Psychiatrists in Lakewood, WA

Photo of Kris Peterson - Touchstone TMS, MD, RET COL, Psychiatrist
Touchstone TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, RET COL
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98499
Our mission is to provide a path to remission for patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD, among other things. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to overcome depression and we strive to provide the most relevant and effective care under the leadership of Dr. Kris Peterson (our Psychiatrist & Medical Director), a Retired Army Colonel who served for 25 years. Before returning to civilian work, Dr. Peterson was the chief of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center and has been an ally to both civilian and military patients for nearly 3 decades.
Our mission is to provide a path to remission for patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD, among other things. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to overcome depression and we strive to provide the most relevant and effective care under the leadership of Dr. Kris Peterson (our Psychiatrist & Medical Director), a Retired Army Colonel who served for 25 years. Before returning to civilian work, Dr. Peterson was the chief of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center and has been an ally to both civilian and military patients for nearly 3 decades.
(253) 733-0259 View (253) 733-0259
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Tracie Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in medication management and TMS. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) at Vanderbilt University. I stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure precise and personalized treatment. I am invested in helping clients achieve their best life and full functioning. Please note that I am not accepting Medicaid Insurance for medication management.
Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in medication management and TMS. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-PMHNP) at Vanderbilt University. I stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure precise and personalized treatment. I am invested in helping clients achieve their best life and full functioning. Please note that I am not accepting Medicaid Insurance for medication management.
(253) 364-6423 View (253) 364-6423
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Jennifer A Rubio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), licensed as an ARNP with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Washington. I am currently accepting adult and pediatric patients. I typically focus my practice on older children and adolescents ages 8-20. I specialize in psychiatric assessments and diagnostics in tandem with psychiatric medication management while providing brief psychotherapy and psycho-education to patients and their families.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), licensed as an ARNP with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Washington. I am currently accepting adult and pediatric patients. I typically focus my practice on older children and adolescents ages 8-20. I specialize in psychiatric assessments and diagnostics in tandem with psychiatric medication management while providing brief psychotherapy and psycho-education to patients and their families.
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Dr. Courtney Yant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499
Taking New Patients! As a DNP, PMHNP I have been trained to work with patients struggling with anxiety, depression, mood, and life transitions. I have searched for innovative ways to meet each patient where they are in their unique mental health journeys. I work to provide treatment that allows for new HOPE and HEALING to patients who are struggling. I offer medication management services, as well as TMS therapy services.
Taking New Patients! As a DNP, PMHNP I have been trained to work with patients struggling with anxiety, depression, mood, and life transitions. I have searched for innovative ways to meet each patient where they are in their unique mental health journeys. I work to provide treatment that allows for new HOPE and HEALING to patients who are struggling. I offer medication management services, as well as TMS therapy services.
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Dr. Sammy Gathiru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98499
Accepting New Clients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment by incorporating psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and alternative treatment modalities to best address the concern at hand. I provide a client-centered method of treatment, which includes educating clients about their diagnosis, treatment options and working with the client to develop a unique treatment plan tailored to fit each individual.
Accepting New Clients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment by incorporating psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and alternative treatment modalities to best address the concern at hand. I provide a client-centered method of treatment, which includes educating clients about their diagnosis, treatment options and working with the client to develop a unique treatment plan tailored to fit each individual.
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NeuroStim TMS Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98499
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
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Shannon Corbin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499
Hello, I'm Dr. Shannon Corbin. I went to medical school at the University of Washington (UW), where I also completed my residency in Psychiatry. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (the "˜official' way of saying that I am a board-certified specialist). As a psychiatrist I see only adults, with special interests in older adults, women, veterans and people managing long-term health conditions. I've a strong interest in integrated care and in reaching people who've potentially been underserved by our health care systems.
Hello, I'm Dr. Shannon Corbin. I went to medical school at the University of Washington (UW), where I also completed my residency in Psychiatry. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (the "˜official' way of saying that I am a board-certified specialist). As a psychiatrist I see only adults, with special interests in older adults, women, veterans and people managing long-term health conditions. I've a strong interest in integrated care and in reaching people who've potentially been underserved by our health care systems.
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Ohtae Kwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP at University of Texas at Arlington where I trained in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I am an U.S. Army veteran nurse who is dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and trained to work in high stress environment, providing high quality service in healthcare settings. I decided to be a PMHNP after I witnessed many veterans with mental disorders and realized mental illness can be just as impairing in someone's life as physical illness.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP at University of Texas at Arlington where I trained in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I am an U.S. Army veteran nurse who is dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and trained to work in high stress environment, providing high quality service in healthcare settings. I decided to be a PMHNP after I witnessed many veterans with mental disorders and realized mental illness can be just as impairing in someone's life as physical illness.
(253) 785-4360 View (253) 785-4360
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Nicholas Ibekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499
Nicholas Ibekwe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2023. Nicholas provides individual therapy, medication management, psychoeducation, and crisis intervention. Outside of work, Nicholas enjoys reading, soccer, and hiking.
Nicholas Ibekwe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2023. Nicholas provides individual therapy, medication management, psychoeducation, and crisis intervention. Outside of work, Nicholas enjoys reading, soccer, and hiking.
(253) 453-8202 View (253) 453-8202
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Alimatou (Alima) Moustapha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499
Hello and thank you for stopping by my profile. I work with people from all walks of life, teenagers, adults, and children that are experiencing blockages in their life. Are you ready to make changes? Reach your full potential? Expand in life? If you are ready to talk through the things that are holding you back and how to make improvements, please feel free to reach out.
Hello and thank you for stopping by my profile. I work with people from all walks of life, teenagers, adults, and children that are experiencing blockages in their life. Are you ready to make changes? Reach your full potential? Expand in life? If you are ready to talk through the things that are holding you back and how to make improvements, please feel free to reach out.
(206) 432-4544 View (206) 432-4544
Photo of Susan King, ARPN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499
Susan King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Susan provides appropriate medication and education to help manage the symptoms of mental health issues and therapeutic support. Outside of work, Susan enjoys working with animals and loves gardening.
Susan King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Susan provides appropriate medication and education to help manage the symptoms of mental health issues and therapeutic support. Outside of work, Susan enjoys working with animals and loves gardening.
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Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98499  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(360) 234-3305 View (360) 234-3305
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Dr. Robert Kopec A.R.N.P
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98499
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My practice consists of medication management and psychotherapy. I provide integrative mental health and psychiatric care by utilizing a collaborative and holistic approach. In my practice I incorporate natural remedies (nutrition, supplements, etc.) to compliment traditional treatments. I have great respect for the individual’s innate healing power through mind and body connections. I work in a scientific and holistic way to alleviate the intertwined connection between mind and body like chronic fatigue, pain or other mystery illness affecting one’s mental health.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My practice consists of medication management and psychotherapy. I provide integrative mental health and psychiatric care by utilizing a collaborative and holistic approach. In my practice I incorporate natural remedies (nutrition, supplements, etc.) to compliment traditional treatments. I have great respect for the individual’s innate healing power through mind and body connections. I work in a scientific and holistic way to alleviate the intertwined connection between mind and body like chronic fatigue, pain or other mystery illness affecting one’s mental health.
(253) 503-6761 View (253) 503-6761
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Bradley Brosius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98439
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
(253) 398-7860 View (253) 398-7860
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Rebecca Boucher, MD | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98409
My ideal patient is someone struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD who is seeking more effective treatment options. They are open to exploring medication as well as interventional treatments like TMS or esketamine. Their goal is to improve their quality of life, regain functionality, and find relief from their symptoms. They want to understand their condition better and are motivated to make informed decisions about their care, valuing a collaborative approach to treatment.
My ideal patient is someone struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD who is seeking more effective treatment options. They are open to exploring medication as well as interventional treatments like TMS or esketamine. Their goal is to improve their quality of life, regain functionality, and find relief from their symptoms. They want to understand their condition better and are motivated to make informed decisions about their care, valuing a collaborative approach to treatment.
(253) 553-3105 View (253) 553-3105
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98499
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
(206) 457-1886 View (206) 457-1886
Photo of Angela Tefft, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98492  (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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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lakewood, WA 98492
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
(253) 470-2369 View (253) 470-2369
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98496  (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.
(253) 600-2115 View (253) 600-2115
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Harvey Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98498
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
(360) 375-7181 View (360) 375-7181
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lakewood, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Lakewood, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Trauma and PTSD
90% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
52% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
89% First Choice Health | FCH
89% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Lakewood, WA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Male
44% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakewood?

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.