Psychiatrists in Franklin County, WA

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Cassandra Thomas Jingles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Cassandra Thomas-Jingles Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC I am a native of Louisiana, and a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have training and experience in treating patients with psychiatric and medical disorders across the lifespan. My education includes a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Postmaster of Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from McNeese State University.
Cassandra Thomas-Jingles Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC I am a native of Louisiana, and a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have training and experience in treating patients with psychiatric and medical disorders across the lifespan. My education includes a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Postmaster of Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from McNeese State University.
(509) 794-3052 View (509) 794-3052
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Tshaun Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Washington. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a variety of mental health disorders. I am passionate about treatment, and I want each client to have a memorable experience. I am diligent in making sure each patient is treated equally and receives optimum care within a safe space.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Washington. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a variety of mental health disorders. I am passionate about treatment, and I want each client to have a memorable experience. I am diligent in making sure each patient is treated equally and receives optimum care within a safe space.
(509) 210-1700 View (509) 210-1700
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anger? A psychiatric evaluation and research backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anger? A psychiatric evaluation and research backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
(509) 560-5798 View (509) 560-5798
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Abebe Belete
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
I am Abebe Belete, a doctoral nurse practitioner (DNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board-certified (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based practices with empathetic listening to address the unique needs of each client. With a focus on individual therapy and medication management, Dr. Belete specializes in treating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing support for individuals navigating life transitions and managing stress.
I am Abebe Belete, a doctoral nurse practitioner (DNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board-certified (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based practices with empathetic listening to address the unique needs of each client. With a focus on individual therapy and medication management, Dr. Belete specializes in treating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing support for individuals navigating life transitions and managing stress.
(509) 210-4753 View (509) 210-4753
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
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.
(509) 402-2698 View (509) 402-2698
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Branden Heath
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
My patients are often battling the shortage of mental health care and unable to get help when they need it the most. My clients have been coping with anxiety of the future or depression of the past and need someone who will believe their experience. My patients have been living with mental illness, in varying degrees, which has inhibited their potential socially and personally.
My patients are often battling the shortage of mental health care and unable to get help when they need it the most. My clients have been coping with anxiety of the future or depression of the past and need someone who will believe their experience. My patients have been living with mental illness, in varying degrees, which has inhibited their potential socially and personally.
(253) 201-0438 View (253) 201-0438
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Jabari Dobson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
(509) 567-2977 View (509) 567-2977
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Jashunta Carson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
JaShunta “Jai” Carson Is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her clinical experience, Ms. Carson’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Rural Occupational Health from the University of Alabama, as well as second Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and finally a second Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
JaShunta “Jai” Carson Is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her clinical experience, Ms. Carson’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Rural Occupational Health from the University of Alabama, as well as second Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and finally a second Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
(509) 210-4449 View (509) 210-4449
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Bahattin Ergin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Hello. My name is Bahattin Ergin (Bobby). I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across lifespan, including ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In my role as a medication management provider within mental healthcare, I prioritize a patient-centered methodology, ensuring that pharmacological treatments are precisely tailored to meet individual needs. My approach encompasses a comprehensive evaluation, collaborative medication planning, and ongoing assessment to adjust treatment in response to the patient's changing health status.
Hello. My name is Bahattin Ergin (Bobby). I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across lifespan, including ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In my role as a medication management provider within mental healthcare, I prioritize a patient-centered methodology, ensuring that pharmacological treatments are precisely tailored to meet individual needs. My approach encompasses a comprehensive evaluation, collaborative medication planning, and ongoing assessment to adjust treatment in response to the patient's changing health status.
(509) 210-7386 View (509) 210-7386
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Martha McCool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Hello, my name is Martha McCool. I am a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer evidence-based and patient-centered care. I believe in the collaborative care process. I explore what matters to each patient and identify the best treatment. I work with patients suffering from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, and bipolar disorder. I provide a calm, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and thoughts.
Hello, my name is Martha McCool. I am a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer evidence-based and patient-centered care. I believe in the collaborative care process. I explore what matters to each patient and identify the best treatment. I work with patients suffering from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, and bipolar disorder. I provide a calm, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and thoughts.
(509) 512-1345 View (509) 512-1345
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Cathleen Bozek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Hello, I’m Cat Bozek. I’ve been a psych nurse practitioner since 2010. I’ve had the honor of working with folks from all walks of life. I’m here to listen without judgment, offer strength-based reflection questions, and provide evidence-based treatment options, including medication management. My approach to providing quality mental health care begins with listening. I work for you, and my job is to adapt to individual needs to create trust and rapport. I believe in using evidence-based practices, having sustainable goals, and compassion first and foremost.
Hello, I’m Cat Bozek. I’ve been a psych nurse practitioner since 2010. I’ve had the honor of working with folks from all walks of life. I’m here to listen without judgment, offer strength-based reflection questions, and provide evidence-based treatment options, including medication management. My approach to providing quality mental health care begins with listening. I work for you, and my job is to adapt to individual needs to create trust and rapport. I believe in using evidence-based practices, having sustainable goals, and compassion first and foremost.
(509) 210-7476 View (509) 210-7476
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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 605-6295 View (720) 605-6295
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Albert Quainoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(253) 331-2461 View (253) 331-2461
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Dr. Nicholas Hatcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CIPP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my subspecialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs and preferences. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call.
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my subspecialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs and preferences. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call.
(425) 529-5916 View (425) 529-5916
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Chad Lawrence Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasco, WA 99301
I seek to assist my clients in optimizing their cognitive, mental, physical and spiritual health. We are all unique and require diverse approaches in order to achieve our maximum potential. In order to do this I will listen your specific concerns and tailor a treatment plan which where possible reflects your priorities. I will never cease in my commitment to helping you achieve your goals.
I seek to assist my clients in optimizing their cognitive, mental, physical and spiritual health. We are all unique and require diverse approaches in order to achieve our maximum potential. In order to do this I will listen your specific concerns and tailor a treatment plan which where possible reflects your priorities. I will never cease in my commitment to helping you achieve your goals.
(425) 222-2753 View (425) 222-2753
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Fresh Start Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99302
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Washington. We are accepting new patients with no waiting list or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend.
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Washington. We are accepting new patients with no waiting list or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend.
(509) 652-2898 View (509) 652-2898
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Shantel Escobar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse I have the ability to prescribe psych meds if needed. www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach.
As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse I have the ability to prescribe psych meds if needed. www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach.
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Emerald Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasco, WA 99301
We are accepting new patients, we are a board certified mental health Nurse practitioner. We evaluate, diagnose and manage various mental health conditions such as ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders and anxiety in both children and adults. Our goal is to bridge the gap in mental health and enhance access to treatment. We are dedicated to the wellbeing of our generation, therefore we are dedicated to both young and old with needs for mental health treatment. You don't have to suffer alone, come let us get you the best care you deserve.
We are accepting new patients, we are a board certified mental health Nurse practitioner. We evaluate, diagnose and manage various mental health conditions such as ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders and anxiety in both children and adults. Our goal is to bridge the gap in mental health and enhance access to treatment. We are dedicated to the wellbeing of our generation, therefore we are dedicated to both young and old with needs for mental health treatment. You don't have to suffer alone, come let us get you the best care you deserve.
(509) 587-1707 View (509) 587-1707
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John T Holland
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Pasco, WA 99301  (Online Only)
Welcome! You must be feeling overwhelmed, searching for answers, and seeking a path to a better you. Whether you're grappling with the challenges of adult ADHD, the weight of depression, the turmoil of anxiety, or the relentless cycles of OCD, you're not alone. Dr. John T. Holland is here to help you navigate these complexities and find relief. Meet Dr. Holland Dr. John T. Holland combines the medical expertise of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with the deep scientific understanding that comes from a PhD in biochemistry and physics.
Welcome! You must be feeling overwhelmed, searching for answers, and seeking a path to a better you. Whether you're grappling with the challenges of adult ADHD, the weight of depression, the turmoil of anxiety, or the relentless cycles of OCD, you're not alone. Dr. John T. Holland is here to help you navigate these complexities and find relief. Meet Dr. Holland Dr. John T. Holland combines the medical expertise of a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with the deep scientific understanding that comes from a PhD in biochemistry and physics.
(801) 683-5397 View (801) 683-5397

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Franklin County, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Franklin County, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
59% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Medication Management
56% Stress

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Franklin County, WA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin County?

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.