Psychiatrists in Lake Stevens, WA

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Elizabeth Adebayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Lake Stevens, WA 98258  (Online Only)
Life can bring challenges that impact our mental well-being, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. At New Dawn Behavioral Innovations PLLC, we’re here to guide you through those tough times. Our experienced team specializes in addressing a range of symptoms, from anxiety and depression to more complex conditions. Through personalized care and evidence-based approaches, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate your journey toward healing and growth. The symptoms we treat include the following: Anxiety Depression Insomnia PTSD Bipolar Disorder Schizophrenia Substance Abuse/Addiction ocd ADHD Eating Disorders And many more…
Life can bring challenges that impact our mental well-being, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. At New Dawn Behavioral Innovations PLLC, we’re here to guide you through those tough times. Our experienced team specializes in addressing a range of symptoms, from anxiety and depression to more complex conditions. Through personalized care and evidence-based approaches, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate your journey toward healing and growth. The symptoms we treat include the following: Anxiety Depression Insomnia PTSD Bipolar Disorder Schizophrenia Substance Abuse/Addiction ocd ADHD Eating Disorders And many more…
(425) 537-6746 View (425) 537-6746
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Amy Skordal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
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
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Susan J Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
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Jana Robison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
(425) 437-3043 View (425) 437-3043

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Laura Perez
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
(425) 615-6835 View (425) 615-6835
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Dr.SemoreDNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Marysville, WA 98271
Dr. Ogun-Semore- DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP-BC- Treat ACROSS LIFESPAN. In my line of profession and with expertise, I explain the pathophysiology of the condition and how medications work, use a rating scale, and evidenced-based treatments to support my diagnosis. The services I provide include comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, chronic depression resistant to other treatment options and modalities, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, PTSD, memory impairment, ADHD.....etc
Dr. Ogun-Semore- DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP-BC- Treat ACROSS LIFESPAN. In my line of profession and with expertise, I explain the pathophysiology of the condition and how medications work, use a rating scale, and evidenced-based treatments to support my diagnosis. The services I provide include comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, chronic depression resistant to other treatment options and modalities, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, PTSD, memory impairment, ADHD.....etc
(425) 217-1891 View (425) 217-1891
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Dr. Michael Sun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Michael Sun. I graduated from Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School before completing my adult psychiatry residency training at Duke University and my child and adolescent fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Before moving to Seattle, I was the Site Director for Education at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
My name is Dr. Michael Sun. I graduated from Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School before completing my adult psychiatry residency training at Duke University and my child and adolescent fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Before moving to Seattle, I was the Site Director for Education at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
(206) 495-6117 View (206) 495-6117
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Pacific Wellness & Lactation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98203  (Online Only)
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
(425) 517-1981 View (425) 517-1981
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Dr T Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
(425) 312-6188 View (425) 312-6188
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Dr. Bridgette Jeffries
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(206) 795-7388 View (206) 795-7388
Neelam K Sampley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Not accepting new clients
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
(360) 526-0169 View (360) 526-0169
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98207
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) 584-4815 View (509) 584-4815
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Marysville, WA 98271  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(425) 738-2016 View (425) 738-2016
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Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(206) 829-6563 View (206) 829-6563
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Janet Salimonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Marysville, WA 98271
I am passionate about helping people attain sound mental health so that they can function to their maximum potential. Mental health illness often affect people from living to their maximum potential. It is my joy to see people helped and see them liberated from the limitation that mental health illness can cause them.
I am passionate about helping people attain sound mental health so that they can function to their maximum potential. Mental health illness often affect people from living to their maximum potential. It is my joy to see people helped and see them liberated from the limitation that mental health illness can cause them.
(360) 209-7454 View (360) 209-7454
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PeaceHaven Behavioral Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201  (Online Only)
You are not alone. Do you lack the drive and concentration needed to achieve your goals at work or in school? Dr. Peace Banks, DNP, works with you to provide hope and help you achieve peace through our tailored treatment plan. Let us help you navigate your mental health journey to peace of mind. Your care will be individualized, and you will be listened to. We are taking care of South Dakota, Oregon, Texas, and Washington state residents. Currently, telehealth is only available. We are accepting NEW client appointments now.
You are not alone. Do you lack the drive and concentration needed to achieve your goals at work or in school? Dr. Peace Banks, DNP, works with you to provide hope and help you achieve peace through our tailored treatment plan. Let us help you navigate your mental health journey to peace of mind. Your care will be individualized, and you will be listened to. We are taking care of South Dakota, Oregon, Texas, and Washington state residents. Currently, telehealth is only available. We are accepting NEW client appointments now.
(503) 300-2954 View (503) 300-2954
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Syed Jamal Mustafa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
(425) 368-3893 View (425) 368-3893
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(360) 284-1939 View (360) 284-1939
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Ghislaine Tonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98203  (Online Only)
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
(206) 944-5598 View (206) 944-5598
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Gladys Onchwati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
(206) 875-2869 View (206) 875-2869

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lake Stevens, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lake Stevens, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Psychosis
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Lake Stevens, WA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lake Stevens?

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.