Psychiatrists in Riverton, UT

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Tracey Tranter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84096
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
(385) 485-6740 View (385) 485-6740
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Heather Dangerfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84096
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
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Matthew Soulier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
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Laura Maw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Laura Maw is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and provides psychiatric medication management in by telehealth and at our Lehi Clinic in Thanksgiving Point. She has over 31 years of nursing experience with 22 years in psychiatric medication management. She earned a Doctorate in Nurse Practices (DNP) from the University of Utah specializing in Family Nurse Practice (FNP).
Laura Maw is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and provides psychiatric medication management in by telehealth and at our Lehi Clinic in Thanksgiving Point. She has over 31 years of nursing experience with 22 years in psychiatric medication management. She earned a Doctorate in Nurse Practices (DNP) from the University of Utah specializing in Family Nurse Practice (FNP).
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Sharee Hendricks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Sharee Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2024. She has an Associate degree from BYU-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Boise State University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Sharee wants to be able to assist clients in achieving mental wellness in whatever way that looks like for them with guidance that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or forming new healthy habits.
Sharee Hendricks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2024. She has an Associate degree from BYU-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Boise State University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Sharee wants to be able to assist clients in achieving mental wellness in whatever way that looks like for them with guidance that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or forming new healthy habits.
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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Lin Clark is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan. Lin sees patients ages 12+. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD. In her spare time, Lin enjoys delicious food, going on walks, and bathing her hairless pets.
Lin Clark is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in psychiatric mental health across the lifespan. Lin sees patients ages 12+. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and ADHD. In her spare time, Lin enjoys delicious food, going on walks, and bathing her hairless pets.
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Gayle Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84065
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
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More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Megan Konopacke
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
I recognize that seeking treatment for mental health and eating disorders can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and I strive to create a safe and supportive space where my clients feel heard, respected, and understood. I believe in taking care of the whole person which encompasses not only your mental health, but also, your physical well-being. By taking the time to listen and understand who you are, I will help you find the best treatment option to overcome previous barriers and get you back to what's important.
I recognize that seeking treatment for mental health and eating disorders can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and I strive to create a safe and supportive space where my clients feel heard, respected, and understood. I believe in taking care of the whole person which encompasses not only your mental health, but also, your physical well-being. By taking the time to listen and understand who you are, I will help you find the best treatment option to overcome previous barriers and get you back to what's important.
(385) 503-5752 View (385) 503-5752
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Stefanie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84096  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
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Utah Behavior Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Taylorsville, UT 84123
Families are the foundation of our communities. Our purpose is to provide a professional, family-oriented, and cohesive medical treatment team to better serve our clients, their families, and the community. We specialize in medication management of many psychiatric disorders including trauma, depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, autism, ADHD, bipolar I & II, behaviors related to trauma/abuse/autism/ADHD and others.
Families are the foundation of our communities. Our purpose is to provide a professional, family-oriented, and cohesive medical treatment team to better serve our clients, their families, and the community. We specialize in medication management of many psychiatric disorders including trauma, depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, autism, ADHD, bipolar I & II, behaviors related to trauma/abuse/autism/ADHD and others.
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Thomas Mifflin
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Over the past few years, Thomas has been able to perform thousands of ketamine assisted therapy sessions and continues to refine his interactive approach to maximize benefits. Ketamine is usually administered in a medical model without therapy during the ketamine experience. In contrast to this model, Thomas has a passion for one-on-one guided ketamine therapy sessions with a more individualized approach. When ketamine is used in this guided therapy approach, it allows patients to discover root causes and the limiting beliefs and perspectives driving their mental health challenges.
Over the past few years, Thomas has been able to perform thousands of ketamine assisted therapy sessions and continues to refine his interactive approach to maximize benefits. Ketamine is usually administered in a medical model without therapy during the ketamine experience. In contrast to this model, Thomas has a passion for one-on-one guided ketamine therapy sessions with a more individualized approach. When ketamine is used in this guided therapy approach, it allows patients to discover root causes and the limiting beliefs and perspectives driving their mental health challenges.
(385) 432-8195 View (385) 432-8195
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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.
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Michael Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PNHMP
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
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.
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Brock Haskell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Is your quality of life being negatively affected by a mental health disorder? Mental health disorders can affect relationships, work, hobbies, school, and other important areas of functioning. There is hope to get relief from these symptoms. Patients experience improved quality of life through medication management on a daily basis. We are able to get patients in quickly. We see all ages and work with many mental health disorders.
Is your quality of life being negatively affected by a mental health disorder? Mental health disorders can affect relationships, work, hobbies, school, and other important areas of functioning. There is hope to get relief from these symptoms. Patients experience improved quality of life through medication management on a daily basis. We are able to get patients in quickly. We see all ages and work with many mental health disorders.
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Suzanne Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, RN
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
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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Michael Miles
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
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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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Cheryl Marchant Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84092  (Online Only)
It's normal to feel anxious about seeking help. Relief often comes after reaching out. Its hard to bear any burden alone! I understand that you have come to this site in search of help from someone who is willing to listen fully and to work with you to achieve your mental health goals. Together we will identify your concerns and develop a plan to effectively treat them. You deserve to be heard, to have support, direction and, to be healthy and happy! I have over 30 years experience and, I am licensed to prescribe medications and to provide psychotherapy.
It's normal to feel anxious about seeking help. Relief often comes after reaching out. Its hard to bear any burden alone! I understand that you have come to this site in search of help from someone who is willing to listen fully and to work with you to achieve your mental health goals. Together we will identify your concerns and develop a plan to effectively treat them. You deserve to be heard, to have support, direction and, to be healthy and happy! I have over 30 years experience and, I am licensed to prescribe medications and to provide psychotherapy.
(801) 701-2087 View (801) 701-2087
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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.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Riverton, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Riverton, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Eating Disorders

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Humana
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Riverton, 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 Riverton?

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.