Psychiatrists in Orem, UT

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Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84058
Welcome to Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry! We have offices in Orem (near the University Mall) and Lehi (off of Main Street, close to Saratoga Springs). We offer medication management and psychotherapy as well as pharmacogenetic testing, where appropriate. Our providers are: David Paulson, MD, Traci Naylor, APRN, PMHNP; Mekenzie Cooper, APRN, PMHNP; Rebecca Harvey, APRN, DNP; Joel Covington, APRN, DNP; Dan Muster, APRN, DNP; Corrine Freeman, APRN, DNP; Brooke Merrill, APRN, PMHNP; and Karina McDonald APRN, PMHNP. We believe patients receive the best care when they have strong alliance with their providers.
Welcome to Alliance Behavioral Psychiatry! We have offices in Orem (near the University Mall) and Lehi (off of Main Street, close to Saratoga Springs). We offer medication management and psychotherapy as well as pharmacogenetic testing, where appropriate. Our providers are: David Paulson, MD, Traci Naylor, APRN, PMHNP; Mekenzie Cooper, APRN, PMHNP; Rebecca Harvey, APRN, DNP; Joel Covington, APRN, DNP; Dan Muster, APRN, DNP; Corrine Freeman, APRN, DNP; Brooke Merrill, APRN, PMHNP; and Karina McDonald APRN, PMHNP. We believe patients receive the best care when they have strong alliance with their providers.
(385) 250-3107 View (385) 250-3107
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Cornerstone Psychiatry, Rebecca Harvey, DNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84097
Cornerstone Psychiatry is a premier psychiatry practice serving individuals aged 10 years and older, led by Rebecca Harvey, DNP, who has decades of combined experience. Patients receive tailored medication management for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and more. Offering in-person appointments and telemedicine psychiatry, Rebecca provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment. Patients get individualized attention and have a safe place to express their concerns.
Cornerstone Psychiatry is a premier psychiatry practice serving individuals aged 10 years and older, led by Rebecca Harvey, DNP, who has decades of combined experience. Patients receive tailored medication management for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and more. Offering in-person appointments and telemedicine psychiatry, Rebecca provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment. Patients get individualized attention and have a safe place to express their concerns.
(385) 557-8950 View (385) 557-8950
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Dr. Britney Palombo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057
Dr. Palombo is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment, exploring the psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors contributing to each individuals circumstance. She specializes in children and adolescents but has been managing outpatient psychiatric care for all ages as well as providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation since 2017. She has had extensive training in TMS and utilizes cutting edge evidence-based research to provide not only effective but personalized treatment options.
Dr. Palombo is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment, exploring the psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors contributing to each individuals circumstance. She specializes in children and adolescents but has been managing outpatient psychiatric care for all ages as well as providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation since 2017. She has had extensive training in TMS and utilizes cutting edge evidence-based research to provide not only effective but personalized treatment options.
(801) 905-8428 View (801) 905-8428
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Dave Lindsay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to concerns, and customizing a treatment plan that may include ketamine treatments, medication management and therapy. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders.
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to concerns, and customizing a treatment plan that may include ketamine treatments, medication management and therapy. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorders.
(801) 785-2028 View (801) 785-2028
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Melissa Hoyt
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orem, UT 84057
I was born and raised in Utah. Before becoming a Physician Associate (PA), I was a medical assistant for over 10 years in various settings. During this time, I found mental health integral in every type of practice and desired to provide this care to everyone seeking it. I then went on to obtain my Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Provo and am currently working towards my Doctorate of Medical Sciences (DMSc) at RMUoHP where I am increasing my skills in Mental Health diagnosis and management as well as various therapeutic skills.
I was born and raised in Utah. Before becoming a Physician Associate (PA), I was a medical assistant for over 10 years in various settings. During this time, I found mental health integral in every type of practice and desired to provide this care to everyone seeking it. I then went on to obtain my Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in Provo and am currently working towards my Doctorate of Medical Sciences (DMSc) at RMUoHP where I am increasing my skills in Mental Health diagnosis and management as well as various therapeutic skills.
(801) 609-2448 View (801) 609-2448
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Mind Body Ketamine
Psychiatrist, (ABPN), (ABAM), (ABPM)
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84058
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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Healing Ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orem, UT 84057
Welcome! We're glad you're exploring ketamine infusions, a cutting-edge option in the realm of mental health treatments. This therapy has shown promise in providing relief for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, offering hope and healing. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your comfort and safety. We're committed to personalized care, tailoring each treatment to the individual's unique needs and health goals. Together, we'll work towards a brighter, healthier future for you.
Welcome! We're glad you're exploring ketamine infusions, a cutting-edge option in the realm of mental health treatments. This therapy has shown promise in providing relief for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, offering hope and healing. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your comfort and safety. We're committed to personalized care, tailoring each treatment to the individual's unique needs and health goals. Together, we'll work towards a brighter, healthier future for you.
(385) 526-2109 View (385) 526-2109
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Brian C Nyberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84097  (Online Only)
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
(623) 624-5128 View (623) 624-5128
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Regan Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orem, UT 84057
Accepting New Clients! I bring a deep understanding of the gut-brain connection, genetics, diet, nutrition, stress, trauma, and various lifestyle and environmental factors that impact mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to help you achieve lasting healing by addressing the root causes of mental illness and improving your quality of life. With 13 years of experience in medication management, I am well-versed in prescribing medications when necessary. However, I believe in a comprehensive approach that goes beyond conventional treatments.
Accepting New Clients! I bring a deep understanding of the gut-brain connection, genetics, diet, nutrition, stress, trauma, and various lifestyle and environmental factors that impact mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to help you achieve lasting healing by addressing the root causes of mental illness and improving your quality of life. With 13 years of experience in medication management, I am well-versed in prescribing medications when necessary. However, I believe in a comprehensive approach that goes beyond conventional treatments.
(385) 600-5341 View (385) 600-5341
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Karl Tucker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Orem, UT 84057
Open and seeing patients. No Wait! We take most commercial insurances. Karl Tucker believes that good mental health requires a holistic approach incorporating all aspects of life, including exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, nutrition, and sleep regimes.
Open and seeing patients. No Wait! We take most commercial insurances. Karl Tucker believes that good mental health requires a holistic approach incorporating all aspects of life, including exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, nutrition, and sleep regimes.
(801) 609-2448 View (801) 609-2448
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Todd Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84097
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
(385) 449-3164 View (385) 449-3164
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Michael Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PNHMP
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received post graduate degrees from the University of Utah with training in mental health and Psychiatry. Currently Dr. Thomas is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University. He has also provided clinical services to a number of organizations including Utah Valley Psychiatric and Counseling Clinic, Valley Mental Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Thomas also belongs to a number of professional associations related to mental health and nursing.
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received post graduate degrees from the University of Utah with training in mental health and Psychiatry. Currently Dr. Thomas is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University. He has also provided clinical services to a number of organizations including Utah Valley Psychiatric and Counseling Clinic, Valley Mental Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Thomas also belongs to a number of professional associations related to mental health and nursing.
(385) 279-5514 View (385) 279-5514
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Angeleah Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84058
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in taking more of a holistic approach and incorporating mind, body, and spirit during the healing process. I treat many different conditions with the end goal of helping those who are struggling in life. I have found ketamine, especially when combined with therapy to be an amazing tool in helping those find the relief they deserve.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in taking more of a holistic approach and incorporating mind, body, and spirit during the healing process. I treat many different conditions with the end goal of helping those who are struggling in life. I have found ketamine, especially when combined with therapy to be an amazing tool in helping those find the relief they deserve.
(801) 618-4987 View (801) 618-4987
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Jean Stanford
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057  (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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Diane Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orem, UT 84097  (Online Only)
I believe that mental and physical health are connected, and I have a passion for educating my clients to recognize potential biological issues that may be limiting their ability to manage their moods, behaviors, and/or motivation for success. I am a certified integrative mental health professional and provide services beyond medication management for those who express interest, including pharmacogenetic testing, neurotoxicity evaluations, specific condition testing, supplement and dietary recommendations, and education/referrals for additional supportive therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment, etc.
I believe that mental and physical health are connected, and I have a passion for educating my clients to recognize potential biological issues that may be limiting their ability to manage their moods, behaviors, and/or motivation for success. I am a certified integrative mental health professional and provide services beyond medication management for those who express interest, including pharmacogenetic testing, neurotoxicity evaluations, specific condition testing, supplement and dietary recommendations, and education/referrals for additional supportive therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen treatment, etc.
(435) 990-5443 View (435) 990-5443
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Reid Robison
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84057  (Online Only)
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
(801) 515-4367 View (801) 515-4367
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Douglas Grover
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84097
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Grover, MD is a board certified psychiatrist with particular interests in treating depressive, anxiety, bipolar, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Grover received his medical degree from the University of California Riverside, where he also completed his general adult psychiatry residency training.
Dr. Grover, MD is a board certified psychiatrist with particular interests in treating depressive, anxiety, bipolar, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Grover received his medical degree from the University of California Riverside, where he also completed his general adult psychiatry residency training.
(435) 660-4661 View (435) 660-4661
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Derick Moody
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84058
Accepting New Patients! Throughout his career, Derick has been exposed to a wide variety of mental illness and is passionate about providing care to his patients. He implements a holistic approach to psychiatric health that includes exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, and nutrition and sleep regimes. Derick is dedicated to educating others on mental illnesses and remedies. He continually strives to build upon his advanced knowledge of mental health by ensuring that he is apprised of the latest treatments and remedies that are available.
Accepting New Patients! Throughout his career, Derick has been exposed to a wide variety of mental illness and is passionate about providing care to his patients. He implements a holistic approach to psychiatric health that includes exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, and nutrition and sleep regimes. Derick is dedicated to educating others on mental illnesses and remedies. He continually strives to build upon his advanced knowledge of mental health by ensuring that he is apprised of the latest treatments and remedies that are available.
(801) 704-7572 View (801) 704-7572
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Orem, UT

20+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in Orem, UT who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% SelectHealth
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Orem, UT see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orem?

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.