Psychiatrists in Bellevue, WA

Photo of Emmanuel Nwabude - Denmind Psychiatric Solutions PLLC, ARNP, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Denmind Psychiatric Solutions PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. We understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. We want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact us.
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. We understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. We want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact us.
(425) 659-2850 View (425) 659-2850
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Dr. Kory Simonsen @ Prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
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Photo of Kit Ko, MN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Kit Ko
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
(425) 968-5948 View (425) 968-5948
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Cecilia Margret, MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98007
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with expertise around working with young children, teen and their families towards understanding psychiatric diagnoses and promoting wellness with reliable modalities of therapy and medications. Healing is a journey and I appreciate walking with you as you feel through the past and move forward towards your goals.
I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with expertise around working with young children, teen and their families towards understanding psychiatric diagnoses and promoting wellness with reliable modalities of therapy and medications. Healing is a journey and I appreciate walking with you as you feel through the past and move forward towards your goals.
(425) 559-9636 View (425) 559-9636
Photo of Megan Sapp, PMHNP, CNM, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Sapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, FNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98005
2024 - Current openings! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
2024 - Current openings! To get started, complete a new patient form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a psychiatric NP, I specialize in supporting people through life transitions. With a background a Nurse Midwife, I have special interest in serving clients who are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing perinatal loss or fertility challenges, or affected by hormonal changes. I bring a comprehensive understanding of reproductive and physical health to assist clients in weighing options for care and building a treatment plan that is consistent with their goals and values.
(206) 752-4642 View (206) 752-4642
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(206) 350-7290 View (206) 350-7290
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Jeanne Frances Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98005  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. I began my career in 2007 as a registered nurse on the oncology floor and then moved on to working in the emergency room. My goal as a provider is to help my patients regain the functionality they once had in whatever environment they are struggling in. My education and training allows me to assess, diagnosis, and treat various mental health disorders. I try to foster a laid back stress free environment so my patients are comfortable discussing sensitive subjects while maintaining the utmost privacy.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. I began my career in 2007 as a registered nurse on the oncology floor and then moved on to working in the emergency room. My goal as a provider is to help my patients regain the functionality they once had in whatever environment they are struggling in. My education and training allows me to assess, diagnosis, and treat various mental health disorders. I try to foster a laid back stress free environment so my patients are comfortable discussing sensitive subjects while maintaining the utmost privacy.
(425) 657-5131 View (425) 657-5131
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Renew Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients: Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’ve been working in the medical field for over twenty years. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though for the last 10 years I have practiced exclusively in psychiatry. My educational background and prior clinical experience in family practice gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5 and up. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you.
Accepting New Patients: Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’ve been working in the medical field for over twenty years. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though for the last 10 years I have practiced exclusively in psychiatry. My educational background and prior clinical experience in family practice gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5 and up. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you.
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John Bellavia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98006
Dr. Bellavia is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult psychiatry. He was a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle for 8 years and has been a medical director and attending psychiatrist in several clinical settings including academic medical centers, outpatient private practice and consultation. Dr Bellavia works collaboratively with each patient to identify presenting problems and stressors and utilizes evidence-based medication treatments along with individualized supportive and short-term psychotherapy strategies to reduce symptoms and improve function.
Dr. Bellavia is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult psychiatry. He was a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle for 8 years and has been a medical director and attending psychiatrist in several clinical settings including academic medical centers, outpatient private practice and consultation. Dr Bellavia works collaboratively with each patient to identify presenting problems and stressors and utilizes evidence-based medication treatments along with individualized supportive and short-term psychotherapy strategies to reduce symptoms and improve function.
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Photo of Dr. Ilyse Rosenberg, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Ilyse Rosenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98006  (Online Only)
Dr. Rosenberg work to bring joy and happiness to children, families, and adults by looking at the whole person and developing a customized plan to achieve your unique goals. She takes a caring approach to address your concerns and allow you to achieve a well-balanced, cheerful life. She is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist with more than 13 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. Her well-rounded approach focuses on the individual needs of patients and families to create a balanced treatment plan that looks at both psychology and medical needs. She performs a thorough psychiatric evaluation.
Dr. Rosenberg work to bring joy and happiness to children, families, and adults by looking at the whole person and developing a customized plan to achieve your unique goals. She takes a caring approach to address your concerns and allow you to achieve a well-balanced, cheerful life. She is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist with more than 13 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. Her well-rounded approach focuses on the individual needs of patients and families to create a balanced treatment plan that looks at both psychology and medical needs. She performs a thorough psychiatric evaluation.
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Dr. Steven Philips
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability - - I can partner with you to help you achieve and enhance your psychological well-being. This can be achieved through talk therapy, (e.g., supportive psychotherapy, CBT for insomnia, etc.). When appropriate, I can prescribe medications and I strive to use the lowest dose that actually works well. While I have expertise in psychiatry, you have expertise on your own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Together, we can make a great team.
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability - - I can partner with you to help you achieve and enhance your psychological well-being. This can be achieved through talk therapy, (e.g., supportive psychotherapy, CBT for insomnia, etc.). When appropriate, I can prescribe medications and I strive to use the lowest dose that actually works well. While I have expertise in psychiatry, you have expertise on your own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Together, we can make a great team.
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Photo of Steve Brogdon, MS, MD, Psychiatrist
Steve Brogdon
Psychiatrist, MS, MD
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
I am currently an Interventional Psychiatrist at SeattleNTC. I am sorry to say that I do not do medication management due to the the demand for Interventional treatments. I am available for a consultation on medications that I can share with you and your regular prescriber.
I am currently an Interventional Psychiatrist at SeattleNTC. I am sorry to say that I do not do medication management due to the the demand for Interventional treatments. I am available for a consultation on medications that I can share with you and your regular prescriber.
(425) 230-6344 View (425) 230-6344
Photo of Arabelle Estrada, MSN, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arabelle Estrada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Arabelle is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a registered nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University and a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Arabelle is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a registered nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University and a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
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Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98006
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(425) 517-1099 View (425) 517-1099
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Marc Pellicciaro, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABAM
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98005
I provide adult psychiatry in a caring, personal, and professional manner at Magnolia Psychiatry in Bellevue, WA. Magnolia Psychiatry serves patients needing personalized psychiatric care for depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, panic disorder, and addiction recovery support.
I provide adult psychiatry in a caring, personal, and professional manner at Magnolia Psychiatry in Bellevue, WA. Magnolia Psychiatry serves patients needing personalized psychiatric care for depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, panic disorder, and addiction recovery support.
(425) 970-8812 View (425) 970-8812
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Se Won Min
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98006
I am a doctorally prepared advanced practice registered nurse (ARNP). I received a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Washington. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I pursued my studies in the field of mental health because I wanted to give patients more individualized psychiatric care and positively impact their lives in holistic ways. In my practice, I practice psychiatry with strong emphasis on patient well-being, evidence-based practice and treatment plan that incorporates the goals and needs of her patients.
I am a doctorally prepared advanced practice registered nurse (ARNP). I received a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Washington. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I pursued my studies in the field of mental health because I wanted to give patients more individualized psychiatric care and positively impact their lives in holistic ways. In my practice, I practice psychiatry with strong emphasis on patient well-being, evidence-based practice and treatment plan that incorporates the goals and needs of her patients.
(425) 532-4820 View (425) 532-4820
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 222-0188 View (206) 222-0188
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Keenan Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
SAME-WEEK Telehealth appointments. I help individuals overcome a range of mental health challenges using a balanced perspective. My approach includes thoughtful medication management, holistic care, and brief psychotherapy. As part of a holistic view, we examine nutrition, exercise, and sleep in helping clients maximize mental wellness.
(509) 285-0748 View (509) 285-0748
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Grazyna Anna Pak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98007
If you’re struggling with depression, symptoms of ADHD, and anxiety, wait no more. I can help you navigate these feelings and offer a path forward to resolution. I am devoted to empowering others to see their personal value, move forward from challenging or painful experiences, and not only accept who they are today, but to also see the potential in their future. Working together we will explore how to better manage responses to the stress of daily life, as well as move forward from past experiences so you can focus on living for today.
If you’re struggling with depression, symptoms of ADHD, and anxiety, wait no more. I can help you navigate these feelings and offer a path forward to resolution. I am devoted to empowering others to see their personal value, move forward from challenging or painful experiences, and not only accept who they are today, but to also see the potential in their future. Working together we will explore how to better manage responses to the stress of daily life, as well as move forward from past experiences so you can focus on living for today.
(206) 672-2296 View (206) 672-2296
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Nancy Wagner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Waitlist for new clients
My specialties include ADHD and anxiety. I practice based on the belief that everybody has the power to create positive change in their lives. One of the most important factors that foster change is the relationship between the provider and the client. Therefore, I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client based on a foundation of empathy and understanding. I bring genuine empathy to each visit and meet you where you're at in your journey.
My specialties include ADHD and anxiety. I practice based on the belief that everybody has the power to create positive change in their lives. One of the most important factors that foster change is the relationship between the provider and the client. Therefore, I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client based on a foundation of empathy and understanding. I bring genuine empathy to each visit and meet you where you're at in your journey.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bellevue, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Bellevue, WA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
92% Depression
84% Medication Management
81% ADHD
77% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Premera
77% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bellevue, WA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
37% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bellevue?

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.