Psychiatrists in Des Moines, WA

Photo of Olga Vizcaino, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olga Vizcaino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, WA 98198
Accepting new patients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide advanced specialty medical care with an emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Accepting new patients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide advanced specialty medical care with an emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(253) 352-3683 View (253) 352-3683
Photo of Malia Wood-Rodriguez, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Malia Wood-Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, WA 98198
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. My experience in rural outpatient settings and inpatient mental health units has deepened my commitment to mental health. I recognize every individual has their own unique path towards their wellness. I believe in creating personalized treatment plans and strategies that take into consideration patients’ health history, present circumstances, and their individual goals.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. My experience in rural outpatient settings and inpatient mental health units has deepened my commitment to mental health. I recognize every individual has their own unique path towards their wellness. I believe in creating personalized treatment plans and strategies that take into consideration patients’ health history, present circumstances, and their individual goals.
(253) 802-8533 View (253) 802-8533
Photo of Judith Iloka, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Judith Iloka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, WA 98198
Accepting New Patients! Telehealth available My approach is client-centric, passionate, and results-oriented. I utilize Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), motivational interviewing, and problem-solving therapy to foster personal responsibility, independence, and empowerment. Evidenced-based applications are the foundation of my practice along with striving to establish a sincere and honest therapeutic relationship.
Accepting New Patients! Telehealth available My approach is client-centric, passionate, and results-oriented. I utilize Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), motivational interviewing, and problem-solving therapy to foster personal responsibility, independence, and empowerment. Evidenced-based applications are the foundation of my practice along with striving to establish a sincere and honest therapeutic relationship.
(253) 352-4975 View (253) 352-4975
Photo of Regina Edelev, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Regina Edelev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, WA 98198
Now Accepting new Patients! As an experienced healthcare professional with over 10 years in the field and 7 years specializing in psychiatric care, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice ranging from community, to senior behavioral health. I am committed to delivering the highest standard of care to individuals struggling with mental health conditions. At the core of my philosophy is a deep-seated passion for providing compassionate and patient-centered care.
Now Accepting new Patients! As an experienced healthcare professional with over 10 years in the field and 7 years specializing in psychiatric care, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice ranging from community, to senior behavioral health. I am committed to delivering the highest standard of care to individuals struggling with mental health conditions. At the core of my philosophy is a deep-seated passion for providing compassionate and patient-centered care.
(253) 331-2954 View (253) 331-2954
Photo of Brandon Kruse, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brandon Kruse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, WA 98198
Accepting new patients! I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in mental well-being. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. My goal is to be a part of your mental wellness journey and help you experience a sense of fulfillment while discovering your optimal mental health, It takes tremendous courage to venture down the path of discovery as you take the first step to better your mental landscape. Aetna, Cigna, United, Optom, First Choice Health, Kaiser, Premera, Regence. No Medicaid yet, pending credentialing.
Accepting new patients! I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in mental well-being. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. My goal is to be a part of your mental wellness journey and help you experience a sense of fulfillment while discovering your optimal mental health, It takes tremendous courage to venture down the path of discovery as you take the first step to better your mental landscape. Aetna, Cigna, United, Optom, First Choice Health, Kaiser, Premera, Regence. No Medicaid yet, pending credentialing.
(253) 352-3962 View (253) 352-3962
Photo of Tchido Yao - Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, WA 98198
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
(253) 243-0215 View (253) 243-0215

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Photo of Robert Hernandez, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98148
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
(503) 563-2731 View (503) 563-2731
Photo of Jodi Jenista, MSN, APRN, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jodi Jenista
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Burien, WA 98166  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified-Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, I am proficient in performing assessments as well as prescribing and managing medications for a multitude of disease processes. I have worked in a variety of settings where mental health was of the upmost importance and feel strongly that mental health needs are a priority in healthcare. I believe in discussing and tailoring treatment to your individual needs, taking into account the “whole person” you are and paying close attention to not only your mental health, but the factors that may play a part in your mental health needs. I look forward to our journey together!
As a Board Certified-Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, I am proficient in performing assessments as well as prescribing and managing medications for a multitude of disease processes. I have worked in a variety of settings where mental health was of the upmost importance and feel strongly that mental health needs are a priority in healthcare. I believe in discussing and tailoring treatment to your individual needs, taking into account the “whole person” you are and paying close attention to not only your mental health, but the factors that may play a part in your mental health needs. I look forward to our journey together!
(206) 401-7122 View (206) 401-7122
Photo of Stephanie Lamigo Brooks, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Lamigo Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
(425) 640-7009 x1 View (425) 640-7009 x1
Photo of Amy Skordal, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Skordal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burien, WA 98166
Are you struggling with depression, irritability, anxiety, focus problems or mood swings that get in the way with living your best life? Is it effecting your relationships? Career? Ability to truly enjoy life? Have you wondered if psychiatric medications might help? Or wondered if the psychiatric medications that you are currently on are the right ones for you? Consider coming in for a full Psychiatric Evaluation and learning what your options are.
Are you struggling with depression, irritability, anxiety, focus problems or mood swings that get in the way with living your best life? Is it effecting your relationships? Career? Ability to truly enjoy life? Have you wondered if psychiatric medications might help? Or wondered if the psychiatric medications that you are currently on are the right ones for you? Consider coming in for a full Psychiatric Evaluation and learning what your options are.
(360) 386-5082 View (360) 386-5082
Photo of Katie Rose Kern, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Katie Rose Kern
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), graduating from Oregon Health & Science University in 2008. I provide assessment, diagnosis, brief therapy, and medication management. I work with those 18 years and older with the following conditions: depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, bipolar, obsessions & compulsions, anger and psychotic disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), graduating from Oregon Health & Science University in 2008. I provide assessment, diagnosis, brief therapy, and medication management. I work with those 18 years and older with the following conditions: depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, bipolar, obsessions & compulsions, anger and psychotic disorders.
(425) 279-7266 View (425) 279-7266
Photo of LORRAINE Bennett, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
LORRAINE Bennett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188  (Online Only)
Working with individuals challenged by mental health and substance use disorders is a passion of mine, and it truly is a privilege. Psychiatric problems are actually very common, but unfortunately that does not mean that they are easy to discuss with others, or to seek professional help to address. I recognize that simply acknowledging that we are having a problem can be an enormous hurdle to overcome. My hope is that I can provide an atmosphere which is open and non-judgmental, and allows individuals whom I work with to share.
Working with individuals challenged by mental health and substance use disorders is a passion of mine, and it truly is a privilege. Psychiatric problems are actually very common, but unfortunately that does not mean that they are easy to discuss with others, or to seek professional help to address. I recognize that simply acknowledging that we are having a problem can be an enormous hurdle to overcome. My hope is that I can provide an atmosphere which is open and non-judgmental, and allows individuals whom I work with to share.
(509) 260-2594 View (509) 260-2594
Photo of Bengi Biber Melton, MD, Psychiatrist
Bengi Biber Melton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seatac, WA 98158
I truly believe in the power of collaborative therapeutic work and informed decision-making process when it comes to co- creating an individualized treatment plan that will yield personalized goals and treatment outcomes that are meaningful for the person. I have decades of experience using psychotherapy modalities as well as medications. I have enjoyed helping and supporting adults with concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, women and LGBTQIA+ mental health, veterans, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, and mood disorders.
I truly believe in the power of collaborative therapeutic work and informed decision-making process when it comes to co- creating an individualized treatment plan that will yield personalized goals and treatment outcomes that are meaningful for the person. I have decades of experience using psychotherapy modalities as well as medications. I have enjoyed helping and supporting adults with concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, women and LGBTQIA+ mental health, veterans, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(667) 288-0019 View (667) 288-0019
Photo of Darnae Lovett, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Darnae Lovett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Burien, WA 98166  (Online Only)
Are you ready to take control and thrive? If so you are in the right place! Darnae Lovett APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and then earned her Master of Science degree from South University. Darnae then received her Post Master certificate in Psychiatric Health from Valdosta State University. She holds two national board certifications with the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners(AANP) as a Family Nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner
Are you ready to take control and thrive? If so you are in the right place! Darnae Lovett APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and then earned her Master of Science degree from South University. Darnae then received her Post Master certificate in Psychiatric Health from Valdosta State University. She holds two national board certifications with the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners(AANP) as a Family Nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner
(206) 242-8211 View (206) 242-8211
Photo of Tiffany Brown, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tiffany Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98188
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have approximately 10 years of experience in mental health nursing, caring for hundreds of patients with a diverse range of mental health diagnoses. Additionally, I am the founder of Iris Behavioral Health and Wellness. I chose nursing as my profession because I truly feel drawn to helping those in need. I believe in providing non-judgmental, empathetic, safe, and effective care to those in need regardless of race, lifestyle choices, financial status, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, or disability.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have approximately 10 years of experience in mental health nursing, caring for hundreds of patients with a diverse range of mental health diagnoses. Additionally, I am the founder of Iris Behavioral Health and Wellness. I chose nursing as my profession because I truly feel drawn to helping those in need. I believe in providing non-judgmental, empathetic, safe, and effective care to those in need regardless of race, lifestyle choices, financial status, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, or disability.
(425) 437-2049 View (425) 437-2049
Photo of Jacqueline Marcell-Koledin - Transformational Psychiatry NW & TMS Clinic, PMHNP, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Transformational Psychiatry NW & TMS Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burien, WA 98148
We are a very experienced mental health practice and have an extensive background in working with those with mood challenges, including those seeking help when medication and/or therapy may not be working. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is FDA-approved and is an effective treatment with a high rate of response and remission. It can be helpful for mood challenges such as: Depression; Anxiety; OCD; Addiction; Bipolar/Depression; ADHD; PTSD; tinnitus; smoking cessation. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and optimal wellness.
We are a very experienced mental health practice and have an extensive background in working with those with mood challenges, including those seeking help when medication and/or therapy may not be working. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is FDA-approved and is an effective treatment with a high rate of response and remission. It can be helpful for mood challenges such as: Depression; Anxiety; OCD; Addiction; Bipolar/Depression; ADHD; PTSD; tinnitus; smoking cessation. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and optimal wellness.
(253) 242-2975 View (253) 242-2975
Photo of Anna K McMullen, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anna K McMullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Burien, WA 98166  (Online Only)
I aim to provide a positive and holistic approach to medication management. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem and good self care. I use a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be within your comfort level. Ultimately, I want to hear your story in whatever way you want to tell it. I believe in a trust based relationship with mutual understanding and shared decision making. My goal is work with you on being the best version of you and being there to support you in your mental health journey.
I aim to provide a positive and holistic approach to medication management. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem and good self care. I use a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be within your comfort level. Ultimately, I want to hear your story in whatever way you want to tell it. I believe in a trust based relationship with mutual understanding and shared decision making. My goal is work with you on being the best version of you and being there to support you in your mental health journey.
(206) 207-3615 View (206) 207-3615
Photo of Iman M Yunis, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Iman M Yunis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98188
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
(206) 483-0730 View (206) 483-0730
Photo of Lisa J Trigg, PhD, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Lisa J Trigg
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, ARNP
Verified Verified
Burien, WA 98166  (Online Only)
I believe that individuals are the best experts on themselves and their health. I assist each patient in setting their own goals and charting their own best direction. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, I work with patients to develop a care plan which may include some combination of nutritional adjustment, exercise, counseling and medications when appropriate. My therapeutic approach builds on my earliest nursing training and is eclectic. I draw from many modalities and have extensive experience in inpatient crisis intervention as well as outpatient care with patients with multiple mental health and medical co-morbidities.
I believe that individuals are the best experts on themselves and their health. I assist each patient in setting their own goals and charting their own best direction. After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, I work with patients to develop a care plan which may include some combination of nutritional adjustment, exercise, counseling and medications when appropriate. My therapeutic approach builds on my earliest nursing training and is eclectic. I draw from many modalities and have extensive experience in inpatient crisis intervention as well as outpatient care with patients with multiple mental health and medical co-morbidities.
(206) 222-1598 View (206) 222-1598
Photo of Marli W Parobek - Precision Psychiatry - Dr. Marli W. Parobek, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Precision Psychiatry - Dr. Marli W. Parobek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98166
Hello. I am Dr. Marli W. Parobek, owner of Precision Psychiatry. My practice is focused on medication treatment that is tailored to meet your specific mental health needs. I am dedicated to delivering modern medical solutions with a practical application. Everyone has different needs and your care deserves to be individualized. When you are ready, I am here to help in your pursuit of wellness.
Hello. I am Dr. Marli W. Parobek, owner of Precision Psychiatry. My practice is focused on medication treatment that is tailored to meet your specific mental health needs. I am dedicated to delivering modern medical solutions with a practical application. Everyone has different needs and your care deserves to be individualized. When you are ready, I am here to help in your pursuit of wellness.
(206) 312-4172 View (206) 312-4172

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Des Moines, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Des Moines, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Medication Management
50% Addiction
50% Anger Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Des Moines, WA 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 Des Moines?

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.