Psychiatrists in Kitsap County, WA

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Photo of Jeneane Keller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Jeneane Keller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Silverdale, WA 98383  (Online Only)
“I never lose. Either I win or I learn." -Nelson Mandela. Jeneane Keller, DNP received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with honors from George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia in 2016. She has clinical expertise in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Jeneane Keller, DNP is located in Arizona and offers treatment via telepsychiatry in the state of Arizona and Washington (Front Street Clinic).
“I never lose. Either I win or I learn." -Nelson Mandela. Jeneane Keller, DNP received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with honors from George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia in 2016. She has clinical expertise in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Jeneane Keller, DNP is located in Arizona and offers treatment via telepsychiatry in the state of Arizona and Washington (Front Street Clinic).
(206) 260-0376 View (206) 260-0376
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Kim Young-Oak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
(360) 464-1917 View (360) 464-1917
Photo of Kimberly Patterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evidence-based psychopharmacology. As a telehealth provider, I am able to connect with you via a user-friendly platform, from the comfort and privacy of your own home offering flexible hours that include weekends, early mornings, and evenings. I treat a wide variety of mental health concerns for all ages, including mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in evidence-based psychopharmacology. As a telehealth provider, I am able to connect with you via a user-friendly platform, from the comfort and privacy of your own home offering flexible hours that include weekends, early mornings, and evenings. I treat a wide variety of mental health concerns for all ages, including mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, psychosis, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.
(360) 996-1951 View (360) 996-1951
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Dr. Bridget Carnahan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Dr. Carnahan is an osteopathic physician with specialized training in integrative psychiatry. Her approach to care prioritizes the understanding of your unique life experience so that we can find solutions that best support you as an individual.
Dr. Carnahan is an osteopathic physician with specialized training in integrative psychiatry. Her approach to care prioritizes the understanding of your unique life experience so that we can find solutions that best support you as an individual.
(206) 737-3424 View (206) 737-3424
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Carol Specter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Carol Specter. As a board-certified nurse practitioner (ARNP/DNP) I offer a holistic approach to caring for children, adolescents, and adults. My focus is on treating people with a wide variety of mental health concerns including: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Psychosis. My goal is to help clients manage their symptoms long-term and develop skills that allow them to live happier and more productive lives.
Hello, I’m Carol Specter. As a board-certified nurse practitioner (ARNP/DNP) I offer a holistic approach to caring for children, adolescents, and adults. My focus is on treating people with a wide variety of mental health concerns including: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Psychosis. My goal is to help clients manage their symptoms long-term and develop skills that allow them to live happier and more productive lives.
(360) 803-3121 View (360) 803-3121
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Anna Kielak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I believe that mental health conditions can be compared to physical injuries. For example when you sprain your ankle, you need to go to see a specialist. She/he will prescribe you some anti-inflammatory medications - maybe Ibuprofen and some Cortisone shots. Then you will need to attend physical therapy (PT). If you work hard during your PT appointments, your ankle will get better and you will need less medication. The same can be said about mental health disorders.
I believe that mental health conditions can be compared to physical injuries. For example when you sprain your ankle, you need to go to see a specialist. She/he will prescribe you some anti-inflammatory medications - maybe Ibuprofen and some Cortisone shots. Then you will need to attend physical therapy (PT). If you work hard during your PT appointments, your ankle will get better and you will need less medication. The same can be said about mental health disorders.
(360) 842-0002 View (360) 842-0002
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Front Street Clinic | TMS Treatment Center
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
Front Street Clinic has over 10 years experience offering NeuroStar TMS Advanced Therapy (transcranial magnetic stimulation). TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medications.
(360) 997-4532 View (360) 997-4532
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Lorin Boynton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Dr. Boynton, an accomplished Integrative Psychiatrist, is dedicated to empowering individuals grappling with mental health challenges. With a comprehensive approach, she blends conventional psychiatric treatments with holistic strategies, incorporating nutritional supplementation, somatic therapies, and lifestyle optimization. She explores the impact of metabolic health and nutritional interventions on mental health treatment. Her goal is to address and treat mental health conditions, enabling individuals to lead more fulfilling lives. Ages: 18+
Dr. Boynton, an accomplished Integrative Psychiatrist, is dedicated to empowering individuals grappling with mental health challenges. With a comprehensive approach, she blends conventional psychiatric treatments with holistic strategies, incorporating nutritional supplementation, somatic therapies, and lifestyle optimization. She explores the impact of metabolic health and nutritional interventions on mental health treatment. Her goal is to address and treat mental health conditions, enabling individuals to lead more fulfilling lives. Ages: 18+
(360) 525-1890 View (360) 525-1890
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bremerton, WA 98312
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
(360) 228-3547 View (360) 228-3547
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98366  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(360) 502-2152 View (360) 502-2152
Photo of Kellye Campbell Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Kellye Campbell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Silverdale, WA 98383
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 50. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 50. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
(206) 309-7652 View (206) 309-7652
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Bainbridge Holistic Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , ARNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
(206) 558-8286 View (206) 558-8286
Photo of Elevate Holistic Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Elevate Holistic Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated in providing compassionate and holistic care, I bring a wealth of expertise in treating a spectrum of mental health conditions, ranging from anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction and others. My journey has been driven by a profound commitment to empowering individuals to navigate their mental health challenges with dignity and resilience. I believe in fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy, creating a safe space where patients feel empowered to share their struggles and aspirations openly.
As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated in providing compassionate and holistic care, I bring a wealth of expertise in treating a spectrum of mental health conditions, ranging from anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction and others. My journey has been driven by a profound commitment to empowering individuals to navigate their mental health challenges with dignity and resilience. I believe in fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy, creating a safe space where patients feel empowered to share their struggles and aspirations openly.
(253) 527-6954 View (253) 527-6954
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Kelly Lawson Telehealth Available
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
I’m a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental health focusing on the whole person using an empathic and non-judgmental style. I use evidence-based, complimentary, and integrative approaches to care that include lifestyle and behavioral change, in addition to medications when appropriate and safe. I practice from a client-centered approach in which we work together to make treatment and medication decisions that include your preferences and values.
(253) 289-7408 View (253) 289-7408
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Circle Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND , PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Colby, WA 98384  (Online Only)
I provide psychiatric assessment and medication management for people experiencing mental health issues and women's reproductive health. This includes pregnancy and postpartum, perinatal loss, infertility, abortion, tfmr, menopause and perimenopause. Psychiatric specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Psychosis, Intrusive disturbing thoughts, Overwhelm, Processing grief.
I provide psychiatric assessment and medication management for people experiencing mental health issues and women's reproductive health. This includes pregnancy and postpartum, perinatal loss, infertility, abortion, tfmr, menopause and perimenopause. Psychiatric specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Psychosis, Intrusive disturbing thoughts, Overwhelm, Processing grief.
(360) 295-2768 View (360) 295-2768
Photo of Kate Donahue, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Kate Donahue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Olalla, WA 98359
Kate is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Kate believes in individualized and evidenced based care. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for both children and adults and treats a wide spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses. Her main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Kate is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Kate believes in individualized and evidenced based care. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management services for both children and adults and treats a wide spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses. Her main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
(253) 400-3215 View (253) 400-3215
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Cris Miranda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bremerton, WA 98312
Greetings, I look forward to meet you at our office! My name is Cris and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University. My specializations include ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Adult Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. I work with amazing professionals at Mindful Therapy Group, who provide me support for my practice CMiranda, PLLC. I provide FDA-approved medication management and/or psychotherapy, when appropriate.
Greetings, I look forward to meet you at our office! My name is Cris and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University. My specializations include ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Adult Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. I work with amazing professionals at Mindful Therapy Group, who provide me support for my practice CMiranda, PLLC. I provide FDA-approved medication management and/or psychotherapy, when appropriate.
(206) 708-7274 x1 View (206) 708-7274 x1
Photo of Amy Brumbaugh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Amy Brumbaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370  (Online Only)
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
(206) 207-0191 View (206) 207-0191
Photo of Sean Dunn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Sean Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
(206) 202-3334 View (206) 202-3334
Photo of Angela Tefft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap County, WA
Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). These certifications allow me to take both physical and mental health into consideration while developing treatment plans, to proactively address problems that may develop with certain treatments, or make recommendations for medical issues/treatments that may be contributing to a mental health disorder. I am licensed to treat clients of all ages, and has experience with clients from preschool to older adulthood.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). These certifications allow me to take both physical and mental health into consideration while developing treatment plans, to proactively address problems that may develop with certain treatments, or make recommendations for medical issues/treatments that may be contributing to a mental health disorder. I am licensed to treat clients of all ages, and has experience with clients from preschool to older adulthood.
(253) 499-7022 View (253) 499-7022

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Number of Psychiatrists in Kitsap County, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Kitsap County, WA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Medication Management
91% Depression
81% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Premera
84% Aetna
76% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Kitsap County, WA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
31% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kitsap 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.