Psychiatrists in Medina, WA

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Mayumi Okuda Benavides
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Medina, WA 98039  (Online Only)
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
(347) 252-9942 View (347) 252-9942
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Zachary Feldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Medina, WA 98039
I believe mental health results from a complex constellation of past and present interpersonal, intrapersonal, and bio-physiologic influence. My approach is toward narrative and understanding within a safe, dyadic relationship. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and judicious prescribing in a small, referral-based psychiatric private practice. I concurrently maintain a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, am a clinical associate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and work as an attending psychiatrist at Overlake Medical Center.
I believe mental health results from a complex constellation of past and present interpersonal, intrapersonal, and bio-physiologic influence. My approach is toward narrative and understanding within a safe, dyadic relationship. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and judicious prescribing in a small, referral-based psychiatric private practice. I concurrently maintain a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, am a clinical associate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and work as an attending psychiatrist at Overlake Medical Center.
(425) 276-1590 View (425) 276-1590
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Dr. Kory Simonsen @ Prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Medina, WA 98039
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
(425) 357-7127 View (425) 357-7127
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Radiant Path Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified
Medina, WA 98039  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients: I’m a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. I treat adults with a focus on psychiatric mediation management. I take a “start low and go slow” approach to prescribing, paying special attention to medication potency and potential interactions with other medications prescribed by other providers. I also believe “knowledge is power,” so together, we spend time on education and explanation so that you understand the recommendations provided and you are fully comfortable with the treatment plan.
Accepting New Patients: I’m a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. I treat adults with a focus on psychiatric mediation management. I take a “start low and go slow” approach to prescribing, paying special attention to medication potency and potential interactions with other medications prescribed by other providers. I also believe “knowledge is power,” so together, we spend time on education and explanation so that you understand the recommendations provided and you are fully comfortable with the treatment plan.
(509) 204-8660 View (509) 204-8660
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Sule Karakus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Medina, WA 98039
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
(425) 243-1078 View (425) 243-1078
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Angels Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, MA
Verified
Medina, WA 98039
As a board certified mental health provider I guide clients in their mental health journeys with empathy and expertise. Through a patient-centric approach, I create a safe, non-judgmental environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. By combining evidence-based therapies like psychotherapy and medication management, I empower patients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning, keeping up with psychiatry advancements, and collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals for comprehensive care. Ultimately, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those I serve.
As a board certified mental health provider I guide clients in their mental health journeys with empathy and expertise. Through a patient-centric approach, I create a safe, non-judgmental environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. By combining evidence-based therapies like psychotherapy and medication management, I empower patients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning, keeping up with psychiatry advancements, and collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals for comprehensive care. Ultimately, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those I serve.
(425) 537-6287 View (425) 537-6287
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Massoud Stephane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Medina, WA 98039
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
(425) 510-0200 View (425) 510-0200
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Lilia Peng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Medina, WA 98039
As a dually licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Naturopathic Physician (ND), I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as complementary/alternative care for mental health. My approach is holistic and integrative, including tools such as laboratory assessment, lifestyle counseling, supportive therapy, natural treatments, and medications. I personalize treatments to the individual and work collaboratively with clients to address goals for care. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey.
As a dually licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Naturopathic Physician (ND), I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as complementary/alternative care for mental health. My approach is holistic and integrative, including tools such as laboratory assessment, lifestyle counseling, supportive therapy, natural treatments, and medications. I personalize treatments to the individual and work collaboratively with clients to address goals for care. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey.
(425) 470-6421 View (425) 470-6421
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Scott L. Wiener M.D. @Prisma Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Medina, WA 98039
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
(206) 208-2920 View (206) 208-2920

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Catherine Terri Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
(206) 745-4453 View (206) 745-4453
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Dr. Steven Philips
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability. When working with patients, I am dedicated to helping patients achieve or enhance psychological well-being. In my practice, I use various forms of psychotherapy, such as supportive psychotherapy and CBT (e.g., for insomnia). When necessary, I prescribe medications to help patients, but am against over-prescribing medications. I believe in finding an optimal dose of a medication that will make patients feel better, while minimizing the risk of side effects.
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability. When working with patients, I am dedicated to helping patients achieve or enhance psychological well-being. In my practice, I use various forms of psychotherapy, such as supportive psychotherapy and CBT (e.g., for insomnia). When necessary, I prescribe medications to help patients, but am against over-prescribing medications. I believe in finding an optimal dose of a medication that will make patients feel better, while minimizing the risk of side effects.
(206) 350-3595 View (206) 350-3595
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Mosaic Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients aged 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
Hello! Welcome, and thank you for visiting my profile! I am a psychiatric provider that believes in treating you with unconditional positive regard and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is to combine thorough psychiatric assessments with empathetic listening to achieve a collaborative and individualized approach toward the selection of medications that reduce impairments/challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, insomnia, and more. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients aged 16+ in Texas, and 6+ in Colorado, Iowa, and Washington State.
(303) 647-3072 View (303) 647-3072
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Christopher Garrity
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I partner with my patients because I believe the best healthcare decisions are made when both provider and patient work together. Reach out to me if you are looking for a voice in your own healthcare, looking for someone who thoroughly understands medications and wants to be listened to very carefully. Contact me if you need someone who understands your anxiety and depression and is willing to comprehend your unique situation. Perhaps you are looking to make a change but don't know how to make the first step. Or perhaps you are tired of feeling a certain way but don't know how to articulate your feelings. Reach out!
I partner with my patients because I believe the best healthcare decisions are made when both provider and patient work together. Reach out to me if you are looking for a voice in your own healthcare, looking for someone who thoroughly understands medications and wants to be listened to very carefully. Contact me if you need someone who understands your anxiety and depression and is willing to comprehend your unique situation. Perhaps you are looking to make a change but don't know how to make the first step. Or perhaps you are tired of feeling a certain way but don't know how to articulate your feelings. Reach out!
(206) 312-8323 View (206) 312-8323
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Karen Ni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Currently, I see patients via telemedicine in my private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Washington after finishing medical school at the University of California, San Diego. My experience ranges from a private practice in Seattle to overseeing community mental health centers as a behavioral health and medical director. I have worked in inpatient units in WA, AK, and USVI, and as a psychiatrist for the US Foreign Service. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Currently, I see patients via telemedicine in my private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Washington after finishing medical school at the University of California, San Diego. My experience ranges from a private practice in Seattle to overseeing community mental health centers as a behavioral health and medical director. I have worked in inpatient units in WA, AK, and USVI, and as a psychiatrist for the US Foreign Service. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(206) 895-4075 View (206) 895-4075
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Medina, WA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98005
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
(206) 385-0250 View (206) 385-0250
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Chasity Langman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98005  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients at joinlalune.com. Chasity Langman graduated from Vanderbilt University with a M.S. in nursing and Carson Newman University with a M.S. in counseling. She is currently accepting new patients for both therapy and medication management.
Accepting New Clients at joinlalune.com. Chasity Langman graduated from Vanderbilt University with a M.S. in nursing and Carson Newman University with a M.S. in counseling. She is currently accepting new patients for both therapy and medication management.
(509) 245-1974 View (509) 245-1974
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (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.
(425) 584-3369 View (425) 584-3369
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Callie McEwen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner passionate about providing holistic and compassionate mental health services to adolescents and adults ages 14 and older. Safety and evidence-based practice are my priority when creating a successful comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. I help my clients find effective medications with minimal side effects and achieve greater wellness with lifestyle modifications. I aim to work together as a collaborative team and may refer for additional testing and support.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner passionate about providing holistic and compassionate mental health services to adolescents and adults ages 14 and older. Safety and evidence-based practice are my priority when creating a successful comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. I help my clients find effective medications with minimal side effects and achieve greater wellness with lifestyle modifications. I aim to work together as a collaborative team and may refer for additional testing and support.
(206) 207-9751 View (206) 207-9751
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Susan Malatesta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Currently accepting new patients! Thank you for taking the first steps to improve your mental health. I love helping patients experience relief from struggles like difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. My patients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals.
Currently accepting new patients! Thank you for taking the first steps to improve your mental health. I love helping patients experience relief from struggles like difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. My patients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals.
(425) 842-1450 View (425) 842-1450
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Heather Sanudo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, FNP-BC
Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Heather and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in medication management, depression and anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Heather and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in medication management, depression and anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 222-3552 View (206) 222-3552

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Medina, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Medina, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
89% Depression
78% Grief

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% First Choice Health | FCH
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Medina, WA see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Male
17% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Medina?

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.