Psychiatrists in Lynnwood, WA

Photo of Mercy Wainaina, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, MPH, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mercy Wainaina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, MPH, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(360) 282-0077 View (360) 282-0077
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Dr. Bridgette Jeffries
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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
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Mishele M Rutherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Waitlist for new clients
Psychiatric care including medication management, treatment of Substance Use Disorders and therapy. In person and telehealth available. My approach is collaborative, trauma aware and person centered. I believe that individuals know themselves best and have found that creating a therapeutic partnership is the most effective path towards healing and wellness. In my experience, all people have phases in their lives where they would benefit from a partnership with a psychiatric provider.
Psychiatric care including medication management, treatment of Substance Use Disorders and therapy. In person and telehealth available. My approach is collaborative, trauma aware and person centered. I believe that individuals know themselves best and have found that creating a therapeutic partnership is the most effective path towards healing and wellness. In my experience, all people have phases in their lives where they would benefit from a partnership with a psychiatric provider.
(425) 403-2578 View (425) 403-2578
Unique Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Accepting new patients 18-60 years. I evaluate, diagnose and treat mental health symptoms of anxiety, depression ADHD, mood/personality disorders and many other mental health illnesses. Seek professional help to safe your relationships, work and maintain equilibrium in your functioning. Some symptoms of concern are; anxiety, depression/prolonged sadness, mood swings, thoughts and statements about suicide or harming self/others and, psychosis. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
Accepting new patients 18-60 years. I evaluate, diagnose and treat mental health symptoms of anxiety, depression ADHD, mood/personality disorders and many other mental health illnesses. Seek professional help to safe your relationships, work and maintain equilibrium in your functioning. Some symptoms of concern are; anxiety, depression/prolonged sadness, mood swings, thoughts and statements about suicide or harming self/others and, psychosis. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
(425) 470-5185 View (425) 470-5185
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Gagandeep Mundi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who graduated from chamberlain university. as I worked as a nurse for 6 years with mental health clients, inpatients, and outpatients. are you struggling with your mental health, we are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. we treat clients with ADHD, Depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many more. my goal is to help my clients where they at, and what they want and we will work together to reach their goals. we are accepting new clients, we are working with most of the insurance.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who graduated from chamberlain university. as I worked as a nurse for 6 years with mental health clients, inpatients, and outpatients. are you struggling with your mental health, we are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. we treat clients with ADHD, Depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many more. my goal is to help my clients where they at, and what they want and we will work together to reach their goals. we are accepting new clients, we are working with most of the insurance.
(425) 534-7221 View (425) 534-7221
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98037
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
(425) 537-7966 View (425) 537-7966
Photo of Solee Lim, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Solee Lim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can provide psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, medication management, and brief psychotherapy. I firmly believe that each individual's mental health journey is unique, so it is important to tailor the treatment approach to meet their needs. Collaboration with my clients is the key concept of my practice, valuing their input and actively involving them in the decision-making process.
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can provide psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, medication management, and brief psychotherapy. I firmly believe that each individual's mental health journey is unique, so it is important to tailor the treatment approach to meet their needs. Collaboration with my clients is the key concept of my practice, valuing their input and actively involving them in the decision-making process.
(425) 584-1410 View (425) 584-1410
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Simone Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
It is my intention to learn your unique story and collaborate with you on a solution-focused treatment plan incorporating the specific goals you have in mind. Currently, I am working with adults that have depressive, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma related disorders; and are devoted to their own healing and well-being. I specialize in ketamine assisted psychotherapy, which has been used for treatment resistant depression and PTSD. In June, I will have completed my teacher training for iRest Yoga Nidra, which is used for PTSD, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. The US Army Surgeon General has endorsed this treatment.
It is my intention to learn your unique story and collaborate with you on a solution-focused treatment plan incorporating the specific goals you have in mind. Currently, I am working with adults that have depressive, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma related disorders; and are devoted to their own healing and well-being. I specialize in ketamine assisted psychotherapy, which has been used for treatment resistant depression and PTSD. In June, I will have completed my teacher training for iRest Yoga Nidra, which is used for PTSD, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. The US Army Surgeon General has endorsed this treatment.
(425) 615-6328 View (425) 615-6328
Photo of Tara Scott, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tara Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98037  (Online Only)
Tara Scott is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her master's degree at Gonzaga University and her nursing and psychology degrees from The University of Montana. Her practice focuses primarily on medication management with supportive therapy. Tara strives to provide a supportive, therapeutic and collaborative approach. She provides patient care in a calm, empathetic, and holistic manner while encouraging joint decision-making with patients to achieve wellness and the best outcomes.
Tara Scott is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her master's degree at Gonzaga University and her nursing and psychology degrees from The University of Montana. Her practice focuses primarily on medication management with supportive therapy. Tara strives to provide a supportive, therapeutic and collaborative approach. She provides patient care in a calm, empathetic, and holistic manner while encouraging joint decision-making with patients to achieve wellness and the best outcomes.
(425) 428-6092 View (425) 428-6092
Photo of Mick Chitchawal Sahatevasukont, PMHNP, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mick Chitchawal Sahatevasukont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Accepting new patients. We all have our own unique experiences and perspectives in life. At Perspective Psychiatric Service, I believe in creating individualized treatment plans based on your needs.
Accepting new patients. We all have our own unique experiences and perspectives in life. At Perspective Psychiatric Service, I believe in creating individualized treatment plans based on your needs.
(206) 309-6744 View (206) 309-6744
Photo of Rafael Achacoso, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98087  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
(425) 333-2766 View (425) 333-2766
Photo of Zachary Mangum, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zachary Mangum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Zach works with his clients to understand their experience and collaboratively determine treatment options. Education & Experience (including licensure, schools, former work experience): Zach earned his BSN at University of Washington, Bothell, earned his MSN at Gonzaga University Inpatient psychiatry settings for 10+ years treating the full spectrum of mental health diagnoses. Zach enjoys Travel, Pickleball, Sports, and being a Foster Parent.
Zach works with his clients to understand their experience and collaboratively determine treatment options. Education & Experience (including licensure, schools, former work experience): Zach earned his BSN at University of Washington, Bothell, earned his MSN at Gonzaga University Inpatient psychiatry settings for 10+ years treating the full spectrum of mental health diagnoses. Zach enjoys Travel, Pickleball, Sports, and being a Foster Parent.
(425) 406-3616 View (425) 406-3616
Photo of Lindsey Oleksa, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindsey Oleksa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Lindsey provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions. She provides a holistic approach that integrates medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes to address the many factors impacting her clients' wellbeing.
Lindsey provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions. She provides a holistic approach that integrates medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes to address the many factors impacting her clients' wellbeing.
(206) 567-1320 View (206) 567-1320
Photo of Rozina Lakhani, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
Rozina Lakhani
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Are you suffering from Depression that is not as evident and acceptable to others like a fracture, yet way more debilitating in many ways? I can help! I am a board certified Psychiatrist ( i.e a Medical Doctor with specialization in Psychiatry) with more than 15 years of experience. Although I treat full range of psychiatric problems, I am passionate about helping people suffering from resistant Depression ( i.e depression that has not responded to at least one full trial of an antidepressant), using advanced treatments like Spravato and TMS.
Are you suffering from Depression that is not as evident and acceptable to others like a fracture, yet way more debilitating in many ways? I can help! I am a board certified Psychiatrist ( i.e a Medical Doctor with specialization in Psychiatry) with more than 15 years of experience. Although I treat full range of psychiatric problems, I am passionate about helping people suffering from resistant Depression ( i.e depression that has not responded to at least one full trial of an antidepressant), using advanced treatments like Spravato and TMS.
(425) 654-3508 View (425) 654-3508
Photo of Ashley Cerny, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Cerny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
(360) 205-4560 View (360) 205-4560
Photo of Heather Siegel, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM, Psychiatric Nurse
Heather Siegel
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
As a psychiatric medication prescriber, I work with children, teens, and adults. I see all psychiatric complaints, including depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and psychosis. I focus on listening to the patient, thorough care, and helping the patient to live the best life they can live. As a certified nurse midwife, I remain committed to providing high quality mental health care to pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding moms. I do not prescribe ongoing benzodiazepines for anxiety or sleep.
As a psychiatric medication prescriber, I work with children, teens, and adults. I see all psychiatric complaints, including depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and psychosis. I focus on listening to the patient, thorough care, and helping the patient to live the best life they can live. As a certified nurse midwife, I remain committed to providing high quality mental health care to pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding moms. I do not prescribe ongoing benzodiazepines for anxiety or sleep.
(206) 535-1674 View (206) 535-1674
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Jessica England ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I work with individuals to achieve optimal mental health through collaborative, supportive care. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, medication management, health education and brief counseling to adults. My specialties include ADHD and OCD. I am limited in my ability to manage clients that have experienced recent hospitalization or have personality or eating disorders and need a high level of support to maintain safety.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I work with individuals to achieve optimal mental health through collaborative, supportive care. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, medication management, health education and brief counseling to adults. My specialties include ADHD and OCD. I am limited in my ability to manage clients that have experienced recent hospitalization or have personality or eating disorders and need a high level of support to maintain safety.
(425) 640-7009 View (425) 640-7009
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Kathleen Kenny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management and supportive therapy for individuals 18+. Prior to specializing in mental health, I practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife for 20 years in public health and in the department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Washington and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. My experience working with women and their families instilled a passion for maternal mental health and inspired me to seek advanced training in perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. I am a certified prescriber by Postpartum Support International.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management and supportive therapy for individuals 18+. Prior to specializing in mental health, I practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife for 20 years in public health and in the department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Washington and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. My experience working with women and their families instilled a passion for maternal mental health and inspired me to seek advanced training in perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. I am a certified prescriber by Postpartum Support International.
(425) 532-5760 View (425) 532-5760
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Thomas Boulding
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MHS
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98037
My name is Tom Boulding. I am a British-born physician assistant with a background in occupational therapy. I believe in viewing individuals as holistic beings, recognizing that they are more than just the sum of their symptoms or the medications they take. I advocate for a patient-centered approach that prioritizes collaboration and empowerment. I believe in the value of informed and transparent medication management, where individuals are actively involved in decision-making processes regarding their treatment plans.
My name is Tom Boulding. I am a British-born physician assistant with a background in occupational therapy. I believe in viewing individuals as holistic beings, recognizing that they are more than just the sum of their symptoms or the medications they take. I advocate for a patient-centered approach that prioritizes collaboration and empowerment. I believe in the value of informed and transparent medication management, where individuals are actively involved in decision-making processes regarding their treatment plans.
(425) 474-2698 View (425) 474-2698
Photo of Amy Zachara, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Zachara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036  (Online Only)
I am not currently accepting new patients I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and mental health care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, relationship issues and adjustment to life changes. I have worked with patients from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of mental health challenges. I help to identify goals and a treatment plan to address each individual's needs. I have prescriptive authority and follow evidence-based practice.
I am not currently accepting new patients I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management and mental health care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, relationship issues and adjustment to life changes. I have worked with patients from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of mental health challenges. I help to identify goals and a treatment plan to address each individual's needs. I have prescriptive authority and follow evidence-based practice.
(425) 528-8318 View (425) 528-8318

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lynnwood, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$235

Psychiatrists in Lynnwood, WA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
92% Depression
89% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Premera
86% Aetna
83% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Lynnwood, WA see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lynnwood?

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.