthetic doses of Ketamine.
(801) 823-1342 View (801) 823-1342
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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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Melanie Nielsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah seeing patients through telehealth and in office appointments. My goal as a provider is to empower you to become the best version of yourself. I treat children, teens and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Working together at your pace, providing a healing space for personal growth through medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Utah seeing patients through telehealth and in office appointments. My goal as a provider is to empower you to become the best version of yourself. I treat children, teens and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. Working together at your pace, providing a healing space for personal growth through medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(385) 314-4436 View (385) 314-4436
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Benjamin Sparks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner accepting new clients with the ability to get patients in within a week. I am here to listen, to help, and to work with you to find ways to improve your mental health. I want each patient to understand why they feel the way they do, know the available treatment options, and leave with hope that their struggles will improve. In my practice I place an emphasis on accurate diagnosis and conservative medication prescribing, if needed. I work with you as the patient to create a plan that works for you and your individual needs.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner accepting new clients with the ability to get patients in within a week. I am here to listen, to help, and to work with you to find ways to improve your mental health. I want each patient to understand why they feel the way they do, know the available treatment options, and leave with hope that their struggles will improve. In my practice I place an emphasis on accurate diagnosis and conservative medication prescribing, if needed. I work with you as the patient to create a plan that works for you and your individual needs.
(435) 414-6649 View (435) 414-6649
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Rachel Jenkins-Lloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Rachel JenkinsLloyd is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2003. She has a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Utah. Rachel offers medication management from a Feminist Empowerment Perspective. She has an extensive background in trauma informed care including EMDR and previous work in ketamine assisted therapy. Rachel believes strongly in educating clients in their medication choices then supporting them in their care. Outside of work, Rachel loves reading, especially biographies.
Rachel JenkinsLloyd is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2003. She has a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Utah. Rachel offers medication management from a Feminist Empowerment Perspective. She has an extensive background in trauma informed care including EMDR and previous work in ketamine assisted therapy. Rachel believes strongly in educating clients in their medication choices then supporting them in their care. Outside of work, Rachel loves reading, especially biographies.
(385) 200-9348 View (385) 200-9348
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Emily Van Os
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84109  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and my passion is helping individuals achieve their mental health goals. I look at health from an evidence based integrative perspective and value finding the root causes of imbalances leading to mental health concerns. There are often medical issues that contribute to mental health symptoms, including hormone or nutritional imbalances. I will work with each person to find an optimal treatment plan that takes medical and emotional factors into consideration. I look forward to working with you!
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and my passion is helping individuals achieve their mental health goals. I look at health from an evidence based integrative perspective and value finding the root causes of imbalances leading to mental health concerns. There are often medical issues that contribute to mental health symptoms, including hormone or nutritional imbalances. I will work with each person to find an optimal treatment plan that takes medical and emotional factors into consideration. I look forward to working with you!
(801) 609-6823 View (801) 609-6823
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Lindsey Gavin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Lindsey Gavin (she/her) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Utah in May 2022. For the past 9 years, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health, emergency medicine, substance use treatment, and veteran research. Since the start of her nursing career, Lindsey has always been drawn to helping patients with mental health needs. She recognizes her patients’ strength in adversity and is committed to helping them build resilience.
Lindsey Gavin (she/her) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of Utah in May 2022. For the past 9 years, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health, emergency medicine, substance use treatment, and veteran research. Since the start of her nursing career, Lindsey has always been drawn to helping patients with mental health needs. She recognizes her patients’ strength in adversity and is committed to helping them build resilience.
(385) 404-6322 View (385) 404-6322
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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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Dr. Veronica Forchu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107  (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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Jamie Mathews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Jamie Mathews is an APRN, PMHNP-BC who has been a Nurse for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric patient care over 14 years after working in Home Health/Hospice, ICU, and Med-Surg. She became passionate for mental health and caring for others who need support and assistance for improved mental health while training nursing students in psychiatric hospitals, and has grown her knowledge of and interest in mental health ever since. Jamie works at a psychiatric hospital and works outpatient psychiatric care which she feels is the best of both worlds.
Jamie Mathews is an APRN, PMHNP-BC who has been a Nurse for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric patient care over 14 years after working in Home Health/Hospice, ICU, and Med-Surg. She became passionate for mental health and caring for others who need support and assistance for improved mental health while training nursing students in psychiatric hospitals, and has grown her knowledge of and interest in mental health ever since. Jamie works at a psychiatric hospital and works outpatient psychiatric care which she feels is the best of both worlds.
(385) 417-4346 View (385) 417-4346
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Scott Salomone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Dr. Scott Salomone, MD (he/him) completed his Psychiatric Residency training with distinction in Spanish Language and Healthcare Disparities at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where he was additionally the Chief Resident of outpatient psychiatry. r. Salomone has found joy in the meaningful connections built in outpatient practice whether providing medication management, therapeutic services, or both with his patients. With a foundation of medical training, he strives to understand the complex physiology underlying mental health disorders and the medications, therapies, and other modalities used to treat them.
Dr. Scott Salomone, MD (he/him) completed his Psychiatric Residency training with distinction in Spanish Language and Healthcare Disparities at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where he was additionally the Chief Resident of outpatient psychiatry. r. Salomone has found joy in the meaningful connections built in outpatient practice whether providing medication management, therapeutic services, or both with his patients. With a foundation of medical training, he strives to understand the complex physiology underlying mental health disorders and the medications, therapies, and other modalities used to treat them.
(801) 753-9316 View (801) 753-9316
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Dan Inouye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Holladay, UT 84117
I am an accessible adult psychiatrist. I am seeing patients through telepsychiatry at this time. I can be reached at 801-592-2002.
I am an accessible adult psychiatrist. I am seeing patients through telepsychiatry at this time. I can be reached at 801-592-2002.
(801) 683-5279 View (801) 683-5279
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Karen Risch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, QMP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Qualified Medical Provider (QMP) for cannabis. I collaborate with patients and their families to create personalized treatment plans to help achieve improved mental health. I specialize in medication management, esketamine/ketamine therapy, and the treatment of a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan, providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. I am currently accepting new patients.
I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and a Qualified Medical Provider (QMP) for cannabis. I collaborate with patients and their families to create personalized treatment plans to help achieve improved mental health. I specialize in medication management, esketamine/ketamine therapy, and the treatment of a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan, providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. I am currently accepting new patients.
(385) 707-0866 View (385) 707-0866
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Jacob Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Originally from Utah, Jacob spent many years living in New York, where he greatly enhanced his nursing practice. Graduating as valedictorian from the State University of New York, he gained invaluable experience in neuro intensive care at a comprehensive stroke center. His tenure there included advanced training with the palliative medicine team of the hospital, providing care to patients nearing the end of life and their families. Through these experiences, Jacob cultivated a profound empathy for the emotional rigors of illness and loss, deepening his understanding of the transformative impact of life’s transitions.
Originally from Utah, Jacob spent many years living in New York, where he greatly enhanced his nursing practice. Graduating as valedictorian from the State University of New York, he gained invaluable experience in neuro intensive care at a comprehensive stroke center. His tenure there included advanced training with the palliative medicine team of the hospital, providing care to patients nearing the end of life and their families. Through these experiences, Jacob cultivated a profound empathy for the emotional rigors of illness and loss, deepening his understanding of the transformative impact of life’s transitions.
(385) 448-5164 View (385) 448-5164
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Millcreek, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Millcreek, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Cigna and Evernorth
60% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Millcreek, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Millcreek?

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.