Psychiatrists in Bainbridge Island, WA

Photo of Kelly Lawson Telehealth Available, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelly Lawson Telehealth Available
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
(253) 289-7408 View (253) 289-7408
Photo of Dr. Bridget Carnahan, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Bridget Carnahan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Dr. Carnahan is an osteopathic physician with specialized training in integrative psychiatry. Her approach to care prioritizes the understanding of your unique life experience so that we can find solutions that best support you as an individual.
Dr. Carnahan is an osteopathic physician with specialized training in integrative psychiatry. Her approach to care prioritizes the understanding of your unique life experience so that we can find solutions that best support you as an individual.
(206) 737-3424 View (206) 737-3424
Photo of Kelly Lawson - Bainbridge Holistic Psychiatry, PLLC, DNP , ARNP , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bainbridge Holistic Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , ARNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
(206) 558-8286 View (206) 558-8286
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Neupathway (Mirandine Fitchette)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC, MSN/DNP
Verified Verified
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
(206) 339-6842 View (206) 339-6842
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(360) 502-2152 View (360) 502-2152
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Adrianne Papoff-Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  (Online Only)
I am a Telehealth provider in the state of Washington and am also licensed in the state of Alaska. I offer psychiatric medication management and weight loss coaching services. I believe in treating the whole person, not the disease process. I take into account your whole life and how we can use medication and/or therapy to help you achieve your goals. I look forward to meeting you and seeing how I can be of help. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management and weight loss coaching/therapy. I am currently not accepting new Apple Health Clients.
I am a Telehealth provider in the state of Washington and am also licensed in the state of Alaska. I offer psychiatric medication management and weight loss coaching services. I believe in treating the whole person, not the disease process. I take into account your whole life and how we can use medication and/or therapy to help you achieve your goals. I look forward to meeting you and seeing how I can be of help. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management and weight loss coaching/therapy. I am currently not accepting new Apple Health Clients.
(206) 203-1895 View (206) 203-1895
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Ann Mendenhall
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
(206) 202-0262 View (206) 202-0262

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Photo of April JoAnn Matzenbacher, RN, MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
April JoAnn Matzenbacher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98110
The greatest lesson that I have received in my role as a healthcare professional is that most human suffering is rooted in emotional and cognitive difficulty. These challenges often stem from pain or trauma, typically early in our development. The mind is an organ like any other in the body; as such, it needs care and healing from time to time! Often, the most impactful modality one can offer is that of human empathy and kindness. My fervent hope is to assist those who suffer to attain strength, resiliency, and inner peace.
The greatest lesson that I have received in my role as a healthcare professional is that most human suffering is rooted in emotional and cognitive difficulty. These challenges often stem from pain or trauma, typically early in our development. The mind is an organ like any other in the body; as such, it needs care and healing from time to time! Often, the most impactful modality one can offer is that of human empathy and kindness. My fervent hope is to assist those who suffer to attain strength, resiliency, and inner peace.
(360) 800-1705 View (360) 800-1705
Photo of Harvey William Hall, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bremerton, WA 98312
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
(360) 228-3547 View (360) 228-3547
Photo of Kellye M Campbell - Kellye Campbell Psychiatry, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kellye Campbell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Silverdale, WA 98383
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 60. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 60. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
(206) 309-7652 View (206) 309-7652
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Youngoak Kim Pryor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
(360) 464-1917 View (360) 464-1917
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Front Street Clinic | TMS Treatment Center
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
(360) 997-4532 View (360) 997-4532
Photo of Anna Kielak, DNP, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anna Kielak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I believe that mental health conditions can be compared to physical injuries. For example when you sprain your ankle, you need to go to see a specialist. She/he will prescribe you some anti-inflammatory medications - maybe Ibuprofen and some Cortisone shots. Then you will need to attend physical therapy (PT). If you work hard during your PT appointments, your ankle will get better and you will need less medication. The same can be said about mental health disorders.
I believe that mental health conditions can be compared to physical injuries. For example when you sprain your ankle, you need to go to see a specialist. She/he will prescribe you some anti-inflammatory medications - maybe Ibuprofen and some Cortisone shots. Then you will need to attend physical therapy (PT). If you work hard during your PT appointments, your ankle will get better and you will need less medication. The same can be said about mental health disorders.
(360) 842-0002 View (360) 842-0002
Photo of Sean Dunn, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sean Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
(206) 202-3334 View (206) 202-3334
Photo of Angela Tefft, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). These certifications allow me to take both physical and mental health into consideration while developing treatment plans, to proactively address problems that may develop with certain treatments, or make recommendations for medical issues/treatments that may be contributing to a mental health disorder. I am licensed to treat clients of all ages, and has experience with clients from preschool to older adulthood.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). These certifications allow me to take both physical and mental health into consideration while developing treatment plans, to proactively address problems that may develop with certain treatments, or make recommendations for medical issues/treatments that may be contributing to a mental health disorder. I am licensed to treat clients of all ages, and has experience with clients from preschool to older adulthood.
(253) 499-7022 View (253) 499-7022
Photo of Kimberly Patterson, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Poulsbo, WA 98370  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evidence-based psychopharmacology. As a telehealth provider, I am able to connect with you via a user-friendly platform, from the comfort and privacy of your own home offering flexible hours that include weekends, early mornings, and evenings. I treat a wide variety of mental health concerns for all ages, including mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evidence-based psychopharmacology. As a telehealth provider, I am able to connect with you via a user-friendly platform, from the comfort and privacy of your own home offering flexible hours that include weekends, early mornings, and evenings. I treat a wide variety of mental health concerns for all ages, including mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
(360) 996-1951 View (360) 996-1951
Photo of Jasmyne Lyons, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jasmyne Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
I have 15 yeas of combined experience as a Psych NP & therapist. I conduct ADHD/executive function evaluations & Autism screening assessments. I work with all age groups 5 years old and up. I provide accommodation & intervention planning for adults in school or work & for child/adolescents school 504/IEP plans. I do not conduct assessments for SSDI/disability. My services include assessments, medication management, nutrition planning and solution focused behavioral modifications. I firmly believe medication is one element of the solution & holistic, supportive care is essential for overall well-being.
I have 15 yeas of combined experience as a Psych NP & therapist. I conduct ADHD/executive function evaluations & Autism screening assessments. I work with all age groups 5 years old and up. I provide accommodation & intervention planning for adults in school or work & for child/adolescents school 504/IEP plans. I do not conduct assessments for SSDI/disability. My services include assessments, medication management, nutrition planning and solution focused behavioral modifications. I firmly believe medication is one element of the solution & holistic, supportive care is essential for overall well-being.
(206) 210-1128 x9362 View (206) 210-1128 x9362
Photo of Heather King - Melrose Mental Wellness, PMHNP, BC, PhD, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather King - Melrose Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bremerton, WA 98310
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 29 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental wellness and provide a caring, empathetic, non judgmental environment when caring for clients. I value evidence-based, complementary, integrative care that includes lifestyle and behavioral changes. In addition to prescribing medications, I offer cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi), the first line treatment recommendation for insomnia from the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and World Sleep Society.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 29 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental wellness and provide a caring, empathetic, non judgmental environment when caring for clients. I value evidence-based, complementary, integrative care that includes lifestyle and behavioral changes. In addition to prescribing medications, I offer cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi), the first line treatment recommendation for insomnia from the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and World Sleep Society.
(253) 364-0576 View (253) 364-0576
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Carol Specter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Carol Specter. As a board-certified nurse practitioner (ARNP/DNP) I offer a holistic approach to caring for children, adolescents, and adults. My focus is on treating people with a wide variety of mental health concerns including: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Psychosis. My goal is to help clients manage their symptoms long-term and develop skills that allow them to live happier and more productive lives.
Hello, I’m Carol Specter. As a board-certified nurse practitioner (ARNP/DNP) I offer a holistic approach to caring for children, adolescents, and adults. My focus is on treating people with a wide variety of mental health concerns including: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Psychosis. My goal is to help clients manage their symptoms long-term and develop skills that allow them to live happier and more productive lives.
(360) 803-3121 View (360) 803-3121
Photo of Michael M Defilippo, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Michael M Defilippo
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Silverdale, WA 98383  (Online Only)
I work with children, adolescents, and adults (ages 5 and older) performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations utilizing both a psychopharmacologic and brief supportive psychotherapeutic approach with a cognitive behavioral underpinning. I have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric syndromes. My knowledge and training add an invaluable perspective into the integrated nature of mental illness. I believe in collaborative integrated care to ensure optimal mental health.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults (ages 5 and older) performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations utilizing both a psychopharmacologic and brief supportive psychotherapeutic approach with a cognitive behavioral underpinning. I have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric syndromes. My knowledge and training add an invaluable perspective into the integrated nature of mental illness. I believe in collaborative integrated care to ensure optimal mental health.
(360) 301-7445 View (360) 301-7445

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bainbridge Island, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bainbridge Island, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% Depression
86% Addiction
86% Substance Use
71% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Premera
100% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Bainbridge Island, WA see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bainbridge Island?

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.