Psychiatrists in Mount Vernon, WA

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, WA 98273  (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.
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Siri Mayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Currently Accepting New Patients. Hello! As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions, including prescribing medications. I am passionate about helping patients bring their lives into balance using an integrative approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and evidence-based non-pharmacological interventions. Through a holistic perspective, I seek to address multiple aspects of mental health, including elements such as biology, interpersonal factors, psychological resources, lifestyle, and spirituality.
Currently Accepting New Patients. Hello! As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions, including prescribing medications. I am passionate about helping patients bring their lives into balance using an integrative approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and evidence-based non-pharmacological interventions. Through a holistic perspective, I seek to address multiple aspects of mental health, including elements such as biology, interpersonal factors, psychological resources, lifestyle, and spirituality.
(360) 854-5842 View (360) 854-5842
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Kateryna Kuzmychova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
My name is Kateryna Kuzmychova. I know, I know my name is a mouth full, and I have my Russian and Ukrainian background to thank for it. I specialize in treating adults, 18 years old and older, on a broad spectrum of mental health disorders. I am a strong believer that every person has an abundant source of self-efficacy and self- resilience, and I, as a Nurse Practitioner, am there to unlock that potential. I listen carefully to all of my patients and their experiences, and then collaborate with them and find the best course of action for their betterment.
My name is Kateryna Kuzmychova. I know, I know my name is a mouth full, and I have my Russian and Ukrainian background to thank for it. I specialize in treating adults, 18 years old and older, on a broad spectrum of mental health disorders. I am a strong believer that every person has an abundant source of self-efficacy and self- resilience, and I, as a Nurse Practitioner, am there to unlock that potential. I listen carefully to all of my patients and their experiences, and then collaborate with them and find the best course of action for their betterment.
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Rozina Lakhani
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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.
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Amy Skordal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Are you struggling with depression, irritability, anxiety, focus problems or mood swings that get in the way with living your best life? Is it effecting your relationships? Career? Ability to truly enjoy life? Have you wondered if psychiatric medications might help? Or wondered if the psychiatric medications that you are currently on are the right ones for you? Consider coming in for a full Psychiatric Evaluation and learning what your options are.
Are you struggling with depression, irritability, anxiety, focus problems or mood swings that get in the way with living your best life? Is it effecting your relationships? Career? Ability to truly enjoy life? Have you wondered if psychiatric medications might help? Or wondered if the psychiatric medications that you are currently on are the right ones for you? Consider coming in for a full Psychiatric Evaluation and learning what your options are.
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Neupathway LLC (Mirandine Fitchette)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC, MSN/DNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, WA 98233
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
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Online Psychiatrists

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Sublime behavioral and wellness clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC , PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
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Bertrand Lee Wicholas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
I specialize in the treatment of adults with a range of mental health concerns. I treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. My practice draws upon a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I believe that for any treatment to be effective, it must be built upon a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship that reflects each client's individual needs and personal values. I believe in a down-to-earth and transparent approach to psychiatry that views genuine human connection as the foundation of any treatment.
I specialize in the treatment of adults with a range of mental health concerns. I treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. My practice draws upon a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I believe that for any treatment to be effective, it must be built upon a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship that reflects each client's individual needs and personal values. I believe in a down-to-earth and transparent approach to psychiatry that views genuine human connection as the foundation of any treatment.
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Susan King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467
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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Pathway Virtu-Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98504
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
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AvemaPsych & Medical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
Biography: I completed my master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, followed by a post-master’s degree in Family Nursing Practice (FNP) and a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. I also completed a post-doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health practice (PMHNP) (across the lifespan) at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. I am board certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry (PMHNP-BC). I am also board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), a DOT Medical Examiner, and SAMHSA (X-Waiver) addiction provider.
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Dorcas Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072  (Online Only)
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
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Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
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Safe Space psychiatry group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, Freddy, Akoko
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Welcome to Safe Space Clinic, where compassionate care meets expertise in psychiatric and family medicine. As co-owners, Ferdinand Akoko (Freddy) PMHNP-BC and Nadege Akoko (Nadi) FNP-BC are committed to providing a holistic approach to healthcare. Freddy specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, bringing years of experience and dedication to helping patients achieve mental wellness. Nadi specializes in family practice, offering comprehensive care for patients of all ages
Welcome to Safe Space Clinic, where compassionate care meets expertise in psychiatric and family medicine. As co-owners, Ferdinand Akoko (Freddy) PMHNP-BC and Nadege Akoko (Nadi) FNP-BC are committed to providing a holistic approach to healthcare. Freddy specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, bringing years of experience and dedication to helping patients achieve mental wellness. Nadi specializes in family practice, offering comprehensive care for patients of all ages
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Emmanuel M Metayer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FEP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
E. Metayer, a licensed Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Wahington, is a gifted child raised in a Christian family. As a devoted christian with strong ethical and moral values, he displayed a strong self-confidence, and calm demeanor. His positive and optimistic attitude secured his career achievement. He is a Doctorate in Medicine from Haiti, a graduate in BSN, and MSN in Nursing. His experience in the medical field is very rich, and his passion to a patient centered care as well as evidence-based drive his practice for more than 7 years. Mr. Metayer provides in multiple healthcare settings in the US.
E. Metayer, a licensed Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Wahington, is a gifted child raised in a Christian family. As a devoted christian with strong ethical and moral values, he displayed a strong self-confidence, and calm demeanor. His positive and optimistic attitude secured his career achievement. He is a Doctorate in Medicine from Haiti, a graduate in BSN, and MSN in Nursing. His experience in the medical field is very rich, and his passion to a patient centered care as well as evidence-based drive his practice for more than 7 years. Mr. Metayer provides in multiple healthcare settings in the US.
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
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
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Achie Eneh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! Achie Eneh is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) across the lifespan. She obtained her FNP degree at South University Savannah, GA and her Post-master's PMHNP degree at Liberty University, Va. She has over 9 years experience in the nursing field providing holistic care to individuals across the lifespan. She is licensed in WA, OR, NV, AZ, GA, MT, FL and TX.
Accepting New Clients! Achie Eneh is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) across the lifespan. She obtained her FNP degree at South University Savannah, GA and her Post-master's PMHNP degree at Liberty University, Va. She has over 9 years experience in the nursing field providing holistic care to individuals across the lifespan. She is licensed in WA, OR, NV, AZ, GA, MT, FL and TX.
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Kelly Schorling Brewer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
My practice is anchored in a trauma-informed approach. I collaborate closely with adult patients to evaluate their needs and develop personalized treatment plans, aiming to alleviate mental health symptoms while minimizing side effects. Every patient is unique and deserves treatment options tailored to fit their preferences and lifestyles.
My practice is anchored in a trauma-informed approach. I collaborate closely with adult patients to evaluate their needs and develop personalized treatment plans, aiming to alleviate mental health symptoms while minimizing side effects. Every patient is unique and deserves treatment options tailored to fit their preferences and lifestyles.
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98405
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
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Iman M Yunis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Mount Vernon, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mount Vernon, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Medication Management
60% Stress
40% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Premera
100% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Mount Vernon, WA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mount Vernon?

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.